My wife and I stayed at the Espana from April 6th to the 10th and again on April 17th. Our rooms had one double bed and a single bed, air conditioning, TV, private bath, hot water, windows, and daily maid service. The rooms were clean, the beds comfortable, and the air conditioning was a blessing. The air conditioning in the 2nd room had a rattle, but we didn't complain as we slept like logs.
Esther, the front desk receptionist and concierge, speaks excellent english and was always friendly, smiling, and polite. She provided us with a wealth of informaton about points of interest on the island within walking distance of the hotel. She also arranged for us a wonderful tour of the highlands with a taxi driver that she knew.
The Espana offers a very good breakfast for $4 that includes eggs, bread, juice, and coffee.
The hotel is close to downtown and the Galapagos National Park (a 15 minute walk) where we would go early in the mornings to see the giant tortoises wake up. It is also close to the "Agua Galapagos" distribution center where we could purchase a jug of drinking water for only one dollar.
Although we always seemed to be on the go, many guests took advantage on the common area in the lobby to chill out on the hammocks and chairs available to all.
We would return to the Espana in a heartbeat for a future stay in Puerto Ayora.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Espana Galapagos Islands/Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz