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Hotel Casa Sol Isabela
Ranked #23 of 27 Puerto Villamil B&B and Inns
Portland, Oregon
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64 reviews
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“Economy on the Beach”
Reviewed 17 November 2013

Stayed here just 2 nights during an island hopping tour of the Galapagos. This is an economy hotel - so don't expect luxury but it's clean, comfortable, hot showers and most of all right on the beach.

The front desk is not really staffed, internet only near the office with nice beach tables and hammocks, isolated and quiet. For us after being on a cramped dive boat all week this was perfect -- quiet, quiet, quiet except for the lovely ocean sounds coming into our room. Our room had cleaning service each day and the town is an easy 2-5min walk so breakfast and dinners were easy to come by. For the economy price this place was excellent.

We heard before we arrived that this hotel had some service issues and many people did not like it but we either lucked our or it just suited our needs.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 March 2013

Our tour company booked us into this hotel by mistake. We had requested La Casita de la Playa, which is right on the beach in Isabela, but we were booked into Hotel Casa Sol Isabela instead. This hotel is also right on the beach, the location is fabulous, but that is as far as it goes.

Unfortunately when our driver dropped us off at the hotel we were met... I'm intentionally avoiding the word "greeted" here... by the most unfriendly welcome during our entire Ecuador trip! The lady was very sour and pushed a card with 10 things NOT to do in front of our noses and made us read it before she showed us up to the room. Not a good start.

Then she showed us to a room on the back of the building away from the beach. I explained that we had specifically booked and paid a premium for a room at the front overlooking the beach and she said it was not available. We stayed here two nights and never did see any other guests occupying the front rooms. So what is going on here? I was left with the impression that she just simply couldn't be bothered to change the room for us.

The room itself was in rough shape. The shower drain was plugged and a bucket had been left in the shower stall, presumably to bail out the shower when it overflowed. None of the curtains fit the windows properly so at night people outside across the road could peek in. The floor was dirty and our feet got black walking around in bare feet. It needed a good mop out.
The door did not lock properly unless you really gave the handle a tug to catch the latch. To finish this off, the first morning we went to put on our shoes and a huge cockroach jumped out of my wife's shoe. Nice! My wife HATES cockroaches!

This hotel has no restaurant, so no breakfast here. You have to hike into town and get breakfast at a local restaurant. Infact there are no facilities except a water cooler in the reception office. You have to reach in through an open window to refill your own bottle, assuming you have a bottle, otherwise you are out of luck. We stayed here 2 nights, and apart from the lady who met us upon arrival, we never ever saw any staff member again. So you are literally on your own here! We just left the key on the dresser when we left.

Second day, we came back from a day trip and found our door had not been closed properly. Gave it a small shove and it opened without the key. Nice! Anybody could have come in and taken literally everything we owned! So much for security, totally non existant at this place. So they made the bed, but left the room open for robbery. Nice!

The best advice I can give anyone looking at staying at this property is don't, there are lot's of other good options in town.
This was the worst hotel of our entire trip through Ecuador.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 July 2011

Not the fanciest place on the island but very affordable and right on the beach. What else do you need? Our bed was nice, the sheets were clean, and it was close to town. Felt more like we were staying over at a friends house than staying at a hotel. Family owned and operated.

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  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Property: Hotel Casa Sol Isabela
Address: Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Galapagos Islands > Isabela > Puerto Villamil
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Ranked #23 of 27 B&Bs / Inns in Puerto Villamil
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Casa Sol Isabela 2.5*
Number of rooms: 6
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