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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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1Thank Henry150
Brooklyn, New York
Reviewed 16 March 2012

My husband and I were planning a trip for our anniversary, and we decided on the Galapagos Islands partially because of the wonderful reviews of Semilla Verde! From the onset, Robert was incredibly helpful by providing us with information about the area, the climate, and pros and cons of doing land tours vs sea tours. In fact, even as we...

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SemillaVerde, Owner at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Lora, Many thanks for your lovely review of Semilla Verde. It was a pleasure to host your stay and I am glad you enjoyed the power hike up to Cerro Crocker, involving three hours of pure cardio workot! It is one of my favorites too. Daysi was particularly happy to hear that her new "cream of tomato and banana"...

Oxted, UK
Reviewed 28 February 2012

We had expected great things from the reviews we had read of Semilla Verde and from the helpful e-mails received from Robert to make the planning of our 3 week trip so much easier..... and we were not disappointed! Who would want to be confined on a boat, when there is this alternative?! Our 11 and 14 year olds had...

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3Thank Ruth-Oxted-UK
Mindo, Ecuador
Reviewed 24 February 2012

After a 6 day Cruise aboard the Santa Cruz ship (which was awesome) we were looking forward to a few days on land to relax, recoup and enjoy the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. The moment we stepped foot on the Semilla Verde property we knew we had made the right choice. The property was gorgeous with views of the...

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SemillaVerde, Owner at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Jon, Many thanks for your glowing review of SV. We are honoured that the giant Galapagos tortoises frequent our estate and are very proud of our reforestation and organic coffee plantations! Addressing the issue that we are located in the green 'highlands' somewhat outside of town, we have now decided to include the cost of one taxi ride or...

Austin, Tx
Reviewed 24 February 2012

Robert is the perfect planner and host for a family trip to Galapagos. We were slights apprehensive about bringing our three year old and five year old, but with the help of the team at Semilla Verde, all went perfectly. We brought one set of grandparents as well. Taking over the house for our family gave us lots of room...

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SemillaVerde, Owner at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Jeff, Thank you very much for you sparkling review of SV and the team here. We too enjoyed your family visit to our rural guesthouse and would encourage other families that are thinking about a visit to Galapagos to consider Semilla Verde. We have a small dedicated team of employees and have a spacious yet safe and secure estate...

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  • Breakfast included
  • 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 200351, Ecuador (Formerly Semilla Verde Galapagos Lodge)
Region: Ecuador > Galapagos Islands > Santa Cruz > Puerto Ayora
Price Range: $305 - $342 (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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“Ocean View room upstairs is spacious, nicely appointed and equipped, and spruced up every day. The bathroom is about twice the size of mine at home and features a great shower and tub and a counter and mirror-appointed sit-down space away from the sink. ”
 of 5 bubbles Susan_3-1-2011, 15 Feb 2017 | Read review
“The Finch Wing is nice and private away from the main building and with great views.”
 of 5 bubbles ppatel415, 14 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Rooms right off the dining area may be less quiet. Room #1 is quiet and has a great view”
 of 5 bubbles cmlc3136, 22 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Ask for the room on the 3rd floor with the view of the sunset in the afternoon. ”
 of 5 bubbles mfredden, 14 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Amazing views, Incredible host & accommodations!”
 of 5 bubbles nolanp212, 9 Dec 2016 | Read review
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