If you are looking for a serene place to stay in Puerto Ayora away from the noise of town, I highly recommend Jean's Home. This small hotel is a short water taxi ride to Punta Estrada as there are no roads to get to it -- which makes it even more charming. The owner, Gunda Schreyer, will meet you at the dock the day you arrive and show you how to get the water taxi to the hotel.
I walked into the main house and thought I had gone to heaven. With a sunken living room, spotless tile, and quiet surroundings, it was a perfect fit for me. I ended up having the whole place to myself and Gunda put me in a bungalow with 2 beds and small kitchen. I loved sitting on the patio and listening to all the birds.
I paid $75/night including the 22% tax and breakfast. Gunda makes breakfast and it is all you can eat with eggs, toast, yogurt, fresh fruit, juice, coffee, and tea. You can use the full kitchen in the main house if you want to save money on food. She also has cold water in the refrigator which was a wonderful treat after walking to Tortuga Bay.
Gunda is fluent in English, Spanish, and German and can help you plan your time in the Galapagos Islands.
I didn't want to leave her piece of paradise and when I return to the Galagapos Islands, I will definitely stay at Jean's Home.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Jean's Home Galapagos Islands/Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz