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Jean's Home
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Reviewed 11 July 2013

Upon my delayed arrival Puerto Ayora, Gundi was waiting for me at the dock like a long lost friend. A quick boat taxi ride and we disembarked near Jean's Home. Gundi is your host and she is amazing-- she was born on the Islands and she knows everything and everybody. Ask about the history of this home as it is a marvelous story about another amazing woman-- Jean. The place is storybook, cozy, great amenities and very near La Playa de Alemans and Las Gretias. Both are in walking distance from Jean's Home and worth your time. The house is super organized, clean, spacious rooms and top shelf showers. Breakfast is huge and lovely.

The islands made me feel as though I was Alice in Wonderland as I was constantly coming across animals for which I had never seen and landscape that seemed surreal. One of my best trips ever!!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled solo
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1  Thank milonga_11
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Reviewed 22 June 2013

We stayed in Jean's Home in late April / early June for four nights. It was a great place to stay. Gundi (who runs the place and cooks a great breakfast every morning for you) was incredibly helpful. She met us on the dock at Puerto Ayora when we arrived looking lost, she was full of advice for the best places to go in the limited days that we had available to us, she probably saved me from sunstroke and she even gave me a birthday present on my birthday! The room was spacious with lots of light. The bathroom was grand. You have full access to the kitchen and lounge area - so you can do self catering if you want. But there are lots of great places to eat a short walk or boat trip away. And great walks down to the beach / water from the property as well. You need to get a short 3 minute water taxi out to Jean's Home, but this is just another reason to love the place - the taxi service is regular, cheap and easy. Wi-fi is not really running properly at the moment, but Gundi is looking to fix that soon. A fine place to stay.

Room Tip: You can stay in a room in the main house or a self contained bungalow in the garden. We stayed in a room in the house and it was great, but you might have slightly more privacy in one of the self contained bugalows.
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Ewan H
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Reviewed 8 May 2013

We stayed at Jean's Home for 9 days in April. Gundi truly goes out of her way to insure that guests have a great vacation. She gave us many recommendations for day tour boat operators and places to visit - and everything she suggested was worth visiting. Reviews from other guests of the house and rooms and her great breakfasts, are just as we would rate it - 4 stars for value and suoerb location. Gundi is a true original and a delight!

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 May 2013

Gundi who owns this place is so kind, helpful and informative. She knows everything there is to know about Galapagos and speaks English, Spanish and German which is really useful. We stayed in the four-bed bungalow which has a kitchen. It was a wonderful place to stay at on our last night in Galapagos. You take a river taxi from Puerto Ayora for a few minutes to get to Jean's Home where there are no cars so it is really peaceful. Thank you Gundi for everything. Jean's Home truly is a beautiful place to stay.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank AndreaBremner
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Reviewed 2 May 2013

During our recent visit to the Galapagos we stayed three nights at Jean’s Home in Puerto Ayora.

Jean’s Home is a Bed & Breakfast on the other site of the harbour of Puerto Ayora. There is no road to that part of the town so you have to take the water taxi for 60 cents a person. On the first day Gundi, the owner, picks you up at the harbour to show you the way. It is a very short walk, maybe 100 meters, after the water taxi.

The property consists of a main house with two rooms, a kitchen and a living room. In the garden there are five (I think) other rooms, one attached to the house. The other four in two separate cottages. One cottage in the front and one cottage in the back of the garden. We stayed in one of the rooms inside the house.

The room is very spacious with two big, comfortable beds. Enough space for a family with two (maybe even three) young kids. Also the bathroom was big. We had hot water during our entire stay and the water pressure in the shower was one of the best we had in Ecuador. The entire property is kept spotless clean.

During your stay you can use the kitchen to make your own dinner if you want and there is always cold drinking water available in de fridge. Every day Gundi would ask what time we wanted breakfast the next morning. She would come to the house and make it herself. The breakfast was excellent. She would make a hot dish (eggs, French toast etc.), fresh fruit juice and toast. There are also cereals, milk, yoghurt, cheese, fruit, marmalade and so on.

Gundi would try her best to make you feel at home. She was born on the Galapagos and used to be a guide so she can give you advice on tours, cruises, restaurants. Practically everything you could need while being there. Because we travelled the mainland first we came with two big suitcases. As we would return to the B&B after our cruise she offered to lend us a backpack so we wouldn’t have to take both suitcases on board, but pack just one. Which was great!

Gundi does not live on the property but nearby. There is a phone with her phone number so in case of emergency you can always give her a call.

We had a great time and loved our stay at Jean’s Home. We would recommend this B&B to anyone.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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