Answered by The Penny Pincher
Great question, but a little difficult to nail down an answer since Ecuador has a fairly large coastline. So let me give you my limited knowledge of a few places that I am familiar with. But first make note of this web site that provides comprehensive information about Ecuador http://www.thebestofecuador.com/maccom.htm. I like it because it allows you to search hotels regionally.
Hostal de La Rábida is an old traditional house recently restored into a first class South American boutique hotel. It offers guests the gracious atmosphere and style of a beautiful home located in the heart of Quito, Ecuador near most places of historical and tourist interest as well as restaurants, banks, travel agencies and shopswww.hotelrabida.com
The Swissotel Quito http://www.swissotel.com/homepage.asp, from this web page choose the city of Quito Ecuador. This is an elegant hotel that caters mostly to the business crowd; however, they offer excellent rates and it is a good place to use as a base if you wish to discover the historical city of Quito, and enjoy the luxury amenities of a top scale hotel.
A nice beachside hotel is Alandaluz, on a privileged natural area in Ecuador. This hotel is inspired by the idea of living in a healthy alternative community, self-sufficient through the practice of organic agriculture, with a close working relationship and dedication to the neighboring communities.
Rates run from $5 to $20. http://www.planetecuador.net/alandaluz.htm
Overall, I think your timing is good for a trip to Ecuador. Crowds are low, flights are not very full and many fine hotels are offering very good discounted rates. You should anticipate paying $10 to $124 for hotel rates.
Have a great trip,