Quito Ecuador – “Lisa, how much does it cost to stay at Hotel Andino?” my friend Stephen asked a few weeks ago.
“I don’t know – I don’t remember,” I replied, “It’s been a long time since I paid to stay there…”
He laughed, and I gave a quick summary. Their sweet hotel has many opportunities for touches of art, and we trade art for the hotel costs.
Recently I stayed in room #5 which is quite lovely, and there were several areas that seemed perfect for original splashes of art. Years ago another artist painted the hummingbird and flower in the bathroom, but the hotel’s well-scrubbed maintenance and new applications of white paint slowly altered the design. A bit of mildew also lurked around and beneath the pale colors. Continue reading