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Red Mangrove
Ranked #8 of 20 Hotels in Puerto Ayora
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paris
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“wonderful location”
Reviewed 22 December 2011

this hotel is absolutely great ! extremely helpful staff, great dining room with huge terrace on the sea, you have breakfast in the sun, with iguanas and sealion at your feet

food is excellent, walking distance from harbour activity, bars and restaurants,

they lend you bicycles to walk around

they have a bus service from and to the airport, they ask you to be ready more than 2 hours in advance for departure...try to negociate ... all planes in Baltra are always delayed

dont forget to ask for special bill if you want to get the 12% IVA refund by filling in some forms at Guayaquil or Quito airport

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 11 December 2011

The Red Mangrove lodges on Santa Cruz, Floreana and Isabella were wonderful. Friendly service and intimate feel at all locations and each offering something different. Santa Cruz has a great location near the main town and Darwin center but at the same time is peaceful. Floreana is the remote lodge and you dine at the local restaurant which was fun and delicious. Isabella is on a beautiful beach. We took the 5-day tour which I would recommend. You are kept busy the whole time and are tired at the end but it was all very interesting--and with the land tour it is possible if necessary to skip a few of the excursions if you want to rest up.
As much as I have spoken highly about the accomodations though I want to plug 2 people who work with Red Mangrove. All service was wonderful but we are grateful to have crossed-paths with Ronald and Carlos. Ronald transfered us from the airport to the Puerto Ayora lodge. Ronald is smart, funny, service-oriented. It says something that he stood out for us when the only time spent was on a transfer--we laughed the whole way. Carlos was our guide for the 5-day tour--he made the trip. Knowledgeable, attentive, professional, funny, open, energetic, engaged. Carlos is awsome. The type of person you don't come across very often. The Red Mangrove is lucky to have him among its guides and consider yourself lucky if he leads your tour.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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wash dc
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Reviewed 6 December 2011

We did the Red Mangrove land-based 6-day 5-nights tour, and frankly it was amazing. The tour was very professionally managed and very well run. Every aspect was well thought-out. We had such packed itineraries every single day that clearly it was meant to maximize our exposure to every aspect of life in the Galapagos. The Red Mangrove lodges we stayed at were very nice – except for the lodge at Floreana, which has more of a rustic charm, the remaining two lodges were nicer than many 4 star hotels, with killer views to boot. The rooms were spacious, beautifully decorated, squeaky clean, and even had ipod players. At the Santa Cruz lodge, we found sea lions napping next to chairs on the patio, and marine iguanas hanging out under the patio tables. The views from the Floreana lodge were beautiful, and the Isabela lodge sat on a very beautiful pristine beach – we could be on the sandy beach with spectacular views within a minute of our rooms. Overall, the experience was wonderful.

Service at the Red Mangrove lodges was consistently very professional and very customer-oriented, and the food was consistently delicious, healthy and fresh. A really nice touch was whenever we would return to the lodges after a bunch of activities, feeling kinda tired, someone would greet us at the entrance with drinks and snacks – often with really nice hot chocolate.

I also can’t say enough good things about Carlos Malo, our tour guide for the 6-day tour. He was tireless, full of enthusiasm and charm and humor, and a consummate professional to the core. Our tour group of six included two adults and a senior from our end, i.e. my mom. Thanks to Carlos’ constant helpfulness and commitment to making sure every single person got the most out of their experience, my mom had a fantastic time as well and was able to participate in and enjoy almost every single activity programs in the itinerary. Carlos has been a tour guide at the Galapagos for 17 years, has a level 5 rating and spoke just perfect English, so we really lucked out in having him as our constant companion. Overall, we had a simply amazing experience.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 4 December 2011

We were on a Galapagos tour run by Red Mangrove and staying at 5 of their properties including 1 on the mainland. We chose this land based way to avoid our seasickness issues with the more traditional small cruise boats. It worked out very well indeed. We visited 3 islands traveling between on speed boats about 2 hours each trip.
The lodges are great and the overall quality of the tour was very high. Our guide Jimmy from Red Mangrove was great and the Park Naturalist, Fabio, was outstanding. The 2 combined to make a wonderful team giving us an excellent and memorable experience.
The Aventura is their flagship and it is wonderful, obviously well managed, with a prime waterfront location. Some rooms do have a great view as does the restaurant - which is very good. Staff are really nice, happy and efficient, friendly but not overbearing.
It is a lodge as apposed to a hotel and this comes through with a more intimate and personable atmosphere right through from the people, the food, rooms and just the way the place embraces the beautiful natural setting.
If you want to visit the Galapagos without cruising, or need accommodation while there I highly recommend this place.

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 3 December 2011

We stayed at the Aventura Lodge for 2 nights on the 8 day/7 night "Full Adventure" tour package. We would highly recommend this package, and will focus on the specifics of the Aventura Lodge in this review.

Facility: Situated on the waterfront, with a great dining area overlooking the bay of Puerto Ayora. No beach per se, but a very relaxing place to enjoy an adult beverage. You are very likely to get visits from lazy sea lions and marine iguanas.
Rooms: Modern, comfortable and spacious, with the room we stayed in having a private patio. Free wi-fi and cable television, if you so desire.
Food: Probably the best cuisine (buffet style) of the 3 Red Mangrove properties.
Surroundings: Walking distance to the Charles Darwin Research Station. Be sure to check out the laid-back bar (Break Point?) across the street.
Staff: As with every other property, fantastic!!

In comparison to the other two Red Mangrove lodges, think of this one as "modern/traditional" in a town-like setting. We have also completed reviews of the Isabella and Floreana Red Mangrove Lodges--hope these help!!

Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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New York
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Reviewed 27 November 2011

Purchased the hotels 5 night Triangle package. Wonderul tour guides and relaxing week. On the water, the lodge is perfectly situated. Hotel food was fresh and delicious. Only thing missing was banana's - one of the country's top exports. Staff couldn't be better. Each room is unique. Spacaious and country cottage like. Soap is terrific!

I asked one staff member, where I could purchase their salt and pepper shakers as they hadf a great design. He said there was a store near his house and he offered pick up for me after work. WOW! Jose is a super star!! Service can't be better than that!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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Arkansas
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Reviewed 5 November 2011

We were on a Friendly Planet tour (www.friendlyplanet.com) tour to the Galapagos and this is where they placed us for the last leg of our journey. See our review for the Red Mangrove Divers lodge. The main restaurant is here. It is right on the water (bay). The service is excellent. You will see Iguanas and Seals on the wharf, and boats. The rooms are very nice. The service and friendliness is excellent. The food is good, but we were underwhelmed. We expected more shell fish.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Red Mangrove
Address: Avenida Charles Darwin, Puerto Ayora EC010110, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Galapagos Islands > Santa Cruz > Puerto Ayora
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Puerto Ayora
#3 Family Hotel in Puerto Ayora
#4 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Ayora
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Red Mangrove 3.5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Red Mangrove is an oceanfront hotel with the best views of Academy Bay, located in Puerto Ayora. The hotel is the perfect place for Galapagos visitors to stay considering many activities like snorkeling, hiking, beaches, swimming, kayaking, and visiting the Charles Darwin Center are just minutes away. Why else is the Red Mangrove a good decision? For those who are prone to seasickness the hotel gives you a stay where you feel just like you're on the water with the option to choose different packages with the activities mentioned. ... more   less 
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Red Mangrove Aventura Hotel Puerto Ayora
Hotel Red Mangrove Aventura
Red Mangrove Galapagos Islands/Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

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