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The Views!!!!!
Plenty of outdoor space to enjoy with family and friends
Pool side bar and BBQ
Main House
Covered patio
Lots of outdoor living space
Master bedroom (upstairs)
Upstairs salon with queen size sofa sleeper
Second floor terrace
Second floor terrace with ocean views
Main floor
Main floor
Main floor
Main floor bedroom
Outdoor space
Rooftop deck
Rooftop deck
Casita Azul
Salon with twin sofa sleeper Casita Azul
Bedroom Casita Azul
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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands

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Tina S
Kitchener, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Didn't want to leave”
Reviewed August 21, 2015 for a stay in November 2014

This review is late in coming - but that doesn't reflect the rental! We absolutely adored our time in Galapagos. Staying at the Shangri-La gave us the comforts of home while being close to the action. The water taxis are a quick trip down the path, and you are in the town centre in minutes. After a day of adventures it was a quick trip back to the house, and a welcome dip in the pool to cool off. There is also a beach a short wander down the path the other way.

We used all bedrooms in the house as well as the guest house... the actual bedrooms are great, but the sofa couch was a little uncomfortable. Not an issue if you don't need that extra bed. We also had our share of Galapagos wildlife to enjoy - geckos in the garden (and one "house gecko" as we dubbed him), plenty of finches to sing at you while having a drink on the patio... The cleaning lady will come as often as you book her so the house was always in great shape. And the rooftop deck is an amazing place to stargaze after dark!

The owner has a manager looking after rentals who will also book tours for you. We took full advantage of that - booking a week's worth of sights. The manager was a pleasure to deal with, as were the tour staff she provides.

Having a great place to stay helps with the spirit of a vacation and this house definitely raised ours. We had a fantastic time, didn't want to leave, and would definitely stay again.

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Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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Management Response
Aug 22, 2015
Hi Tina,

I am so glad everyone had a wonderful time visiting the Enchanted Islands.
You are right about the sofa beds..
When we were there during the summer we replaced the mattress on the upstairs sofa bed and added two twin daybeds to phase out the other sofa beds to make our guests more comfortable.
When you return to Galapagos Shangri-La will be waiting for you!
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Kim A
Vancouver, Canada
1 review
“we loved our two weeks at the Shangri-la!”
Reviewed May 26, 2015 for a stay in March 2015

My family of six people stayed at the Shangri-La for two weeks in March 2015. The group included two children, two teenagers and two adults. The main house was large enough to accommodate all of us very comfortably. We enjoyed the location, the pool and the hospitality. We couldn't have asked for a better arrangement for our Spring 2015 Family Vacation. Thanks to Janet and her team of support staff in the Galapagos!

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Liked best: Location, large size, comfort
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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luv2bike2
Park City, Utah
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Perfect in every way.”
Reviewed December 27, 2014 for a stay in December 2014
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My parents, two teens, husband and I spent five nights at the Shangri-La during our recent trip to the Galapagos, and loved every minute of our stay. The big house and the casita are beautifully and comfortably finished for sleeping, fixing meals, relaxing after a day of exploring. Four of us stayed in the big house, my parents in the Casita - all of us were pleased with our accommodation. Location is a very short (one minute) 60 cent ferry taxi across the bay from Puerto Ayora - easy to hop into town for groceries, eating, tours if you turn left off the property / short walk (less than 200 steps!) to the swimming lagoon in front of Finch Bay Lodge if you turn right. Co-ordination with the owner Janet (via Galapagos Exclusive Tours) is friendly, helpful, and responsive. Janet connected us with Cristina, who manages the property. Cristina (via Galway Tours) co-ordinated tours and transfers individualized to our needs and preferences. Having a pool and a breezy roof-top patio afforded cool, comfortable spots to read, chat, and relax. Thanks, Janet to you and your professional team of care takers (Cristina, Gloria, and Miguel) for everything! We all hope a return visit to Shangri-La will be in our futures.

