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“WISH WE NEVER HAD TO LEAVE”
Review of Hotel Solymar

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Hotel Solymar
Ranked #5 of 21 Hotels in Puerto Ayora
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 9, 2013

We booked an incredible Galapagos vacation through the Galapagos Travel Center (based in Quito). We chose an oceanfront room at the Solymar, and I have no idea how much of our total cost was related to lodging. We were pre-paid for scuba diving, dinners at several restaurants, and our room at the Solymar. We greatly enjoyed this hotel - and, in fact, loved the fact that there was no television. We do understand that management will be installing TV in the future, based upon customer demand. I echo the kudos for the hotel staff - I can't say that I've ever stayed anywhere in the world where customer satisfaction was not the highest priority of the staff - beginning with the reception desk, housekeeping, bartender & the breakfast buffet servers. We enjoyed the view of the sea from our room and the relaxed sea lions who joined us at the bar each afternoon. Location was particularly ideal for our dives out of Scuba Iguana, and for visiting the Darwin Center & shops downtown. We would stay here again in a heartbeat. We wish them well!

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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 7, 2013

Very helpful staff, location close to everything. Sea lions and iguanas right next to the pool. Warm breakfast everyday. We loved our 6 day stay over Thanksgiving! They helped us with planning our trips and answered all questions. They got in touch with our hotel on Isabela when we had some questions. Nice, relaxing place. We hope to visit again some day. Galapagos is wonderful and Solymar made our visit all the more memorable.

Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 27, 2013

But were received efficiently and friendly, our slight irritation due to tiredness neutralized. We weren't very nice, they were. Whatever we needed, the hotel staff tried to provide it. They were courteous, charming, reliable and helpful throughout.

We stayed in the Isla Sol part of the hotel which was a little less fun because there was no view of the sea, but the terrace giving to the sea was always accessible, the jacuzzi just the right temperature, and the iguanas happy and relaxed. Breakfast was plentiful and a couple of fried eggs were prepared BY HAND on request.

Your agency offers you the Solymar? Grab it!!!

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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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HotelSolymar, Owner at Hotel Solymar, responded to this reviewResponded December 1, 2013

Dear RosemaryLima_Peru,

Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel!

We were so glad that your check in experience helped change the tone of your day. Our receptionists understand that our guests travel from far and wide to arrive here and that can be tiring.

Thank you for the comments about our terrace, our baby iguanas have made a little colony on the front deck and the large male iguana has taken claim to his part of the patio as well for mating season.

Hope you can join us again in the near future!

Sincerely,

Allison de Perez

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Reviewed November 22, 2013

We stayed when the seaside part of the hotel was under construction (so we stayed in the other part). The staff, Jonathan in particular, were super friendly and amazingly helpful! The owners were around all the time, and amazing and helped ensure we had a great time. The rooms are perfect, the food is great and overall amazing experience!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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HotelSolymar, Owner at Hotel Solymar, responded to this reviewResponded December 1, 2013

Dear bxx2013,

Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel.

We are so delighted that you enjoyed your stay. Our founder, Jimmy Perez, spend countless hours serving our guests and his sons have the same philosphy. Our front desk supervisor well be so pleased to hear that he made your stay special.

We hope you enjoyed a safe trip home.

Sincerely,

Allison de Perez

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Reviewed November 22, 2013

We arrived after lunsh and left after an early breakfast. A warm and friendly welcome, a very good room with seaview (close to the outdoor bar - but no noise during the night!) and a very good breakfast. We would have liked to stay longer ---

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 19, 2013

The food is good. The entertainment from the pool.oceanside iguanas and the seagulls is priceless. I cannot think of anyplace more delightful to have a burger and fries

Service is also excellent. Waiter and bartender was quick to refill drinks. Very convenient location right in the heart of Ayora

Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

The hotel is very nice, but I need to factor in the price. I spent three days on San Cristobal with hot water, so out of desperation, I booked the one place I was sure would have it for my return to Puerto Ayora. I had a lovely view of the ocean, the breakfast was exceptional and my room was nice with a great balcony.

The downside? No TV, the room was simple and I didn't feel I got a lot for my money.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Jeremy L
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HotelSolymar, Owner at Hotel Solymar, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2013

Dear Jeremy L,

Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel.

We are glad to hear that your stay was enjoyable. At the moment we are renovating our ocean view tower changing our decor to better compliment the Galapagos atmosphere, they'll be completed November 1, 2013. On your next visit we look forward to inviting you to stay in our new rooms. Safe travels!

Sincerely,

Allison Schaffer de Perez
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Additional Information about Hotel Solymar

Address: Ave. Charles Darwin | Thomas de Berlanga, Puerto Ayora 00000, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Galapagos Islands > Santa Cruz > Puerto Ayora
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Ayora
Price Range: $262 - $359 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Thank you for your interest in Hotel Solymar and our New Extension Isla Sol, located 10 steps from the entrance of Hotel Solymar. We are centrally located in Puerto Ayora’s mainstreet, with ocean access, and a beautiful patio for your guests to enjoy the nature that is Galapagos. Galapagos' only Galapagueño owned and operated first class hotel. Our father, a Galapagos tourism pioneer and legend, Jimmy Perez, opened the hotel in 1960 with eight rooms. It was later completely renovated in 2007 to bring the capacity to 17 rooms with ocean front views.In Hotel Solymar we have 17 rooms equipped with LED flat screen TVs, minibars, air conditioning, hot water, private balconies which allow our guests to appreciate a spectacular ocean view. Guests may enjoy a our jacuzzi, pool, and bar in our open air patio area or enjoy a more formal setting in our dining room, all while experiencing the service of our ultra attentive staff.August of this year, we inaugurated Isla Sol by Hotel Solymar; a new building with 14 modern rooms (6 exterior view – 8 interior view). Isla Sol with meeting space for up to 120 people, ideal for hosting any type of event in Galapagos.As former guides, we know our Islands intimately and can assist our guests with their travel plans, whether your desires be to kayak with sea lions or hike through the highlands to encounter the famous giant tortoises.Our staff speaks English, Spanish and Hebrew. We hail from Galapagos, Columbia, mainland Ecuador, Israel and United States. With our diverse international staff we are proud to provide a level of hospitality and guest service that keeps guests returning year after year.We look forward to welcoming you soon at Hotel Solymar - Galapagos! ... more   less 
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Solymar Hotel Puerto Ayora
Hotel Solymar Galapagos Islands/Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

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