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Comfortable stay at Red Mangrove
We stayed at the Red Mangrove for 4 nights in the Verde room. Although the room was smaller than I expected the view was fantastic! The bed was comfortable and the a/c worked great. The staff was very friendly and we found enough staff who spoke english to meet our needs. They even let me use the reception desk's computer to send email each night as the guest computer was not working.
We took the day trip to Floreana offered by the hotel. The boat was very fast (only 2 hrs travel time each way) but very small. There were 12 of us crammed into a very small boat and it was uncomfortable. Once on the island, the tour and lunch were fine.
An area for improvement is the breakfast. There were only a few items offered, which got boring. Dinner was very good, and the deck is a great place to relax and watch the blue-footed boobies diving for breakfast.
Location is great--at the quiet end of the main street in Puerto Ayora. Close to the Darwin station and all the amenities of town. Overall, a very nice experience.
Great small bayfront Hotel
We stay at the blue room, great view with very confortable room, even my bathroom had a ocean view, We love the breakfast with lots animals around, Pelikans, Seal and Marine Iguanas. What we loved the most was seeing the the Pelikans taking a bath in small bay near the hotel.
Hope we could come back againg, Food was excellent
we spent two nights at the red mangrove adventure inn (4/20-4/22). our stay was ok - and that's just about it.
the a/c worked well, breakfast was great (the juices they served were fabulous) and the location is quite central (close to the charles darwin station and to the center of puerto ayora. there was a tv that worked one day out of two and the room smelled of bug spray - there were tons of dead bugs in the ceiling drapes (batik style) but that didn't bother me much - at least they were dead. there was a laptop for guests to use in the lobby, which was nice.
we were told that a payment of the full amount USD 380 for two nights was due at the time of booking (via paypal). USD 160 would have been a more realistic price for this class of hotel in my opinion, considering that during the entire time we were there we only saw 3-5 other couples there.
the glasses on the sink were absolutely filthy but the worst of it all was that the manger of the hotel blatently lied when i asked if there was a bus to the canal that connects santa cruz with baltra via a ferry. he said there was no bus and that we had to take a taxi, which could be arranged by the hotel for the cost of $45.00. now, what the manager didn't know was that we had just arrived at the hotel using a public bus (from the canal to puerto ayora) for a whopping $2.00 per person! so, i gave roberto the benefit of the doubt....perhaps he didn't understand my question, but when he told us again that there was, indeed, NO bus, i gave up. i didn't feel like arguing and felt that a review on TA would be more appropriate.
i should also mention that a taxi charges approximately $15.00 for the transfer from puerto ayora to the canal (~40 - 45 min. drive).
We stayed for 2 nights at the blue room, Total relax with our own terrace overlooking the bay and in the morning lots of Pelikans in the roof of the Hotel, The Best was the breakfast with the Marine Iguanas and seals at the Hotel Deck.
Beds very confortable, nice linen, Rooms super clean the managment was not so good in English but enough to get information.
We worked with internet wireless conection on our terrace like being in our office.
It was a stunning experience. Galapagos Islands is nature pure and I had expected it but I had not expected that in the Red Mangrove you already have the feeling to be IN that nature - a part of it.
Entering through the mangroves you get excited and wants to know what is behind it. The hotel, located in or behind the mangroves, offers everything what you need. Service, atmosphere, food, quality and especially the view over the bay - simply great. Having breakfast on the terrace with Iguanas and Pelicans surrounding you is amazing.
Thanks a lot to the team of the Red Mangrove for a great time which I spent there.
Loved the Red Mangrove!
I just got back from the Galapagos and spent 3 nights at the Red Mangrove Adventure Inn. It is my kind of place - beautifully set into a grove of Mangroves so it blends into the landscape and it also keeps it naturally cooler.
I stayed in the Suite Minor, which was just lovely. Very clean, working air conditioning, tv, etc. The beds were comfortable and the room was supplied with drinking water.
I also really loved how close it is to the Darwin Station, I got up early each morning, walked down or borrow a bike from the hotel to bike down to the station & beat the tour buses every morning.
But I think the most delightful part of my stay was having breakfast on the deck each morning & watching the wildlife. The last morning, we watched a Great Blue Heron stalking a marine iguana on the deck.
Everyone on staff was super nice & very accomodating. I don't speak Spanish & there were some translation problems, but each time they got someone who spoke English.
I would recommend the Red Mangrove highly.
Me and soulmate had a good time in the Galapagos for 3 days that we stayed at this litle Hotel, only 14 rooms very confortable, good Air condition and hotwater, we loved to be at this place, The view, Lots of animals, great to have a wine at the deck of the hotel on the water, At night you see all the boats a the bay, The breakfast was ok, not excellent but ok a litle slow to get to our tables.
Our view from the Blue
A whole week of sunny, blue sky with lots of activities for all my family members wouldn´t have been perfect without The Red Mangrove, the cutest corner in the islands, our center of operations. A revamped 10 cozy rooms Inn, surrounded by shining green mangroves, walking distance to Darwin's Station, with a warm-hearted, professional crew, who gave us an unusual personalized attention. We stayed at the Blue Room with a great view to the bay. A great holiday of very interesting geography walks, plus superb snorkeling, bike rides and great food. The Red´s Santa Cruz Island is in the middle of the Galapagos, a boat ride to Isabela, San Cristobal and Floreana where we enjoyed the sea lions, penguins, red chested frigates and seemingly antediluvian turtles and iguanas. I strongly recomend visiting the islands from this affordable and comfortable hotel.
