Golden Bay Galapagos

Calle Charles Darwin Lote 3 Sector Playa de Oro, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno 200150 Ecuador
Walking down the pathway infront ot the hotel which is on the left.
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#1 of 7 hotels in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
4.9 of 5 bubbles
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4.9 of 5 bubbles
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4.2 of 5 bubbles
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Golden Bay Galapagos is situated in privileged location on the Playa de Oro (Beach of Gold) on San Cristobal Island, directly in front of the sea, where sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and other animal citizens of Galapagos are seen. We are the only hotel on the island registered and approved by Ecuador’s Ministry of Tourism and awarded five stars. We are located less than ten minutes from the archipelago’s best airport, with daily flights from Quito and Guayaquil. Furthermore, San Cristobal is well connected with the other islands, by flight and by sea, for those who wish stress-free interisland travel. We offer 21 rooms which permit our guests the possibility to feel themselves a part of the earthly paradise in a magical environment and in high standards of quality while inside the planet’s most famous national park. Our style is based on the concept of “Luxury without Ostentation.” We create an environment of absolute comfort under international standards of hygiene and presentation.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Beach
Snorkelling
Children's television networks
Airport transportation
Conference facilities
Wifi
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Kids' meals
Snack bar
Wine / champagne
Shuttle bus service
Banquet room
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
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Laundry service
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Air conditioning
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Safe
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Telephone
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Hair dryer
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Ocean view
Bridal suite
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HOTEL CLASS
4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Ocean View
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Jessica R wrote a review Jan 2020
65 contributions39 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved our stay at the Golden Bay. The rooms were clean and modern. Good air conditioning. The location is right in the downtown area of San Cristobal, walking distance to the beach and shops. Be aware: ocean view rooms are noisy due to the resident sea lions 100 feet from the hotel and non-ocean view rooms face a creek with local homes visible just across the way. Don't let this dissuade you from staying, but it's best to know what you're getting into.

We had 1 lunch, 2 dinners and 3 breakfasts at the Golden Bay, all of which were delicious. Hotel, restaurant, and bar staff are devoted to the establishment and gave excellent service. We would recommend this hotel to anyone seeking a comfortable stay on San Cristobal.
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Date of stay: December 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Dru Ludwig wrote a review Oct 2021
Seattle, Washington7 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This property aspires to be luxury and does it quite well. The location along the shore is perfect - not located in the middle of town where noise and privacy would be sacrificed, but instead at the end of the main boardwalk where the only people walking by your room are fellow guests or occasional far-wandering tourists. Other highlights were the 24 hour refreshment center, professional staff, focus on environmentalism, and crystal-clean room.
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Date of stay: September 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Ask for a corner room.
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DavJo12 wrote a review Jun 2022
London, United Kingdom405 contributions179 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We liked the Golden Bay hotel, which is modern, and situated just outside the town centre, although within easy walking distance of the restaurants and bars in the town. It is relatively easy to navigate the seals that lay across the footway that leads to the town.
We had a problem with our original garden room with a vibrating noise which was coming from plant on the roof. They relocated us to another room after our first night, although you could still vaguely hear the noise, which is something they need to address.
We both had a massage whilst we were there from Frankie, the relatively newly appointed spa manager, which was very very good. Frankie was also extremely helpful with suggestions and recommendation for sightseeing and dining on the island. The breakfast was good and selected from a menu, with eggs on demand. We chose not to have dinner at the hotel because the menu didn’t suit our dietary requirements. This is probably the best hotel on the island. Would recommend.
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Date of stay: February 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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plasalle wrote a review Jan 2022
Minneapolis, Minnesota128 contributions106 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We picked this hotel as our first stop in the Galapagos based on its reputation and location. We weren't disappointed. In the Galapagos, you can travel frugally or you can splurge a little. This hotel is definitely marketing to upscale customers. We choose a courtyard room which is part of the hotel's lowest price category and loved it. Our room on the second floor was quiet, clean, and comfortable. We were not concerned with the view because when you leave the hotel the view is everywhere. The hotel's breakfast was excellent. For our first evening dinner, we dined on the hotel's veranda and would definitely recommend the hotel's restaurant. The hotel provided the guests free drinking water, coffee, tea, and cookies all day which was a nice touch. Although we enjoyed this hotel very much, there are competitive hotels that offer similar accommodations, most likely at lower prices, so we recommend shopping around.
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Date of stay: January 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Luis N wrote a review Jul 2020
Panama2 contributions1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Due to Covid-19 we had to cancel our trip. Per hotel rules we had already cancelled 100% of the cost. The hotel never offered a detailed cancellation policy and even with the covid crisis and our request, they dis not process a refund. They just left our reservation “open” until we finally decide to visit. Horrible follow-up and customer service
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Tom_M71 wrote a review Oct 2022
Guadalajara, Mexico197 contributions187 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
My family and I stayed here for 4 nights based on the recommendation of a mutual friend. 