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Liked best: Location, comfort, beauty of property and surrounding area
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Extended Family
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DanRanfou...
Dallas, Texas
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A little piece of paradise”
Reviewed June 29, 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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We LOVED the Shangri-La. We rented the big house for our family of four and the owners were kind enough to not book the smaller house on the property so we had the public areas (pool, barbecue) to ourselves.

It was delightful to start our day with a dip in the refreshing pool and end our nights by soaking in the rooftop hot tub with beautiful views of the bay. Each room has its own air conditioning system so each family member could choose the temperature of the room.

The property is within walking distance of Las Grietas (so worthwhile) and the German Beach (so so). We would definitely stay here again.

The only negative was that the dishwasher did not work, nor did the jacuzzi jets.

Traveling group: Teenagers
Your age range 35-49
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TravEng
Boston, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
118 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Just Three Letters.....W-O-W!!”
Reviewed May 30, 2014 for a stay in March 2014
8
people found this review helpful

This place is one of the most amazing houses I have ever rented. The views from the top deck were breathtaking and everything in the place inside and outsdie was just amazing. Luxury everwhere and trust me I sat in every location and soaked in the peace and quiet of the surroundings but the hammocks are by far the best. The pool was a luxury but it really came in handy every day as we started and ended our day in that pool. We wished we could have taken it home with us as it was so nice. Overall, everything was well above our expecations and let us not forget that Janet was extremely helpful with settting everything in motion and responded right away to all our questions or concerns. In addition, Janet also set us up with folks that ran some really nice day tours throughout the islands. For me, staying in Shangri-La was just an awesome experience that I will never ever forget!

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Liked best: The quietness of the property and the pool. A true vacation home!
Liked least: All positives not one negative
Traveling group: Other
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Large groups
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Tatiana B
West Tisbury, Massachusetts
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great for Family vacation”
Reviewed April 4, 2014 for a stay in March 2014
2
people found this review helpful

We had a wonderful week, family gathering around the pool and bar area with barbecue lunches and dinners.
The property is very private and comfortable for our whole family and safe for the children. We will highly recommend this property if you are looking for a clean, comfortable and relaxing place to stay while you enjoy going diving, snorkeling and day trips in the Galapagos.

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Katie P
Winnipeg, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Fantastic place to stay in the Galapagos”
Reviewed February 10, 2014 for a stay in January 2014
5
people found this review helpful

My husband and I just returned from our one week stay at the Galapagos Shangri-la and we were more than impressed. From the moment we arrived we were so happy to have chosen to stay here rather than the hotels that we located close by. Upon our arrival we were greeted by the very friendly house manager. She took the time to show us were everything was in the house and even gave us some good recommendations of restaurants to try in town.
The kitchen has every modern appliance that you would expect, including and ice maker (which was very necessary). We were expecting to have to go into town to purchase our own water, however we were pleasantly surprised to find that bottled water was provided to us.
The pool was so nice to have, as the weather was incredibly hot. Additional pool towels were also kindly provided.
We really enjoyed spending time on the roof top balcony. I fell asleep in those fantastic hammocks many times.
The bathrooms were always clean. Unlike people whom we met in town, we always had hot water for showering.
The location of the house was very convenient. To get to the main area of Puerto Ayora, if was just a quick 2 minute water taxi ride at the price of 60cents (1$ after 6pm). The water taxis come quite often and all that you need to do it just stand by the stop and one will stop for you. In town, you can purchase all the necessary grocery items, book any tours, and find all the restaurants.

Overall, my husband and I would definitely stay here again. As recycling is just getting started and a little harder to come by (although they do recycle at the house), I would recommend bringing your own refillable water bottle from home. I would also recommend bringing your own pocket sized flashlight. Some nights, the lights along the path were out so we were glad that we had brought ours.

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Liked best: Everthing!
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Families with young children Large groups
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