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Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel
Ranked #1 of 21 Hotels in Puerto Ayora
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Reviewed 29 July 2017

We spent three nights here, and it ranks among the best places we've ever stayed. We're very happy to add another 5* review to all the others which persuaded us to choose Semilla Verde in the first place. It's a perfect sanctuary from which to explore the wonders of the Galapagos, but also to avoid the touristy side of the town - although not so far that you can't easily get a taxi, if you fancy a trip one evening (although why would you?). The hotel, which stands in large, lush grounds up in the cloud forest, about 12K out of town, is beautifully conceived and elegantly furnished, in a local, unpretentious but fine style which feels of a piece with its absolutely stunning environment. There's a nice swimming pool, and a very comfortable lounge area in the house. Our room, no 9, had a sensational 180 degree view of tree tops, drifting mist, and in the distance the coast. At night, there's no traffic, only the sounds of the forest. We slept brilliantly.
Robert, naturalist, guide and enthusiast, and his staff are extremely nice people, great fun, passionate, superbly helpful. You eat with other guests at long tables, which we loved - much cheerful conversation - and the food, cooked in the kitchen, is healthy, plentiful and extremely good. No crappy breakfast buffets here. Excellent tours can be arranged by the hotel, and we recommend you take these, as Robert knows what he's talking about, and booking tours in town is a lottery. As a gay couple we were also made to feel supremely welcome. Thank you Robert and Cattya, for a glorious visit. We can't wait to return...

Room Tip: We loved room 9 - worth the extra for the beautiful views, the handsome wardrobes and the excellent...
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  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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SemillaVerde, Owner at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2017

Dear Nick,

Thank you so much for your glowing review of our hotel and our people. It was our pleasure to host your visit and we very much enjoyed your company and positive vibes.

Semilla Verde was originally designed as an intimate retreat where close friends and family could escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life and their daily routines. The social and dining areas are spacious but intimate and allow our guests to easily interact with each other if that is their preference. Or enjoy quiet time alone if they wish.

The entire Semilla Verde experience is meant to be enjoyable for everyone, not only for our guests but for our staff members. The wonderful characters we have working with us reflect that sentiment and their contentment reflects in the service you receive and ultimately in the experience you enjoy.

We sincerely look forward to your return in the not too distant future.

Our very warmest regards,

Robert, Cattya & the SV Team.

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Reviewed 18 July 2017

Located in the sanctity of the Highlands, PA is only a short cab ride from SV. As a result, you can "have the best of both worlds" by staying here!

This trip was long in planning and Robert never disappointed. He customized an itinerary for our group and was always quick to get back to me. There's a very good reason SV is #1 in PA, Robert, Cattya and the team take care of everything.

In addition to this the food on site is delicious and authentic, customizing menus and using ingredients from the property. I only wish I drank coffee..........

Another part of the charm here is the stunningly beautiful property, with nature trails, abundant wildlife and the fun loving dogs.

Thank you ALL for enriching our lives!

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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SemillaVerde, Owner at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2017

Dear TimeTraveler,

Thank you for your concise and complementary review of Semilla Verde. We are especially pleased to have received your comments as you are such a seasoned traveler with hundreds of hotel experiences for comparison.

The pre-trip planning is as important to us as your experience at the hotel and this is why I dedicate my day to helping confirmed and potential guests with questions and recommendations. For anyone thinking about a trip to Galapagos, it can be a daunting task working through all the different options. As a naturalist guide myself I have worked on the cruise boats - both naturalist and scuba diving focussed - and the day tours, land and scuba again. So, I am well placed to answer almost any question that can come up and recommend the best course of action or itinerary for a particular person or group.

The hotel team itself is by far our best asset and are key to making the experience the best it can possibly be. All our staff are multi skilled and multi task so that everyone can move between the restaurant and hotel. Thus we maintain a consistent level of service and product.

Having said that we are not perfect and we actively welcome daily feedback from our guests so that we can correct any concerns immediately and not wait to read about them on an online forum such as Tripadvisor. And, of course a questionnaire is issued to everyone before they leave so we can reevaluate their experience and our service once they leave.

For example, I had resisted the temptation to build a swimming pool, but continual comments made me reevaluate. We have recently finished our new 'Rock Pool' but limited the size of the pool and made it a saltwater environment, not chemical chlorine. We use a machine that breaks down the salt crystals into sodium and a natural chlorine that doesn't affect your eyes nor leave you with greasy skin nor the 'smell of swimming pool'. It's a perfect alternative and ecologically responsible too.

Based on occasional other commentary, we will also be changing out our curtains and replacing those with roll blinds in the coming months. And swapping our towels back to clean white and somewhat thicker and softer material. All as a result of our customer feedback.

Once again I thank you very much for your gracious commentary. It was a pleasure hosting your visit and we are so glad you felt your lives 'enriched' by the experience.

Our very warmest regards,

Robert, Cattya & the SV Team.

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Reviewed 17 July 2017

If you are researching where to stay in The Galapagos, Semilla Verde proved to meet all of our expectations. The accommodations were wonderful - we decided to treat ourselves to sleeping with the windows open rather than using the a/c. A great decision! The food? My husband is vegan and Cat and her staff went above and beyond not only meeting his dietary needs but serving absolutely delicious meals. Speaking of Cat and staff, they are the best! Save yourself some time and just go on and book Semilla Verde-highly recommend!!

Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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SemillaVerde, Owner at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2017

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your thoughtful review of Semilla Verde. We're glad you got to experience life without A/C. In this season particularly it's lovely to sleep with just the screens and to be able to feel the fresh air and hear the sounds of nature outside.

And whilst the hotel and grounds are delightful, we are very lucky to have a wonderful group of people working with us and they really make the difference between a good stay and a great one! Our number one priority is our guests comfort, safety and enjoyment and so it's pleasing to hear such positive feedback.

Our very warmest regards,

Robert, Cattya & the SV Team.

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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.

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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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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)
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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: $280 - $329 (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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