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Hotel Fernandina
Ranked #13 of 20 Hotels in Puerto Ayora
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“Home base.”
Reviewed February 25, 2012

Great place to stay. Nothing fancy but very comfortable. Rooms are basic and ok. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Everytime you turned around someone was cleaning. The place was spotless. Nice pool area. Approx 5 minutes walk from the main area. We stayed here twice during our trip and would gladly return.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 26, 2012

After having reconfirmed arrangements for tours and collection from the airport several times, there was no one at the airport to collect us. It took 3 hours to eventually get to the hotel. The airconditioning was not great. The free internet was being used by staff/family etc each time we went to reception. The tours that were arranged were good. Breakfast was lacklustre, coffee was not great and there was next to no service compared to various other Ecuadorian haciendas, lodges etc that we stayed in preceding this hotel.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Tempe, Arizona
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Reviewed January 20, 2012

As per the many previous reviews hotel, Fernandina is a family run hotel that is spotlessly clean and cared for. I had an extended stay here of nearly 2 months and from my arrival and through my many numerous questions and requests...everyone was always so kind and helpful, never making me feel like I was a pain, but rather that I was part of the extended family. Puerto Ayora is a small town and if you are here for more than a few days, you will recognize people and feel like you are on a small campus, and Fernandina is like the town ---absolutely lovely and welcoming.

Have hot water on demand, a great pool area with evening bar, good filling breakfasts, comfy lounge common areas, free purified water (bring a water bottle to refill for your day's excursions), and free wifi that is also now accesible in the rooms. Hotel quality is also known by the locals.....as I met more locals and told them where I was staying, they all raved of the hotel and knew the team there. Laundromat literally next door, free computer to use in the reception area and just 2 blocks away from Charles Darwin Avenida...so convenient and yet quieter, removed from the "crowd"

Rooms are of a good size with desk area, a safe, wifi, AC and Hot water.

The hotel itself is a wonderful stay, but it's the family and the workers that make you feel at home and comfortable..making the hotel a true gem.

Thank you to the entire Ruiz family, Edgar, Jimmy, Susannah, Sandra...you made me so welcomed and absolutely contributed to my love for the Galapagos, see you again soon!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 27, 2011

My daughter and I stayed at the Hotel Fernandina for four nights in October 2011. It was a wonderful place for us to use as a base in Puerto Ayora. Luis was beyond helpful in arranging day trips for us and all the staff were knowledgeable and helpful, assisting us with tips for things to see, transportation, and suggestions of restaurants. We had a spacious room with comfortable beds and, luckily, enough hot water in the mornings. The hotel was immaculately clean...and there was a safe in the room. As one other reviewer said, the rooms don’t have a great deal of furniture, but we weren’t in the Galapagos to stay inside and watch TV. We spent one afternoon at the pool, which was clean and very refreshing on what was a very hot day. There were many nice touches to the hotel, like the swing seats hanging in the balconies..and the small outside tables where one could have a drink or write in a journal. The breakfast room was nicely decorated...and the continental breakfast was good.

The location was terrific. We were close to the main part of town, yet it was quiet at night. We walked everywhere and felt safe doing so. The laundromat next door was useful...

I would definitely go back to Hotel Fernandina. Thank you very much to Luis and Maria and the rest of the wonderful and friendly staff.
Kathy and McKenzie

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Nuremberg, Germany
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Reviewed November 26, 2011

I have stayed at the Hotel Fernandina in May 2011 for three nights. The room was spacious, but there is almost nothing in the room beside the bed and a very small open cabinet. That was a bit disappointing. But it was good enough to sleep. Free internet at the reception, staff was very helpful in organising excursions. Hotel Fernandina is in walking distance to the center of Puerto Ayoro and also in walking distance to Charles Darwin Station. Breakfast was fine.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
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Margate, NJ
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Reviewed September 17, 2011

The location can't be beat - you are tucked away from the malecon by about 2 blocks -so its quiet - yet close to the water. Breakfast was delicious & staff were very friendly. The room was clean, comfy & modern. There are cool swings hanging in the halls/balcony area that serve as mini hammocks - nice touch. Free internet & wifi - but it is pretty slow.

We stayed here as part of a tour with the company Nature Galapagos - they were amazing & would highly recommend them. Three islands, three winning hotels, and 3 amazing guides!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed September 13, 2011

We stayed at the Hotel Fernandina as a part of our package tour with Nature Galapagos and Ecuador. Having been told that it was a "tourist class" hotel, we were not quite sure what to expect, but were pleasantly surprised.

LOCATION
The hotel is in a good, quiet location, about 2-3 blocks from the Charles Darwin research station and a 10 minute walk from the main part of town. There is a nice pool (which we unfortunately did not get to use!) and the reception is well maintained and attractive.

STAFF
We ran into some troubles on our trip, and the staff went above and beyond to help us work through it. Since our Spanish was limited, one of the english-speaking employees offered to stay past his shift to help us deal with our issues, and also came in the next day although he did not have to. All the employees were friendly and greeted us with smiles. They had no problems helping us out with getting more blankets, additional towels, etc.

ROOMS
Very basic. We had a triple room, and it was much more spacious than our previous hotel in Isabela (San Vicente). Room service was quite good - they did not really touch any of our personal belongings but made the bed and tidied up. The only issue is that they did not empty the trash can in the washroom. In the Galapagos, there are signs everywhere asking you not to flush your toilet paper but dispose of it in trash cans instead. As you can imagine, this can end up being quite smelly....

The rooms had air conditioning but we never had to use it. There is also an in-room safe. When you leave your hotel, you leave your key at the front desk, which is not always manned by someone, so if you have valuables I definitely suggest locking them up in the safe, although security was never an issue for us on our trip.

FOOD
We only had breakfast here, which was nothing special but decent. Their croissants are absolutely delicious and incredibly addictive - I went to breakfast with the intention of eating half and would end up eating two. Juices are a bit watered down. There are plenty of affordable restaurants nearby, so we opted to go to those instead.

We were not in the Galapagos to be in our hotel room, so what little time we spent there we were satisfied with. It is definitely a good base for a land-based trip to the Galapagos - there are so many tour operators nearby that offer trips to Isabela, Floreana, Bartholome, etc... I would definitely stay here again on my next trip to the Galapagos.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Hotel Fernandina
Address: Av. 12 Noviembre y Piqueros, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Galapagos Islands > Santa Cruz > Puerto Ayora
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 20 Hotels in Puerto Ayora
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Fernandina 2.5*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Fernandina is a warm and welcoming place where you can stay either alone, with family or friends and enjoy your visit to the Galapagos Islands, allowing us to provide you an excellent service as you deserve. We offer 22 rooms with air conditioning, private bathroom, hot water and WiFi. We are located in a very quiet residential area just 10 minutes from the Charles Darwin Station and few minutes from the main attractions of the town. ... more   less 
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