We stayed elsewhere on the outskirts of town in the middle of nowhere for our first two nights and paid a few dollars more than the $50 it cost us here for a room with an outstanding view. Room #9 is a corner room with windows along two sides. It has two single beds, a decent size closet (no hangers), side table, small fridge, tiny tv and good air conditioning. Private bathroom with warm (not hot, hot) water if you let the shower run for a few minutes.
One of the windows has mosquito netting (in very good condition) and with that window open, we loved falling asleep to the sound of the waves lapping below us. We ran the a/c on "dry" overnight and even though it is very hot and humid here at this time of the year (March) we found this was a great combination for a good night's sleep. It gets very bright quite early but you need to be an early riser in the Galapagos, so you won't need an alarm clock!
We booked this room as "walk ins" and did not quibble with the price, especially after seeing the room in advance, despite no breakfast. There are several great breakfast spots less than a 5 minute walk from the hotel. We had good wifi reception in our room (I guess that depends on how you define good. For me it means I could actually check my mail and do some browsing on the internet without losing my connection.) We actually found all the staff very pleasant and helpful. I speak a little spanish and as an example, requested something to put along the bottom of the door to prevent the "bichas" from joining us. These black bugs are seasonal and are literally everywhere, appearing around dusk. I just don't like stepping on them. No problem! We went out and when we returned there was a towel stuffed into the gap under the door, the room had been sprayed for bugs, the beds had been made, clean towels provided (daily!). The following day, without having to ask again, it was the same thing.
We really enjoyed our 5 days staying here and I highly recommend it as a great budget choice. Any other property here with a view will cost at least 3 times the price.
- Also Known As:
- Estrella Del Mar Hotel Galapagos Islands/Santa Cruz, Ecuador