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Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel
Ranked #2 of 21 Hotels in Puerto Ayora
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Reviewed May 1, 2014

We had the best experience at Finch Bay! It was truly pitch perfect - the excursions (amazing), the guides (Mario and Soto were super knowledgeable and fun), the food (delicious gourmet) , the rooms (big, comfortable, clean) and the hotel staff (perfect amount of attentive and personable - especially Carlos, Cesar, Pepe). My family decided this was the best family vacation yet. We are so happy to have chosen Finch Bay vs a boat. Highly, highly recommend.

Room Tip: We had a Ocean Room room and while I doubt there is a bad room, we thought it was worth the extra mo...
  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 25, 2014 via mobile

I was already feeling blissful after spending the previous 5 days on a meditation retreat on the island. And this was the perfect spot to spend my last night, relaxing under the stars in my personal hammock on the patio of my room. That's the type of place this is - very casual and relaxed with all the extra touches you might not even consider. They also had a natural plug-in scent for the rooms to repel insects - it was the subtleties I caught. On a more broad front, it's hard to ignore that the prime (and only spot nearby) for beach access was directly in front of the property. This is where I'd spent every dawn meditating and it was even better when I was just steps from my little oasis. Breakfast was included with my rate and served an excellent selection of traditional (for Americans) breakfast as well as some local options. The fresh juices were incredible, yummy omelette station, pastries, phenomenal bacon (and I'm very particular about my bacon!!) and a welcome drink when I first arrived. A fabulous location to be in a serene spot in the Galápagos. Note: you do need to take a quick ferry ride to the mainland from this spot. The resort has its own dedicated complimentary boat service which is ideal :-) Chances are, you'll be doing lot of exploring while I this trip, so you may spend much time on site at the property - that said, it's a super relaxing spot to head back to after a long day of hanging out with sea lions and iguanas!!

Stayed: March 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 20, 2014

After a week cruising the Galapagos Islands, we were so happy to hav a couple of quiet days in the Islands. Special, different kind of place. Close to nature. All modern conveniences. Wonderful pool and pool area!
Had a garden view room, close to pool and restaurant. Good beds, good bath, good AC, and safe.
Impressive breakfast! Lots of families, couples, small groups. Kid-friendly. Could be romantic too:)
Hotel's panga (zodiac) to get to Puerto Ayora, just give the guy a call.
Would definitely go back another time.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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3  Thank klangbal
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Reviewed April 15, 2014

We are just home after spending the last three days of our holiday at the Finch Bay Eco hotel. It was wonderful and all the staff were so friendly and helpful. We were glad to have a few days to relax and recover from all our early mornings on the cruise and this was a great place to do it. We could sit by the pool and have lunch with Mocking Birds and Finches looking for a share. The Great Blue Heron came for drink in the pool and the White-Cheeked Pintails seemed to like the pool too. They also spent a lot of time swimming in the little pond outside our room. If you didn't want to swim in the pool the sea was right beside the hotel and was also beautiful for swimming. The water taxi was only a short walk away and in a couple of minutes you were in the main town. We loved it and would stay again if we ever got the chance.

Room Tip: We had a garden view room which was excellent but there we also ocean view rooms which some people m...
  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 9, 2014

Finch Bay hotel is located across the bay in the town of Puerto Ayora, on Santa Cruz Island. You actually have to take a taxi boat from the main pier to the dock where the road starts and leads to the hotel. The fact that it is a bit removed from the center of the town makes the area where the hotel is located less crowded than the areas where most other hotels in Puerto Ayora are located.

The hotel is very nice and comfortable. Our rooms were ample and so were the bathrooms. I am not sure it qualifies as a 5 star hotel, but it is definitely one of the best in the area. The pool is great and the overall layout is very nice. You do feel like you are in an equatorial beach town. You also have a nice area with a jacuzzi which is great to enjoy in the evenings and nights. You also have a private little beach where you can sunbathe or just relax in the company of a few sea lions.

Food and staff where very good when we stayed there.

Room Tip: Pick a room that is not too close to the bar where there is often noise at night.
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 8, 2014

Finch Bay Eco Hotel is a beautiful and very relaxing place - the perfect place for whatever you want or need. The food and service are excellent and the staff are very friendly, personal and helpful. I would just love to come back again!

Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 24, 2014

Our family spent 4 days at this beautiful resort. Carlos and his staff were very good. The rooms were clean. They were very accommodating and made special arrangements to make sure we saw the highlights of these beautiful islands. Our guide was Mario and he made our day tours spectacular. His humor and knowledge made our days both enjoyable and entertaining. Thanks Mario for the great trip

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with family
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Address: Punta Estrada S/N | Puerto Ayora, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador (Formerly Finch Bay Eco Hotel)
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Location: Ecuador > Galapagos Islands > Santa Cruz > Puerto Ayora
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Puerto Ayora
#1 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Ayora
Price Range: $394 - $621 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The award-winning hotel enjoys a peaceful and magical beachfront location in Puerto Ayora, on Santa Cruz Island. The 21 Garden View-rooms and 6 Ocean View suites hotel makes the ideal base for exploring the natural diversity and attractions of the island – including Tortuga Bay beach – and for taking day-trips to nearby islands, aboard its own, specialized yacht. The hotel also implements best practices in sustainable tourism. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Hotel Finch Bay Eco
Finch Bay Eco Puerto Ayora
Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel Galapagos Islands/Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

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