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“Best place to stay on Isabela”
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La Casa de Marita
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Puerto Villamil
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Best place to stay on Isabela”
Reviewed March 31, 2014

I spent two nights at Casa Marita in March and only wished I had more time there. It is a place to truly unwind. This clean small owner run hotel , Marita, is set on a lovely white powder sand beach.
The rooms are large, clean and better equipped than most other choices. There is a nice restaurant on the top floor overlooking the beach, with good food. Marita and the staff are welcoming and helpful. They arranged a tour of the island which was good. It is a short walk from the town. Good security at night. Will be happy to visit again.

Room Tip: Ask for a beach front room all rooms have AC.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
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Casa_Marita23, Gerente at La Casa de Marita, responded to this review, April 7, 2014
Dear Guest:

Thank you for your comment, we are proud to give our guests the best service possible, the hotel is always improving its facilities now we have solar panels to heat our water.

Sincerely,
Marita Velarde
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Bloomington, Minnesota
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Reviewed March 26, 2014

We stayed at the Casa de Marita for three nights in March of 2014 based on Trip Advisor reviews. It is right on the beach. We stayed in the second floor Mango room. A triple. Perfect for us and our daughter. Spacious. Clean. Nice patio and ocean view. Nice breakfasts. Hot water. Air conditioning good. Water on first floor commons for us to always keep our water bottles full. Quiet spot. Close to town for dinners, we walked on beach to get there. Close to the free swimming.snorkel spot. Not a large hotel. Much better deal then the more expensive choices on the other end of town that are large, more expensive, and that host the big groups. And better than the non-beach land choices. Why not stay on the beach with beach view if you went through all of the effort and expense to come here? There is no pool. Not really needed if you are doing snorkel activities. And pools are noisy. If you want a pool, go to a hotel where you live instead. One tip on activities, do the Tunnels snorkel trip, the best tour of all. Much, much better than the Tintoreras (which is OK), but the Tunnels is great if you want to snorkel with rays, sea lions, turtles, sea horses, sharks, unless that isn't good enough for you. You need to stay multiple days in this town and Island. Volcano tour also great. Could use four days to really relax and take it all in, just on Isabella. And Casa de Marita is the perfect place to stay. No parties or alcohol functions here, if you want a party and crowds go elsewhere. If you want to do lots of islands go for it, but Isabella and Casa de Marita and this town are the real deal Galapagos. People of Galapagos are great, many great restaurants to get real native food. If you want a five star all inclusive, try the highest price hotel on island, although not sure the rating.

Room Tip: Second floor view of ocean in main building. Mango triple nice size. Kitchen is above on third floor...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Casa_Marita23, Gerente at La Casa de Marita, responded to this review, March 29, 2014
Dear Guest:

Thank you for your comment, we always try to make our guests feel as confortable as possible, as you say Isabela is the real Galapagos deal.

Sincerely,
Marita Zecchettin
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Paramus, New Jersey
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Reviewed March 24, 2014

First, I would like to say -Alejandra and all the other exceptional reception staff- THANK YOU.
Helpful, accommodating and knowledgeable. I had the opportunity to meet Marita! Lovely!
You have made my stay very comfortable.(March-'14)
After finishing business in Quito- Decided to go on to the Galapagos for a brief "Want to see".
Island hopped and once on Isabela- Locals mentioned "La Casa de Marita"- They were right,
not over the top- nor worldly boutique. Just plain beautiful- on the beach, walk out of my room to hammocks & soft sands. I was in two different rooms-
#1: Violeta (Second floor) Very clean, large room, comfortable bed and good Ocean views. Bathroom a little awkward in room design but clean. Over all- good.
#2: Blanca (First floor) Perfect walk out right to beach- Private, Very clean- great Bed & Pillows.
Clean bathrooms. Over all- very good.
YES- I WOULD RECOMMEND TO BOTH COUPLES AND FAMILIES. I ALREADY HAVE!
MATTER OF FACT- ALREADY PLANNING 2ND LONGER STAY TRIP. LOVED IT!

Room Tip: Ask to see the room first-Check which one best suits you. Beach front Blanca was my choice.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
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Casa_Marita23, Gerente at La Casa de Marita, responded to this review, March 29, 2014
Dear Guest:

Thank you for your comment , we are glad you enjoyed your stay Isabela Island is really a paradise, we are hoping to see you soon

Sincerely,
Marita Zecchettin
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Duluth, Minnesota
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Reviewed March 22, 2014

Very lovely place to stay! Quality and comfort, without losing the atmosphere of this beautiful island! The staff were all very helpful, and most knew a little English. The 3rd floor restaurant always offered great-tasting food, and excellent service. Would I recommend this hotel? Yes! I already have! The sunset from our room was amazing! We were right on the beach, and could enjoy the ocean sounds from the room.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Casa_Marita23, Gerente at La Casa de Marita, responded to this review, March 30, 2014
Dear Guest:

Thank you for your comment, we are always trying to improve in our restaurant for new menu choices.

