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Iguana Crossing
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Puerto Villamil
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 February 2014

It is a very nice hotel with helpful staff and good food. The rooms are clean and comfortable, but may not be for you if you like to do your bathroom stuff in private. The bathroom doors in the guest rooms are made of transparent glass, so anyone in the room can see you on the toilet. Why even bother having a door to the bathroom if you're going to make it see-thru?

Stayed: January 2014
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Reviewed 30 January 2014

Iguana Crossing was the ideal place for us to spend our honeymoon in the Galapagos! The location is private and on a great stretch of beach with small rustic bars & restaurants close by. Its'staff is very friendly and accommodating:) The hotel has an awesome pool deck, palapa shade area & rooftop deck with jacuzzi to relax and is steps from the beach:) Tours can be organized at the front desk to all of the major sights on Isabela. We hope to return to Isabela and when we do we will be staying at Iguana Crossing!

Room Tip: Upstairs has spectacular views!
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 January 2014

Although not yet marked on the tourist maps of Isabela, the Iguana Crossing Hotel should be your first port of call if you have a couple of free days on this beautiful and huge island. Sited between a lagoon and a stunning sandy beach, the hotel really does offer its clients the chance to see iguanas crossing, as they migrate early each morning from overnight hiding places in the lagoon to sun themselves on the rocky outcrops of the beach.
The hotel itself is a delight, benefiting from its great location at the end of the main drag, with a large infinity pool overlooking the beach and a shaded Marrakech style area where you can sit when the sun gets too much. Food and drink were delicious and we chose to eat in most days, particularly enjoying the fish ceviche. The staff could not do enough to make sure our stay was perfect and the rooms were large, clean and had great showers and all mod cons, with especially comfortable beds.
I would return there tomorrow if was visiting the Galapagos.

Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank jamesmac37
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Reviewed 29 January 2014

My daughter and I shared a room here as part of a ROW tour so were not really aware of the price of the room and meals. We had a first floor room overlooking the pool, and loved our view of the beach across the road. The AC was hard to control so we ended up turning it off at night and just enjoyed the sound of the ocean and the fresh air through the large balcony sliding door. It was hot but we were used to the heat by then. Everything was impeccably clean at the hotel, and fresh purified water was provided in our room every day. The breakfast buffet had lots of choices for vegetarians and omnivores alike, with a small omelet station, fresh tropical juices and fruits, interesting local specialties, etc. Lots of delicious fish choices at dinner, too.

The location of the hotel is wonderful because you can watch iguanas crossing the road from the front steps or lobby. The beach (and lots more iguanas) is just a few steps away. It's an easy walk into the small town if you want to try other restaurants or shop for a few necessities. And the bar has an amazing view of the ocean and sunset.

My only complaint was that there was only one place provided to dry wet swimsuits, wetsuits, and snorkel gear: a line in the shower. None of our stuff ever dried there, and we were asked not to leave anything on the balcony to dry (we did anyway overnight when we figured no one would see it.)

Room Tip: Try to get a room facing the ocean. The lagoon on the other side has a persistent sulphur odor is no...
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 January 2014

We are 64-year-old experienced travelers exploring the Galapagos for the first time. We stayed in Iguana Crossing's Master Suite for four nights and were very pleased. The room was large and clean, the daily service was very good, and everyone was pleasant to work with. When we had questions about day trips that we had arranged through another party, the staff at iguana Crossing helped by making phone calls on our behalf, no questions asked.

Our room included a buffet breakfast, which was more than adequate. We ate an excellent dinner at the hotel one evening and had it delivered to our room. Our entrees were $15 apiece and our deserts were $5 each, so, with tax, the meal came to about $48. Two other evenings, we chose to eat two doors down at the Booby Trap for leas than $20. Just recently opened, the BT is owned by a native of the Galapagos and her husband from Ohio. They have a nightly menu, but, if you want anything else, just let them know earlier in the day and it will be fixed and waiting for you. Wonderful people and a great alternative to more expensive hotel food.

There were three issues that we had with our suite: #1: There were no screens for our sliding doors. Our room captured some great breezes off of the ocean, but we were afraid to leave our doors open at night for fear of what might come in (after all, this is the Galapagos). #2: The suite had two AC units that were essentially right over the top of the bed. While the units worked great, their position pushed cold air directly onto the bed at night, which proved to be uncomfortable. #3 Their windows over the sink had no glazing or curtains to protect privacy. We ended up hanging a towel over the lower half of the windows.

These small issues aside, the quality and location of the Iguana Crossing makes for a very suitable accommodation for those looking for quality and comfort on Isabela.

Room Tip: The Master Suite is located separate from the other rooms, and it has a private balcony with an unfe...
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 January 2014

We are just back from family Christmas at Iguana Crossing- for us the perfect hotel with our teen aged daughters. . Its intimate and the staff makes sure all needs are well taken care of including being very solicitous when one daughter felt ill one day. The physical layout is stunning with pool and deck overlooking the beach out front and hot tub on the roof. We spent 4 days and would have been very very happy with 8-or 18!

