We have spent 5 nights there. It is safe and clean hotel. Breakfast was very good. Staff is very freindly and helpful. Not so cheap, but Galapagos is expensive in general.
- Breakfast included
location is great, room was large, air conditioner worked well, bed was comfie, staff spoke limited english which was difficult, restaurant wasn't air conditioned so was stuffy and hot
We only stayed here one night as part of our 10 day "Tortuga" trip with Active South America. The hotel was very clean with a like-new paint job. The courtyard was well decorated with tiles and had lots of plants. There is even a large cactus growing right through the roof at reception. Our room was on the bottom floor and was fairly large. The air conditioning worked fine and so did the hot water. This was one of the few places we stayed that had a TV.
The staff seemed out to please and check in was as quick as handing us keys since we were with a group. We only ate breakfast here and it was quite good, but the dining area was way too hot to really enjoy a meal.
The waterfront is only a short walk away with many dinning choices. You can also head away from the waterfront to another area with shops and restaurants. You will likely visit the breeding center here…you can take very close pictures with a couple of the big tortoises. While on the waterfront, make sure you stop by the fish market. There will be pelicans, sea lions, and iguanas fighting over any scraps. This is also one of the best areas in the Galapagos to shop.
We spent a couple of nights to extend time on the Galapagos following a boat circuit round the island.
Location is mid way between the Charles Darwin centre and the harbour which makes it ideally situated to stroll in either direction. On quiet street one back from the main thoroughfare. Fisherman's jetty nearby provides entertaining viewing.
Hotel is family run. Service is friendly and rooms basic but comfortable and clean.
My wife & I and our teenage son and daughter, spent a very nice night at the Hostal Mainao Inn after a 'boat week' visiting the islands. The Inn was quiet, charming and just a short walk to the main street. The grounds consist of several one and two storied buildings surrounding a lovely courtyard lined with colorful tiles. There is a computer there with free internet access.
Our 'family style' room was large enough to comfortably accommodate three beds. The room was simple but clean with working airconditioning and a hot shower
The Minao family and staff are gracious and helpful and seemed to genuinely want to make our stay comfortable in ant way they could.
A fresh, simple breakfast - cereal, yogurt, eggs - is served in the morning in a dinning area off of the small main lobby.
We stayed at the Mainao Inn with our tour group and found it to be lovely and unique. The inn consists of several connected 2 to 3 story buildings around a courtyard.
There are several sections and each room appears to be different. Some are small, while others are quite large. Many are on the 2nd or 3rd floor, accessible only by stairs.
My daughter and I had a very large room with twin beds, a kitchenette and a tree table. The curved staircase to access it was a bit steep, but it added to the charm.
The air conditioning was effective and, unlike some hotels in Puerto Ayora, we had hot water in the shower (but not in the sink.)
Breakfast was fine: juice, cereal with yogurt or milk, eggs and bread.
There a computer in the courtyard that was slow, but it was convenient and free.
The family that runs the inn were very friendly and always willing to get us extra towels or bottles of water.
The inn is a block off the street that goes along the bay so it is convenient to restaurants and shops.