LA CIÉNEGA IS BORN FROM VOLCANIC FOUNDATIONS
Construction began in 1695 when Matheo de la Escalera y Velasco chose the plains of Lasso to erect the walls of his Hacienda with volcanic stones. The church doors were carved by hand, and the path to the entrance of the Hacienda was filled with imposing eucalyptus trees.
La Ciénega was also home to his son, Gregorio Eugenio de Matheu y De la Escalera, a landowner, and his beloved wife, Mariana de Aranda-Guzman y Ayesa who was Marquise of Maenza. Since then, this property has witnessed relevant events in the history of Ecuador, establishing itself as one of the oldest and noblest mansions in the country.
In 1981, a hotel opened its doors in place of the Hacienda to offer visitors an unforgettable experience of the Andes.
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE SPIRIT OF COLONIAL TIMES
Our accommodations have a historical touch that captures the essence of the 17th century. We combine original antique and contemporary elements meeting the highest standards of hospitality and elegance.
BEAUTIFUL COLONIAL DECOR AND TRADITIONAL DISHES OF THE PAST
Our restaurant is the perfect place for visitors to enjoy traditional Ecuadorian family recipes, with large windows overlooking the garden. After your meals, our lounges are for you to gather with family and friends to enjoy fireside conversations under the warmth and glow of the chimneys.
HOW MANY SECRETS ARE BEHIND A 400-YEAR-OLD DOOR?
A monumental 10ft door hand-carved in horror vacui style featuring the symbol of the marquisate of Maenza – a two-headed eagle – leads to a perfectly preserved and restored chapel.
Here, our visitors will discover a varied collection of Christian treasures of the time, such as gold thread garbs and astonishing figurines that embellish the altar.
WHAT BETTER WAY TO SPEND THE DAY THAN TO BE MESMERIZED BY THE BEAUTY OF THE FLOWERS IN CONTRAST TO THE WARMTH OF THE AFTERNOON SUN?
A setting that is seen only in the purest of poetry, described by cobblestone paths, gigantic trees, and flowers of the region, builds this dreamland that inspires all artistic spirits.
The ambiance of our gardens is romantic and colorful, perfect for afternoon tea, reading, and philosophical conversations over fine wine.
LA CIÉNEGA, SISTER OF THE GREAT VOLCANO
Our Hacienda, the faithful companion of the great Cotopaxi, is just one hour from Quito, located on the plains of Lasso. Its strategic location, close to the Panamerican Highway, offers our guests full access to the experience of the Andean Highlands through the Avenue of the Volcanoes.