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“Simple, but good option for Santa Cruz.”

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Galapagos Islands Hotel
Ranked #18 of 21 Hotels in Puerto Ayora
Reviewed April 2, 2013

I stayed in the hotel for 2 nights in Santa Cruz and it had it booked as part of a package. The facilities are simple but rooms are clean, have decent a/c and nice breakfast. Location was also nice, a quiet street but not too far from the port and restaurants. The pool was awful and dirty, but on average it's a good option to stay in Santa Cruz.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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1  Thank bigugelmin
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

good: A/C worked,
bad: A/C was an old model that didn't have any digital way to adjust the temperature, just a manual nob that was hard to adjust. also it was really high on the ceiling so we had to get a ladder to actually change the temperature (and i'm over 6foot tall) we were in room 10

good: they have a water purifier and they don't mind you filling your water bottle
bad: some of the staff are a bit rude and there were no black out curtains! a hotel should never have white curtains, come on now.

overall this felt like we were in a motel on a trucker route, and lots of tour groups staying here. it is far enough out of town to be an inconvenience, but it gives you a good feel for some of the other local neighborhood aspects of the city.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank kayrez
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

While in Santa Cruz we stayed at the Casa Natura, which is changing its name to Galapagos Island Hotel. This is a very well kept hotel. The room we stayed in was spacious and clean. The staff is friendly. They have a nice pool and pool-side bar. I would recommend this hotel to anyone staying in Puerto Ayora.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Orcalvr
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

This seemed to be a "Motel 6" quality hotel. The room was lit with bare bulbs, had indoor-outdoor carpeting and very cheap linens. Only one nightstand for a queen bed. It was clean but very very basic. We expected more.

The desk staff did not seem very interested in helping the guests. One evening, I let them know (in Spanish) that the drinking water on our floor was empty. The next day, it was still empty.

The breakfast was pretty good and the staff in the breakfast room were very nice.

Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
5  Thank EugeneChristina
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

My wife and I were searching for a place to stay in this island with the following criterias in mind: walkable distance to the harbor, close to the main eats and near the Turtle Conservatory, had a free breakfast, and not too expensive daily lodging rates (compared to other top hotels in Sta. Cruz.) Casa Natura fit the bill for us and we ended up staying for 5 nights.

The staff they had were very friendly. We also recieved a free upgrade to a larger room. It was massive. They had king size beds and the mattresses were comfortable. It also had a shower and tub bathroom which was of very good size.

For what we had in mind we could not find any faults in this hotel and have no qualms in staying here again if given the chance.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank lgenec
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

Rooms are very basic, almost like a semi-private room in a hostel. No bar or restaurant. Free breakfast is very nice. There is a small pool but it is not headed. No elevator. It's quite average. If they would add a restaurant, maybe a hot tub, and some amenities to the rooms, it would have potential. My balcony door (to a public balcony) broke a couple of times and my a/c did not work. And the bathroom had the poorest design I'd ever seen (the shower butted up against the sink so there was no where to stand at the sink because the shower curtain was in the way).

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 5, 2012

I stayed there one night at the end of my cruise. The place is a bit far from the main strip in Puerto Ayora. Rooms are extremely spacious, new and with huge comfortable beds (in a single room I had two king size beds). Bathroom was also huge with a shower and bathtub. The hotel has a pleasant outside patio and a small swimming pool which, however was dirty when I stayed there so did not invite plunging in. Breakfast was a basic american breakfast, nothing to remember in your dreams nor nightmares. Overall the place is nice and after staying on a boat for a few days it is great to be able to sleep in such large and comfortable beds and have so much space in the room. Anywhere else in Ecuador you would pay half the price but unfortunately or fortunately you are in the Galapagos!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled solo
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3  Thank Alter77
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Additional Information about Galapagos Islands Hotel

Address: Petrel y Floreana | Barrio el Eden, Puerto Ayora none, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Galapagos Islands > Santa Cruz > Puerto Ayora
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 21 Hotels in Puerto Ayora
Price Range: $75 - $185 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Galapagos Islands hotel is a new small charming hotel with 15 air-conditioned rooms designed to provide with comfort and leisure for the adventure traveler, including facilities such as pool, bar, breakfast area and different recreational areas. The hotel is located in the residential area of Puerto Ayora, 8-10 minutes away walking distance from the fisherman's pier and the town's main promenade where most of the boutiques, restaurants and art galleries are located. ... more   less 
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