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“Great oasis in Puerto Ayora - Delicious breakfast too!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Fernandina
Ranked #13 of 20 Hotels in Puerto Ayora
Margate, NJ
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157 reviews
54 hotel reviews
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“Great oasis in Puerto Ayora - Delicious breakfast too!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2011

The location can't be beat - you are tucked away from the malecon by about 2 blocks -so its quiet - yet close to the water. Breakfast was delicious & staff were very friendly. The room was clean, comfy & modern. There are cool swings hanging in the halls/balcony area that serve as mini hammocks - nice touch. Free internet & wifi - but it is pretty slow.

We stayed here as part of a tour with the company Nature Galapagos - they were amazing & would highly recommend them. Three islands, three winning hotels, and 3 amazing guides!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2011

We stayed at the Hotel Fernandina as a part of our package tour with Nature Galapagos and Ecuador. Having been told that it was a "tourist class" hotel, we were not quite sure what to expect, but were pleasantly surprised.

LOCATION
The hotel is in a good, quiet location, about 2-3 blocks from the Charles Darwin research station and a 10 minute walk from the main part of town. There is a nice pool (which we unfortunately did not get to use!) and the reception is well maintained and attractive.

STAFF
We ran into some troubles on our trip, and the staff went above and beyond to help us work through it. Since our Spanish was limited, one of the english-speaking employees offered to stay past his shift to help us deal with our issues, and also came in the next day although he did not have to. All the employees were friendly and greeted us with smiles. They had no problems helping us out with getting more blankets, additional towels, etc.

ROOMS
Very basic. We had a triple room, and it was much more spacious than our previous hotel in Isabela (San Vicente). Room service was quite good - they did not really touch any of our personal belongings but made the bed and tidied up. The only issue is that they did not empty the trash can in the washroom. In the Galapagos, there are signs everywhere asking you not to flush your toilet paper but dispose of it in trash cans instead. As you can imagine, this can end up being quite smelly....

The rooms had air conditioning but we never had to use it. There is also an in-room safe. When you leave your hotel, you leave your key at the front desk, which is not always manned by someone, so if you have valuables I definitely suggest locking them up in the safe, although security was never an issue for us on our trip.

FOOD
We only had breakfast here, which was nothing special but decent. Their croissants are absolutely delicious and incredibly addictive - I went to breakfast with the intention of eating half and would end up eating two. Juices are a bit watered down. There are plenty of affordable restaurants nearby, so we opted to go to those instead.

We were not in the Galapagos to be in our hotel room, so what little time we spent there we were satisfied with. It is definitely a good base for a land-based trip to the Galapagos - there are so many tour operators nearby that offer trips to Isabela, Floreana, Bartholome, etc... I would definitely stay here again on my next trip to the Galapagos.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Telluride, CO
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2011

Hotel Fernandina is a quiet, comfortable, family run hotel just two blocks off the pulsating main street in Puerto Ayora. It has an overall garden ambience, nice large bathrooms, A/C, and comfortable mattresses. Everything is clean, the included breakfast is good and the service is friendly and sincere. It was within easy walking distance of a top scuba diving concession (Scuba Iguana), shops, bars and restaurants, and the Charles Darwin Research Center, all on the the main tourist-harbor front street (Chas. Darwin). Taxis cruise by at regular intervals for the lazy or for more distant destinations. Stay with Luis and Maria Ruiz, you'll be relaxed and happy!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2011

We stayed at Hotel Fernandina for two nights and can't say how brilliant Louis on the reception was. The hotel is very modern, clean and tidy a short walk to the town centre. There is a pool and lovely breakfast. It was refreshing to receive a reasonably priced hotel after being taking for a ride by our tour agency in relation to our boat tour. Louis went out of the way to help us. It would have been wonderful to stay here longer.

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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
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Falls Church, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2011

One thing to keep in mind when you're going to Puerto Ayora, is that it is a small village, so people know basically everything that there is to know about what is going on and what there is to do. Even so, I was quite impressed by the helpful information we got from the hotel staff here. They gave us at least 3 great ideas on things we could do, including hiking to Turtle Bay, taking a taxi to the Tortoise reserve and biking back (fun!), and taking a kayak tour around the bay area.

On top of that, when we needed to meet our cruise at the puerto but weren't sure of the details, the owner's wife called up her sister who works at a travel agency and she coordinated everything and picked us up herself (!!!).

Even if it is outside of the main strip, it is so easy to walk there that it is not problem. The streets are a little dark at night, but there aren't any hoodlums walking around so we felt safe.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2011

The staff at Hotel Fernandina are a family. When my girlfriend got the flu there with a very high fever everyone went far above and beyond to help. They told us about an english-speaking doctor less than 2 blocks away and when we started walking there the owner showed up in his pick up truck to offer to drive us the rest of the way. We had originally requested a quiet room and they gave us a family-sized room for the same price as the regular double. Everyone kept asking how she was feeling and how they could help, and just kept going above and beyond to help, and when we kept having to change our plans due to sickness, they were still so helpful.

A little more about the hotel-- it's in a very quiet part of town (which was exactly what we had wanted), a ten-minute walk to the downtown tourist area. But there's a laundromat next door, a pharmacy 2 blocks away, it's a few blocks to a bakery and market, etc. It's really quite accessible.

All in all, it's a comfortable hotel, amenities were great, staff were awesome, and I'd definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mereours
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Duvall
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2010

We made a 3 night reservation at the Hotel Fernandina. We had to cancell our reservation and the hotel did not refund any of the $670. U.S. dollars we paid for 3 nights.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel Fernandina
Address: Av. 12 Noviembre y Piqueros, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Galapagos Islands > Santa Cruz > Puerto Ayora
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 20 Hotels in Puerto Ayora
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Fernandina 2.5*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Fernandina is a warm and welcoming place where you can stay either alone, with family or friends and enjoy your visit to the Galapagos Islands, allowing us to provide you an excellent service as you deserve. We offer 22 rooms with air conditioning, private bathroom, hot water and WiFi. We are located in a very quiet residential area just 10 minutes from the Charles Darwin Station and few minutes from the main attractions of the town. ... more   less 
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Fernandina Hotel Puerto Ayora
Hotel Fernandina Galapagos Islands/Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

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