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“We're Sure Glad We Chose This Great Hotel”
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Hotel Silberstein
Ranked #7 of 21 Hotels in Puerto Ayora
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boston
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24 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“We're Sure Glad We Chose This Great Hotel”
Reviewed July 2, 2013

We were only visiting one island, and Puerto Ayora seemed the best choice. We felt very fortunate to find a hotel so near the Darwin Research Center. We're no "spring chickens" and knew the Center grounds were going to be enough walking about for our energy level. A taxi, by the way, can only take you as far as the entrance of the park, and from this hotel, that short distance would be a waste of money. We were lucky enough to get a room on an upper level (Room 3), and found it very enjoyable. A large room, nice bathroom, a table and chairs, etc. made for a comfortable setting. Good fan and airconditioning. I'd recommend asking for that partticular accomodation. Didn't use the pool, but it's very clean and inviting. Breakfast was included and served buffet style plus your choice of eggs. Quite nice. We ate at the hotel restaurant for one lunch and one dinner, and both were great. Everyone on staff is very helpful. Because of our sad lack of Spanish, the detailed help a person at the desk could offer depended on their English ability. We had a marvelous time walking to the right , as you leave the hotel, to the center of the town. Further down on the left is where the fishing boats leave ( a detailed prosess) and fishermen return to clean their catch. This results in a drama of people, seagulls, seals, boats, and beauty that you don't want to miss.As you leave the hotel to the left, there is a store where all the items are made from recycled material. Great gifts of all prices to take home. Don't hesitate to stay at the Silberstein. You won't be sorry.

Room Tip: We liked Room 3 . Only three rooms on that level. Outside the door a small drying rack for laundry...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed June 10, 2013

Great little hotel. The food is outstanding! We had a land-based Galapagos tour, so we stayed here for 5 days. The rooms are clean and the staff is really friendly. But the food was the highlight! Also located right in the center of town, so you can walk up and down the main street in the city really easily. Thanks for a great stay!

Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Santa Monica, California, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed June 1, 2013

This wasn't our first stay at the Silberstein; we returned because the hotel is pleasant with a beautiful garden, nice pool and a pretty good restaurant. It's conveniently located--just a short walk to the Darwin Center and the downtown waterfront. But beware booking travel through the hotel's front desk!

Our first tip-off should have come when we checked in and our rooms weren't ready. "No problem," said the desk clerk. "Just leave the luggage with us and it will be put in the rooms." But when we returned, the luggage was nowhere to be found. Fortunately, we had an Ecuadorian in our party who kept badgering them in Spanish until the luggage was located in a store room.

Then we booked a trip to North Seymour Island ($140 a pop) to see the colonies of blue-footed boobies...or so we thought. On the morning of the trip, we discovered we had been booked to another island because the hotel's travel agency doesn't work with the boat company that goes to North Seymour. We should have been told that in advance.

And strike three: we booked passage from Santa Cruz Island to San Cristóbal Island and were told we would be picked up and taken to the boat at 7am. 7am comes and goes and no pickup. Desk person calls the boat company and tells us no, the boat is at 2pm because the "national park has ordered it rescheduled." We decide to double check, go down to the boat company and are told they never go at 7am--that the boat is always at 2pm. And by the way, they don't pick up passengers at hotels, we have to get to the dock on our own.

Incompetence is one thing but lying to customers to cover your posterior is completely inexcusable. I'll tell friends the Silberstein is OK as a hotel but never, ever let the front desk make travel arrangements for you.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Sacramento, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed May 30, 2013

We traveled with Princess Cruises on a side excursion to the Galapagos Islands. This was the hotel they booked. What a great place! It is very quaint, reasonably priced, and centrally located in town to walk to the Darwin tortoise sanctuary and the harbor/downtown area. The rooms were clean but this is definately not for people who want fancy accomodations. The pool is great in the central courtyard. The restaurant was fabulous. We had full european breakfast and the dinner was fabulous. My uncle has special diet needs for his diabetes. They were very accomodating. I would totally recommend staying there and when we return, we do plan on making that where we stay.

