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El Castillo Galapagos

2.5 of 5 Hostel   |   Barrio Pampas Coloradas, Calle Isabela, Puerto Ayora EC200350, Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
Neela K Unionville, Ontario, Canada
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Unionville, Ontario, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

El Castillo in the Galapagos was terrific and we had a wonderful experience! The staff there was absolutely incredible and there was nothing they would not do for their guests. We had the same experience with Alejandro that other customers had, he did everything possible to accommodate our needs; Set up surfing lessons and even arranged personal tours to ALL... More

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Lawrenceville, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We spent at El Castillo 7 nights. The biggest asset of the hotel is Alejandro, the young owner, who will do anything he can to accommodate your needs. Galapagos is NOT a typical western hemisphere location. We really loved the place, which was fairly priced, and at a great location. Hasta luego Alejandro....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

This unique, quirky hostel was a fun place to stay. Our first night was in the triple room downstairs. We returned for another night at the end of our trip and were put in the upstairs tower room-- felt like Rapunzel! The son of the owner has taken over running the place and always greeted us with a smile. He... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

Staying in the El Castillo was absolutely brilliant. It is only about a 10 minute walk from the town which is quite nice and relaxing after eating your dinner. Our room was the top tower which was great - the view is outstanding! The room is very clean and it is huge. It doesn't have an air-con but there was... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Upon arriving at the hotel, we were told that they had given our room away. It was no longer available. And the hotel was sold out. Apparently someone else wanted to stay later than initially planned so they got "first dibs" on the room, leaving my girlfriend and I without a place to stay. I was very upset, obviously, and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013 via mobile

What a fun and unique hotel. It's about a 20 minute walk from the port so we took a taxi to get around. We were fortunate The owners spoke English and were very helpful with our taxi. There were no TVs in the room so they let us use the one in the lobby to watch DVD. I wish we... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Booked this place for our arrival on the Galápagos Islands. It's a beautiful castle made from lava stones. Our room was large, had 2 little balconies - I felt like Shakespeare's Juliet! We had a leak in our roof on the first night unfortunately - if we could've been bothered to tell her, she would have moved us to another... More

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Decatur, Alabama
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

We only had one full day and two half days to spend in the Galapagos. When we checked in, Alejandro asked what we were interested in doing, and he recommended several options to make our short stay as productive as possible. He then phoned the taxis, and tour operators, and set up our tours, and also collected the money if... More

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Prairie Village, Kansas
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5 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

When we arrived, they had no record of our reservation. But they did have rooms available so we stayed there. Originally intended to stay 2 nights, but after the first night we looked elsewhere. The rooms had not yet been cleaned, presumably because they didn't expect us (we booked 3 rooms). Only one room had A/C and there was no... More

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Nice, France
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

The hostel is in a quiet, residential part of town, about 10 minutes walk from the centre of town. It is a lovely castle, with many unique and redeeming features. It is also worth mentioning that it's next to a mangrove, so the area is humid and full of bugs... We had a great large room at the top of... More

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Address: Barrio Pampas Coloradas, Calle Isabela, Puerto Ayora EC200350, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Galapagos Islands > Santa Cruz > Puerto Ayora
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — El Castillo Galapagos 2.5*
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El Castillo Galapagos Galapagos Islands/Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

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