Hotels in the Galapagos Islands
Staying in hotels on the Galapagos Islands has become more popular in recent years, either as a way to stay a few more days before or after your Galapagos cruise, or as a more economical alternative to a cruise. These land-based Galapagos tours frequently visit places and include activities that aren’t accessible on a normal cruise such as hiking up volcanoes, bicycling, sea kayaking and especially diving.
Those interested in SCUBA diving in the Galapagos will find the option of staying in hotels (usually in Puerto Ayora) a particularly attractive option because the Galapagos National Park allows very few liveaboard diving cruises anymore which focus on the far northern islands of Wolf and Darwin. Though Wolf and Darwin have exceptional advanced-level diving spots for viewing sharks and whales, those staying in Puerto Ayora have access to a wide variety of diving spots and are more accessible to beginner and intermediate divers, and at a more economical price.
Check out these highly recommended Galapagos hotels:
Scalesia Lodge – located in the highlands of Isabela Island in the Galapagos, is a new concept in lodging for the Galapagos which opened in October 2015. Scalesia features accommodation in with luxurious African-style safari tents and an upscale central lodge with dining facilities make this lodge a unique way to visit the Galapagos Islands.
Hotel Galapagos – the original hotel of the Galapagos – allows you to explore Galapagos in-depth before or after your cruise. Hotel Galapagos is well-known for its reliable services, delicious meals, and friendly attention in a relaxed setting. With its five acres, including a private nature preserve, situated on a peninsula you’ll experience all the Galapagos wildlife and enjoy beautiful sunrises and sunsets every day in tranquility, and yet be only a short walk away from town and the Charles Darwin Research Station. Your Galapagos adventure will be made complete with a variety of exciting day tours and activities to choose from at Hotel Galapagos.
Iguana Crossing Hotel – in Puerto Villamil, Galapagos is Isabela Island’s premier luxury hotel. It’s privileged beachfront location has expansive ocean views and its restaurant has celebrated Galapagueno cuisine which is featured on gourmet food-focused tours’ itineraries.
Volcano Hotel – in the sleepy island village of Puerto Villamil on Isabela Island in the Galapagos, the newly remodeled (and under new management) reopened in January 2016. The hotel features a privileged location with oceanfront views just a short walk from downtown, and new modern decor.
Casita de la Playa – in Puerto Villamil, Galapagos, whose name means “Little House on the Beach” is a seaside small hotel with its own beach and restaurant that opens onto the beach and has a second-floor dining area with panoramic views of Puerto Villamil Beach.
Golden Bay Hotel and SPA – is Puerto Baquerizo Moreno’s newest, most upscale lodging option. Newly built in a modern style right off of the beach with spectacular views, Golden Bay has an excellent restaurant and pool/spa area with hot tubs with views!
Casa Baronesa is a private seaside villa right on the beach in Puerto Villamil perfect for honeymoons, family vacations or anyone that would like to enjoy the Galapagos in complete privacy and luxury.
Casa Natura Galapagos Hotel – Casa Natura is a small Hotel in Puerto Ayora, on the island of Santa Cruz in the Galapagos Archipelago. With 15 air-conditioned rooms, the hotel has been designed to provide with comfort and leisure for the adventure traveler, including facilities such as a pool, bar, breakfast area and different recreational areas.
Updated 29, September 2016