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“No hot water for $175 per night”
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Drake Inn
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Reviewed 14 January 2013

I was informed after I had unpacked my bags that the hot water was broken. They had obviously know about this for quite some time and didn't inform my travel agent. Room was tiny. No other place for my suit case but on the kitchen floor. Also no wifi- told to go upstairs and steal it from the hotel next door. There are two good things about it. #1 it has a roof top seating area #2 it is just a short walk to town and right across the beach. Would not stay there again. I checked out early and checked in to the Iguana Crossing next door which was worth the extra 125$. Still trying to get a refund processed.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 22 December 2012

We stayed at the Drake Inn as part of a package with Galapagos Alternative, staying for 4 nights when we were in Isabella Island. In summary, I rate it as a little disappointing.

Minino, our tour guide, was a great guide which was why it is a little difficult for me to write this. This is a newly constructed accommodation and I feel Minino is new at this. However, I need to be objective and review the accommodation provided, not his services as a tour guide.

Pros:
1. Close walk to town, but the town is small anyway.

2. Breakfast is great. But this is because he had an arrangement with the local restaurant to provide breakfast for the guests.


Here are the reasons why I rate this so low:

1. Drinking water - Minino said that usually he provides drinking water, but there was a problem with his suppliers and therefore he can't get his supply. The people we met in the Island all said that their hostels / Hotels, B&B all provide free drinking water! Giving him the benefit of the doubt, I still don't understand why he can't just buy the drinking water for his guests until he sorts out his problems?

2. Air conditioning not working properly. The temperature is either too warm of too cold - no in between, which means we didn't sleep well. He blamed the installer.

3. Hot water adjustment - the hot water can't properly be adjusted it gets cold, then hot and then cold again. I like my showers and it was a little annoying.

4. There were no place to hang things, even your towels.

5. No Wi-Fi. I find this unacceptable as even simple hostels nowadays gives free Wi-Fi.

So, would I recommend Drake Inn? Perhaps not. I think you can find better value elsewhere. However, I have to stress that Minimo is a good tour guide and I would recommend him as a guide.

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Reviewed 10 September 2017
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 September 2017
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Room Tip: La habitación con cocina es una muy buena opción para ahorrar en la comida. Isabela es muy costosa s...
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  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 May 2017
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Room Tip: Las habitaciones de la casa principal.
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  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank David J
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Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: July 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Drake Inn

Address: Antonio Gil s/n | Isla Isabela, Galapagos, Puerto Villamil 200250, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Galapagos Islands > Isabela > Puerto Villamil
Amenities:
Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 23 Speciality Lodging in Puerto Villamil
Price Range: £81 - £113 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Drake Inn is uniquely situated at the end of Puerto Villamil in front of the Ocean. The top of the inn has a big veranda with an unobstructed 360 degree view of the bay and the National Park. Each room comes with A/C and a built-in safe for your documents and valuables. The entrance to the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center is a few feet to the right of the front entrance. ... more   less 
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