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Calgary, Canada
Reviewed 30 May 2012

I stayed here for 2 nights on a recent trip to the Galapagos. The house was beautifully decorated with an amazing layout. The other guests were very friendly and the view from my room was fantastic. On a clear night, you can see forever, and because it is far from the city, the stars really shine... and it is all...

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Lisbon, Portugal
Reviewed 6 May 2012

Semilla Verde is not your typical Galapagos hotel. While most hotels are by the ocean, Semilla Verde offers a very pleasant alternative in the highlands of the island of Santa Cruz, about 10 mins taxi ride away from downtown Puerto Ayora. We found the highlands to be very relaxing and the weather was way cooler than by the sea. Semilla...

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Somerset West, South Africa
Reviewed 1 May 2012

Robert and Daysi could not have been more welcoming. The highlands location was great and Robert's organisation of all our day tours was spot on. The house is immaculate, the rooms were beautiful and we felt like we were at home. A great ambassador for the Galapagos.

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2Thank Ethnee H
Kralendijk, Bonaire
Reviewed 24 April 2012

We loved the highlands atmosphere of this little hideaway. Robert has so much enthusiasm about the Galapagos and does everything possible to make your stay fun, exciting, and relaxing. Dayse puts together great dinners; and the rest of the staff are very friendly and helpful.

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Pacifica, California
Reviewed 12 April 2012

My husband and I stayed at Semilla Verde on Feb. 24, 2012 for one week along with 4 of our friends. We were not sure what to expect, but were pleasantly surprised at the villa we stayed in and the surrounding grounds. The breakfast each morning was first rate, you could order just about anything you wanted and it was...

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Boston, MA
Reviewed 7 April 2012

My wife and I stayed at Semilla Verde after cruising the Galapagos Islands for four days and then spending a few days on San Cristobal. We were more than ecstatic to arrive at Semilla Verde because of its beautiful location in the highlands with a wonderful view of Floreana from the sun deck. The sunsets are spectatular. We love the...

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1Thank anja222
Las Vegas, Nevada
Reviewed 1 April 2012

Stayed for one week. Didn't care to change hotels and just used this as our base while we went here and there. The owner is very helpful.

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1Thank Lisann326
Trenton, Canada
Reviewed 28 March 2012

My husband & I stayed at Semilla Verde from March 12 - 16, 2012. We had a wonderful stay there. The room was very comfortable & spacious, with a beautiful view of the grounds from our veranda. Although the windows had no screens there was an AC in the room to turn on at night. We would leave the windows...

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2Thank carl n
Novato, California
Reviewed 28 March 2012

6 of us stayed at Semilla Verde in February and had a wonderful time. There are three rooms and we had the place to ourselves. Room one has the best view, followed by 2 & 3. The place is clean and the breakfast each morning was wonderful. We were served fresh juice and/or eggs, cereal, and waffles. Robert, the owner,...

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2Thank William B
Dover, Massachusetts
Reviewed 26 March 2012

My wife and I took our 2 teenage children to the Galapagos in March 2011. We flew from Boston to Miami to Guayaquil to San Cristobal. Robert booked the entire trip for us, which consisted of 3 nights aboard the Sea Man II and 6 nights at Semilla Verde. The cruise was absolutely perfect- Robert helped us pick a boat...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Free Parking
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
"Semilla Verde is an exceptional hotel with the customs and personality of a traditional guesthouse." We believe your experience in the Galapagos Islands should be as unique and natural as you are. So, here at Semilla Verde we offer you the chance to stay somewhere far removed from your busy life and the standard hotel offering you may be used to. We invite you to step into another world, the original Galapagos, the true and enchanting islands. And, to experience the wonders of a rural forest dwelling and life alongside the unique wildlife you came so far to see. Your stay will be based in an original and idyllic rural retreat where peace, privacy and Galapagos wildlife abounds. You will enjoy one-to-one personal service, traditional home cooking, panoramic views from private terraces and exclusive access to nature trails through twelve acres of private forest where giant tortoises lumber freely and native birds thrive. At night, gaze up into the unspoilt majesty of the milky way. Nine comfortable en-suite bedrooms with AC, WiFi and DVD just 15 minutes taxi ride from Puerto Ayora town, costing just $7 e/w. All in all, an authentic and genuinely friendly and authentic land-base for your Galapagos adventure and an all encompassing alternative or add-on to a traditional cruise ship experience. Semilla Verde works with a local tour agency to offer complete hotel & tour package options too. You will visit outlying islands and local sites with qualified naturalist guides and experience first hand the beauty of Galapagos and it's unique flora and fauna - from giant tortoises and lava lizards to marine iguanas and playful sea lions, from volcanic landscapes to cloud forest. Return to the hotel at the end of an incomparable day and share your travel stories around the main dining table with other guests, whilst enjoying dinner freshly prepared in our kitchen. Indeed we don't work from a fixed menu rather we generally prepare one recipe for the group, but each guest receives a serving according to their individual preferences. The location is secluded but convenient and very safe. There is not another residence within hundreds of meters of this oasis. Semilla Verde remains true to the philosophy on which it originally built for good friends and family, ensuring a level of intimacy, small number of employees offering very personal service and home cooking your will only find in a traditional guesthouse. Semilla Verde comprises two hotel builidings some 100ft apart - the Semilla Verde Lodge (Rooms 1-6) and the Finch Wing (Rooms 7-9). They can work in unison or as separate entities for separate parties. betwen the two there is a fully equipped yoga studio where you can enjoy individual or group practice. Galapagos is famous for it's volcanic landscapes and unique wildlife, but it can also be somewhere for you to rediscover your true and unique nature, somewhere you can feel yourself again. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel

Address: Km 12, via a Baltra | Isla Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador (Formerly Semilla Verde Galapagos Lodge)
Region: Ecuador > Galapagos Islands > Santa Cruz > Puerto Ayora
Price Range: $273 - $347 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 9
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Also Known As:
Semilla Verde Galapagos Hotel Puerto Ayora
Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel Galapagos Islands/Puerto Ayora
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#1 Green Hotel in Puerto Ayora
#2 Best Value Hotel in Puerto Ayora
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“I was on the upper level overlooking the tortoise pond. Very quiet. I am a light sleeper.”
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