We stayed at the Hotel San Vicente for three nights in late August as part of our land based tour with Nature Galapagos and Ecuador. Overall, we found the accommodation decent for the amount of time we spent there (minimal) and the price we paid (also minimal).
Not the greatest - it was down a quieter street, and one night we were dropped off at the beach and given vague directions on how to get back to the hotel. After wandering around for about half an hour, we were finally given directions by a police officer. It probably is about a 10 minute walk from the beach, but if you've had a few too many drinks at Bar de Beto (great place!) you might find it takes a little longer...
HOTEL / ROOMS
We were first given a room upstairs, with a huge king bed and two twins. Very spacious and comfortable... and then were told that this was an error and our room was actually downstairs. This room had three twin beds and was so cramped, with our bags on the floor there was practically any space to walk around. If you're willing to pay more, there are some decent rooms. For our purposes, we only used the rooms to sleep in, so it didn't bother us too much. From our room, we could hear all of our neighbours talking / laughing quite loudly into the night, and had a lovely wake-up call from the oft-mentioned rooster at approximately 5am every morning. If you're like me and can sleep through anything, this shouldn't be a problem, but my travel companions found it incredibly annoying.
The beds were comfortable, if not somewhat sketchy looking (the sheet covering the sketchy looking mattress was really thin and see-through, so I layered a towel on top). I'm sure everything was clean enough but if you're squeamish towards this kind of thing I wouldn't stay at this hotel. We also had a resident gecko in our shower the duration of our stay, and had to be very careful not to accidentally soap him while using the shower. If that is something you can't live with, I'm not sure I would suggest visiting the Galapagos!
The internet at the hotel was extremely difficult to get, even at our room right next to the lobby. If you really want internet (which you shouldn't - you're on vacation in the Galapagos!) I would suggest going and sitting out in the garden area with bug spray at night - and lots of it.
There is no in room safe, but there is a safe in the lobby (which we never used.) We didn't have any issues with security at all. There is also a water cooler in the lobby with filtered water, so you can leave your kettles at home.
The staff is very friendly!! Always willing to help out, always had smiles on their faces, and were relatively quick to respond to any issues we had. There was a bit of a language barrier here if you don't speak Spanish, but a Spanish-English dictionary went a long way.
Like a lot of the reviews mentioned, the meals are served buffet style in the lobby, with one long dining table, another big dining table outside, and a few smaller outdoor tables. This really gives you a chance to get to know the other people at the hotel, and everyone is pretty friendly.
We actually found the food to be pretty decent, despite the complaints on tripadvisor. There was always some sort of vegetable soup, chicken/fish, potato/rice, and vegetable for dinner. At breakfast we were always provided with those amazing buns (I would intend on eating half of one, and end up eating 2!) , fresh fruit, delicious juices, and eggs. Same grilled fish/chicken for lunch.
Like I mentioned, if you're just looking for a basic place to sleep while you're on vacation, you can't go wrong with San Vicente. It is very budget friendly with very few inconveniences (language, location, roosters). If things like being woken up early, monotonous meals, and sketchy looking beds aren't your thing, I would suggest looking at some of the higher end hotels available on the island.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel San Vicente Galapagos is dedicated to provide the highest quality of service and comfort to each and every of its guests. We like to complement your visit to the Galapagos as perfect as possible. We are proud to say that Hotel San Vicente has become one of the most popular of the Galapagos hotels on Isabela Island, which we believe is due to our standard of excellence and personal commitment to our guests. From our Galapagos hotel you can arrange a variety of land tours that are sure to leave you breathless. The natural beauty of the islands will amaze you while you enjoy a comfortable and superior service from the friendly staff of our Hotel San Vicente Galapagos. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel San Vicente Galapagos Galapagos Islands/Isabela - Puerto Villamil