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“Best Place to Stay” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Casa Iguana Mar y Sol

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Casa Iguana Mar y Sol
Ranked #3 of 25 San Cristobal B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Peoria, Illinois
Level Contributor
15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Best Place to Stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2010

We were fortunate to stay here for 4 nights before our Galapagos Cruise. What a wonderful little B&B.

--Service was excellent. The owner and staff went out of their way to make our stay wonderful. They stocked the "honesty" bar upstairs with diet coke when we asked where we could buy some. Breakfast was excellent and service personal. Before we arrived, they answered all our emailed questions about the island, renting snorke/wetsuits, transfers between islands, airport pick up, everything! Great personal service.

--Rooms and Facility. The room was very clean, large, and tastefully decorated. We had a very large bathroom, shower, bedroom, and sitting room. Great value for the money. Breakfast was in the owner's kitchen - homecooked! Upstairs, we sat each night and watched the sun set over the bay. Beautiful spot. The honesty bar was great for us. Stocked with sodas and beer, we could mix our own beverages without having to go shopping.

--Island. San Cristobal is much less populated than Santa Cruz, and the city is much smaller. Great if you like the intimate, personal attention away from the heavy tourism. Lots to do here close to the B&B - beautiful park within walking distance for stunning hikes, town is very close walking distance with several good resturants, nice beaches great for relaxing among the sea lions. Also, they helped us arrange a snokel trip and tour of the island.

Best place to stay in San Cristobal.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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53 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2010

Casa Iguana Mar y Sol is the best place to stay on San Cristobal Island. The new and impressive B&B overlooks down onto the bay of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno where one can take in beautiful sunsets while sipping on the beverage of their choice from the open-air bar on the third floor or the balcony alongside every room. We stayed in the Pez Room for three nights and loved it. Everything is very clean, there is always hot water and the wireless internet works very well in the lounge/kitchen on the ground floor. You can choose from a variety of excellent food and beverages for breakfast every morning - I highly recommend the pancakes and french toast. Patricia, your gracious host, treats you like one of the family and welcomes you into her home with a wonderful personality and a big smile. Patricia will also help you arrange any excursions you would like to venture upon around the island. I highly recommend the Kicker Rock snorkel or dive trip. San Cristobal was our favorite island of our trip (also stayed on Santa Cruz and Isabela). We hope to return back to Casa Iguana Mar y Sol in the future. Highly Recommend.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ethorv
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Danvers, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2010

Stayed for 5 nights while visiting San Cristobal. Can't say enough about the hospitality - it was great. It didn't take long for us to feel right at home. Delicious breakfasts, very clean rooms and comfortable accomodations make this B&B a real treasure.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DandJ86
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Marshall, Minnesota
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25 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2010

As others have said, this place was handcrafted by the owners. Each room (ours was the fish) has a beautifully handcrafted door, window shutters and tables, each with views overlooking the city and bay. We only stayed for 2 nights and it was misty, so we couldn't really enjoy the bar area located at the top. Pat did a load of laundry for us and allowed us to use her phone to call home (at only $.25/minute charge). Hot breakfast was served each morning and was outstanding. A short walk to the peer, shopping area and interpretive center. The showers, with cool heat units on them, were tricky to use, but when you found the "sweet spot" were nice and hot. Pat and Luis were extremely friendly and gracious hosts.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Alexandria, VA
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81 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2010

A new, clean and modern guest house on San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos. We had a large air conditioned room but with the shutters open and the overhead fan we didn't need the A/C. The sound of the waves carried into the room from the shore just down the block.. Each room is individualized (fish, turtle, etc) with carvings on the door, shutters, and sitting room table. A very good hot breakfast was provided by the owners each morning. The owners English is limited but he has a handy reference sheet and a Spanish dictionary readily available.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank UKBlueCrow
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Rio Rancho
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2010

Casa Iguana Mar y Sol on San Cristobal in the Galapagos Islands is a pristinely gorgeous hotel overlooking the water. The rooms/suites are beautifully crafted and spotlessly clean. At any time of day guests from any room can look out over the bay. Can anyone say "romantic"? Patricia and Luis, the owners, are gracious hosts who can answer a traveler's many questions. Breakfast was wonderful on each of the four mornings we were there; we were even served delicious coffee that Luis had grown right on the property. Staying here made our already wonderful Galapagos experience that much better. --Karen and Mike, USA

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank KarenRioRancho
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atlanta
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58 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2010

We visited the Galapagos Islands in early April and stayed on San Cristobel (4 nights) and Santa Cruz (1 night). While on SC, we stayed at Patricia and Luis' lovely home. Patricia was out of the country but had helped set up our visit before we arrived down to connecting us with tour guides and helping plan our itinerary. Luis was a wonderful host. Our room was very comfortable. Breakfast was great and Luis accomodated our requests. Their home is about a 5mns walk from the port--close to restaurants (check out La Playa and Miconia!) and sea lions! Wonderful stay--thanks, Pat and Luis!

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank rmgatlanta
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Additional Information about Casa Iguana Mar y Sol

Property: Casa Iguana Mar y Sol
Address: Barrio Playa de Oro, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Galapagos Islands > San Cristobal
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in San Cristobal
Number of rooms: 5
Also Known As:
Casa Iguana Mar y Sol Hotel San Cristobal
Casa Iguana Mar y Sol San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

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