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Finch Bay Eco Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Barrio Punta Estrada, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador   |  
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Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Puerto Ayora
Mercedes, Texas
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

I spent seven nights at Finch Bay and it was fabulous. The facilities were beautiful. The staff was outstanding. Everyone that worked there was friendly and helpful. The food was delicious and the day trips were beyond anything I imagined they would be. The guide were excellent. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone and i would definitely go back.

Room Tip: Ask for an ocean view room.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

We spent three nights at Finch Bay after our cruise around the Galapagos Islands. Having taken the water taxi we were met by a hotel employee who transported our bags whilst we made the 5 minute walk to the hotel. We were allocated a sea view room which was very spacious and extremely comfortable. The hammock on the balcony was a very nice touch ! All the reviews I have read mention the staff, they are all very friendly and extremely helpful. We also had the "Carlos treatment", he was around all of the time asking if there was anything he could do, fetch drink, order food etc. He obviously enjoys his job and was a credit to the hotel. He excelled himself on our last night when our travel agent had organised us a special meal which Carlos arranged by the swimming pool overlooking the beach. The food was top class and needless to say service impeccable. The Argentinian steak is "to die for".
I cannot fault the staff or the hotel in anyway, it is a marvellous location for a restful few days.

Room Tip: Sea View room, more expensive but worth it
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlantic Beach, Florida
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

The hotel took care of us waiting for the ship to return that night for my family.
We missed a flight out of Miami due to weather and got a day behind on our island adventure. We were traveling Linbald Expeditions which I highly recommend for the islands or any of their expeditions. We were suppose to board the boat on the island as the plane landed but being a day late the boat had left to do their first stop of many. So we were greeted by a driver hired by the hotel and escorted to the ferry crossing to go from Baltra to Santa Cruz which is a stone throw away. Once across another hotel driver was there and we traveled across the island to Puerto Ayora.This was a great for the kids and I because everyone didn't do this and we got to see the dry side of the island, up into the highlands and back down to the town on the other side of Santa Cruz. We then boarded the water taxi from the town around the bend to Finch Bay. yes it was a little bit of a journey to get to the Bay but well worth it. We walk to the salt flats near the and jumped from the rocks at the crevices which are just short walk from the hotel. After we spent the time by the pool and beach where sea lion's were basking in the sun. We had a room for the day into late evening before the ship returned to get us, yes I said returned. What guest relations. We did have dinner at the restaurant that evening and wow what a meal fresh fish and local favorites to cheeseburgers for the kids. The staff was great from the minute we walked up the beach greeting us with fresh fruit drinks till we left at midnight later that evening. Tito the manager took care of everything coordinating our excursion with the ship later. I relaxed in a hammock on the front porch of my room while the kids got some sleep watching a full moon rise over the most beautiful little bay with accommodation in the Galapagos. Great hotel especially if your not on a ship going from island to island. It's out of town enough but you can day trip from there with day tour companies. Loved it and so did the kids.

Room Tip: All rooms had a few. The second story was little bigger feeling.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London
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53 hotel reviews
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

As the other reviews point out is a bit of an expedition to get here from the airport involving a bus ride,ferry,pick up truck and finally the Finch Bay water taxi followed by a 5-10 minute walk .Luckily the boat dropped us off at the pier and then went round to the beach abd dropped our cases there-all very efficiently done .
What stood out was the helpfulness and traning of the staff .It was clear that the manager was paying particular attention to what was going on and if a guest was waiting in the lobby he ensured they were immediately attended to .We had particular praise for Carlos who went of his way to see if we needed anything and Pepe at the bar .
the food in the restuarant was very good (if a little pricey but that reflects the location ) and the breakfast buffet was very good .We walked out one night to a restuarant called Angermeyer Point which was next to the ferry landing which was quite good but was very very quiet-we were the only people in there for most of our meal .
We had a garden view room which did lack a degree of privacy-we had to have the blinds down all of the time as passers by could see straight in to the room .The room was a little on the small side but perfectly adequate-the bathroom was a very good size .it was a little noisy early morning with guests constantly coming and going but the noise raised by slamming doors and loud conversations outside is a reflection on the guesta and not the hotel .

Room Tip: May be worth checking how much extra an ocean view costs to get a little more privacy
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

The most impressive thing about this resort is the way its employees make you feel at home. Tito, the general manager, was warm and friendly and very accommodating. Very special place. I will miss truly miss the people and the hotel.

Rooms=not luxury but very nice/comfortable. As Roberta said, no t.v. but you won't miss it.
Great bar. Excellent food.
Beautiful views.

And they've even entertained some A-list celebritites!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Melville, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

This was a lovely beach hotel and the views from the pool looking @ the beach and the Pacific Ocean were beautiful. Surprisingly, the food was FABULOUS; really gourmet!!! It is eco-friendly, so forget about bath amenities (gels, moisteurizer, etc.) Rooms were nice enough, but no TV. My husband & I would definitely recommend this place. roberta f.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

this is what I would describe as a 4* hotel but at nearly 5* prices. It may be the only hotel in Galapagos on a beach, but that beach gets crowded with noisy local families at weekends. It is OK but nothing special really. Breakfast is good. You share it with the finches that fly in to help themselves to the buffet!

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Barrio Punta Estrada, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
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Location: Ecuador > Galapagos Islands > Santa Cruz > Puerto Ayora
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Puerto Ayora
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Finch Bay Eco Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The award-winning hotel enjoys a peaceful and magical beachfront location in Puerto Ayora, on Santa Cruz Island. The 21 Garden View-room and 6 Ocean View suite hotel makes the ideal base for exploring the natural diversity and attractions of the island – including Tortuga Bay beach – and for taking day-trips to nearby islands, aboard its own, specialized yachts. The hotel also implements best practices in sustainable tourism. ... more   less 
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Hotel Finch Bay Eco
Finch Bay Eco Puerto Ayora
Finch Bay Eco Hotel Galapagos Islands/Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

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