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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 May 8, 2013
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

We walked around Puerto Ayora looking for accommodation for a few nights. Until we stumbled across this place, the others we had encountered were either too pricey, unwelcoming or just a little too shabby. We loved El Castillo! The rooms were clean, spacious and the fan was more than adequate to cool the room. It's a 15 minute walk to... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

A little way out of the centre of Puerto Ayora, but still that's only a ten minute walk from the water front, and you get to see a little life on the way there apart from travel agents and souvenir shop. The building is a castle-like structure built of lava and we had a very large room with a little... More

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

The thought of staying in a castle sounds appealing but it needs a LOT of work. Rooms seemed unclean even if they were just cleaned. The shower was tough to get warm. Overall everything just looked really run down. The upside was the owners/staff were very hospitable. For some reason there seemed to be frequent domestic fights/arguements happening while we... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

We booked El Castillo well in advance in fear of not being able to find available places in Santa Cruz. After we arrived there we realized that given the fact that it was the "off season", we could have booked a much nicer place for less than what we paid. To make it worse, we didn't realize that the 22%... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

We booked the Hostel 3 Months in advance due to High Season on Galapagos. The Reservation was confirmed. When we arrived, they told us, they have given our room away one day before!!! Don't book it, if you don't want to get disappointed.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

Probably the most memorable room we have ever stayed in...our daughter in the tower above us. Really lovely. The owners were very friendly and breakfast was good...trays are available for a DIY breakfast in bed! Booked through Booking.com, but realised when we arrived that we were paying maybe double the going rate so we moved after a couple of days... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

The staff was friendly and helpfull, but we found the price way too high for what we got. The room was dark and not so friendly looking. We found a better place to stay in the main street, for half the price.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2012

Upon check in we met the owner's son, Alejandro. He took us on a hike to his favorite place (Las Grietas) and took us out to see the local scene and made fresh coconut juice from a tree on the property. The room had one queen bed, one twin and one hammock and was well maintained throughout our stay. They... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

We were three women traveling together for a short stay in Galapagos. Found El Castillo on the Internet and they had triple rooms, so we gave it a try. We could not have been happier with the choice. The place is a castle built about 40 years ago and it has some odd twists and turns (owing to the first... More

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London, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

I loved the unconventional castle. I got a great big room that was very well kept throughout my stay. It is close to everything you would want to see and if you want to rent a bike or snorkel it is available. The staff was awesome and very hospitable. I loved my stay I would highly recommend El Castillo. The... More

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Address: Barrio Pampas Coloradas, Calle Isabela, Puerto Ayora EC200350, Ecuador
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Location: Ecuador > Galapagos Islands > Santa Cruz > Puerto Ayora
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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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Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
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A lovely place, built in volcanic stone, local travel agent and everything you'll need to guarantee satisfaction on your stay ... more   less 
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