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Boulder, Colorado
Reviewed 2 November 2016

In Colorado, we see deer everywhere. They're not even interesting any more, they're just part of the landscape. At Semilla Verde, the same is true, but of the Galapagos Tortoise. To see 300-pound tortoises lumbering up and down the driveway, grazing on the lawn, or picking their way through the coffee plants (from which the coffee served at the hotel...

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

Dear Angus, Thank you so much for such a comprehensive review of Semilla Verde. You have summed up the SV experience very nicely indeed and we would hope everyone would have the same positive experiences that you did. We are lucky enough to be a little way outside of Puerto Ayora in the rural part of the island, right in...

Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

This place is a gem in the middle of a magical place. Robert takes hospitality to another level, and his organization and communication makes for perfect stay. The food is awesome, and the hotel is full of character and wildlife. Highly recommended.

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

Dear Chris, Thanks for your review of Semilla Verde and I completely agree, the islands as a whole are magical. Semilla Verde is built using local materials, including wood and lava rock, where possible, giving it quite a special character that blends with and complements the local surroundings. You can frequently see tortoises muching on grass or wandering past from...

Calabasas, California
Reviewed 1 November 2016

My stay and yoga retreat at Semilla Verde hotel was beyond expectations: hospitality, meals, accommodations, trip arrangements were all A+!! Very friendly staff, who went far beyond in outstanding service.

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

Dear Guest, Thank you very much for your review, it pretty well sums up all the different elements of our hotel and accompanying services! We are very glad you thought our staff went "far beyond". Most if not all of our success is attributable to our long term staff members who offer quality and consistency to our guests day in,...

Manhattan Beach, California
Reviewed 1 November 2016

Excellent and beautiful grounds. Rooms are upscale, clean and well furnished. Food could not be better. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Loved the common areas. Owner, Robert will go at any lengths to guarantee satisfaction.

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

Dear Guest, Thank you so much for your kind and concise review. We are all very proud of our little hotel and our service is simply a reflection of our dedication to making your stay the very best it could possibly be. Our warmest regards, Robert & the SV Team.

Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 1 November 2016

I am just back from leading a yoga retreat in the Galapagos Islands. We were staying at Semilla Verde during the retreat. Robert was an incredible host. The property is beautiful. There is a turtle pond next to the yoga studio that is onsite. It's pretty amazing to have these beautiful giant creatures roaming around and hanging out in the...

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

Dear Garth, It was a pleasure to host your retreat and thank you for allowing me to take part in your classes. They were comprehensive, educational and informative, and the asanas certainly stretched out my old bones! We are all glad you enjoyed the different facets of the property... from the yoga studio, to the tortoise pond, the fireplace, the...

Manhattan Beach, California
Reviewed 1 November 2016

Lovely boutique hotel that was our "mother ship" for a one week yoga retreat. Grounds are shared with a tortoise population that are both interesting to watch and I strongly believe are observers as well. Robert, the owner was our guide to for a couple of excursions (Tortuga Bay and the lava tunnels) and is very knowledgeable with a lot...

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

Dear Guest, Thank you very much for your comprehensive review of Semilla Verde. We are very fortunate to have so many tortoises on the property this year, in part to do with the very dry season that we are experiencing. Traditionally it is quite chilly at this time of year and we often wake up to low cloud and drizzle...

Los Angeles
Reviewed 25 October 2016

I stayed at Semilla Verde for a yoga retreat. The grounds were absolutely stunning! We arrived at the hotel and were greeted by several giant tortoises eating lunch. You are completely surrounded by nature. The food was also absolutely amazing - probably the best food I have ever had! I have several food allergies and each meal accommodated me. The...

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for your great review of Semilla Verde. Gladis and Bertha are chuffed to bits that you liked the food so much. Our key is not to work with a fixed menu with numerous different options. Rather, we agree a meal plan with our guests in advance and buy fresh meat or fish and vegetables that same...

Reviewed 25 August 2016

For anyone reading this all I have to say is that my time with my father at Semilla Verde was one of the most amazing and fulfilling experiences of my life. The site is pristine and not pretentious, it is simple yet fully elegant and it is an incredible sanctuary with fauna and flora around to marvel at. I remember...

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

Dear Felipe, Thank you for such sincere commentary about Semilla Verde. It was our pleasure to host your visit along with your father. Meal times around the main dining table were alive with interesting opinion and debate! Semilla Verde is located in the heart of tortoise territory in the rural zone of Santa Cruz Island and we host these giants...

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Semilla Verde is a comfortable, charming boutique hotel in the cool highlands of Santa Cruz. From the tortoises who wander the property to the well-appointed rooms to the friendly family pets who welcome guests, the entire place is a delight. Proprietor Robert Grimstone and his staff are friendly and accommodating. Meals are served at a communal table, allowing guests to...

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

Dear Mary, It was our pleasure to host your visit. You are both so much fun, it was never going to be anything but a fantastic weeklong experience for us all. Our main dining table provides the perfect forum for our guests to share their experiences and plan further adventures on and around the island. Thank you for all the...

Reviewed 23 August 2016

The accommodations and customer service was out of this world!! From the time we booked with Semilla Verde we knew were in great hands. Rafe' greeted us with fresh lemonade and a tour of the resort. My room was amazing with a beautiful view. The food was cooked right in our kitchen every day and tasted amazing. Robert brought us...

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

Dear Shannon, Thank you for such a beautiful review! It is our mission at Semilla Verde for all our guests to have the best possible experience at our hotel and throughout their time in the Galapagos Islands. As a naturalist-dive guide I work with our guests to plan the best possible itinerary of tours and activities to maximise their limited...

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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: $255 - $322 (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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“Amazing views, Incredible host & accommodations!”
 of 5 bubbles nolanp212, 9 Dec 2016 | Read review
“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.”
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“Great Vegan food!!”
 of 5 bubbles MFife1, 30 Nov 2016 | Read review
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