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Hotel La Casa de Judy
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Almería, Andalucia, Spain
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12 reviews
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“Best hotel in Santa Cruz!”
Reviewed 10 August 2012

I cannot recommend this hotel highly enough! Casa de Judy is charming, clean, restful, well managed and excellent value for money whichever type of room you choose.
The most outstanding feature is the service and attention to the needs of the client. Judy and her team make you feel welcome and are willing to help you in whatever way they can. Nothing is too much trouble. You feel as if you and your holiday really matter to them
You can do no better than choose this hotel for your stay in Santa Cruz!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Tustin CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2012

The friendliest little inn we enjoyed (four nights) during our month in Ecuador. Owner Judy speaks a bit of english, was born on the property and was full of advice on everything from local destinations, taxi rides and guides, to getting laundry done locally. Giant Tortoise shells which her father collected over 30 years ago, add to the pool-side decor. Judy also set us up with the best taxi driver in Puerto Ayora, Mecias Guamon (tele: 099808099). Although he did not speak a word of english, he gave us a great half day tour of the island that included an unexpected yet enthusiastic guided walk at El Chato Tortoise Reserve.
We asked for a room on the second floor, away from the swimming pool, to avoid noise, but it was pretty quiet - and the pool felt great before dinner each evening. Rooms on the higher floors get a better breeze, if you favor open windows and natural air rather than the air conditioning available. The hotel is very clean and well maintained. The very top floor has an observation deck with great breezes and a view of the local forest and ocean. The inn is a ten minute walk from the Darwin Center and from one end of the town. With taxi rides $1, choices are easy. The hubub and traffic of the docks and port areas are at the other end of town. The nicer art and craft shops are at Judy's end of town.
There's lots to see on Santa Cruz Island. To explore Santa Cruz for four days, We took a water taxi and walked to the Las Grietas for a well deserved swim in a deep lava crack, then back to the harbor and then walked a beautiful developed path to another Park area filled with photogenic Marine Iguanas, Tortuga Bay. We walked to the Charles Darwin Center a couple of times to hang out with the Tortoises. We took a half day taxi trip to the northern highlands to visit wild Tortoises at El Chato Tortoise Reserve and Los Gemelos craters. We tried to visit Devine's Butterfly farm, but no one was there. It is in a beautiful forested setting so, if you want to go there, I suggest calling ahead to make sure someone is around. And we walked the town, window shopping and buying crafts, meals and market food for lunch on our long walks.

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms get more breeze.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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Squamish, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2012

Review of Hotel Galapagos Inn also known as La Casa de Judy.
We booked a land tour of the Galapagos Islands through Nature Galapagos & Ecuador ( an Equador company) choosing the "tourist class " option.  On the island of Santa Cruz, we were placed on the ground floor of Hotel Galapagos Inn also known as La Casa de Judy.  We stayed here for 5 nights.  Every morning, our friendly waiter Jimmy served us a good breakfast and refilled our water bottles in the common area of the hotel beside the pool.  Jimmy was always happy to get us whatever we needed.  We ate lunch and supper at a restaurant "La Restaurante Chocolat" about an 8 minute walk away.  Our menu had 2 choices, usually chicken or fish with rice and a vegetable, juice and a fruit desert. The meal was simple, healthy and tasty.  We were very happy with our accommodation and our food. The room was clean, the beds made up every day. The room had a washroom with shower.  There was air- conditioning in the room which was essential as the temperatures were between 30 and 36 degrees. There are beautiful views from the roof top decks.  Most afternoons we used the swimming pool.  Our hosts were enthusiastic and very helpful. They spoke some English and we spoke almost no Spanish.  They helped us out of difficulties several time by making phone calls for us.  They were like a family to us and we grew to love them: Patricio, Judy and Julian and daughter Dominique.

Nos Vemos,
Rika & Mel

Room Tip: Upper level rooms have views
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Rika L
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Madrid
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 April 2012

We stayed there for 5 nights. we were tow couples with kids

overpriced! 120 USD for a room for a couple with 2 kids under two in a hotel with NO service what so ever.

The wifi internet works sometimes (rather less than more) and only downstairs (not in the rooms)
No tours or info available about anything, even in town info (restaurants etc)
Not children friendly: no cots, no high chairs, tile floors in the rooms AND in the toilet, even showe,r with not even a USD 2 mat to avoid slipping. Find your own way with kids in this hotel (at least they allowed me to use their fridge but some snearing from the owner)
Breakfast is poor and boring: omelet on a chewy bun and nescafe. The pool is smaller than what it looks on the internet (literally is 4X4). the put chlorine and they dont advice that you cant swim.
Mosquitoes in the rooms and not a single remedy for it. Just " do not open the windows".
Very poor English from the staff, which is not an issue for me. Although i have to say that the 2 staff members I met were nice.
the rooms are nicely clean every day...as they are in any 2 star hotel for half of the price.

I do not recommend this hotel for this price. I know some people were paying less for the rooms so check for cheaper prices but get ready to find your own way around.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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malaysia
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33 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2012

The hotel is about 10 mins walk to town centre and in a residential area. Rooms are clean & airconditioned with free wifi. Stayed for 4 nights and very comfortable stay with helpful staff. Breakfast is usually juice, bread and eggs with tea/ coffee. This is part of 2 weeks holiday package so not sure if it's good value but no complaints at all. Check out the terrace which gives a great view of Puerto Ayora.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Paradise Island, New Providence Island
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27 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2012

I booked this hotel after reading the raving reviews on Trip Advisor, however, I have to admit I was sceptical at first, as the place sounded too good to be true and I was worried that upon arrival my expections would not be met and that I would be disappointed. I have to say, from the second I arrived all of my fears immediately vanished

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2012

This hotel is very beautiful and the staff were lovely and is within walking distance of the main street (around 5 mins max). We stayed for a total of 4 nights and was always greeted with smiles. The breakfast is the usual eggs, bread and jam with juice, our water bottles were filled each morning when we asked. The rooms are large and spacious, i would recommend asking for a room on level 2 or above as the views are beautiful. Our room had a private bathroom, airconditioner and flat screen TV which was nice to unwind after long days in the sun. Overall, a very clean and enjoyable place to stay. Would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Hotel La Casa de Judy

Property: Hotel La Casa de Judy
Address: Fragata y Escalesia, Puerto Ayora :EC200350, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Galapagos Islands > Santa Cruz > Puerto Ayora
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 44 Speciality Lodging in Puerto Ayora
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel La Casa de Judy 2.5*
Number of rooms: 9
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