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Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel
Ranked #1 of 21 Hotels in Puerto Ayora
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Reviewed 5 December 2011

From the very start Robert welcomed us with some fresh juice and an exquisite lunch which was my favorite of the whole stay. Much of there food is grown on site along with some of the best coffee. The staff are friendly and wonderful! Robert is a very knowledgeable and energetic guide. The grounds and rooms are well kept and very clean. Robert and his family became very good friends in the short stay we were there. I liked the fact that we were not in town, but not too far away.

When we arrived in our room there were towels in the shape of a heart because I told Robert it was our honeymoon.

The prices for the stay were very reasonable and no can really put a price on their hospitality. We had some trouble with some booking and he was very generous and allowing us to use his phone. On another occasion we didn't have enough sun-block and didn't have time to buy some so he gave us his! Our last night Robert started a fire for us and that was a very nice touch. Wow! Outstanding! Very gracious toward us having to change plans a few times.

I don't there were any real down points to staying there. The food, view, service, grounds, and price were extraordinary. You don't want to stay anywhere else in Santa Cruz. You may get a cheaper price at other places, but it's not worth because of the quality at Semilla Verde. I would love to partner with Robert and start another Semilla Verde in another part of Galapagos because I was so impressed.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 November 2011

My husband, two-year old son and I stayed at Semilla Verde for two weeks and we had an incredible time. Robert and Daysi are wonderful hosts and our son enjoyed playing with their daughter. We woke up everyday and had a nice walk around their lovely property where we saw no fewer than four tortoises each day! Robert and Daysi arranged all our tours for us and we had a great itinerary of day trips to the surrounding islands. This was perfect since our son is too young to go on a liveaboard. Semilla Verde has a lovely balcony with a view of the surrounding hillside and the ocean down below. We spent many an afternoon and evening relaxing on the balcony. Daysi is an amazing cook and we ate most of our meals at Semilla Verde. She spoiled us with lobster twice!!

We thoroughly loved our stay at Semilla Verde and definitely recommend it!

Room Tip: All rooms are great!
  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 November 2011

There were many BEST on our one month trip through Ecuador. Two are reserved for Semilla Verde: best B&B and best coffee.Semilla Verde is a B&B in a coffee plantation, it is just 15 min. outside Puerto Ayora with sweeping views over the treetops to the ocean, no other buildings in sight. We would wake up to the sounds of birds, take an early morning stroll through the plantation where we spotted many unusual plants, birds and oh wonder giant turtels, one morning three. Then after admiring the coffee plants we had that amazing coffee freshly roasted for breakfast. What a treat!
During the day we did our own exploring or went on a tour organized by Robert our host who with his british humour made us feel at home. In the evening a delicious meal prepared by Daysi, Roberts wife awaited us. Then it was stargazing on the patio till our eyes could not stay open any longer. Have you ever seen the southern cross? Wonderful!
This from three seasoned senior travelers.

Room Tip: mainfloor bedroom with large balcony, incredible view
  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 November 2011

I very much enjoyed my stay at Semilla Verde. The room as large, with a nice view, and spotlessly clean. There were also 4 or 5 Galapagos tortoises, roaming there way around and through the property to remind you that you really are in an exotic place.

For me, however, what separates a good place to stay from a great place to stay is the quality of the service. I encountered an unexpected situation - I lost my wallet on the bus - and Robert and his staff went out of there way to help me out. Robert made a series of calls on my behalf, and his staff member tracked down the person sitting next to me on the bus. In the meantime, he loaned me the cash I would need for my trip. After I returned home, my wallet was recovered, and Robert took the time to pick it up from the person in town who recovered it.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 3 November 2011

My wife and I stayed at Semilla Verde in June of 2011. There isn't much to add that hasn't already been said in the many glowing reviews that precede this one. The property is beautiful and tranquil, and it compliments its natural surroundings in the highlands. While the location is rural, getting to and from the bars, restaurants and shops of Puerto Ayora was simple enough. We stayed in Room 1, which was comfortable, clean, had stunning views, and we very much appreciated the modern amenities (e.g., hot water, Wi-Fi). Robert, a naturalist and conservationist, is a terrific host whose knowledge and passion for the Galapagos are infectious. We greatly enjoyed and recommend his personal guided tours of various sites around Santa Cruz Island. We also enjoyed and recommend Daysi's delicious meals (in addition to breakfast), which featured local and traditional ingredients. Overall, we had a wonderful stay and it's no surprise that Semilla Verde is a top pick.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 October 2011

My wife and I were fortunate enough to spend four nights at Semilla Verde.

Literally from the moment we picked up our luggage at the airport, we were completely taken care of.

There are likely no other native English speakers, who own and run a bed and breakfast in the Galapagos other than Robert. My Spanish is abysmal. His is fluent, and it must be said that he helped out of a few jams that we had bungled our way into (eg: leaving rented snorkel equipment in the back of a cab.)

