Stayed in Hotel Gardner 6 days in June, 2009. I can't say enough great things about the owners As a family of 5 with 3 daughters (21, 18 & 17), we were traveling on a budget and Janet was very helpful. There is no ocean view as depicted in a previous review from 2008 but it is located 2 short blocks from the main street. The second floor rooms have A/C and all rooms are equipped with a TV and DVD recorder. Hot water is plentiful. If you have difficulty climbing stairs, request the first floor, but there is no A/C in first floor rooms. Janet helped us obtain a hotel on Isabela (Hotel Sandrita) and helped negotiate another economic rate. Janet also got us a guide to take us around to see the "high land" or "parte alta" on Santa Cruz. They also own a travel agency so they can help set up land tours. After a while it felt like you were with family. Breakfast was great. Juice, coffee, cocoa, warm bread, eggs (fried or boiled depending on the day) cheese and fruit. The girls serving breakfast are very young so you just have to have patience. The terrace was a great place to relax. You can grab dinner where all the locals go which is around the corner to the right and to the left at the top of the hill. A great place is William's where you can get "encocada de langostino" which is a very tasty dish. When you make your reservation, go on TAME Airlines as AeroGal's planes are older and I heard a comment about not having really good pressurizing. We were also able to get internet access on our laptop from a neighboring hotel.
- Also Known As:
- Gardner Hotel Puerto Ayora
- Hotel Gardner Galapagos Islands/Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz