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El Castillo Galapagos

2.5 of 5 Barrio Pampas Coloradas, Calle Isabela, Puerto Ayora EC200350, Ecuador
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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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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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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here four nights in total with great host, Alejandro. The Good: Rooms - we stayed in the front tower and the back tower and was fun. Themed right down to window shutters and lights. Big beds and plenty of space. Fridges available in all rooms. Hot water and table or sofas and a hammock in rooms too :)... More 

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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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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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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*
Number of rooms: 6
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Also Known As:
El Castillo Galapagos Galapagos Islands/Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

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