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Hotel Fernandina
Ranked #13 of 20 Hotels in Puerto Ayora
los angeles
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“We loved this hotel”
Reviewed 8 October 2009

We stayed at the Fernandina because the Hotel Silberstein was full, and Fernandina is used as the "overflow" hotel. How lucky for us, because this hotel was truly a pleasure!

Our Galapagos tour company had messed up our entire itinerary, and the staff at Hotel Fernandina spent lots of time and effort to help us straighten things out. The hotel is run by a darling family, and they couldn't have been nicer people. On our last night they made us a lobster dinner to say goodbye. We got to know the entire staff, and we really felt taken care of by them. They are happy to help in any way - from late check out, calling taxis, arranging any tour, recommendations or just conversation. At the hotel Silberstein, I got the feeling that the staff were not nearly as personal and some were downright rude - the complete opposite of Hotel Fernandina.

The location is within easy walking distance from the bay, a small beach where we went snorkeling, and the Darwin center. The rooms were clean, quiet, large, with nice clean hot showers, and the A/C worked great.

Staying at Hotel Fernandina really was a highlight of our stay in Galapagos. If you like personal attention, and you don't like being treated as just another tourist, stay at Hotel Fernandina - not the Silberstein!!

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 May 2009

We inspected this hotel not long ago. We use it for our charter tours in Galapagos. The owners (family) are very friendly and accommodating. It was just enlarged in 2007. The Fernandina is basic in its amenities - clean, bright, but rooms a spartan. It is 3 blocks behind the main coastal avenue in Puerto Ayora. People looking for a well kept, quiet place at a reasonable price (e.g. $75 per night apx) will be satisfied with this hotel. The 2 floors of rooms surround a very green courtyard. There's a restaurant and simple bar.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 8 April 2009

Rooms and hotel, airconditioned, clean, safe and secure - this hotel is situated a very short walk off Charles Darwin Avene - beautiful setting, quiet and peaceful but easily within short and pleasant walking distances of all facilities - but taxis only $1 from furthest point of harbour - but remember it's all about 'conservation'! [ Wherever you are in Puerta Ayora take a flashlight with at night.]
We were well cared for, providing special meals for me at one point, and helping us in our search for an item we had lost whilst out on one of our trips; nothing seemed to be too much trouble for them. Purified water placed in room daily -we were long stay so can vouch that the high service level remains the same throught your trip. Drinking water is also available in the reception area to fill up own water bottles. Family members all speak very good English. Valuables can also be stored in the hotel's safe. Pool and jacuzzi cleaned daily and were a joy to use, with own facilities for changing showering etc. Would stay there again but sadly our fantastic trip will most likely will be the only one we will make to the Galapagos Islands.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled with friends
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1 Thank jfvk
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Dianalund
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1 review
Reviewed 2 February 2009

Excellent hotel - fantastic service (Thanks a lot Maria) we really enjoy our stay. Thanks to your father for driving us ti Tortuga Bay

Best wishes
Maia & Arne
from Denmark

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  • Stayed October 2008
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Fresno
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2008

The Hotel is decent, hot water ok, Solid construction but the quality is not as we expected, is like 1 Mile from the Ocean and all town activities, the owner a nice guy but not professional in solving problems with customer, very good Attitud but with the Hotel Quality could not do better.

  • Liked — Family Managment
  • Disliked — Distance from town
  • Stayed July 2008
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Reviewed 29 February 2008

We stayed here for a couple of nights after our boat tour and it was a good idea, just to get our bearings after being out at sea. The hotel is clean, has A/C and a nice breakfast. The rooms are a good size (compared to the room on the boat!) and some looked to have been recently remodeled.

It's near Darwin St. and walking distance to the port and to the Darwin Station. There's a pool (across the street) but I never used it.

  • Liked — Clean, comfortable room, location
  • Disliked — Hot water was inconsistent
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled with friends
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Evanston, IL
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2008

If you are planning to stay on land and take mini excursions to the islands, or, if you just want to extend your cruise trip by a couple of days to enjoy Puerto Ayora, and the Galapagos tortoises in the highlands, I highly recommend Hotel Fernandina. It is a family owned hotel, with the entire family pitching in to make sure that you are comfortable and that all your needs are met. Very clean, stylish, and peaceful, as it is one or two blocks from the main strip. We enjoyed our stay very much.

  • Liked — The warmth of the hotel owners and cleanliness
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Hotel Fernandina

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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Also Known As:
Fernandina Hotel Puerto Ayora
Hotel Fernandina Galapagos Islands/Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

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