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San Diego, California
Reviewed 14 February 2017

My wife, 2 adult children, and I visited Ecuador and the Galapagos over the 2016 xmas holiday. I had contacted the owner of Semilla Verde, Robert, prior to our trip to discuss our schedule and asked him for advice on the itinerary. Robert and the property manager, Cattya, took care of everything you could think of. They arranged for transport...

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SemillaVerde, Owner at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for such a a great review of your time with us here at Semilla Verde. Living on an island does present many challenges and a consistent power supply is one of them! The Semilla Verde estate is very fortunately located in giant tortoise territory and so these giants come and go as they please. Our endemic...

Brantford
Reviewed 14 February 2017

I’ve just returned from an incredible 8 day retreat at Semilla Verde and to say that I’m impressed is an understatement. I organize group wellness retreats and to ensure our participants have an exceptional experience my standards are quite high. Dealing with Rob, the proprietor at Semilla Verde was a pleasure. He was prompt with his communication, always professional, thorough,...

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SemillaVerde, Owner at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Jennifer, We are all so glad you enjoyed your visit to the Galapagos Islands and especially your experience at Semilla Verde. Our staff go to extraordinary lengths to ensure that your group have the very best time possible whilst in our hotel, and we are so glad both you and your group enjoyed it so much. It was a...

Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 2 February 2017

My entire family (age from 12-60) was thrilled with our stay at Semilla Verde. Every aspect of our visit was perfect, we would not have changed a thing. It is like a boutique hotel with two large homes. Both buildings have their own kitchen and huge living space. Well maintained, up to date and designed well. Cattya, the hotel manager,...

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SemillaVerde, Owner at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel, responded to this review

Dear SpiritFlyer, Thank you so much for your glowing review of Semilla Verde. Our location 12mins taxi ride away from the hustle and bustle of Puerto Ayora is very convenient for excursions into town. And, another bonus is that because most daily boat tours to outlying islands leave from the other end of the island from town, also means that...

Reviewed 27 January 2017

Spectacular beautiful hotel. The grounds, the guest house and our room was more than we expected. From the moment we arrived we were treated like more than just guests. I cannot say enough about the staff. Every meal was delicious. Rooms were beautiful and clean. The manager Cattya makes you feel so welcome. Every recommendation she made regarding restaurants or...

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SemillaVerde, Owner at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Colleen, Thank you for such wonderful commentary, your enthusiasm glows through your words. I am so happy that you enjoyed your stay and the company of Cattya and the team. We are very lucky to have the people we have working with us. And I have passed your comments on to them. I'm sure other people considering a visit...

vestal, ny
Reviewed 23 January 2017

The property and accommodations were beautiful and peaceful. We booked tours through Semilla Verde, and everything on the itinerary went smoothly as well as was very professional, informative, and well worth doing. In addition to the amazing setting, a highlight of Semilla Verde is the service. Cattya went above and beyond to see that we were comfortable, to make suggestions,...

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SemillaVerde, Owner at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for recommending Semilla Verde so highly. The personal service that we offer here at the hotel aims to compliment the special nature of Galapagos itself and deliveer exactly your experience. The homegrown coffee and the wild tortoises are the cherry on the cake! We're all over the moon that you so thoroughly enjoyed your stay. Our...

Vernon, Connecticut
Reviewed 14 January 2017

This property with the coffee trees and 20-25 large tortugas walking around is a wonderful location, has a nice garden feel to it, but it is elegant and incredibly comfortable. not to sound clique, but if you want to escape the world, this is the place to do it!! One of the best parts of staying here, if you speak...

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SemillaVerde, Owner at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for your review. We are fortunate to have the location that we do in a zone that offers lush vegetation to which the giant tortoises are attracted and feed. The hotel itself aims to compliment this environment and offer you a comfortable stay, whilst feeling very close to the unique nature you came so far to...

Houston
Reviewed 9 January 2017

we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Semilla Verde Robert is a very welcoming host. Cattya, the assistant hostess is awsome . we did three tours with them,Robert was our tour guide for Highlands, other two were Seymour and Plazas Island with another company arranged by Robert which were excellent too. Accomodations and amenities were good quality. Break fast was great,...

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SemillaVerde, Owner at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel, responded to this review

Dear SkiCrazy, Thanks very much for your energetic review of Semilla Verde and our valuable staff members. We all do our part to make your experience the best that it can possibly be. And our aim is to deliver just the experience that you had for all of our valued guests. And we are pleased we achieved it in this...

San Francisco, California
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Lovely intimate stay! Super-friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable staff on-site, nestled among the hills outside of Puerto Ayora. Bonus points for having tortoises large and small on-site--and all to ourselves!

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SemillaVerde, Owner at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Michael, Thank you for your review. The giant Galapagos tortoises that frequent the Semilla Verde estate are just awesome! And we are as pleased as all our guests are to see them on and around the property day in day out. Our private forest is kept that way to maintain the peace and tranquility that the tortoises enjoy alongside...

Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Spent a wonderful 6 nights at this beautiful intimate hotel with my family of 5. Nestled in the hill country on Isla Santa Cruz, it is smack in the middle of giant tortoise territory, and offers a 1 km walking path through the forested property. You can't help but come face to face with a dozen of these extraordinary creatures...

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SemillaVerde, Owner at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Doron, Thank you so much for your glowing review of your experience at Semilla Verde. We are all so glad you enjoyed the property, the service and the food that were provided for you. We are outside of town but our discerning guests recognise this as a great advantage for very little cost. You can enjoy the restaurants and...

Reviewed 12 December 2016

I stayed at Semilla Verde as part of a yoga retreat. It truly is a fantastic boutique hotel. Its its an ideal home base for all of your Galapagos adventures and there are giant tortoises roaming all over the property! The property is beautiful, the rooms are clean and comfortable, the living spaces are cozy, and the food is fresh...

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Dear Jennifer, We are all so glad to hear that you had such an unforgettable experience here at Semilla Verde. We take great pride in the property, especially so because it is host to a good number of Galapagos Giant Tortoises who choose to frequent the forest and grass lawns especially during this cooler season. Cattya and the other staff...

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  • Breakfast included
  • Room Service
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
"Semilla Verde is an exceptional hotel with the customs and personality of a traditional guesthouse." We believe your experience in the Galapagos Islands should be as unique and natural as you are. So, here at Semilla Verde we offer you the chance to stay somewhere far removed from your busy life and the standard hotel offering you may be used to. We invite you to step into another world, the original Galapagos, the true and enchanting islands. And, to experience the wonders of a rural forest dwelling and life alongside the unique wildlife you came so far to see. Your stay will be based in an original and idyllic rural retreat where peace, privacy and Galapagos wildlife abounds. You will enjoy one-to-one personal service, traditional home cooking, panoramic views from private terraces and exclusive access to nature trails through twelve acres of private forest where giant tortoises lumber freely and native birds thrive. At night, gaze up into the unspoilt majesty of the milky way. Nine comfortable en-suite bedrooms with AC, WiFi and DVD just 15 minutes taxi ride from Puerto Ayora town, costing just $7 e/w. All in all, an authentic and genuinely friendly and authentic land-base for your Galapagos adventure and an all encompassing alternative or add-on to a traditional cruise ship experience. Semilla Verde works with a local tour agency to offer complete hotel & tour package options too. You will visit outlying islands and local sites with qualified naturalist guides and experience first hand the beauty of Galapagos and it's unique flora and fauna - from giant tortoises and lava lizards to marine iguanas and playful sea lions, from volcanic landscapes to cloud forest. Return to the hotel at the end of an incomparable day and share your travel stories around the main dining table with other guests, whilst enjoying dinner freshly prepared in our kitchen. Indeed we don't work from a fixed menu rather we generally prepare one recipe for the group, but each guest receives a serving according to their individual preferences. The location is secluded but convenient and very safe. There is not another residence within hundreds of meters of this oasis. Semilla Verde remains true to the philosophy on which it originally built for good friends and family, ensuring a level of intimacy, small number of employees offering very personal service and home cooking your will only find in a traditional guesthouse. Semilla Verde comprises two hotel builidings some 100ft apart - the Semilla Verde Lodge (Rooms 1-6) and the Finch Wing (Rooms 7-9). They can work in unison or as separate entities for separate parties. betwen the two there is a fully equipped yoga studio where you can enjoy individual or group practice. Galapagos is famous for it's volcanic landscapes and unique wildlife, but it can also be somewhere for you to rediscover your true and unique nature, somewhere you can feel yourself again. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel

Address: Km 12, via a Baltra | Isla Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador (Formerly Semilla Verde Galapagos Lodge)
Region: Ecuador > Galapagos Islands > Santa Cruz > Puerto Ayora
Price Range: RM801 - RM1,056 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 9
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Also Known As:
Semilla Verde Galapagos Hotel Puerto Ayora
Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
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#1 Green Hotel in Puerto Ayora
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“I stayed in Room 9 , upper level which has a King and a single. Very nice room.”
drsherma28, 31 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Room #1 - all the way!”
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BeachyKeen15, 29 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Top rooms have better views”
_pedoden, 28 Mar 2017 | Read review
“We really liked our room #9 in the Finch wing. It was a quiet location on the top floor of the Finch wing.”
joannaluvschubby, 26 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Ocean View room upstairs is spacious, nicely appointed and equipped, and spruced up every day. The bathroom is about twice the size of mine at home and features a great shower and tub and a counter and mirror-appointed sit-down space away from the sink. ”
Susan_3-1-2011, 15 Feb 2017 | Read review
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