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“Perfect apartment in the Galapagos”
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Orchidea consists of two apartments: one upstairs and one downstairis in a fine neighbourhood
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Orchidea consists of two apartments: one upstairs and one downstairis in a fine neighbourhood
Upstairs - Balcony Upstairs - Main Double Bedroom with queen bed
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49 reviews
Orchidea consists of two apartments: one upstairs and one downstairis in a fine neighbourhood
Upstairs - Balcony
Upstairs - Main Double Bedroom with queen bed
Upstairs - Main Double Bedroom with queen bed
Upstairs - Main Double bedroom
Upstairs - Second bedroom with bunkbeds
Upstairs - Second bedroom with bunkbeds
Upstairs - Bathroom
Upstairs - Bathroom
Upstairs - Bathroom
Upstairs - Living room
Upstairs - Living room
Upstairs - Kitchen
Upstairs - Balcony
Upstairs - Private entrance
Upstairs - Entrance patio
Upstairs - Private entrance stairway
Upstairs - Private entrance patio
A plan of Orchidea! Both up and down have the same rooming plan.
Orchidea's position within Puerto Ayora.
Downstairs - Living area
Downstairs - Main Bedrroom with double bed
Downstairs - Main Bedrroom with double bed
Downstairs - Second bedroom with twin bunk-beds.
Downstairs - Second bedroom with bunkbeds
Downstairs - Second bedroom with bunkbeds
Downstairs - Second bedroom with bunkbeds
Downstairs - Second bedroom with bunkbeds
Downstairs - bathroom with shower unit and small bathtub
Downstairs - Dining room
Downstairs - Dining area with kitchen behind
Downstairs - Dining room, with back entrance
Downstairs - Living room, dining area with the kitchen in the background.
Downstairs - Kitchen
Downstairs - View across the kitchen, dining area with the living area in the background.
Downstairs -  Private back garden. There is a sheltered area with hammocks here and also an outdoor table with four...
Downstairs - private entrance
Downstairs - private front garden
Downstairs - private front garden
Downstairs - front sheltered patio
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Overview
Condo/Apartment -
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands

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suzanneca...
Edmonton, Canada
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12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Perfect apartment in the Galapagos”
Reviewed 9 December 2013 for a stay in December 2013
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This apartment made a wonderful home base during our stay in the Galapagos in November for 8 days. It was close to all amenities, was very clean and housed myself, my husband and our two friends perfectly. The kitchen was well stocked with all we could need and the living room and bedrooms were well laid out. There was plenty of storage room for all our luggage and clothing.
Paul was so easy to communicate with and even though he was not present on site during our stay he responded to any questions or concerns we had promptly. The information guide that he provides when you book and the binder with all the tips in the house is invaluable and helped us plan activities during our stay.
The on-site help, Enrique and Martha were very helpful. We were met at the airport by Raphael who was an excellent driver made sure our arrival went smoothly. Enrique met us when we arrived and was able to explain how everything in the house worked. Martha, the housekeeper, did a fantastic job providing us with clean linens, drinking water, towels and laundry service.
Although the internet service was slow at times, it was available when we needed it...which wasn't often since there was so much to do and see here on the island!!
Thank you Paul for a great experience and we hope to stay here again one day.

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Liked best: The location
Liked least: The shower, hot and then cold.
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Mooresville
Reviewed 19 November 2013 for a stay in October 2013
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CAFAM
CA
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22 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Good, but with a Caveat”
Reviewed 14 November 2013 for a stay in September 2013
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We spent the better part of 3 weeks at Orchidea and enjoyed our time there greatly. Paul, the owner, is incredibly prompt and thorough in his communication. Although he is not on site, we felt that he was still highly involved in our experience and did everything he could to make our time there lovely.

The apartment itself was perfect for a family vacation on the Galapagos and has almost everything that you need. There are only two reasons I cannot give it a 5-star review - one can be fixed but the other cannot. The aspect that can be fixed is the functionality of the internet. During our 18 day stay, the internet was out at the house for at least 5 full days and several more partial days. The issue was one of the router, not lack of service on the island, so is something that can be improved. I feel confident that the owner will do everything possible to rectify the situation.

The other issue, unfortunately, cannot be changed because it is the location of the apartment itself. While it is located in a quiet neighborhood, the street itself is not the least bit quiet. Taxis, motos, and people use the street as a sort of beltway around Puerto Ayora so there is near constant traffic from before 6:00am until after 11:00pm. Closing the windows helps but then there is little airflow in the apartment itself, which is problematic in all but the coolest months. Although we can recommend Orchidea, it is with this caveat that we make the recommendation.

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Liked best: having our own place
Liked least: noise
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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exeter
Reviewed 11 November 2013 for a stay in June 2013

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A romantic getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Luxury-minded travelers
Rugged travelers
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DustyReli...
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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29 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Okay for short stays of about 3 days.”
Reviewed 1 September 2013 for a stay in August 2013
1
person found this review helpful

Given the cost of everything in the Galapagos Islands, this is definitely a less expensive lodging. If traveling with children, this place is fine in those circumstances. The location is near to two of the very few public beaches on Santa Cruz so that worked out well. Everything in the house needs a facelift or small things repaired to freshen it up. It would not need to be fancy to make a big difference in ambience. It is located in a residential area and there are neighbors who are sometimes noisy. We don't mind that ourselves but be advised. The flip side of this is it felf very safe being there. As to the hot water, if you live in the United States or Europe you are not going to be real pleased with the hot water situation in Ecuador. We live in Ecuador and the tankless hot water systems are either inadequate for the unit or they are very touchy and you over ride the hot water with the cold creating only cold water. So, this situation really is no different than most other accomodations unless you are paying top dollar at a very high end resort or nice chain hotel. My advice is the Galapagos Islands are very, very expensive to see for a number of reasons. If you bring anyone who can't hike four or five miles on a day trip, don't go because most of the "tours" involve a lot of walking on these islands. Boat rides, unless it is a multi-day tour, just aren't available. Just a "taxi" to another island beach was around $70.00 per person (2 hours boat trip). All things considered, we would not return.

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Liked best: location
Liked least: the living room furnishings
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Families with young children
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Beverly L
Stratford, Connecticut
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Excellent value for money”
Reviewed 14 August 2013 for a stay in July 2013
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person found this review helpful

We stayed at Orchidea for 10 days in July/August 2013. The apartment was clean and very acceptable. It was nice to be close to town--but still apart from it. We had no problem with noise; in fact, the neighborhood seemed fairly quiet. The upstairs apartment, where we stayed, had excellent furniture, comfortable beds, and a warm, working shower. We also enjoyed the hammock on the porch--and it was a good place to dry out our swimwear. I would definitely enjoy staying at Orchidea again.

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Liked best: conventience and cleanliness
Liked least: no complaints
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
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Management Response
14 Aug 2013
Thank you for such a nice review! Hope your trip home went well!
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CA
Reviewed 4 July 2013 for a stay in June 2013

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