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Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel
Ranked #1 of 21 Hotels in Puerto Ayora
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

This hotel is terrific!! It is clean and well managed. It was a pleasant surprise. The food was always really good and plentiful. There is a terrific hiking trail (about .5K) and we saw a really nice Tortoise who seems to stay at the property. The property sits on 12 acres. The management lined us up with a nice tour of a farm full of Tortoises and then a trip to the highlands. The hotel, at our request, picked us up at the airport and returned us to the airport. What a nice time to spend in the inner part of an island before our Galapagos cruise.

Room Tip: We had three rooms and they were all great.
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Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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SemillaVerde, Owner at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Dear Hank,

Thank you for such an enthusiastic review of Semilla Verde. We're so glad you enjoyed the hiking trails, all 1.5km of them, and that tortoise you saw was most probably 'Oscar' who seems to have made Semilla Verde his home. Later in the year we have seen up to 25 tortoises within our grounds during their annual migration from the arid/transitional zones up to the humid zone.

You can follow the live 'action' at the tortoise pond via this website link; although please be aware that when there is plenty to eat, the tortoises are spread out over the property. Only when things get dry and a little desperate do the tortoises approach the pond to fill up with what can be a year's supply of water!

www.skylinewebcams.com/en/webcam/ecuador/galapagos/santa-cruz-island/galapagos-ecuador.html

In the meantime however, you can enjoy the dragonflies swooping over the water and birds bathing in the pond including occasional ducks, and the dogs - luna, saba and coal - enjoying a fresh rainwater drink.

Thanks again for choosing Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel.

Our very warmest regards,

Robert & the SV Team.

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Reviewed 10 July 2017

Our group very nearly took over the property on a late June trip and everyone loved the rooms, the location, the property, the tortoises, the breakfast and the great service. Can't recommend this place more highly. Makes many of the other places I have given five starts look weak.

Room Tip: I would lean toward the rooms in the newer building due to the views or the main building looking so...
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  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled with friends
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SemillaVerde, Owner at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Dear Guest,

Thank you so much. Your review is pure and simple testimony to the hard work and dedication of each and every member of the SV Team.

We're so glad the members of your group enjoyed their stay.

Our very warmest regards,

Robert & the SV Team.

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Reviewed 5 July 2017

Myself and my fiancé booked this hotel for three nights at the end of a two week trip in the Galapagos and we are so glad we did. We had already spent some time in Isla Isabela, San Cristobal and Puerto Ayora but it was so lovely to experience the tranquility and relaxation of Semilla Verde to finish our trip. It was surreal to pull in to the hotel to find giant tortoises just hanging around happily! The view from our balcony stretched as far as Fernandina Island on a clear day. We spent so much time just relaxing in a hammock on the balcony-it was bliss. The hotel is about 15 mins from the main restaurant area and it only costs 7 dollars for a taxi so do not let the slightly further location stop you from booking, it is not a problem at all to go to other restaurants in the evening, which was my main concern prior to booking.

Room Tip: The top floor room is gorgeous, amazing views
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  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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SemillaVerde, Owner at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2017

Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for your review of Semilla Verde and we are very happy to hear how much you enjoyed your visit. Yes, it is quite surreal to see these giant tortoises wandering freely around the forest and grass lawns of the hotel.

Thank you for pointing out for future guests that Semilla Verde is close enough to Puerto Ayora for you to visit and enjoy the restaurants, bars and shops. And taxis are cheap and can be quickly and easily organised.

At the same time the hotel is far enough away from town not to see nor hear it. Semilla Verde is anything but hustle and bustle, and provides the perfect setting to relax and reflect in a natural setting and alongside the very wildlife you have come so far to see and experience.

The views are fantastic too, especially on a clear day. The view you enjoyed from your hammock on the balcony of your room was south is over the forest and coastline to Floreana Island and the view south west is to Isabela Island and Sierra Negro Volcano.

Once again thank you for taking the time to review our hotel and we hope you will recommend us to your friends and family.

Our very warmest regards,

Robert, Cattya & the SV Team.



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Reviewed 18 June 2017

I cannot imagine a more perfect trip to the Galapagos nor a more perfect place to stay than the Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel. I spent a week at the hotel enjoying yoga, friends (old and new), and excursions. The hotel accommodations are lovely, the staff attentive, and the meals delicious! Robert, the owner, is knowledgable about the islands and a great resource. He went out of his way to ensure everything (from coordinating dietary needs to cleaning dirty shoes) was to the group's and the individual's liking. My only complaint is it was that much harder to leave! The Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel is beyond wonderful!

Stayed: June 2017, travelled with friends
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SemillaVerde, Owner at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2017

Dear Estelle,

Thank you so much for your wonderful review of Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel. It was our great pleasure to host your visit and are delighted you found everything and everyone to your liking. And we're sorry you had to leave too! But you can always return whenever you like. You have a wonderful kind, colourful character and you brought light and inspiration to the group and to the hotel. Thanks to you too for teaching me some key words in Hebrew! Please send me them and any more you can think of on an email to rob@gps.ec

Our very warmest regards,

Robert & the SV Team.

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Reviewed 17 June 2017

This beautiful boutique hotel is absolutely wonderful. We felt at home right away. The grounds are exquisite with lovely paths to walk about and see giant tortoises and pretty flowers. We appreciated all the lovely touches from the hammocks to the honor bar. The staff was friendly and our meals were amazing. Our host, Robert, had oodles of great information on places to go in town. We couldn't ask for a better trip and wonderful accommodations.

Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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SemillaVerde, Owner at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2017

Dear Susi,

Thank you for your review of Semilla Verde. The great thing about being so small is that we can dedicate ourselves to our guests and make sure you have the best possible time in the hotel and out and about in the islands.

Our semi inclusive hotel-tour packages are designed to give you maximum exposure to Galapagos in a short visit in a tight, affordable package. They include the very best visits to nearby islands via full day boat tours and the must dos of Santa Cruz via half day guided tours/self guided activities.

And for larger family groups such as kosher or special interest groups such as yoga we can offer full inclusive packages with a full itinerary of tours and activities and all the meals included.

We pride ourselves in being flexible to meet everyone's requirements and thereby give them the most comfortable, enjoyable and tailored Galapagos experience possible.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Warm regards,

Robert & the SV Team.

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Address: Km 12, via a Baltra | Isla Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador (Formerly Semilla Verde Galapagos Lodge)
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Region: Ecuador > Galapagos Islands > Santa Cruz > Puerto Ayora
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Puerto Ayora
Price Range: $279 - $328 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
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 
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Semilla Verde Galapagos Hotel Puerto Ayora
Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel Galapagos Islands/Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

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