We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

“Giant turtles right in your backyard!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 2 more sites!
Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel
Ranked #1 of 20 Hotels in Puerto Ayora
Certificate of Excellence
GreenLeadersGold level
Rochester, New York
Level Contributor
24 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Giant turtles right in your backyard!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2009

My husband and I stayed for three days and had a wonderful time. Robert and Daysi couldn’t be more gracious. Their new slogan should be “even if you only stay one day, you’ll feel like you’re at home.” They are wonderful hosts.... the made us feel like we were their one and only priority. Robert was able to suggest many individualized experiences for us; as we are not they type of travelers that are interested in being stuck on large group pre-planned tours. He seems to know everything about the island and gave us expert advice. I would advise that you arrange for them to meet your plane and accompany you to the guest house as we found the experience of arriving on the island a little perplexing.
The house at Semilla Verde is a wonderful and the accommodations were picture perfect. It is a very tranquil and beautiful setting that is close to all attractions yet far enough away from the hustle and bustle of town. Our room, veranda, and bathroom were spacious, clean, and cozy. One of the things that made the room extraordinary was the large windows and gorgeous views. They have a great big porch to relax and just hang out. While enjoying the views you can actually watch to the giant turtles munch on vegetation in the back yard! That was really amazing. There is also a charming path for a nice walk just along side the property. There were actually quite a few turtles and some lovely views along the way.
Now for the food! Breakfast is served everyday in the gorgeous open central room; each morning we were presented with tons of exquisite and fresh options. Anything one could have asked for. In addition, if you are luck enough for Daysi to cook a daytime meal for you will decline any of the other restaurants available to you in town and opt for her cooking alone. It was the best meal I had had in ten days! They simply must consider offering fair to outside guest as well. (I heard a roomer that they are strongly considering it).
Our stay was absolutely amazing value for money and very stress-free. We really hope to return to the Galapagos someday, and we would definitely only stay at Semilla Verde.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Jklam
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

391 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    365
    26
    0
    0
    0
See reviews for
88
156
30
9
Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (108)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Bristol
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2008

We've just got back from the Galapagos Islands where my partner and I stayed at the Semilla Verde Guest House for a week in Room 1 of the Farmhouse. It was very comfortable and had incredible views!

The owner, Robert Grimstone, is a great naturalist guide and always offered help in planning our trips throughout our stay and even added some courtesy lectures in the evenings when we wanted. The Semilla Verde estate is gorgeous and conveniently close to town, but far enough away not to hear it!

Wildlife was everywhere. We found five giant tortoises and countless species of birds and plants. One night we were sitting on the terrace stargazing when a Galapagos barn owl landed 2 metres away and sat staring at us for 10 minutes!!! It was a magical moment.

This guesthouse is new to the market, but it gives something extra special even by Galapagos standards. We would both completely recommend it!

From 2 extremely satisfied customers.

Many thanks

  • Liked — The views and the location
  • Disliked — W only had a week to stay there!
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
2 Thank bicinctus
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
USA
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2008

My husband, 2 children and I stayed at Semilla Verde in June/July of 2008. We loved the treehouse feeling, the privacy, and views from the guest house. The bird watching was great as were occassional encounters with tortoises on the property. The location was convenient for touring the beautiful highland areas as well as a short taxi ride to town for great shopping, nightlife and visits to the famous Darwin Research Station. It was also very easy to book tours to other islands. Robert and Daysi were gracious and knowledgable hosts who provided us valuable insights into the local culture and recommendations about how to spend our time in the Galapagos. We would love to return some day! www.gps.ec

Kirsten Franklin

  • Liked — The hosts and the location
  • Disliked — reliance on taxis
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
2 Thank chipote
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Puerto Ayora hotels
6.3 mi away
Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel
Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel
#2 of 20 in Puerto Ayora
4.5 of 5 bubbles 792 reviews
5.9 mi away
Red Mangrove Aventura Lodge
Red Mangrove Aventura Lodge
#6 of 20 in Puerto Ayora
4.5 of 5 bubbles 639 reviews
6.3 mi away
Angermeyer Waterfront Inn
Angermeyer Waterfront Inn
#3 of 20 in Puerto Ayora
4.5 of 5 bubbles 328 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
5.7 mi away
Hotel Fiesta
Hotel Fiesta
#5 of 20 in Puerto Ayora
4.0 of 5 bubbles 285 reviews
4.1 mi away
Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge
Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge
#12 of 20 in Puerto Ayora
4.5 of 5 bubbles 33 reviews
5.8 mi away
Hotel Cucuve Suites
Hotel Cucuve Suites
#7 of 20 in Puerto Ayora
5.0 of 5 bubbles 29 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel

Property: Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel
Address: Km 12, via a Baltra | Isla Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora 200351, Ecuador (Formerly Semilla Verde Galapagos Lodge)
Phone Number:
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 ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Puerto Ayora
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Expedia, Agoda, Hotels.com and Odigeo so you can book your Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Semilla Verde Galapagos Hotel Puerto Ayora
Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel Galapagos Islands/Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing