Carlota Echeverria Ruiz (1918 – 2021) was an exceptional woman. Born in the city of Cotacachi in the province of Imbabura she was sent at her young age to a nun convent, where she would spend a large portion of her childhood. Coming from a middle class family she gets married to Rene Moreno Andrade, a lawyer known for his strong character.
Doña Carlota bought the property where this beautiful hotel stands today in 1966. A house built in 1905 and where for many years ex president of Ecuador Rodrigo Borja Cevallos lived, it was also a school in the 50’s and the site for the conservative party in the 60’s. Carlota since then lived in that house with her four children.
Carlota passed away in May of 2021, leaving behind an unmeasurable legacy not only for her family but the whole country. 3 books written, many poems recited, but above all her unmeasurable love to everyone that surrounded her. She lived a full life and was able to see Hotel Carlota which was a product of her grandson and godchild Renato’s vision.