Galapagos Islands Hotels – I traveled to the Galapagos Islands on my own and instead of sleeping on a boat, I booked hotels on the three main Islands Isabela, Santa Cruz, and San Cristobal.
The Galapagos Islands do no only offer a spectacular nature but also very nice hotels to make your vacation even more special.
During my three-week trip to the islands I tested different hotels on Santa Cruz, Isla Isabela and San Cristobal.
Here are my favorite hotels on the Galapagos Islands.
- Galapagos Islands Travel Guide
- Things to do on Santa Cruz Island
- Things to do on Isla Isabela
- Things to do on San Cristobal
- Galapagos Island land-based itinerary
Galapagos Islands Hotels Santa Cruz
1. Cucuve Suites Santa Cruz
Cucuve Suites is a small boutique hotel owned by a Swiss couple.
The two started by offering a single room for friends and family visiting the islands, but as the Galapagos Islands grew into the popular tourist destination they are today, the two expanded the hotel.
You can now stay in one of their seven beautiful rooms. The hotel is located just a few meters away from Puerto Ayora’s main street, which has shops, travel agencies, restaurants and more.
The hotel got its name from the species of mockingbirds that call the Galapagos Archipelago home. Though the Darwin finches get most of the attention, the different mockingbirds and their adaptations were also vital to Darwin’s research on the island.
The second floor rooms have spacious balconies with hammocks for lounging and a great view over the village and out across the ocean.
The number of beds in each room varies, but all were well decorated, impeccably designed, and quite clean. They even had laptop friendly desks and workspaces (just in case you need to get a little work done during your stay).
Each morning, the hotel offers a good breakfast. The buffet includes ham and cheese, fresh eggs, fruit juice, bread, cereals & nuts, pancakes, and coffee and tea.
One note, the hotel offers free coffee, tea, water and snacks to guests throughout the day. This was an unexpected treat, because the hotel’s good location made it easy to slip in halfway through the day for a pick me up.
Most of the Galapagos tours that feature snorkeling opportunities include snorkeling equipment.
But, if you’d like to strike out and do some snorkeling on your own while on Isla Santa Cruz, Cucuve Suites will make a great home base. Guests can rent snorkelling equipment for just $5 USD per day.
Galapagos Islands Hotels Isla Isabela
1. Hotel Albemarle
Hotel Albemarle is a small boutique hotel that’s just steps away from the beach.
They were awarded best small hotel on the island this year, and after my stay, I can see why.
I was able to book an ocean view room. It was spectacular to wake up and look out across the ocean. At night, the waves lulled me to sleep.
If you can’t book an ocean facing room, don’t worry. The hotel also has several immaculate sun decks with great views.
The hotel’s accomodations were all quite good. Breakfast was available every morning.
The buffet spread included ham, cheese, fresh eggs cooked to preference, two types of fruit juice, coffee and tea, bread, cereal and yogurt. If you’re planning to stay for a few days or are running low on clean clothes, they also offer a laundry service.
My room was clean and had a safe. Free coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and unlimited purified water were available 24 hours a day.
Apparently, they even sell craft beer made right in there in Galapagos Islands.
Overall, I had a great time at Hotel Albemarle. When I wasn’t off exploring Isla Isabela, I lounged around in their fresh-water pool, bathed in the sun, and took advantage of their free wifi to see what life was like for everyone not on the islands.
If you plan to spend a few days on Isla Isabela and would like a more intimate hotel setting with gracious and helpful hosts, check them out!
Galapagos Islands Hotels San Cristobal
1. Casa Playa Mann
Casa Playa Mann is my favorite place to stay on San Cristobal. They had everything I look for in a local hotel.
My room was well decorated and designed, spacious, and had a comfortable mattress.
The bathroom was clean and well kept. My suite also had a personal fridge, large TV, and coffee maker.
But the location is really what makes Casa Playa Mann a place worth staying. It’s less than ten minutes by foot from both the town’s main pier and the interpretation center. And, the hotel is just a two minute walk from it’s namesake beach, Playa Mann.
Here, you can try your hand at snorkeling (you can rent equipment from the hotel for $5 per day). But you don’t have to leave the hotel to enjoy the ocean.
The property had a rooftop terrace and balcony (complete with hammock) where I could watch the sunset and listen to the ocean. Most of the hotel’s six rooms are ocean facing.
The breakfast was American style with a few local flavors. It included an omelet made to order (I had mine with bacon, tomatoes, and cheese), fresh organic juice, a fruit salad and pineapple and orange jam.
Tea and coffee are also available. Apparently the coffee they brew is grown and roasted right there on San Cristobal island.
This hotel has also earned a reputation as one of the most eco-friendly on the island. It was built so as not to disturb existing ecological features (including a 120 year old cactus on the premises that they were careful to keep intact).
The rooms and layout were designed to minimize the need for electric lighting and air conditioning.
2. Katarma Hotel
If you’re looking for a truly memorable and unique place to stay while on San Cristobal island, Hotel Katarma will be a great fit for you.
The hotel is managed by two artists, a father and son team, and their passion for the visual shines through in this place’s colorful and eclectic design and decoration.
At this hotel, art is everywhere.
And I mean, everywhere.
I don’t think I found a single wall in the entire building that wasn’t displaying some sort of masterpiece. To be honest, I actually found this a bit inspiring.
Many visit the Galapagos Islands for the unparalleled ecological diversity, but the archipelago also has a rich human culture.
These two sides of the islands, the natural side and the human side, mix with and enhance each other. This hotel is a great representation of that.
Aside from all the art, the hotel also had a very welcoming outdoor pool and sauna. The rooftop terraces each had great views of the ocean. There was also a business center, free wifi and a couple areas for social gatherings.
Like several other hotels on the island, Katarma partners with local businesses and can help you plan your day trips and excursions.
The managers of the hotel also take strides to limit the environmental footprint of their business. Many of the paintings and works of art on the property were created with local recycled and reused materials.
The building itself is completely powered by wind turbines. All food served is organic and locally acquired (as importing goods to the island is quite resource intensive), and all organic waste is donated to a composting program for agricultural use.
3. Galapagos Eco Friendly
Galapagos Eco Friendly is a family-owned 3-star hotel located at the end of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno at around 75 meters above sea level.
From the terrace where breakfast is served, you’ll enjoy an amazing view of the small town and the sea. On my first day, I even witnessed a beautiful rainbow.
The main street’s restaurants, travel agencies and shops are only a 10 minutes away by foot.
Each room has comfortable beds, air conditioning, a small TV, a fridge and even a microwave so you can warm-up leftovers.
Because the hotel is a little ways from the city center, the nights here are quiet. I slept very well after an adventurous day on San Cristobal.
A small breakfast is served from 07:00 to 08:30 AM. You can expect coffee & tea, fresh fruit juice, an omelette, cereal with yoghurt, bread and cheese.
On the first day, I enjoyed an ham and cheese sandwich and on the second day an Empanada with cheese.
The staff are quite friendly and helpful. You can borrow mountain bikes from the hotel free of charge and enjoy an outdoor hot tub.