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Silver Spring, Maryland
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I walked the grounds of Semilla Verde in a meditative state. I chose this specific retreat because it's so close to nature. Rob's establishment won't disappoint. There is native flora and fauna. Rob's energy is infectious and his knowledge of the islands is unmatched. He went above and beyond to accommodate meal restrictions and even rented wetsuits for us and...

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Virginia
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Reviewed 20 October 2016

Semilla Verde is a very special place in the Galapagos! Robert was a wonderful host, answering questions prior to the trip, planning 2 day trip excursions (Bartolome and North Seymour) and making sure we were comfortable and having a memorable time. My sons (ages 11 and 13) and I stayed 4 nights in mid-August in room 2, right off the...

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

Dear Crozeltravel, Greetings from the enchanted islands and thank you so much for your wonderful review of Semilla Verde, you have summed up in a nutshell what we would hope would be everyones experience here! It was our pleasure to host your family visit and we are all so glad you found the service, hotel and grounds so agreeable. Families...

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Semilla Verde, and their new manager Cattya offer the most incredible experience available on the islands. Home to several giant tortoises on the property itself, the service, food and staff are top notch. As a well traveled leader of yoga retreats all over the world, semilla verde ranks as the best of the best! The owner Robert Grimstone helps curate...

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Grand Rapids, MI
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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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Grand Rapids, Michigan
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago

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.

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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, Ecuador (Formerly Semilla Verde Galapagos Lodge)
Region: Ecuador > Galapagos Islands > Santa Cruz > Puerto Ayora
Price Range: $256 - $323 (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 Galapagos Islands/Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
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#1 Green Hotel in Puerto Ayora
#2 Best Value Hotel in Puerto Ayora
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“The suite downstairs (room 6, I believe) is amazing!”
 of 5 bubbles lizhackett2016, 9 Dec 2016 | Read review
“All of the rooms seemed very nice”
 of 5 bubbles GR_travels, 8 Dec 2016 | Read review
“I was on the upper level overlooking the tortoise pond. Very quiet. I am a light sleeper.”
 of 5 bubbles dollmouse, 1 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Great Vegan food!!”
 of 5 bubbles MFife1, 30 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Bring ear plugs if the sounds of nature or voices bother you at all.”
 of 5 bubbles christophers971, 27 Nov 2016 | Read review
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