We were three women traveling together for a short stay in Galapagos. Found El Castillo on the Internet and they had triple rooms, so we gave it a try. We could not have been happier with the choice.
The place is a castle built about 40 years ago and it has some odd twists and turns (owing to the first owner who was a world traveler and added any feature he liked). The current owner is a woman whose youngest son, Alejandro, works the front desk and breakfast. What wonderful people they are!
Breakfast, we were told was from 7-8. On our second day, we had a 6:45 pick-up so we figured we would just skip breakfast, but Alejandro got up to set-up for us. I asked him why and he said "Because you needed to leave early." breakfast was simple -- cereal, yogurt, fruit, bread and cheese, but we were offered eggs as well.
Our room had three screen door in addition to the main entrance. Two doors led to litte balconies; the third led to a short walkway and bridge that connected it to another part of the house. We were on the 2nd floor, in a room with one king and 1 single bed. Shower ALWAYS had hot water. Towels were always provided and the staff could not have been more accommodating.
If I HAD to offer a negative, it would be that there bath mats were too small and thin and we always seemed to get them soaking wet (but that could just be the way we showered!)
The hotel is not near the "happening area" but taxis cost $1 (yes a dollar) and take you there quickly.
WARNING: They only accept cash, so be prepared. Our room was $105 per night for the 3 of us, plus the standard 22% tax. We felt this was a real bargain and consider the castle one of the highlights of our visit to Galapagos. Give them a try; you won't be disappointed!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A lovely place, built in volcanic stone, local travel agent and everything you'll need to guarantee satisfaction on your stay ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Castillo Galapagos Galapagos Islands/Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz