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“Great place to stay in San Cristobal”

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Casa Opuntia Galapagos
New York City, New York
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“Great place to stay in San Cristobal”
Reviewed 9 October 2013

My elderly dad and I stayed here three nights. This hotel is very well located, right in the heart of San Cristobal's main tourist areas and pier. You can walk to all the stores as well as the Interpretation Center, and a couple of small beaches. The pier where the cruise ships come in is a few minute walk. Even the Airport is only a 5 min ride. The views form the breakfast area and the rooms facing the waterfront are spectacular. The breakfast was amazing.. felt like we were staying in someone's home.. served various courses and with much care. During breakfast, the finches and warblers come perch at your table (either endearing or annoying depending on your perspective). Also, sea lions sit right on the hotel's steps, providing great pic opportunities. The staff, especially Santiago was wonderful and provided us much help with our luggage and even got our boarding passes for our trip since he happened to be on the same flight to Quito. Of the three nights, we had the entire place to ourselves for two of the nights (bonus of going off peak season- don't be fooled, the place (approx 7 rooms) is often sold out). Our room was beautiful and we had two balconies. The bathroom was very large. Truly a memorable stay!!! Highly recommended!!

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Gulfport, Florida
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Reviewed 20 September 2013

We stayed at this hotel as our first stop on our tour of the Galapagos Islands. The hotel manager was very helpful in contacting our tour operator since our guide failed to meet us at the airport. He was also agreeable to serving our breakfast outside normal hours when our tour left too early for the regularly scheduled breakfast included with the room.

The first night we were assigned a different room from the one we had confirmed with the tour company; the manager was unable to change the room that night, but by the following night we were able to occupy the room we had reserved.

The rooms were airy and comfortable; the beds were firm, and the rooms were clean. The view from the room was wonderful! We could see the dock in the harbor from our balcony. We could also see the multitude of sea lions that inhabited the boardwalk (especially when they reclined on the benches!). The location was wonderful, right on the boardwalk and in walking distance of many interesting restaurants. We also walked to a local beach to sun with sea lions, as well as snorkel alongside them. A bit more walking brought us to a museum, as well as a set of stairs that climb to a local viewpoint platform, and to an additional beach for snorkeling.

The only downside was that when the wind was blowing strongly in the evening, we had to open a window a crack to keep it from howling through the small gaps in the doors. Once we solved that problem, it was quiet and snug.

I would definitely recommend this hotel, and would willingly stay there again!

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed 11 September 2013

We stayed one night Before going on a one week Galapagos Cruise.
Excellent location towards the end of the waterfront promenade. Nice staff. Rooms and beds medium quality. No elevator. Hot water only occassionally. Breakfast a bit slow but OK. WiFi functions on and off close to the Reception.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Princeton, New Jersey
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Reviewed 23 August 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights and the beginning of our trip to the Galapagos. We were so happy with the location the staff and the food. Our room was on the second floor and was perfect for us. We weren't looking for anything fancy and absolutely loved the view and the hammock on our balcony. We wished we could have stayed here longer!

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 26 June 2013 via mobile

We spent three nights at the Casa Opuntia Galapagos in Saint Cristobal Island before boarding the Cormorant Catamaran on our island hopping through the Galapagos archipelago. The Casa was very unique in perfect location. We were able to walk the ocean front community, the cultural center, and the hide-away beaches of the sea lions. The breakfast and dinner were excellent in view of its limitation in ingredient and clientele. What was lacking in facility was made up by the hospitality of the owner/manager of the place. If we have the opportunity to return again we definitely will book the same hotel.

Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 June 2013

We decided to book an extra night on San Cristobal at the end our cruise. The hotel had a nice location right on the edge of the main drag in town. It was very clean and a good value. We had a room on the first floor just off the main dining area and were never distrubed by any noise.

We really enjoyed San Cristobal Island as we were able to arrange for a private tour 4 hour tour of the island with a local taxi driver for only $30 (plus a generous tip because he was great). If you are staying on San Cristobal I'd reccomend this hotel for the value.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 18 June 2013

This hotel was close to the water,shops and main road. It was at the end of the road so it was quiet. We were on the top floor with the balcony facing the sea. It was an awesome view. The room was spacious clean and yes the water flow for the shower requires fixing.
We did swim in the pool so i did not like the previous peoples idea to clean their diving items in the pool. The breakfast was basic but it filled us. Coffee juice and eggs. I loved the birds when they flew into the garden. The outside tables were great to have breakfast in as the view was great. Friendly staff and wifi.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Casa Opuntia Galapagos
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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