Mechanical Engineer, friendly, honest, and outgoing
It was a nice experience. The host is very accommodating and helps your through any changes or questions that you might have. The apartment is very big and comfortable.
We stayed in Ricardo's apartment for 4 nights at the end of a 6 week trip. The apartment is a large 3 bed 2 bath unit with everything you need for your stay...except bath soap. Bring soap. The apartment has WIFI but not cable. This was not an issue for us because I have Netflix and was able to watch on my laptop.
The apartment is on the 4th floor of a 5 story building. It is a walk up so be prepared. The building isn't exactly in the best neighborhood of Quito but we never felt that we were in danger. Walking around in the daytime was fine. At night we went to some of the local grocery stores and restaurants but I wouldn't venture to far away. The building is extremely secure.
The shower heads have electric water heaters (which is common in South America) so you can have a warm shower. But if the water is too high all you get is cold. So a warm shower is a low pressure shower....but adequate.
There are two views. The view from the windows of the apartment is of a lot of greenery. The view when exiting the apartment is a spectacular view looking towards the north.
Every city, condo and house that we have stayed in Ecuador over the past 15 years has 1 thing in common...barking dogs (or crowing roosters). Ricardo's apartment is no exception. Although the barking was not a problem when sleeping.
Over all and especially for the price, I would recommend staying here. Most everything is within a short taxi ride away. The most expensive taxi (other than the airport) was $3.
One more thing. Ricardo lives in California and the lady above will let you into the apartment. She does not speak English which was not a problem for us. We arrived after dark. She was very helpful in directing us to nearby grocery and restaurants. Very important when staying in an unfamiliar area.
Enjoy you trip to Quito!
Buenas, primero que todo quisiera darle las gracias a todas las personas que hicieron este viaje maravilloso, a Ricardo por su confianza para poner a mi disposicion el apto, el cual es bellisimo y comodo, excelente para todo el quiera tener una estadia excepcional en quito, a la señora teresita por su disposicion para toda duda que podiamos tener, a juan de la torre por sus servicios, en fin ahora hablare del mi estadia en el apartamento, estuvimos 8 dias y fue genial, comodo, espacioso, limpio y con todos los servicos, quito es una ciudad genial para visitar sin duda alguna recomendaria el apartamento de Ricardo para todo el que desee visitar la ciudad de quito. Muchas gracias por ser gente tan gentil!!! Maracaibo-Venezuela Noviembre 2013
Excelente lugar para todas aquellas personas que desean ir a conocer la ciudad de Quito. Comodidades necesarias, buena ubicación, seguro y la atención oportuna por parte del anfitrión. totalmente confiable y 100% recomendable para su estadía los días que necesiten estar en esta hermosa ciudad!!!!
El apartamento es amplio, las 03 habitaciones son confortables, bien iluminadas, closes funcionales, todas las áreas estaban muy limpias y acondicionadas con lo necesario para cocinar y descansar. Su ubicación permite conseguir con facilidad transporte hacia cualquier zona de Quito. El wifi sólo funciona en las dos habitaciones ubicadas al fondo del apartamento. Es importante que incluyan la secadora, ya que el frío no permite que la ropa seque bien.
Por otra parte, los 70 escalones afectan mucho los primeros días, así que a mejorar las condiciones físicas!!!
Los anfitriones, estuvieron en todo momento interesados en proporcionarnos información con respecto a restaurantes, clínicas, lugares turísticos, transporte, etc.
Cuenten con unos amigos!
Ricardo's was a nice apartment. It was clean and well kept. It is easy to get around Quito by taxi or bus. The apartment is spacious and slept five of us very comfortably. I would definitely stay here again.
Richard´s home is clean and comfortable with great beds, nice light and a really cute kitchen and diningroom-and living room area. For those who have never traveled to so. America, the idea of lighting a gas stove with a match may seem daunting, but it´s ok, safe and Richard has most all things needed to prepare food at home.
The bathrooms are cute, the only thing is water pressure on the 4th floor didn´t give as much hot water as we may have wanted, but adequate. The distance to the historic cente was great and the taxis would charge from $2 to $2.50 a ride. Nice and close as well to some modern malls in the trendy neighborhoods of Miraflores.
Richard also was available by phone to set up a neighbor Taxi driver, William to pick us up at airport, no problem, was great that he was there and knew where to go without delay. Everyone on Richard´s support team, the Senora on the upper floor who was the designated person with keys and an orientation, they were all muy buenos todos... very good to us. Quite the deal for the price.
Ricardo was not in Quito when we stayed at his apartment, and that didn't work. There was no English speaking host and we were specifically represented as non Spanish speakers. It put us and the nice lady he left to help us in a frustrating situation. The English speaking son worked, so was not there to talk to after the first night. There was no one to attend to this very nice apartment, which has Internet, nice appliances, and a washing machine, but no dryer. The apartment is beautiful, but has some issues. Neither electric shower head worked, meaning we had cold showers, and the place reeked of sewage gas for the first day, and smelled of it our entire stay. We had difficulty getting offered meals, or finding close stores or restaurants open, again because there was a language barrier. I spent close to $100 calling Ricardo in the United States, and the friend at work, to get questions answered. Ricardo couldn't fix anything because he wasn't there, so there was no point telling him. We didn't know where any goods or services were located, and the people he referred us to were not available, or couldn't communicate either. A taxi driver he connected us to for a trip to the Tereferiqo, offered services for $40, but asked for $80 when it was over because he couldn't communicate to us when it was time to take us back. This absentee hosting doesn't work. We called Cris, another AirBnB hostess, who came over to translate for us, and she was just as nice as when he used her place. I'm sorry to be harsh, but we have found AirBnB hosts to be great and caring in every case but this one.
Excelente Apartamento, una ubicación envidiable, acogedor, cómodo, tranquilo, espacioso, que mas podría decir. En los días que estuvimos en Quito lo pasamos de maravilla, gracias en mucho al apartamento de Ricardo, desde allí todo te queda relativamente cerca y luego de un largo día de conocer al llegar cansados tienes todas las comodidades posibles, no me queda de otra de recomendarles este departamento. De mi parte para mis próximas visitas a Quito esta sera mi casa. Y por ultimo y no menos importante las atenciones de la Sra Teresita y el Sr Willian.
Ricardo's apartment is really beautiful. Me and a coworker stayed in the apartment for about 2 months.
It is tastefully decorated and has all of the amenities that one needs while living in Quito. The apartment has a great panoramic view of the mountains, and the location is quiet and a bit outside of the city. To get to the historic district or to Mariscal it is only about a 20-30 minute walk or about a 10 minute bus ride. If I were in Quito I would definitely stay at Ricardo's apartment again because of the convenience, location and comfort of the apartment.
The only downsides are that there is no internet at the apartment yet, though he says he is working on getting that, and also a few dogs live in the building that are pretty loud in the morning, but of course, that is not in control of Ricardo.
Overall a great experience for staying in Quito, and for an affordable price. The apartment is well suited for a family, there is one master bedroom, a room with two twin beds and a third bedroom with a full bed two full baths, kitchen, laundry machine.