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“Great Location, A Bit Worn”

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Casa Opuntia Galapagos
Reviewed February 29, 2012

Casa Opuntia is located right on the water along an area heavily frequented by sea lions. It is an easy walk to many beach areas. While our room was spacious, it was a bit worn. It also suffered from a frequent lack of hot water in the shower. The hotel was family run and the service was fine. I am not sure what else is available on Sab Cristobal, but if you are not seeking luxury (or hot water), this hotel is fine.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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CustomerService C, Customer Service at Casa Opuntia Galapagos, responded to this reviewResponded April 19, 2012

Dear Wedgewood1,
Thank you for your review, we are happy to hear you have enjoyed your stay! Casa Opuntia is definitely located in a privileged spot in San Cristobal where sea lions can be appreciated really close and moreover they are not fear towards men. The Galapagos Islands for sure are a special place!
You visited us in a time when we had a glitch with the water pump, we are very sorry about this unpleasant situation and I am pleased to let you know that we have invested in a new water pump system, so we won’t experience problems with lack of hot water in the future. As well, we would like to mention that we are constantly fixing the damage in the rooms caused by time and weather conditions. I would like to point out that Casa Opuntia is not a luxury hotel (as a matter of fact there are no luxury hotels in San Cristobal Island), it is a Tourist Superior Hotel that offers quality services related to its category.
Again thanks for visiting us and we hope to welcome you again in a very close future!
Customer Service
Hotel Casa Opuntia
San Cristobal – Galapagos

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Reviewed January 17, 2012

We only stayed at the Casa Opuntia for 1 night (Christmas Eve 2011). Unfortunately we were unable to book an ocean view room which we would recommend, however we found our pool view room clean & spacious, breakfast served on the terrace overlooking the harbour was excellent, & the staff were incredibly helpful. In line with other reviews, a couple of new curtains would not go amiss. The road in front of the hotel is pedestrianised, so no passing traffic noise.

We would recommend this hotel if you are looking to board a boat in Puerto Baquerizo Harbour the following day (as we did), as it is no more than 200 yards from the pier & only a short stroll into town

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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 31, 2011

Needs a lot fonupdating, not much more to say than that. Everything from paint, fixtures, new linen!!! And towels, etc. No longer looks like the photos on their site or rather the exterior is still beautiful but the interior has sadly been neglected for a long time. wanted to enjoy this so much, but sadly quite disappointed.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 1, 2011

My husband and I stayed here as part of a package with Adventure Life. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and the location was very convenient for day trips (snorkeling, kayaking and hiking) and walks along the board walk (with many shore birds, crabs and seals). It has great waterfront views and a nearby beach with sea lions. Sometimes the sea lions and other sounds did keep us up a bit at night but ear plugs can solve the problem. And the food was delicious - fresh and home cooked!!! Loved it.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 31, 2011

This place was fabulous. Rooms that look out over the ocean. very friendly staff. The food for breakfast and dinner was delicious and fresh. Also, it was very appreciative that everything worked in the hotel like the hot water. Go out for snorkeling, come back and read a book in the hammock while looking out over the ocean, take a walk with sea lions nearby, and then return for delicious food. Felt like a really homey family place.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Brett B
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Reviewed August 5, 2011

Staff were lovely and we had a lovely stay here. The hotel is reasonably well maintained but just needs a little bit of refurbishment in some areas.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank AnneandMark
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Reviewed May 5, 2011

This is not a new hotel. Some of the rooms front on the beach side, the others are in a back building where the windows look out over an empty overgrown lot. We had the former but that turned out to be okay as our room was quiet and the ones facing the beach had the noise of partiers most of the night. The food was fine, the pool was fresh water, and the staff helpful. Their knowledge of English was limited. They let us use their computer to send some brief email. The location of the hotel is within walking distance of everything in the town plus the very nice visitor's center for the Galapagos and hiking paths. The hotel has kayaks which we used and these were very satisfactory. Their staff helped us carry the kayaks to the beach. All in all, I would stay there again.

  • Stayed: April 2011
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Additional Information about Casa Opuntia Galapagos

Address: Charles Darwin S/N | Playa de Oro, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno 179217, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Galapagos Islands > San Cristobal > Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
Price Range: $139 - $224 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Casa Opuntia Galapagos 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The legendary Casa Opuntia is our landmark hotel in San Cristobal Island. We offer 13 comfort class rooms, some with ocean front balconies, as well as a common seating and lounging area overlooking the boardwalk. You are only a few meters away from Playa de Oro Beach and from the small, lazy port town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Take a refreshing dip in our small, fresh-water swimming pool while you enjoy a cocktail before sunset. ... more   less 
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Casa Opuntia Galapagos Hotel Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
Casa Opuntia Galapagos Galapagos Islands/San Cristobal, Ecuador

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