Room Tip: We stayed on the upper floors, our room had two twin beds, other rooms have king and queen beds and...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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New York, New York, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed March 29, 2013

we used this hotel as our home base for our trip. It was very clean, nice looking, great pool and helpful staff. WE got the full package. I recomend getting a breakfast package but not the full food deal. I missed trying some of the local resturants. The restraunt is Very nice. THe pool is a great treat at the end of the day. the location is perfect. a 5 minute walk to the Dawin Center. You can walk all of the harbor area and back to the hotel in 15 minutes. Note: be ready with some spanish. Ordering food and asking questions will be easier for you if you have some simple knowledge of spanish. You'll be glad of it for your entire journey and the stay at the hotel

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Stockholm, Sweden
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed March 28, 2013

After sailing around the islands of Galapagos it is nice to have a few relaxing days. Hotel Silberstein was the right place for me. Here I found not only a comfortable room, a nice garden with a pool and, most of all, a good restaurant. The staff is very helpful and the manager Jan and his wife Kat seem to be able to organize all the extras you want (including a birthday party).

The hotel is near the Charles Darwin Reserach Centre and Puerto Ayora is right outside the hotel with all the service a rather small city like this can offer..

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Montgomery, Alabama
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

My husband and I stumbled upon this fine establishment and had lunch there just prior to leaving on an 8-night cruise. What a blessing that chance encounter turned out to be. The lunch was delicious. Our fish was so fresh and the owner presented as so kind, informative, and interactive. We noted that he was very active during lunch service ensuring that all customers were smiling and well taken care of.

When we returned to Puerto Ayora 8-days later, we had planned to remain on Santa Cruz for a few more nights yet we had not made hotel reservations ahead of time. Though I would not advise rolling the dice as we did and just showing up and hoping Hotel Silberstein has a room available, we were fortunate that they were able to accommodate us for a few nights! (FYI: Although we did not mind because we were so glad they could accommodate us last-minute, we did have to change rooms once because they were booked solid.)

The German-American couple who oversee operations in the hotel and restaurant were a delightful couple who offered useful tips for exploring the island. Because of them, we were able to enjoy an afternoon on an off-the-beaten-path beach and we were also able to visit an interesting little place that makes coffee (Lava Java). This coffee is to die for- organic and hand-picked!! We are still enjoying our Lava Java having brought some back to the states with us.

We would definitely recommend Hotel Silberstein as one of the top choices for moderately priced lodging in Puerto Ayora. The pool is perfect for a quick little dip to cool off and that area is surely a garden oasis. It was a quiet and peaceful place on the main drag in a great part of town near some higher end stores (like Tattoo which sells quality outdoor gear). We had ample hot water and ample internet service- although it must be stated that internet service all over the island (as you can read in other lodging reviews) is not as quick or reliable as it is in the states.

Lunch and dinner in the restaurant were excellent. In fact, not being a big sashimi fan, I must say I was encouraged by the owners to try theirs because the fish is so fresh. I am glad I did because I loved it. We also had sushi at Red Mangrove (which was good) but it did not compare to the meal we enjoyed on our last evening at Hotel Silberstein. All in all, we are just glad to have had the Hotel Silberstein experience while in Puerto Ayora.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Silberstein
Address: Av. Charles Darwin | and Seymour, 5 minutes from Charles Darwin Research Station, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
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Location: Ecuador > Galapagos Islands > Santa Cruz > Puerto Ayora
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Ayora
#4 Family Hotel in Puerto Ayora
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Silberstein 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In 1993 Silberstein family bought the former Residencial Angermeyer, it was known to be the No.1 destination for information about the Islands. It was rebuilt and today it is the Hotel Silberstein, a hotel with all amenities to fulfill the expectations and beyond of our guests from all over the world. Our 22 comfortable rooms are all equipped with individual air condition and have a private bathroom with shower and permanent hot water, heated environmentally friendly by the sun. Our Restaurant offers international food and local specialties prepared by our professional team. For a complete vacation we offer any kind of tours, such as Diving and Daily Tours, as well as airport transfers and in between the different islands. Contact us for more! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Galextur Hotel Puerto Ayora
Hotel Silberstein Galapagos Islands/Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

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