This is the first time I traveled to Galapagos Islands, and compared to other overnight accommodation options that I noticed that were available on Santa Cruz, this place was top notch! The Diver's Lodge is a bright and inviting space with clean, simple accomodations that have ample room and are more on the lines of two-story small apartment living. Our air-conditioner was loud, but it worked well, so we were very comfortable in our bed whether it be raining or 85degrees. I didn't notice anywhere on Santa Cruz, Isabela or Floreana where you could flush toilet paper, but since recepticals are cleaned routinely, this turned out not to be as annoying/slightly revolting as it originally seemed. Clean, fresh water is a scarce resource on all of the Islands, but this facility treats their water to ensure it's cleanliness. All of the on-site staff at the lodge were very pleasant and tried very hard to accommodate any need we had. They were also very quick to forgive my poor attempts at speaking Spanish (thank you staff) and, in-turn, tried to respond in English. The street that the diver's lodge is on is a bit run-down, but after taking several walks throughout the town, most of the area except for their two main streets are pretty much run-down--so--you can't really hold this against the lodge. The location of the lodge was great for shopping at the tourist shops and it was just a short walk to the main hotel on the waterfront. The four blocks to the main hotel were not long or difficult to navigate, its just that without sidewalks the whole way, you have to make sure you do not meander too far into the road. Don't worry if you do, the traffic is light and drivers honk their horn to let you know to get out of their way. The food at the main hotel was great! No complaints with any meal - they were all flavorful, changed each day and you also had a few options to choose from at every meal. If you have a food allergy or preference, at check in, they wanted to hear about it so they could accommodate you. As it turned out, the four block walk back to the lodge became something to look forward to after each good meal. All-in-all I was very comfortable in the Diver's Lodge and the staff helped to ensure my stay was an enjoyable one. I would definately recommend the Diver's Lodge to a friend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Maidith White Cove is located at the tourist center in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz, Galapagos. At a mere walking distance from the Charles Darwin Foundation, close to the beautiful walking trail to Tortuga Bay beach, the hotel offers our visitors with all the amenities to make you feel at home away from home. A block away from the amazing Santa Cruz seafront, which offers a wide variety of restaurants and local attractions, makes of Hotel Maidith White Cove an excellent choice for our visitors. Our hotel offers 9 big and spacious suites. Each with a unique design, there aren’t two alike. The hotel has a cozy cafeteria, reception area. All of our guests receive a complimentary breakfast, and we have bilingual personnel who are ready to help and assist our visitors with their needs. We strongly focus on caring and protecting the environment, which is essential for the absolute preservation of the beautiful Galapagos Islands. Our mission is to offer the best customer service and assistance to our guests, and make of their visit an unforgettable experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maidith White Cove Galapagos Islands/Santa Cruz