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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands

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LoveHappi...
Nacogdoches, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Excellent Family friendly beach home!”
Reviewed 17 June 2018 for a stay in June 2018

Everything is amazing about this listing!

First of all the Location-very close to the beach-walking distance to Charles Darwin Foundation where they have 2 amazing beaches!

Hosts Mathias and Maria and their family-they are very warm, welcoming, very helpful! Mathias owns Scuba Iguana dive shop and can help you not only with your diving needs but he is an excellent tour guide! He has vast experience of the area! Mathias is well known and respected in town which helps a lot! He is well connected and can assist with any and all your travel needs!

Condo- We had rented their family condo which accommodates 4 people. They provided us with daily maid, cleaning service, fully furnished 2 bedroom home and attached bathroom home! Also they had provided with some basic food in the refrigerator like eggs, milk and bread on the day we arrived which is very handy as the airport ride is about an hour long!

The hosts can help you arrange for your trip back and forth to the airport!

They also provided 4 free bicycles which was an excellent service for our family, as most of the town attractions can be easily reached by a short bicycle ride!

Overall an amazing experience of a lifetime!
Highly recommend.
Shyam and Kavita!

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jumpingfl...
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Like at home”
Reviewed 10 October 2017 for a stay in September 2017
1
person found this review helpful

We stayed as a family in a very spacious apartment. The furniture, the interior and even the outside - everything was made with a lot of details like it is your proper home. We enjoyed the hammocks in front of the house. The kitchen was fully equipped so we could make our meals by ourselves. Bikes and even helmets for us were provided so we took the chance to discover the island by bike which was just great and made us independent.
What we really appreciated was the fact, that at the apartment we could drink the water from the tap. Mathias installed a separate system to get clean drinking water so we had no worries about getting ill because of dirty water. The apartment is in a quiet street so it was really calm. At the same time it is near the city center.
We felt so welcome from Mathias and his family. He speaks fluent English and German (and Spanish). He and his wife gave us a lot of tips about our stay in Galapagos. Mathias also has a diving school and Maria is a biologist so they explained us a lot about the animals on the island, especially about fishes. They really shared their knowledge with us.
The whole family with our two children enjoyed our stay.

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Edwin_173...
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“One the best places we ever stayed”
Reviewed 27 August 2017 for a stay in August 2017
1
person found this review helpful

Mathias and Maria are very good hosts. Mathias speaks English, German and Spanish. We stayed for three days with a family of 6. The rooms are very spacious, quiet and very clean. Mathias and Maria were very helpful and showed us to places to go to. Bicycles are included, although Casa de Mathias is only a short walk away from the beach and the city centre. Also the Charles Darwin Research centre is around the corner. Can definitely recommend.

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nthal
Cuenca, Ecuador
Level 5 Contributor
43 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Fantastic Galapagos trip on a shoe string.”
Reviewed 18 February 2016 for a stay in February 2016
2
people found this review helpful

We were 2 couples staying at this guest house while on a 5 day, 4 night Galapagos visit. We enjoyed the comfort and privacy of this 2 bedroom, 2 bath apartment while enjoying the huge savings over the usual cruise tours. We also avoided the possibility of getting sea sick.

The property is comfortable, clean, and spacious. Most people would find almost everything within walking distance but taxis are available.

Being able to prepare some meals in the apartment helped with expenses not to mention the comfort and convenience of being able to make plans to fit our own preferences. One member of our group is 85 years old. Having this apartment made the trip possible for him.

One of the best features of this apartment is the help given by the owners and their employee. With their help we had an amazing trip.

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Liked best: Comfort of coming and going as you wish. Everything is easy to get to.
Liked least: Taxi drivers in the town.
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
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Nathan B
Rockport, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Nice quiet location”
Reviewed 11 February 2016 for a stay in February 2016
1
person found this review helpful

My wife and I along with another couple stayed 4 nights and thoroughly enjoyed the time there. Reasonably priced and comfortable. Each room had a safe. The owner was actively involved in the day to day operations. Bicycles are available at no extra cost. The apartment was cleaned daily. Very secure with keys required to enter the property. I would definitely stay again if returning to Santa Cruz.

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Liked best: Quiet location.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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gosiaczek...
Fresno, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“highly reccommended”
Reviewed 16 September 2015 for a stay in September 2015
2
people found this review helpful

We did stay in this condo for 10 nights-my husband,our son and me and we loved it.It is quite spacious,well equipped and with daily cleaning services.Mathias and his wife are very friendly and if needed helping with organizing any activities or just giving advice.It is conveniently situated "close to everything".We can really highly recommend it.

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Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Families with young children
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Sandra O
Quito, Ecuador
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2016 for a stay in March 2016
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How easy was it to book the property? How helpful were the directions to the property?
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Bedding & mattresses Kitchen & utensils
Bathroom cleanliness Other facilities & amenities
Service
Liked best: lo limpio y equipado del Apartamento, el Servicio al Cliente de primera
Liked least: No podemos decir nada negativo de nuestra estadia
Travelling group: Family with Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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