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“We never wanted to leave the Iguanna Crossing Hotel!”
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Iguana Crossing
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Puerto Villamil
Certificate of Excellence
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
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“We never wanted to leave the Iguanna Crossing Hotel!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2012

My sister and I will always treasure our precious time at the Iguanna Crossing. This was one of the most beautiful places that I have ever had the pleasure of visiting. The service was wonderful. We felt like we were the only guests! Isabela is well worth the extra effort , and the Iguana Crossing is well worth the splurge. I hope to return someday. If you are fortunate to find yourself in the Galapagos, I humbly ask you to pick up some trash and recycle what you can. The responsibility to protect and preserve the precious Galapagos Islands lies with each and every one of us. Thank you! Terry S.

Room Tip: Ocean view!!!! Fall asleep to the sound of the ocean!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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juandanielco, Gerente at Iguana Crossing, responded to this review, November 16, 2012
Dear Terry S:

We also treasure the moments we got to spare with you and your sister.
It was our privilege to have welcomed you at the hotel.
We hope you return soon, and we thank you for the advices expressed in your review for our future guests, since the conservation of the islands depends not only in us the residents, but in great measure of each turist that has the privilege of visiting the enchanted islands.
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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2012

We loved our trip to the Galapagos islands and our stay at the Iguana Crossing was the highlight of the trip. The room was great and so was the food. We swam with the Green turtles and saw some of the most amazing anamals. No wonder Darwin was so inspired. The people and location of Iguana Crossing were also first rate. Highest recommendation.

Room Tip: Choose a room away from the swamp in the back. It gets a little smelly.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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juandanielco, Gerente at Iguana Crossing, responded to this review, November 16, 2012
Dear Frank H:
We thank you deeply for your possitive review about our hotel and work. We´re very glad that the island offered you the opportunity of having a close experience with it´s magnificent fauna and people.
We´ll keep on working hard trying to have every and each guest as satisfied as you describe in your kind review.
Cheers from Galapagos and until the next time we hope
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2012

The location of the hotel is beautiful, in front of the hotel there is a beautiful beach with white sand and clear blue water and behind the hotel there is a lake where you can see the iguanas swimming. Absolutely gorgeous! The hotel itself has a very nice architecture with a lot of wood and other natural materials which are very well taken care of. The hotel really melts in nicely with the environment.

Arriving at the hotel you meet Juan Daniel who explains about hotel and island which is a really nice touch. Entering the room you'll find a enormous and very comfortable bed and nice view with a beautiful bathroom and lovely decoration.

The food is awesome, so nice. I can really recommend it. I agree with lonely planet which says it's the best on the island! And it's al ecological!

The hotel is great we where so pleased! Can really recommend it! It's must be he best hotel on the island.





  • Stayed September 2012
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juandanielco, Gerente at Iguana Crossing, responded to this review, November 16, 2012
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Estimada Corinaswe:

Agradecemos mucho su favorable opinión del hotel y su privilegiada ubicación.
Tenemos el agrado de poder tratar de forma personal con la gran mayoría de nuestros huéspedes, y procurar brindar una grata experiencia todos.
Esperamos tenerlos con nosotros en una nueva oportunidad.
Saludos desde Isabela!!
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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2012 via mobile

Iguana Ctossing is the nicest hotel in Isabela Island in Galapagos, Ecuador. The service is amazing, the food is to die for, the people are great and you will be suprised by the details. They will hook you up with anything you need, Wether it is a boat ride or plane to another Island, a tour, or a good place to eat. The views from all the rooms are beautiful, wether you get an ocean view or a volcano view. They will have the jacuzzi ready for you to enjoy after a morning of a activities, and everyone there majes sur e you have everything you need at any time.

Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Washington, D.C.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2012

Iguana Crossing is a wonderful property. Rooms are comfortable, clean. One downside is the pump-action shower - a water saving feature. It just requires you to hold a button the entire time. Pool is beautiful and it was wonderful to sleep with the doors open and hear the surf from the beach. Isabela only has a few restaurants and attractions, but Iguana Crossing is close to all of it. The only negative to the hotel were the food choices. The included breakfast lacked choices and was uninspiring. The menu for lunch and dinner is otherwise overpriced, especially when compared to the deals one can get in town.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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juandanielco, Gerente at Iguana Crossing, responded to this review, September 6, 2012
Dear eck2005:

We thank you deeply for your possitive review about our hotel and staff.
We understand that our showers and sinks can be sometimes and issue for some of our distinguished guests, but the water saving devices are a responsability towards the beatifull island we have the luck to be placed at, and the fact that it doesn´t count with lots of natural sweet water sources.
We want you to know that thanks to your advices about our breakfast ,we´re permanently working to provide more choices on it.
Once again thank you for your visit, and hopefully until the next time.
Best regards
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Hermosa Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2012

We just returned from our honeymoon to the Galapagos islands and we stayed three nights at the Iguana Crossing hotel. The hotel is definitely an amazing place and was very relaxing for the last three nights of our honeymoon (we wish we could have stayed longer). We stayed in room 12, which was very nice and clean and had an amazing view. We only wish it had had a balcony, but still we were very happy. The hotel itself is a great facility in a great location. It is located next to the start of the trail that leads to the turtle breeding ground and is on the road that leads to the Wall of Tears. It is also very close to the Casa Rosada bar/hotel which has an awesome happy hour.

Iguana Crossing is depicted perfectly in the pictures on tripadvisor and the hotel website. The pool and deck area are beautiful, and the hot tub and lounge area on the top offer spectacular views. The bar area and restaurant are very nice as well with comfortable lounge chairs.

The food was excellent at the hotel - we loved the daily breakfast the hotel provided (which somehow we didn't know was included...so an extra bonus for us!) and the lunch and dinner meals we ate there were delicious. The ceviche was fresh and tasty, and my chicken apassionato was great.

The service at the hotel was also top notch - Daniel, Jackie, and Marie were extremely helpful in catering to anything we needed while we were there. Daniel also had complimentary wine sent up for us since it was our honeymoon, which was a classy touch. I talked a bit with Daniel about San Isabela island, and it was very interesting to hear about the delicate balance between developing the island and preserving its fragile ecosystem. I was also very impressed to find out that Daniel spoke english, french and some italian.

We liked Santa Cruz Island, but the laid back vibe and setting of San Isabela & Iguana Crossing was exactly what we were looking for.

Room Tip: Room 12 has an excellent view, but it is the only ocean view room without a balcony.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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juandanielco, Gerente at Iguana Crossing, responded to this review, September 6, 2012
Dear Hermosa_EricB

All of us (the staff) thank you very much for your very kind and descriptive review. We´re glad you found the hotel us welcoming as you describe, especially in such a special occation.
We expect that our work filled your holidays with even more great memories of your trip to the Galapagos.
We´re very happy to know as well that you remember our conversation about the truly fragile ecosystem we have the luck to be placed at, but knowing also the huge responsability this brings along.
We certainly expect you back in our beautifull island.
Best regards and until the next time
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Westbury, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

We spent 7 days of our honeymoon at this hotel and every day was just delightful. The staff was very attentive especially Daniel. He went out of his way to make us feel at home. The breakfast buffet was amazing. They had your everyday Ecuadorian food, bacon, eggs, toast and amuse boushe. Every day there was something different for breakfast. The views from our hotel room were breathtaking. When you come to the Galapagos you're coming to enjoy nature and the wildlife these Islands have to offer. The wildlife around the hotels property is just amazing. You are able to see iguanas, Flamingos and giant turtles without having to book tours. It was great to know from the locals that we were staying at the #1 hotel in Isabela.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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juandanielco, Gerente at Iguana Crossing, responded to this review, August 27, 2012
Dear Esther C:

We´re very proud to know that your stay with us was as good as described in your wonderfull review about the hotel.
It was a great privilege to have shared the memorable moments you expended at the hotel.
Bolones and yuca muchines will allways be available for you when you come back to Isabela island!
Best regards
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Property: Iguana Crossing
Address: Av. Antonio Gil, Puerto Villamil 200250, Ecuador
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Location: Ecuador > Galapagos Islands > Isabela > Puerto Villamil
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Villamil
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Villamil
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Iguana Crossing 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Iguana Crossing is Isabela's newest and most innovative hotel. Its minimalist design and superior service offer guests a privileged experience on this scarcely populated island. Iguana Crossing is located in between Isabela's extensive white sand beaches and directly behind a wildlife-filled lagoon. Iguana Crossing offers an oceanfront swimming pool, Jacuzzi, 12 fully equipped rooms and a master suite. ... more   less 
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