We found the land based Galapagos trip perfect for our family- snorkeling at Tintorenas and the amazing Tuneles with Pablo's guides from the Scuba Galapagos dive shop( arranged through the net) was wonderful- seeing the mating rituals of the aquatic iguanas, spotting penguins, white tipped sharks, blue footed boobies, swimming with massive sea turtles and rays amid volanic spendor - Yes! . Riding bikes to Wall of Tears was strenuous and fun to stop at all the little pull offs and see land turtles and other beasts.

Food was very good , stick with the fresh fish- awesome!- breakfast all you could ask for- nice chilled wines at night- perfect location right on the little road from town, could walk next door and have dinner at the Booby Trap which was great,(must book in advance) or have sunset drinks at the little bar at the hostel down the road on the beach with the kids playing volleyball and fun tunes - and the bar at the hotel was great, sitting in the front overlooking the ocean with a cold drink answering some emails on decent internet in the A/C in the late afternoon was rather lovely!

Neat little town, totally safe for our daughters to wander any time day or night- super nice people and - if you can do it- splurge and get the Master Suite- its AMAZING- killer huge room, beautiful walls of glass overlooking beaches, great balcony-

We arranged all our pickups and transfers through Pia , who books for the hotel and this came in handy as we are independent travelers - everything was seamless,(met at airport, bus to ferry to car to speedboat) they even held the speedboat for us on the way over when we were late (* super nice because only one each afternoon- ) and when we left on the little plane to Baltra the manager of the hotel took us in his truck and made sure we got on which was huge because of the aggressive large man from Germany and his family who thought they had the whole plane booked and were telling us we had no tickets! Thank you to all the staff at Iguana Crossing for a truly lovely Christmas-( and a great Christmas Eve Feast) Feliz Ano Nuevo!

Room Tip: Grab the master suite- just do it it! Also book the little plane to and from Baltra many months in a...
  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 January 2014

We really enjoyed our stay here. The hotel is beautiful and the location can't be beat. Waking up to see iguanas crossing the road ...from bed! Priceless.

However, I don't feel the place deserves 5 stars considering the price tag. We were there over New Years. Apparently the entire island takes Jan 1 off, except of course for the hotels' staffs which were obviously forced to work. Let's just say the service was severely lacking. I watched the used, wet pool towels and the dirty glasses accumulate on the pool deck all day. The staff was hanging around the lobby gossiping and nobody made a move to do anything to clean up until it was full dark. The thing is, the following day wasn't much better. The manager looks like a very diligent worker, but I think his staff needs some training.

I see no reason to stay here if you don't get an ocean view. The back rooms look out over a brackish water pond and have no balconies -- and it sort of smelled a bit swamp-like back there. ick.
The hotel is 2 stories high, so if you want any privacy, you need to request the top floor. Otherwise your balcony will be adjacent to the pool deck and everyone can see in your room. Also, keep in mind the balconies are all different sizes. I mean REALLY different. The rooms on the end have a huge wrap around with a chaise lounge included -- I assume these are the junior suites. The next 2 rooms (including ours, room #10), have decent sized balconies with 2 chairs and a small table, and plenty of room to dry wet dive gear. The next one over (towards the lobby) is only big enough for 1 chair, and the next has no balcony at all and the bed is right next to the window. Request accordingly!

We didn't eat in the restaurant and I'm not sure why anyone would want to. It was just a dining room with a few tables. White tablecloths and tacky plastic flower arrangements everywhere. There are so many great places to eat in town, and The BoobyTrap is only 2 doors down. I don't get it.

We booked this back in March and there was some sort of "misunderstanding" about our bed types. I was promised a queen but instead given 2 doubles.
Other than that the entire booking process was handled in an excellent fashion by Pia. We booked directly with the hotel, and Pia handled everything including our flight there and our speedboat back to SC.

All in all we both really loved Isabela. I mean REALLY loved it. 4 days was not nearly enough to explore, and we have unfinished sightseeing to do! We're already planning a trip back for next year. Next time, sorry, but we won't be coughing up 300 bucks to stay here.
I don't need the glitz -- not at that price.

Room Tip: balconies are different sizes and some not even big enough for 2 people to sit out -- 2 of the rooms...
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: Av. Antonio Gil, Puerto Villamil 200250, Ecuador
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Region: Ecuador > Galapagos Islands > Isabela > Puerto Villamil
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Villamil
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Villamil
Price Range: £121 - £310 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Iguana Crossing 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Iguana Crossing is Isabela's newest and most innovative hotel. Its minimalist design and superior service offer guests a privileged experience on this scarcely populated island. Iguana Crossing is located in between Isabela's extensive white sand beaches and directly behind a wildlife-filled lagoon. Iguana Crossing offers an oceanfront swimming pool, Jacuzzi, 12 fully equipped rooms and a master suite. ... more   less 
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