Friendly base for Galapagos
We spent 5 nights at the Red Mangrove as our base in the Galapagos. The hotel is small and the rooms are quirky -- some better than others. We were in the Turquesa which was a good size and close to the water. Mornings on the deck with local wildlife, including a sea lion, were great fun. The staff were unfailingly nice and eager to please.
The Japanese restaurant that's part of the hotel is pricey by local standards -- better dinners can be had in other places. But the breakfasts were always good and included with the room.
We took day trips out of Puerto Ayora and explored Santa Cruz island. It was a good alternative to spending 5 days on a boat -- we may not have seen as much of the Galapagos as some, but we saw plenty. Loved snorkeling with sea lions and seeing the blue-footed boobies and frigate birds on North Seymour.
There are a few other choices for hotels in Puerto Ayora, but from the looks of things, the Red Mangrove is probably the best, and the Galapagos are definitely worth the trip.
NOT your average sterile hotel chain !!!
The Red Mangrove Adventure Inn is an amazing place...it's quirky, to be sure, but absolutely wonderful if you're the right kind of person for it. If you're looking for a sterile, U.S. chain type hotel, then this is not for you. If you're looking for something different, something that stands out during a vacation that lets you know you're away from home, then hurry to sign up !!! My husband and I travelled with two young teens (13 and 15) and they loved it too.
The hotel is more like a cottage type environment, in a way. The rooms are all separated from the main building, and grouped in clusters, suspended above the water of the mangrove grove. The views from some of the rooms are spectacular...we stayed in the Minor Suite, and had the company of kestrels and pelicans every day. Stunning view of the boats in the harbour by night. Be aware that if you have difficulty with stairs, there are no elevators and the stairs to both the minor and major suites are a bit on the steep side. The staff is very helpful with baggage though (people from the front desk came to take our bags when we were leaving !)
The staff are absolutely wonderful and really really bend over backwards to make your stay pleasant. Daniella is a relatively new addition and she is a remarkable people person, you'll want her as a friend !
Recommended tours: The Darwin Station is a great start...take the tour...the staff are really really knowledgable and you wouldn't get the needed information without them, though you can always just go back on your own and visit the turtles and iguanas. It's a good introduction to The Galapagos generally as they give you some background on the area and the other islands.
The Bay and Beach tour was fantastic...a short boat ride with optional snorkelling to see "tiburones"...sharks, and, yes, we did see some right at the bottom (sleeping, we hope). Hiking on a small island populated with huge marine iguanas followed by a great picnic on a beautiful beach, entirely set up by the guides (complete with beach umbrella for shade and two beach chairs). Drinks, make your own sandwiches with fixings provided, fruit, cookies. Really fun. Tip: Take a book, a frizbee or ball to throw on the beach as you hang out there for a while after lunch. The boat picks you up right at the Red Mangrove and returns you to same.
Floreana Island was also a great tour, though the trip is long (2 hours) and the passage can be a bit on the rough side (take sea sickness meds in advance if you're at all susceptible). The trip is well worth it as the island has a really interesting history. Tip: take bug spray and good walking shoes or sturdy hiking type sandals !!! The terrain during the hike is a bit rough in places and can be a bit muddy depending on the season you travel.
Included lunch at a local home in Floreana was wonderful (organically grown chicken, fresh homegrown vegetables and even homemade ice cream!). There is a "loberia" nearby where you can literally snorkel with wild sea lions (lobos). This is not a swim-with-caged-dolphins kind of thing...the sea lions jump in the water and come and see you because they feel like it, and they leave when they feel like it. Incredible.
The hotel arranges taxis to take you to the local dock for departure (though it's walking distance...we walked back through the town when we returned).
Back to the Red Mangrove. The restaurant is better than many we experienced in Quito, the sushi was fresh and delicious, and the North American style offererings like burgers etc were good too. The local juices offerred at breakfast in particular are delicious. Staff were unfailingly friendly, and really did their best to communicate if they didn't speak English well; we had very little Spanish ability and we did just fine. Tip: There was some confusion about whether or not we were on a menu plan; we hadn't signed up for that to our knowledge, but it was resolved in our favour. Ask about that when you check in to avoid confusion.
The one slight downside to the Red Mangrove is the lack of bathroom door in the room, which was very odd, especially as the suite we were in was all one room and we were four people. The room was very quiet, had very comfortable beds, great view, very efficient air conditioning....but all three beds were in one good sized (not huge) room, and the bathroom was in one corner, with no door and the walls don't reach the ceiling. We solved the door problem with a blanket that we had bought in Otavalo while in the Quito area...you need a pretty big one to cover the entry and there are no extras from the beds that you can use. We didn't raise the issue with the hotel staff so I don't know what their response would be.
Also be aware that there are a few little ants here and there, nothing gross, but such as you would experience in a cottage type environment.
We'd go back in an instant (but we'd bring a big blanket !)