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Jean's Home
Ranked #21 of 54 Puerto Ayora B&B and Inns
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“Really good value for money”
Reviewed 11 January 2012

From the moment you first contact Gundi, it is clear that she is not just professional but a warm and welcoming hostess. She met us on the dock at Puerto Ayora and insisted on helping carry our bags from the boat up the path to Jean's Home after a couple of minute's in a little water taxi across the bay. We stayed in the main house, and as we were the only ones in it, we effectively had not just the bedroom but also the kitchen and living area to our selves. Gundi made us a big breakfast each morning and provided info when wanted. She was really great with our son and kindly brought round some soup one evening when his stomach had been troubled.

She also put us in touch with Paul McFarling, who is originally from England but has lived for many years in the Galapagos. He is a biologist and has intimate knowledge of the unique local flora and fauna. He offers local tours and explains with great enthusiasm and humour the local natural history and how so much of it is interconnected. He was very good with our 8 year-old.

Visitors to the Galapagos should be aware that you have to pay a fee of $US100 per adult and $US50 per child to enter the National Park, which is basically the whole Galapagos and has to be paid upon arrival at the airport. That is in addition to the $US10 each you are charged in Quito or Guayaquil before boarding the plane...

Jean's Home is across the bay from Puerto Ayora and it is quick and easy to reach the centre of town by water taxi. The residential area around Jean's Home is quiet and small, with a local beach (Finch Bay) just a few minutes walk to the south-west. we went when the tide was out, so it was quite rocky and very shallow, making swimming almost impossible. Even closer to Jean's are a couple of restaurants at Angermeyer Point - just remember to take the torch that is thoughtfully provided by Gundi.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 January 2012

We travel the world since 30 years and Jean's Home is by far the best B&B we 've ever stayed. The rooms are spacious , spotless clean , the beds are made of the highest quality and the showers are the best of whole Ecuador.
The owner Gundi is a wonderful women and she makes healthy and very ,very delicious breakfasts. Jean's home is situated on a penninsula , just a little bit out of Puerto Ayora.
The B&B is very quiet and is surrounded by a beautiful garden .
We will never forget our stay in this highly recommanded place .

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 October 2011

If you want good value, clean and comfortable accommodation then this place is a winner. The rooms are spacious and you get a healthy, filling breakfast, all with local ingredients. As it's a short water taxi away from the centre of PA, it's also very quiet and safe too.

Gundi offers useful tips and speaks very fluent German and English. The Angermeyer and Finch Bay hotels are both a short walk away and you can enjoy good food and views at both locations. The beach in front of the Finch Bay is public and the Las Grietas pools are a 15 minute rocky walk away.

If we return we'll certainly book here again.

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Tortuga Bay
This is well worth doing as there are two lovely beaches. The guard house has toilets and sells drinks and snacks too as there are no services beyond this point.

WiFi
You'll see lots of locals sitting on the pier at Puerto Ayora with their laptops and phones using a free WiFi point. Don't be surprised to find that it's rather slow! There’s also free wifi at Baltra airport.

In PA you can get GPRS and EDGE signal on your mobile but it's patchy, so don't count on getting any mobile or data access while you're on the islands.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 August 2011

This was the perfect place to end our trip to the Galapagos. My wife and I just arrived home from an exceptional trip, punctuated by our stay at Jean's Home.

We were met at the docks by Gundi after our boat ride from Isabela. She ushered us into a very cosy and comfortable place, a short boat ride from the main docks at Puerto Ayora. My wife and I immediately loved the feeling of home especially since we were so far away from it. We stayed in the bungalow, separated from the main house and appreciated the quiet room. I would highly recommend Jean's Home since it's away from the busy tourist trappings of Puerto Ayora. It's a very quiet and clean house. We actually enjoyed taking the boat ride back from the main dock at night because the view of the quiet bay was amazing.

Gundi herself is a wonderful hostess and into all of the details to ensure your stay is as great as it can be. She cooks up a delicious and filling breakfast for you to start off your day. She also has a volume of knowledge on the islands and the history of the Galapagos. Do yourself a favor and stay here!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 September 2010

This is a gem in an environment overrun by new hotels and an oversaturated tourist economy. Jean's Home is conveniently close to main attractions (like Lonesome George and the Charles Darwin Foundation) at the main bay of Galapagos, with easy access to tourist trails and ship tours. Yet it's just separated enough from the main taxis/highways/city buildings that would interfere with your appreciation of being in the Galapagos. It's a luxury home in a natural setting of Galapagos, with ridiculously nice and clean amenities. It's also owned by a local who runs the home out of a love and appreciation for the environment, so the price is significantly lower than nearby Galapagos luxury hotels that reap an insane profit.

It's also the only place we found in Galapagos that's truly eco-friendly. The house is built on lava rocks, out of the non-native trees that grew on that property, and out of the lava rocks themselves. And the fruit supplied for guests is picked locally at local farms (rather than imported by the huge cargo ships that can be seen in giant oil slicks in the harbor).

If you want to go to Galapagos, you need to spend at least one night here!

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 September 2010

Not only is there a rich history behind this property but this Eco-Friendly Lodging is truly unique. It is located on Finch Bay, just a short distance away from Peurto Ayora, this area is completely serene and underdeveloped. There is a private beach near by, named Grietas, which is great for snorkeling. You deal directly with the proprietor, who is so accomodating!! The rooms are very clean and spacious,hot water, tv (with cable) and a phone is provided, which really helped us out. Our dive shop picked us up right from the bay. Most importantly, we felt safe,especially since the lodge's staff live nearby. This is really a hidden gem!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Jean's Home
Address: Punta Estrada, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Galapagos Islands > Santa Cruz > Puerto Ayora
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #21 of 54 B&Bs / Inns in Puerto Ayora
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Jean's Home is a small B&B located on a point called "Punta Estrada", on Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands -----Brief History----- The original house was built by Jean Blaha, an American settler who arrived on the islands in the 70's. She decided to build her home with her own hands, patiently moving lava-rock by lava-rock. In the 90's Jean passed away without completely finishing the construction. She left the house to her friend and current owner Gundi Schreyer, who decided to call it "Jean's Home" in memory and honor of Jean. -----Accommodations:----- The main house consists out of three rooms and a kitchen-living-room area. The kitchen is there for the guests to use and is fully equipped with refrigerator, electric stove, microwave, coffee-machine, pots and pans and everything needed. There is also a television in the living-room. There are three rooms connected directly to the main house. Each of the rooms has air-conditioning and a private bathroom with hot water. There are also two bungalows for up to three people, each with a private bathroom and a small kitchen (the bungalows do not have air-conditioning but several fans and big windows instead). The B&B is surrounded by a natural garden with mostly native and endemic plants. -----Location:----- Jean's Home is located on a point of the island at the end of "Academy Bay" and can be reached by water-taxi. These are available 24/7 and take only a few minutes to get to the point. The neighborhood is a very peaceful place, as there are no cars (only pedestrian pathways) and it is not located in the center of the town. There is a beautiful beach very close by and also a natural crack with cool brackish water where you can swim, only 15-20 minutes away from the B&B. We also have a few restaurants located directly on the point. ... more   less 
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