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Hotel Ninfa, Puerto Ayora, Isla Santa Cruz

I only came here for one night because the hotel where I was staying otherwise had a tour group coming for one night, and it would be full (I knew that when I made the booking). I had asked at another hotel and they thought they would have a room, but in the end they didn’t. That is why I went to Hotel Ninfa. For a room with breakfast I paid $62 (August 2014). That is more than I usually pay for a hotel, but I didn’t want to spend more time looking for a room. However, I don’t think the room was worth $62. I guess they charge that much because they have a swimming pool (it is by the newer building) and a bar with pool table. The rooms in the new building are even more expensive.

My room was in the older building on the ground floor, and it was facing the large courtyard. There were large windows in both the room and the bathroom, and I must say that I didn’t want to use the lamp in the bathroom when it was dark outside, because the curtains were not that thick.

The room had two beds, a double bed and a single bed. Beside the double bed there was a bedside table with a lamp and a small bottle of water. There was also a chest of drawers and a flat screen TV in the room. I don’t know if it worked as I didn’t try it. My room at Hotel Crossman was much nicer, and half the price.

You could hear every sound from the corridor and at night I could hear the man in the room next door snoring.

In the morning there is a breakfast buffet. It was good and included fruits, yogurt, bread, eggs and I think ham. To drink there was coffee, tea and juice.

There are a few bikes (not so good quality) that guests can use when going around town, but not further.

Hotel Ninfa is situated just a block from the pier, so the location is good.

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  • Written January 23, 2015
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Hostal Lirio del Mar, Puerto Ayora

Besides being one of the cheapest places in Puerto Ayora for a room with private bathroom, Hostal Lirio del Mar has got a good location on Islas Plazas, just off Av Charles Darwin.
I stayed here for several nights in June/July 2013 and I had not booked a room in advance.

I was first shown a room with one bed, a room situated opposite the reception. In the reception area there are a couple of sofas and a TV, so I was afraid this was going to be a noisy room Instead I was shown another room down the corridor, and that seemed to be much better, so I took that. The room had two beds, a bedside table (but no reading lamp on it), two chairs, a fan and hangers. There was a mosquito net over the window, but at night time it was also possible to close the window. There was also a window facing the corridor, which was very unnecessary. All sounds from the corridor was easily heard so if the room is quiet or not depends very much on your neighbours. In the shower the water never got really warm and beside the shower some cables were sticking out and a few times it started to smell burnet when I had a shower. From the roof there is a nice view.

For the room I paid $15 (June/July 2013). There is no breakfast served at Hostal Lirio del Mar, but you can find good places for that nearby.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Backpacking
  • Written March 29, 2014
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Hotel Crossman, Puerto Ayora

2013: Coming back to Puerto Ayora I had a fever and wanted to find a quiet hotel. I went to Hotel Crossman to check it out. First I was shown a room on the ground floor with a double bed and a single bed. The room only had windows to the corridor and was quite dark. I asked to see another room and was taken to the third floor (second floor) to see a room with balcony. It was much, much better. The room was quite large with a double bed (it was comfortable) and two bedside tables, but unfortunately no reading lamp. There were shelves and hangers, a TV and a fridge (the latter two I didn’t use). In the bathroom there was warm water. It was a quiet place.

For the room I paid $25 per night (2013). Breakfast was not included in the price. In my guidebook it had said the price was $30 including breakfast, but when I asked for breakfast they said they didn’t do that at the moment. Maybe because there were not a lot of people staying there (at least I didn’t see any others). Anyway, there are other places not too far away where you can eat breakfast.

Hotel Crossman is a quite small hotel with nine rooms. It is situated in a nice white building with lots of flowers around the entrance.
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2014: This year I booked the same room I had stayed in last year. It was okay to do so only a few days before my arrival, with the exception of one day when the hotel was fully booked by a tour group. That night I stayed in another hotel, but then I came back.

The price for the room was now $30, but that also included breakfast, which was served this year. It was served between 7 - 8. I got coffee, bread, egg, jam and butter, cheese, ham, juice and a piece of fruit.

I like the location of Hotel Crossman as it is situated near the path to Tortuga Bay. That made it convenient to go for a jog along that trail before breakfast.

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  • Written March 29, 2014
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La Peregrina, Puerto Ayora

La Peregrina was the most expensive place I stayed in during my Ecuador trip (in 2011), but I wanted to book in advance via email and I also wanted a good location, and I had difficulties finding a cheaper place. The location of La Peregrina is very good. It is located on Av Charles Darwin, near the fish market at Pelican Bay.

The breakfast, which is served between 7 - 9 is also good. There was fruits, fresh fruit juice, eggs, bread, butter, jam and coffee or tea

The room and bathroom was clean and had good space. What I didn’t like was that too much light was coming in to the room from the porch during the night and walls were also quite thin, so I woke up one night only by someone walking by on the porch. A single room was $32 (July 2011).

There is a nice garden with hammocks and there is laundry service.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Backpacking
  • Written August 31, 2011
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Red Mangrove Lodges: Love this lodges

We took their 3 Islands 3 Lodges tour to visit the Galapagos land base, very complete nice Lodges they are not luxury they are Refined, we really recomend this company www.redmangrove.com it was less expensive than cruises and finished doind 2 ddays of diving, great guides and Veronica the best

Only brand with 3 facilities in the Islands,

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Diving and Snorkeling, Adventure Travel, Hiking and Walking
  • Written September 10, 2009

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