The owners of Hotel San Vicente Galapagos apparently are associated with La Laguna Hotel. I state this because La Laguna diverted me to San Vicente.
I was celebrating a big "0" birthday and my sister was flying-in from Chile to greet me. My flight was 4 hours late, requiring me to miss the last ferry fr P. Ayora to Isabela. I called from my plane in Guayaquil to notify them (using expensive time on my phone) & told them I'd be on the next ferry (I had booked for 5 days). I phoned before the next ferry left P. Ayora and "No problem!" I phoned upon landing at the ferry dock in P. Villamil. "No problem." After a 5-min taxi ride to La Laguna, "Oh, we thought you'd canceled! We gave your room away." I've traveled to 50 countries solo, as well as lived in 50. I'm not new to this game.
So, instead of an overview of the lagoon w flamingoes, I was taken to San Vicente, where a rooster and dogs barking kept-me up (not the hotel's fault, of course). My expectations had already been biased. La Laguna had insisted, "Yes, yes, San Vicente has TV!" (As, for my birthday, it was just going to be watching TV w my sister as a celebration). No TV. Air conditioner (ductless, so very loud) did work well.
Breakfast was fine & included, but when we returned from a tour & requested lunch. "No. You have no reservations." Quite disappointed w this event. P. Villamil is very rural and the local restaurants either would not accept my sister & I without a reservation or were closed. San Vicente did not alert me to this fact.
A mother/daughter duo whom we met on the ferry told us that their hostal down the street from San Vicente, greeted them w drinks, told them the history of the island, and arranged trips for them. Not so at San Vicente.
However, the young lady at reception did go out of her way to phone our taxi driver back in P. Ayora as well as our next hotel (Angermeyer). She did this graciously & without expectation of anything in return (I did tip her). She was very kind.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel San Vicente Galapagos is dedicated to provide the highest quality of service and comfort to each and every of its guests. We like to complement your visit to the Galapagos as perfect as possible. We are proud to say that Hotel San Vicente has become one of the most popular of the Galapagos hotels on Isabela Island, which we believe is due to our standard of excellence and personal commitment to our guests. From our Galapagos hotel you can arrange a variety of land tours that are sure to leave you breathless. The natural beauty of the islands will amaze you while you enjoy a comfortable and superior service from the friendly staff of our Hotel San Vicente Galapagos. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel San Vicente Galapagos Galapagos Islands/Isabela, Ecuador