We spent six wonderful days in the Galapagos, five of which were at Galapagos House. We had a great experience. We also engaged the owner, Jaime, as our guide.
The hotel is very clean and comfortable. Each has an individual bathroom and a safe. For a view of the pool and the harbor, I advise that you book room number 1, if it is available.
Breakfast is included and is delicious: fresh bread, eggs, fruit, fresh-squeezed juice and coffee/tea. One morning we also had a really good cake from Jaime's son's bakery down the street (Con Sal y Dulce). Breakfast is made by Maria, a very sweet women who also cleans the rooms and will clean clothes for you (there is no set price but we tipped).
What makes the hotel special is the guest is invited to feel that they are staying at the house of a good friend. You can use the kitchen like it is your house, there are very comfortable hammocks and a nice little pool with a fridge where you can keep your own drinks. Another Maria, who runs the hotel, is very welcoming and kind. For instance, when we first came in hot from our trip she offered cold towels and she invited us to a barbeque she was hosting for father's day while we were here.
The owner, Jaime, is also an exceptional guide. He also has excellent English. We were able to cut out the middle man of a travel agency and organize our whole trip with him ahead of time, at significant savings. The cheapest option is to show up in Puerto Ayora and negotiate each trip individually but we highly recommend coming with the itinerary so you can actually enjoy your vacation. Jaime has seemingly endless knowledge and energy and we had a great experience on all our trips (North Seymour, San Cristobal, Isabela, Bartolome, Tortuga Bay, Las Grietas, etc.). He was also extremely flexible; changing our plans with very little notice when we decided we wanted to spend more time somewhere or skip something in favor of rest time. This is our first time in Galapagos so we can't compare him to other guides we have personally had, but he seemed better than others we observed on our trips.
We look forward to our next trip in these beautiful islands!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Galapagos House located 50 meters of the ocean. Rooms offer space, conform and privacy with ocean, pool, mountain view and the southern islands. rooms remodeled and updated in 2014 Large balcony, spacious and comfortable living area. All bio-degradable products. WI-FI. Hammocks. Barbecue area. Guest's laundry and the best service in town ... more less
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