Listening to the waves is so relaxing. Isabela is an island were you can rest.

Sincerely,
Marita Zecchettin
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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Reviewed March 16, 2014

Great location, on the beach. We had a room over looking the ocean. Room was clean and roomy. It did need a little TLC. Other wise great. Good food and staff was very helpful. Also good food close by.

Room Tip: Bring non-slip shower shoes, my sister slipped and 17 stiches latter she was fine. Her A/C was funk...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Casa_Marita23, Gerente at La Casa de Marita, responded to this review, March 29, 2014
Dear Guest: we are very glad you enjoy your stay in Isabela and most of all in our Hotel
Galapagos is a magic place.

Sincerely
Marita Zecchettin
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East Fremantle, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed February 13, 2014

What a location!!! You walk out the front of the hotel to a beautiful beach where Iguanas are sunning themselves, lobos(Sea lions) playing and pelicans diving for fish in the rock pools. Rooms are very comfortable with a huge king bed and separate room for my daughter. Comfy lounge area and private balcony overlooking the beach and bay. 5 minute walk to the main square.
Restaurant is OK and breakfast was reasonable but nothing special, but there are plenty of other options nearby. Only regret was not staying longer than 4 nights.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Casa_Marita23, Gerente at La Casa de Marita, responded to this review, March 26, 2014
Dear Guest: Thank you very much for your comment, Isabela is a magical Island in the Galapagos, we are glad you enjoy your stay with us.

Sincerely,
Marita Zecchettin
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed January 16, 2014

We stayed at La Casa de Marita on our recent trip to Isabela and were very happy with the hotel. Our room was huge and clean and the bathroom was great. Another couple, whom we met on the ferry ride over, were on their honeymoon and got upgraded to a beach view room where a complimentary bottle of bubbly was waiting for them. Breakfast was also lovely and the top floor restaurant offers wonderful views. They offer dinner as well, but you do need to order it quite early - 7.00pm or so, if memory serves. However, the centre of town with its many restaurants is only a short walk away. All the hotels on the island face the same challenges, being such a sparsely populated place, but La Casa de Marita address those challenges better than a lot of the hotels we saw there. Many of the people we met on tours told us they wished they had booked there instead. The staff were friendly and helpful and even packed us a small take-away breakfast on the morning we had to catch the first ferry off the island. The ferry, by the way, is a speedboat that seats about 20, which is usually packed full. The trip takes two hours and the waters can be rough, so try and get a seat in the back, keep your eyes on the horizon and take some tablets well in advance if you ever suffer from any motion- or seasickness. We went just fine, but others weren't so lucky. If you're planning to hike up to Sierra Negra, take about twice as much water as you think you'll need and don't wear anything too warm - it gets very hot near the top around midday, but it's worth it. Isabela is a wonderful destination, we had a great time there and our accommodation at La Casa de Marita was a big part of that. We'd stay there again.

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Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Casa_Marita23, Gerente at La Casa de Marita, responded to this review, March 13, 2014
Dear Guest:

The opinions you have heard from others during your trip have just cheerfully surprise us. We would love to receive each and every one of them in our house. About the champagne bottle, it is a gift from the hotel to the honeymooners in order to celebrate their happiness. As we are aware of the need of some light food for the 6:00 o’clock speedboat, we always offer a packed breakfast for our guests. All the meals are cooked at the moment, the food is always fresh, and that’s why we highly recommend to order in advance, moreover, we take dinners’ orders since the afternoon or morning, or even the night before. The staff is willing to give you the best any time you decide to come back to Isabela for living the Galapagos experience.

General Manager

Marita Zechettin
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Property: La Casa de Marita
Address: Conocarpus S/N, 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
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Villamil
#2 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Villamil
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — La Casa de Marita 3*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Marita’s house is a first class hotel in which you can enjoy the natural charms of Isabela Island, because it is located on the white sands of Puerto Villamil, offering an incomparable view of the colorful beaches of Galapagos Islands. Marita’s house combines harmonically the standards of the best quality hotels with a cozy familiar, hospitality to offer a pleasant and comfortable stay. Quality and warmth characterizes the services of lodging, restaurant and recreation that Marita’s house offers. ... more   less 
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