I have been to the Galapagos Islands many many times. I feel like I know the islands intimately, having stayed on the three most heavily populated islands many times. This hotel is in absolutely the best location on the best island to visit. The island only has about 2000 permanent inhabitants, all of the streets are sand, with a laid-back atmosphere second to none.
The hotel is right on the beautiful white sand beach that is approximately 2 miles long. I think the most people I have ever seen on the beach is about 50 people.
All rooms have direct ocean views, where you can open the beautiful French doors and enjoy the sea breezes. The bed quality is great which is a very rare thing to find on the island chain and bed sheet quality has a high thread count, all of which is very important to me.
The rooms are clean and new'ish. It is not five star but it is as close as you're going to find on the island.
The restaurant has very good food. In fact one time when I was they there, I met a couple that have been traveling well over a year. I asked him what they missed the most about home, and being from Germany they stated the Schnitzel. I knew the chef at that time was from Austria so I went down and asked him if he could do schnitzel because it was not on the menu. The result was all of us had beautiful schnitzel served on heated lava slab carve plates garnished with some kind of flower. And a side of some kind of German potatoes that were excellent.
Overall it is a fantastic place and I can't recommend it enough. I stay in hotels a lot of years over 200 nights a year, so it's quite nice to get to a remote location in a Third World country and find an oasis like this.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Albemarle Hotel, spectacularly set right on Cuna del Sol Beach, is a Mediterranean-inspired house featuring a beautiful garden with swimming pool. Each of the large rooms has tiled floors, wood-beamed ceilings, a luxurious, marble-accented private bathroom and either sea or pool view. Other amenities include air conditioning, TV and free WiFi. The in-house tour desk can make your travel arrangements around Isabela and other Galapagos islands. The Albemarle Hotel has an excellent location in the heart of Puerto Villamil, a two-hour boat trip from Santa Cruz Island and three kilometers from General Villamil Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Albemarle Hotel Isabela
- Hotel Albemarle Galapagos Islands/Isabela - Puerto Villamil