You travel the world; stay at the big hotels; and, pay big dollars for a place to rest your head.
It is true that they are usually well situated to the business districts or tourist haunts; but, after awhile you realize that they are sterile buildings with beds, TVs, gyms, pool and eating areas. As for content, if you've seen one, you've seen them all.
If your aim is to connect with humanity and local culture, to taste the realities of your location, go somewhere else. There are plenty of options available: boutique hotels, hostels, bed and breakfast homes, house swapping, etc.
Despite the forgoing, the purpose of this entry is to express my appreciation for the warmth and friendship shown to me each and every time that I visit the Hotel Sheraton in the North of Quito.
I lived on the same block as the hotel for several years and regularly stopped for food and
drink. I still visit on occasion. It is not for the overpriced offerings. I go there because the staff at the door and in the restaurant, cafe and bar give me big smiles and go out of their way to ashare their friendship. They make me feel welcome.
I'd like to identify Arturo who never fails to greet me at the entrance and provide assistance when needed. Thanks Arturo ! - Not to be forgotten are the restaurant staff, who never hesitate to remind me that they have not seen me for awhile and inquire how things are going.
People, caring to share themselves with others, can turn cold, cut-out style places into places of warmth and hospitality. For this, I find the Hotel Sheraton on Republica de el Salvador in Quito, the exception.
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