Although hotels are Isabela are limited, this one did not live up to our expectations. We learned how difficult it was to try and book hotels on our own (outside of an organized tour or agency), but still chose to maintain our independence.
Hotel Albemarle is ideally situated directly on the beach, and our room was rather large, but it appeared that the property was in a state of disrepair. Furnishings were simple but adequate, and the bathroom had higher end finishes, but the faucet was falling off on one of the sinks, no shower curtain and a strong odor from the toilet when left open. The air conditioner worked well and cooled quickly. A water cooler was provided in the room which seemed like a great feature until we went to drink the water in our water bottle and saw the larvae swimming in the water. It was promptly swapped out.
The very small pool area looks pretty in the picture, but was green on the bottom, and the hot tub did not work - so no usage during our entire stay. There is a very large open air deck on the top floor that provides the view in the picture, but there is no furniture available. Breakfast was simple and adequate as well.
I would summarize this as a hotel with a ton of potential, and in need of some TLC.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located directly on the pristine white sand beach of Galapagos' most beautiful and peaceful island, Hotel Albemarle offers guests a chance to explore an array of natural wonders from the comfort of its most luxurious hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Albemarle Hotel Isabela
- Hotel Albemarle Galapagos Islands/Isabela, Ecuador