When we arrived at Semilla Verde, we were greeted by Robert and his staff. Immediately, we were shown around the grounds, given delicious fresh squeezed juice and were made to feel right at home. Since it was early enough in the afternoon, we were also given lunch. This was the first of two amazing meals that we had at Semilla Verde. My wife is generally vegan, and the staff at Semilla Verde went to great lengths to ensure that we had soy milk and other dietary supplements.

Later that day, Robert took us out to show us Los Gemelos in Santa Cruz. As a former naturalist guide. Robert is extremely knowledgable about the plants and animals on the island.

That evening he also took us into town and gave us recommendations on everything from where to get our snorkel equipment to where to eat. His recommendations were always spot on. He certainly has local knowledge.

We asked Robert to help in organizing all of our day trips with local boats and tour companies in the area. He did a wonderful job planning, and we went out on alot of great cruises.

Semilla Verde itself is a wonderful facility situated on sprawling acreage outside of Porto Ayora.

There are three guest rooms on the property in total. We had the run of the home while we were there, and there are even two live giant tortoises that call the backyard home. We were also given really excellent breakfasts every morning including fresh coffee grown right at Semilla Verde.

We really had a wonderful time and cannot recommend the place strongly enough.

  • Stayed: October 2011
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Reviewed 24 October 2011

We were extremely happy with our stay at Semilla Verde. As a family of 2 adults and 2 children (7 & 3) we were glad not to be in the center of town and in the hinterland away from the busy Puerto Ayora. The house has a beautiful view of the coast, both rooms upstairs and down, we stayed on the same level as our children so they could run between our rooms.

Our hosts Robert and Daysi were very hospitable and welcoming, their 3 year old daughter was delightful and the perfect playmate for our daughter. The property is great for exploring and the resident tortoises were a great nature-fix. The dogs and cat were also a great entertainment for our children and they were very child-friendly. Catching a taxi into town was easy and the cost was graciously covered by our hosts. Robert is a wealth of knowledge for the island and is very forthcoming with advice and information about the island, and can even do a private guided tour.

The staff were all very polite and friendly, communication was a little difficult for me as I didn't speak Spanish, but smiles and sign language seemed to be enough mostly.

I thoroughly recommend Semilla Verde as relaxing place to stay, it's homely vibe is definitely a plus for families or honeymooners looking for a natural retreat.

Room Tip: Upstairs room has beautiful views and a private hammock on the balcony.
  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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Address: Km 12, via a Baltra | Isla Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador (Formerly Semilla Verde Galapagos Lodge)
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Region: Ecuador > Galapagos Islands > Santa Cruz > Puerto Ayora
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Puerto Ayora
Price Range: £130 - £173 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"Semilla Verde is an exceptional hotel with the customs and personality of a traditional guesthouse." We believe your experience in the Galapagos Islands should be as unique and natural as you are. So, here at Semilla Verde we offer you the chance to stay somewhere far removed from your busy life and the standard hotel offering you may be used to. We invite you to step into another world, the original Galapagos, the true and enchanting islands. And, to experience the wonders of a rural forest dwelling and life alongside the unique wildlife you came so far to see. Your stay will be based in an original and idyllic rural retreat where peace, privacy and Galapagos wildlife abounds. You will enjoy one-to-one personal service, traditional home cooking, panoramic views from private terraces and exclusive access to nature trails through twelve acres of private forest where giant tortoises lumber freely and native birds thrive. At night, gaze up into the unspoilt majesty of the milky way. Nine comfortable en-suite bedrooms with AC, WiFi and DVD just 15 minutes taxi ride from Puerto Ayora town, costing just $7 e/w. All in all, an authentic and genuinely friendly and authentic land-base for your Galapagos adventure and an all encompassing alternative or add-on to a traditional cruise ship experience. Semilla Verde works with a local tour agency to offer complete hotel & tour package options too. You will visit outlying islands and local sites with qualified naturalist guides and experience first hand the beauty of Galapagos and it's unique flora and fauna - from giant tortoises and lava lizards to marine iguanas and playful sea lions, from volcanic landscapes to cloud forest. Return to the hotel at the end of an incomparable day and share your travel stories around the main dining table with other guests, whilst enjoying dinner freshly prepared in our kitchen. Indeed we don't work from a fixed menu rather we generally prepare one recipe for the group, but each guest receives a serving according to their individual preferences. The location is secluded but convenient and very safe. There is not another residence within hundreds of meters of this oasis. Semilla Verde remains true to the philosophy on which it originally built for good friends and family, ensuring a level of intimacy, small number of employees offering very personal service and home cooking your will only find in a traditional guesthouse. Semilla Verde comprises two hotel builidings some 100ft apart - the Semilla Verde Lodge (Rooms 1-6) and the Finch Wing (Rooms 7-9). They can work in unison or as separate entities for separate parties. betwen the two there is a fully equipped yoga studio where you can enjoy individual or group practice. Galapagos is famous for it's volcanic landscapes and unique wildlife, but it can also be somewhere for you to rediscover your true and unique nature, somewhere you can feel yourself again. ... more   less 
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Semilla Verde Galapagos Hotel Puerto Ayora
Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel Galapagos Islands/Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

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