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Casa Opuntia Galapagos
Reviewed 11 April 2012

I definitely recommend staying at Casa Opuntia. The rooms are perfectly fine, the staff are very friendly and the service is great. No it's not fancy but I don't think anything in Puerto Baquerizo is. The rooms were clean, the pool was very nice, there were always cold drinks available and the wi-fi worked. That's a good hotel in the Galapagos!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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CustomerService C, Customer Service at Casa Opuntia Galapagos, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2012

Dear Suetee,
Thank you for your comments! We highly appreciate your kind words towards our staff and our service. Along this year we have done some improvements in different areas and we are happy that this is producing positive impacts on our guests. San Cristobal is a place where tourism is still developing and we hope that with time it would keep the atmosphere of a small town mixed with the mystic nature that surrounds this gorgeous island. We would love to have you again as our guest in our enchanted islands!
Have a great day!
Customer Service
Hotel Casa Opuntia
San Cristobal – Galapagos Islands.

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Reviewed 22 March 2012

Just returned from San Cristobal.

Spent two nights at Casa Opuntia. I won't be breaking any new ground with my review.
Stayed in the room at the top of the hotel. Room was clean & spacious, hot water worked after consulting with the management. Who were friendly and helpful. The grounds and property are a bit tired. Ownership needs to spend a few bucks updating and cleaning up.
As they have the location right on the waterfront.

I know their are less expensive places to stay. however we liked the view of the watefront and it's location. Breakfast, included in the stay was good.

Another nice think was the honor system for beers and soda's. The fridge was available 24/7.

I'd stay there again. Just don't think 5 star.

Room Tip: I liked the third floor. we had a hammock on the porch to hang out in.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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CustomerService C, Customer Service at Casa Opuntia Galapagos, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2012

Dear CapeCodMSG,
Thank you for your candid comments! We truly appreciate all of our guest reviews as they definitely help us improve our service.
During your stay we have experienced a momentary problem due to the lack of water pressure on the second floor. We are happy to let you know that we have invested in a better water pomp system in order to guarantee that water will run uniformly in all our building.
Due to the raining season in the Galapagos islands the maintenance work and efforts to keep all clean and spotless seem to be a little slow maybe giving the impression that we are not giving enough attention to this matter, However we try to complete our daily chores despite of the weather conditions . Once rain stops we will continue with our regular maintenance work inside and outside our property And are sure the hotel will show its real charm under the shiny Galapagos skies!
Once again thank you for choosing Casa Opuntia and we expect your return to the Enchanted Islands in a close future!
Customer Service
Hotel Casa Opuntia
San Cristobal – Galapagos Islands.

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Reviewed 29 February 2012

Casa Opuntia is located right on the water along an area heavily frequented by sea lions. It is an easy walk to many beach areas. While our room was spacious, it was a bit worn. It also suffered from a frequent lack of hot water in the shower. The hotel was family run and the service was fine. I am not sure what else is available on Sab Cristobal, but if you are not seeking luxury (or hot water), this hotel is fine.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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CustomerService C, Customer Service at Casa Opuntia Galapagos, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2012

Dear Wedgewood1,
Thank you for your review, we are happy to hear you have enjoyed your stay! Casa Opuntia is definitely located in a privileged spot in San Cristobal where sea lions can be appreciated really close and moreover they are not fear towards men. The Galapagos Islands for sure are a special place!
You visited us in a time when we had a glitch with the water pump, we are very sorry about this unpleasant situation and I am pleased to let you know that we have invested in a new water pump system, so we won’t experience problems with lack of hot water in the future. As well, we would like to mention that we are constantly fixing the damage in the rooms caused by time and weather conditions. I would like to point out that Casa Opuntia is not a luxury hotel (as a matter of fact there are no luxury hotels in San Cristobal Island), it is a Tourist Superior Hotel that offers quality services related to its category.
Again thanks for visiting us and we hope to welcome you again in a very close future!
Customer Service
Hotel Casa Opuntia
San Cristobal – Galapagos

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Reviewed 17 January 2012

We only stayed at the Casa Opuntia for 1 night (Christmas Eve 2011). Unfortunately we were unable to book an ocean view room which we would recommend, however we found our pool view room clean & spacious, breakfast served on the terrace overlooking the harbour was excellent, & the staff were incredibly helpful. In line with other reviews, a couple of new curtains would not go amiss. The road in front of the hotel is pedestrianised, so no passing traffic noise.

We would recommend this hotel if you are looking to board a boat in Puerto Baquerizo Harbour the following day (as we did), as it is no more than 200 yards from the pier & only a short stroll into town

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Room Tip: Go for a seaview room
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 December 2011

Needs a lot fonupdating, not much more to say than that. Everything from paint, fixtures, new linen!!! And towels, etc. No longer looks like the photos on their site or rather the exterior is still beautiful but the interior has sadly been neglected for a long time. wanted to enjoy this so much, but sadly quite disappointed.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 1 September 2011

My husband and I stayed here as part of a package with Adventure Life. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and the location was very convenient for day trips (snorkeling, kayaking and hiking) and walks along the board walk (with many shore birds, crabs and seals). It has great waterfront views and a nearby beach with sea lions. Sometimes the sea lions and other sounds did keep us up a bit at night but ear plugs can solve the problem. And the food was delicious - fresh and home cooked!!! Loved it.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 August 2011

This place was fabulous. Rooms that look out over the ocean. very friendly staff. The food for breakfast and dinner was delicious and fresh. Also, it was very appreciative that everything worked in the hotel like the hot water. Go out for snorkeling, come back and read a book in the hammock while looking out over the ocean, take a walk with sea lions nearby, and then return for delicious food. Felt like a really homey family place.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: Charles Darwin S/N | Playa de Oro, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno 179217, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Galapagos Islands > San Cristobal > Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
Price Range: £96 - £152 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Casa Opuntia Galapagos 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The legendary Casa Opuntia is our landmark hotel in San Cristobal Island. We offer 13 comfort class rooms, some with ocean front balconies, as well as a common seating and lounging area overlooking the boardwalk. You are only a few meters away from Playa de Oro Beach and from the small, lazy port town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Take a refreshing dip in our small, fresh-water swimming pool while you enjoy a cocktail before sunset. ... more   less 
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