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Grand Rapids, MI
Reviewed 9 December 2016

Semilla Verde is a fantastic boutique hotel perfectly located to be the home base for all of your Galapagos adventures. The property is gorgeous, the rooms are well-appointed and comfortable, the living spaces are cozy, and the food is amazing (plus they will bend over backwards to meet any dietary requirements you might have - from gluten free to vegan)....

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

Dear GR, Thank you for your fantastic review of Semilla Verde. We are located away from the town in the rural part of the island, free from hustle and bustle of town life, but convenient enough for quick and easy access to the facilities that it offers. And yes, we enjoy a much cooler climate than the coast which is...

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Reviewed 1 December 2016

If you're coming to the Galapagos Islands and you want to be as comfortable as you are at home but spend your vacation in Paradise you'll want to stay at Semilla Verde. I will preface this review by saying that I am not a world traveler. I've been outside of the United States a few times but never want to...

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for such a comprehensive review of Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel. Many people are hesitant about booking a trip to the Galapagos Islands as it just seems 'too far away' or 'somewhere only done on cruise ships'. Not true. The Galapagos Islands has four main population centres and 30,000+ people call the islands their home. There is...

Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 1 December 2016

Semilla Verde is the perfect place to stay for a relaxing and cozy vibe with a superb staff that treats you like family. The meals were amazing, Robert is extremely knowledgable about the islands and the yoga room is stunning. You get to perform yoga looking out onto a tortoise pond featuring Oscar and many more. Our days were packed...

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for your review of Semilla Verde. Oscar is a wild tortoise with all the rights in the world to come and go from the property, but one that has chosen to mow our grass lawns for almost 3 years without leaving for more than a few days at a time. He's a big fell and we'd...

Rockford, Michigan
Reviewed 30 November 2016

We have just returned for a weeks stay at the boutique hotel Semilla Verde. Every aspect of our stay was perfect. The grounds are lovely and include trails for hiking with numerous opportunities- REALLY- to see the wild tortoises that freely roam the property. I was there leading a group so I had the opportunity to see everyones rooms and...

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

Dear Guest, Thank you so much for such a wonderful review of the property and indeed our coffee! We have a small plantation that provides enough for the hotel and for our guests to take home as souvenirs for friends and family. The mineral content of the soil in the Galapagos is perfect for the cultivation of organic coffee, exactly...

Marina del Rey, California
Reviewed 28 November 2016

First of all, deciding to go to the Galapagos is in itself an amazing adventure, but spending time at Semilla Verde will make it that much more unique. I was incredibly impressed with the attentiveness of the staff, the amazing food, and the grounds of the hotel. Robert (the hotel owner) was incredibly helpful with planning excursions and always had...

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

Dear Christopher, Thank you for a glowing review of your visit to the Galapagos Islands and Semila Verde Boutique Hotel. And we're glad to have helped you feel better by bringing you herbal tea - a local recipe prepared by Gladis and Bertha. The group that you were part of was a particularly enthusiastic and game playing in the main...

Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

They say 'home is where the heart is' & I'm so happy Rob opened his heart to us! I truly felt like I stayed at a friend's home versus a hotel. Rob and his team made sure we all happy and comfortable. The activities and meals were wonderful and abundant! Thank you for a memorable stay ♡

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

Dear Abigail, Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are so glad that you enjoyed the ambience here at Semilla Verde that made you feel so at home. The SV team is a small collection of very dedicated individuales who abide by the philosophy on which the hotel was originally built - for good friends and family. We...

Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 23 November 2016

Amazing property and staff! So warm and welcoming. Food was awesome, fresh and creative. The huge turtles in the property were unreal and the grounds were beautiful. The owner was beyond accommodating and helped coordinate all tours and excursions!

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for your review. You have summed up in very few words what we would hope all our guests would feel and experience by their visit to Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel in the enchanted islands of Galapagos. Our very warmest regards, Robert & the SV Team.

Rancho Mirage, California
Reviewed 23 November 2016

I have always wanted to visit the Galapagos islands! After years of dreaming what it would be like I thought it would be very difficult to live up to my expectations but the islands do not disappoint! The success of the trip was in large part due to our stay at Semilla Verde... a magical property with excellent food and...

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

Dear Maria, We are honored to have been able to host your dream trip to the Galapagos Islands and are so glad you found everything to do with the property and the itinerary that we proposed for the group so to your liking. Thank you so much for your kind words! Our warmest regards, Robert & the SV Team

Reviewed 20 November 2016

If you are lucky enough to have Robert Grimstone present (the owner), then your experience will be even better than 5 stars. A full service, eco friendly boutique hotel which satisfies on all levels. The meals are fantastic, catering not only to the regular, no restriction diner but also to the vegetarian and gluten free(neither category of which I belong...

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

Dear Stephen, Thank you for such a wonderful review of Semilla Verde. The very dry 'la nina' conditions here in Galapagos at the moment mean that the Giant Tortoises are being found in greater numbers in the 'highland' areas where there is more lush vegetation than the dryer zones closer to the coast. And as you witnessed many are enjoying...

Boca Raton, Florida
Reviewed 19 November 2016

Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel and the wonderful Robert and his staff provided us with a glorious week. We were a group of 14 organized for a yoga retreat, good eating, adventure and relaxation. Semilla Verde met all of my expectations and more.

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Dear Jan, Thanks for your review and we are so glad that your expectations were met. It's not always easy to 'get it right' for everyone, especially in a big group, but we do try our best. The Galapagos Islands are a very expensive place to visit and we do respect the time and money that our guests expend in...

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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: RM813 - RM1,060 (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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“Room #1 - all the way!”
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 of 5 bubbles BeachyKeen15, 29 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Top rooms have better views”
 of 5 bubbles _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.”
 of 5 bubbles 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. ”
 of 5 bubbles Susan_3-1-2011, 15 Feb 2017 | Read review
“The Finch Wing is nice and private away from the main building and with great views.”
 of 5 bubbles ppatel415, 14 Feb 2017 | Read review
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