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“What a view!” 5 of 5 stars
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Charles Darwin St, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador   |  
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Sydney, Australia
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“What a view!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2011

Overlooking the wharf, right in the midst of the action. Not that there is much in this quiet seaside haven. We arrived early, no problem gaining access to room. The struggle to the 3rd floor was well worth it. Our own 'Cupola' on the roof, air conditioning not needed as breeze wafted through our louvres. This room is very spacious, clean & we had our own sitting area on the roof top. Excellent, friendly staff provide breakfast, snacks & beer. We were offered fried eggs for a change on our 3rd morning. Tour arranged with local guide, informative & well priced.

Room Tip: Go for the Cupola!
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2011

The manager and owner, Jackie, is an artist, and this hotel is one of her canvases. Each room we saw was very different and each was interesting in its own way. Try to get a room looking out on the bay. Our room was clean and the water pressure was good enough to take a shower but not to wash your hair. The hotel is at the nexus of the town, where the passenger pier and the malecon (water front street) and the main street meet, but this is a little city and the traffic is light. The sea lions made more noise than the cars. We slept well. The malecon is well designed and well maintained. There are some very good restaurants within a few blocks. The town is a safe place. You can walk around day and night. At one end of the malecon you can watch marine iguanas and at the other end, sea lions. One of the good things about the people here is that they like sea lions. In the evenings, after dinner, many local people go for a walk on the malecon, which is well lighted, and watch the sea lion females nurse their pups.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bologna
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2011

Great owner, very friendly.
The place is very nice, kept very clean and has a perfect location and views.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2011

Very centrally positioned, a short walk from the wharf (if you are arriving by boat) and a short walk from restaurants and tour operators.
Jackie, the owner, was very nice and helpful and recommended a very good taxi driver to take us on a tour of the highlands.
We got a 2nd floor corner room which was relatively cheap, but if we had of known better we would have got the top floor 'cupola' style accomodation which looked quite interesting and was only slightly more expensive.
The rooms are very eccentrically decorated in kind of a new-age/Spanish mission fusion style (if that makes sense)
We were happy to get air-conditioning, but less happy with the street noise, lack of view, and slightly poorly maintained room (toilet needed fixing and room was slightly dirty).
The other reviews mention the relatively small open-plan rooms, electric shower heads and so on.
It is fine for a night or two, but again we would go the top floor cupola or choose another hotel if we were going to stay longer.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hampshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2011

The location and external appearance are both great. However, we did not have any water at all for three of the seven nights we stayed here. Even allowing for the poor water supply on San Cristobal, this is unacceptable. Electric shower heaters are very dangerous (neighbouring hotels do not use these). Owner Jackie is very sweet and pleasant but seems unable to deal with complaints. Rooms attractively decorated, but dust everywhere.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Kununurra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2010

First up, I found it difficult to get information about this place, so here is some contact details you might find useful: www.casablancagalapagos.com, [--].

I stayed here with a friend after a dive liveaboard on the Aggressor II, having chosen the place after reading Tripadvisor reviews. The location is absolutely perfect – right on the Charles Darwin avenue in front of the main jetty. I stayed in the Floreana room on the second level, which has a QS bed with clean sheets, air conditioning, ceiling fan, only one power point (which is fine as I bring my own power board for devices), small desk & chair, window seat, shelving & plenty of hooks to hang clothing. The room is open plan with the bathroom situated behind the ‘bed head’ wall – so beware there is very little privacy. The bathroom is very pokey – only one person at a time. Bath towels, floor mats & hand towel are supplied. Water pressure & temperature were bleak. The shower has a tap to turn on but temperature is controlled by three buttons: hot, cold or half/half (see pic of shower head). Ventilation was somewhat poor – no windows you could open at night nor flyscreen on the door. It was noisy at night – but that is what happens when you stay on the main street of town (simple remedy: ear plugs).

I had full next G mobile phone reception. No wifi is offered by the hotel – but you can get free reasonable wifi reception in most of the Galapagos Islands supplied by the government (REDGAL – there are some variations to the name depending on whereabouts you are & on what island). Otherwise, there are internet cafes along the Charles Darwin Avenue. Luggage can be stored upstairs in reception. A quick note when flying out: check your luggage in at the airport in the morning, then taxi it back to town/your hotel (most taxi fares are US$1/person) & spend the rest of the morning cruising around the cafe strip. You only need to be back at the airport 45mins before your flight with your carry on luggage – check in staff will advise you of the exact time you need to be back. The website advises they offer a laundry service.

Jacqui Vazquez is the owner of the Casa Blanca (which is tended to by her & her three daughters) – she originates from Quito but moved to the Galapagos as a child. She is an artist & this is clearly evident through her stunning hotel (built in 2004) which has 4 levels: street level has a gallery/souvenir store with a great cafe/restaurant (where breakfast is usually served – otherwise it is served on the third level, straight out of Jacqui’s personal kitchen!). The second floor has some rooms with the remaining rooms on the third level, along with the hotel reception/Jacqui’s office & personal quarters. The fourth floor is a private dome room. There are a total of seven individually themed & decorated rooms – each with different bedding configurations. Jacqui & her daughters were always happy to help & full of information. They definitely went out of their way to make sure all guests were truly satisfied.

The Charles Darwin Avenue foreshore (similar to a main bay at the end of the tourist strip); has many cafes/restaurants, bank & shops (plenty of souvenir options) - all a short stroll away which becomes lively in attracting tourists after 5pm. It was safe for me to walk this area alone at night. The Charles Darwin Avenue foreshore has stunning cactus gardens and is full of animal life: pelicans, marine iguanas & the infamous sea lions are everywhere basking in the sun! A local resident recommended Rosita Restaurante for dinner (corner Ignacio de Hernandez y Jose Villaml), which was wonderful: US$15 for a drink, garlic bread & scrumptious chicken main meal – highly recommended!! Not to mention the cafe on the street level of Casa Blanca –serving great drinks & delicious meals in a wonderful relaxing island atmosphere.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Utila, Honduras
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2010

great place to spend the night, maybe two. right across the street from the departure point for most boats, cruises and dive live aboards.
simple accommodations, decent cafe and an exceptionally charming owner.
you may be woken early by the sea lions but that's kind of cool?

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Casa Blanca

Address: Charles Darwin St, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Galapagos Islands > San Cristobal > Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa Blanca is an original and artistic Bed & Breakfast located in San Cristobal Island,Galápagos, just in front of the touristic pier and the seafront boulebard. It has six rooms and one suite (dome)with ocean view, an art gallery downstairs and breakfast included at the cafeteria of the house. Each room has its own character and hand made details of the islands. Personalized attention and heplful information for the guests who are always welcome! ... more   less 
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Casa Blanca Galapagos Islands/San Cristobal, Ecuador

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