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.

“Our honeymoon at Semilla Verde was perfection”

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 5 more sites!
Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel
Ranked #1 of 20 Hotels in Puerto Ayora
Certificate of Excellence
GreenLeadersGold level
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
14 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Our honeymoon at Semilla Verde was perfection”
Reviewed 19 January 2010

We are so grateful to Semilla Verde for their planning and hospitality during our week of honeymoon in Galapagos. We had the most amazing honeymoon imaginable and we have Semilla Verde to thank! It was perfect -- and such a pleasure getting to know Robert, Daysi, their beautiful daughter Iona and all their pets. We really feel like we had a unique experience in Galapagos staying in such an idyllic setting, and we will forever treasure our visit.
The grounds of Semilla Verde make you feel like you're on top of the world and are the only people staying on Santa Cruz (as opposed to the hotels in the somewhat touristy downtown Puerto Ayora). The day trips and tours Robert gave and planned for us really enriched our experience -- every day was a wonderful adventure. And of course, Daysi's cooking was the best we had in Ecuador! A+++ for Semilla Verde!

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank xanderfinch
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

412 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    386
    26
    0
    0
    0
See reviews for
96
162
32
9
Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
  • Location
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (117)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
San Diego, CA
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2010

My wife and I stayed here for 3 nights during our honeymoon trip to the Galapagos Islands. We stayed in the top room, which is beautifully constructed of local materials and has a wonderful view of lush vegetation and roaming tortoises. Everything about the place was superb. Robert and Daysi are kind, gracious, and engaging hosts, and they go out of their way to make sure that you maximize your stay on the islands. They will plan your day trips, suggest small outings, cook you meals (I suggest Robert's langostinos), and do your laundry. We even got to sit it on a tortoise tagging on the premises, when a group of schoolchildren joined with experts to fasten a GPS transmitter onto a huge tortoise in order to track its migratory pattern. If your tour of Galapagos involves island excursions from Santa Cruz, I highly recommend making this your base camp.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank swcookson
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
N. Hatfield
2 reviews
Reviewed 24 December 2009

I was somewhat hesitant about Semilla Verde when I first found it, as it had a perfect rating. So perfect, it looked as though it may have been manipulated. I read the reviews and it seemed like a good place. Having stayed there for 7 nights, I can see why it has a perfect score. It is an extremely quaint guest house located in the moist uplands of Santa Cruz around 20 minutes from Puerto Ayora. My first evening there, I counted 10 giant tortoises within 100 yards of the house, roaming free.

The amenities are top notch, with gorgeous views. The breakfasts were phenomenal consisting of Galapagos coffee, fresh fruit salad, juice, cereal, toast, omelettes, etc. The rooms were spacious, clean, and charming.

The beauty of Semilla Verde is that Robert (proprietor) makes all the trip arrangements to meet your needs. Several times, I had to ask what I was doing that day as I had not memorized the itinerary. All there was for me to do was sit back and enjoy what the islands had to offer. My friend and I opted to eat dinner in Puerto Ayora every evening as there were a ton of quaint restaurants with plenty of cheap/excellent fare.

Robert knows practically everything about the islands, even the plantlife. Having been a tour guide for many years he knows the right boats to go on, as well the the must-see sights. I would definitely recommend any boat upgrades you can afford.

During my boat trip to Bartolome Island, I spoke with couple people from NY who had been in the Galapagos for a few days and were having a miserable time. They had made arrangements themselves, and apparently picked the entirely wrong tour groups. Luckily, this final trip worked out well to the point that they were able to leave happy. Robert's knowledge of the islands insured that we did not have similar experience.

I recommend Semilla Verde without reservation.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Rondo212
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
ESP
1 review
Reviewed 16 December 2009

We stayed at Semilla Verde in November, 2009. We had great expectations regarding our stay, but reality exceeded what we expected.

For what is interesting from a traveller perspective, facilities, being simple in its conception, are extremely comfortable; big bed, nice linen, huge TV in the rooms, spacious bathroom and closet, luminosity, cleanliness, access to books and DVDs as well as the spacious and bright leaving area. And, of course, the wonderful views over the surrounding vegetation. At the end of the busy days a traveller in the Galapagos can have, returning to Semilla Verde is a comforting experience. This is reflected in the fact that you find yourself referring to it as “going home”.

The above is perfectly complemented by the attention and cooperation that the owners and managers, Robert and Daisy, offered throughout the stay. Even before our arrival, we were surprised by the diligence and care with which Robert responded to our queries and requests that, in fact, were numerous and varied. His assistance was really helpful to complete all our travel arrangements and he provided very useful information. Robert is himself an excellent guide and we really enjoyed our tour with him. Do not miss their meals, whether lunch or dinner, homemade, fresh and local.

They show a clear vocation to make the stay in Galapagos and Semilla Verde a unique experience. The guest has the feeling of being, really, a very special one and, somehow, a friend.

One final comment for the marvellous silence that you can enjoy at any time, inviting to relax and sense of real holiday. All you can hear now and then is the birds or the rustling of branches when the giant tortoises around the garden decide to move

We think that if you are going to visit Santa Cruz, there is no better alternative than Semilla Verde. And if you are visiting Galapagos, try to make Sevilla Verde part of your trip.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank MARJA_2009
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Syracuse, New York
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 December 2009

My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights and had a wonderful experience! Robert and his wife Daysi own and run this guesthouse very well. They live in the lower floor of the house with a totally separate entrance. It is very spacious with a very large living, dining and kitchen area. There are three rooms . We had the upstairs room which is very spacious. It is extremely clean and the food is quite good. Robert did a great job of organizing our day trips. They are very easy people to be around. Love the British accent! Would stay here again in a heartbeat...you will not be disapponted!

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank JoanSyracuse
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
NYC
Level Contributor
9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2009

Semilla Verde clearly has alot of friends since everyone who stays there must leave feeling they've made a new friend of the host, Robert. We did. The man took a keen interest in making us feel welcome and well tended for. A good talker who knows the islands well, Robert had sound advice on everything from restaurants to dive outfits. The house is large and, since the family lives in separate quarters downstairs, we felt we had the place to ourselves. One could sit undisturbed for hours quietly reading by the fireplace or out on the living room deck, alone except that is for the frequent yellow warblers stopping by. Our room was equally spacious and quiet with a private balcony overlooking the highland greenery and sea in the distance. Staying one evening for dinner we were served fresh lobster tails with greens farmed on the property; and the morning coffee: grown and roasted right there. Robert has successfully transformed his generosity of spirit into a wonderful accommodation making our stay on Santa Cruz a home away from home.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank JigWo
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Lincoln, NE
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2009

Our stay at the Semilla Verde Guest House was absolutely fabulous! I could not say a more posiive thing about it! Robert was so helpful in setting up the accomodations and day trip activities prior to our arrival and was incredbily hospitable the entire time of our stay. Robert is a highly trained and knowledgable naturalist, please take the opportunity to use him as a guide!

The bed and breakfast is located about 10 minutes from downtown Puerto Ayora and is easily accessable by a cheap cab ride. It is worth every minute to not have to stay in the center of the town. The view is spactacular from the house, overlooking amazing green forest and the ocean. There are wild tortuses that wonder around the huge property. Robert actually grows his own coffee and has been a huge part of a reforestation project as well.

The grounds and views are equally as beautiful as the house itself. The rooms were so beautiful and the place was furnished perfectly. This is unparalleled to the 5 star service you will recieve from Robert and his employees and family!

I would highly recommend that you stay at this property, it has been one of my most memorable and favorable stays of my life, what a treat and blessing!

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank karatraveler
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Puerto Ayora
6.4 mi away
Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel
Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel
#2 of 20 in Puerto Ayora
4.5 of 5 bubbles 828 reviews
5.9 mi away
Red Mangrove
Red Mangrove
#8 of 20 in Puerto Ayora
4.5 of 5 bubbles 650 reviews
6.2 mi away
Angermeyer Waterfront Inn
Angermeyer Waterfront Inn
#3 of 20 in Puerto Ayora
4.5 of 5 bubbles 339 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 298 reviews
4.3 mi away
Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge
Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge
#12 of 20 in Puerto Ayora
4.5 of 5 bubbles 34 reviews
2.9 mi away
Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos
Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos
#11 of 24 in Santa Cruz
4.0 of 5 bubbles 175 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 200350, 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
#2 Best Value 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, Hotels.com, Agoda, Priceline 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