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Hotel Mainao
Ranked #16 of 54 Puerto Ayora B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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“Charming and relaxing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2008

We stayed here for 2 nights after completing a one-week Galapagos cruise. It was a quiet and relaxing interlude after a very busy week on the boat.

The place has a charming design with several very nice public spaces for hanging out. The bed was very comfortable (firm!) and hot water was excellent. No TV or phone but that's not what we were looking for. There was a public Internet computer in the patio area, though.

The location was very good, only a block from the main street but very quiet. The price was much lower than the bigger resort-style hotels.

  • Liked — Interesting design, good location
  • Disliked — Poor lighting in room
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2007

A local volunteer coordinator connected us to this unique little hostel. The name hostel is not really appropriate, since rooms contain one to three beds. Each room has its own full bath, including hot water.

The location is convenient, one block off the water, near the center of this small town. There is a lovely courtyard, interesting architecture, and real charm. Rooms are clean and well appointed in local furniture. All seemed safe and secure. Each morning a simple but fine breakfast and hot coffee were served by a cooperative staff.

We were in Puerto Ayora in the cool season, so the lack of AC may be a problem in the hottest months. However, the rooms were well ventilated through large, attractive windows. Don´t expect any language other than Spanish.

While this is no resort, the price is excellent for this convenient, well-serviced hostel/hotel - a real value.

Stayed June 2007
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Property: Hotel Mainao
Address: Matazarnos and Indefatigable Street | Acacias neighborhood, Puerto Ayora EC00000, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Galapagos Islands > Santa Cruz > Puerto Ayora
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 54 B&Bs / Inns in Puerto Ayora
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Mainao 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
MAINAO HOTEL offers its customers a range of services with a green vision that suit their requirements and needs, giving our guests the best quality experience in the Galapagos Islands.  We present 19 comfortable rooms with private bathroom, hot water, TV and air conditioning.  As well as 3 comfortable suites with mini fridge, writing desk, chair and a private balcony overlooking the sea. It Includes 1 complimentary wine and soft drinks in the room.  Ability to normal accommodating 54 people and up to 61 guests in multiple accommodation.  bar-lounge with a map of the islands for talks.  Library with free internet.  Wi-Fi in our facilities.  Safety deposit boxes in the rooms.  Luggage Storage.  Reception / 24 hours.  Laundry.  pleasant areas for relaxation in a comfortable and cozy atmosphere in harmony with nature.  We support the environment by using biodegradable products We also have a room especially suitable for people with disabilities, it has all the doors; both entry into the room and the bathroom and closet doors that open horizontally sliding for easy access to a person in a wheelchair. So the bathroom has all regulatory measures to facilitate access and provide all the bathroom fixtures and assurances to facilitate the experience for our guests with special needs.  We have all access to social areas and restaurant, it´s arranged for easy wheelchair mobility .  This room is for 2 people and the rate is identical to a standard room. ... more   less 
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Hotel Mainao Galapagos Islands/Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

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