Hotel has a great location, nice design and very friendly staff. 

Their restaurant MuYu is also very good (no meat options). 

Breakfast was good but very slow. Only American filtered coffee (not good) plus an assortment of teas. 
On the days you maybe heading out on early tours, they can provide you “Breakfast Boxes” to go, which are convenient.

For a hotel that charges $652 per night (a triple room that had a Sofa Bed for my teenage daughter), it was disappointing that one could not get any kind of drink until after 400pm. They “opened” the bar until 4pm. Disappointing considering the price we paid. Another very weird thing is that they had no beer of any kind from Ecuador. None. They only had 750ml bottles of a Belgian beer for $23! Heavy carbon footprint to bring beers from Belgium to San Cristóbal. Why not support some of the great micro breweries from Ecuador? 

They do have a coffee / tea room, but seem to not refresh it during the day (stale coffee and hot water is just warm. This could early be improved upon).



Like on the entire island, internet is extremely poor, so don’t plan on getting any work done during your stay. Average inbound speed was 0.6mb and outbound 0.5mb. Just enough for simple (no attachment) emails. 

They offer transportation from the airport at $18 per person, but our private taxi from the airport was just $2.50 (for 3 people ).

Again, it is nice hotel but way overpriced and not value for money
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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graceyy26 wrote a review Jan 2020
Sacramento, California96 contributions29 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved our stay at the Golden Bay. We went to San Cristobal without a tour and everyone at the hotel went above and beyond to help us plan day trips and activities.

When booking the hotel Marco was so helpful! It was so easy. He told us that only one of the less popular rooms without a view would be available for our first night but would help us move to a different room for the remainder of our stay. They did it all. We came back from our day hiking and they had moved all of our stuff into the new room!

As for the activities Marco and many of the other wonderful staff members helped us arrange a Taxi tour of the island (which was fantastic) and they helped us book a tour to go snorkeling by Kicker Rock. They also told us the best spots to go watch the sunsets and the best areas for hike. Really it was so helpful and greatly appreciated!

Finally, the restaurant was just top notch! The drinks were fantastic and the food was amazing. We ate there most nights during our stay. Great vegetarian options as well.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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j b wrote a review Apr 2021
tenafly60 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Best Resort in the Galapagos!
We just returned from Golden Bay and had the trip of a lifetime!
We were a group of 9 - 2 families traveling together.
We cannot say enough about the resort and the staff. The location was ideal, you can walk to town, the beaches, the pier and the amazing restaurant and bar are right on the waterfront.
The exceptional staff: Marco, Paulo, Pablo, Gabriela and all the other amazing staff member were second to none.
Due to the Covid pandemic they are very meticulous regarding protocols and we felt extremely safe.
The also helped us arrange private Covid testing to return to the US which made our travel home a breeze.
Do not wait now is the time to visit the Galapagos!
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Date of stay: April 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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DewOnTheRoad wrote a review May 2022
Sacramento, California352 contributions116 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Situated on the bay away from town, this property is beautiful. Traffic noise is not an issue because there are no roads running adjacent to the property. The view of the bay from the bar/restaurant at the front of the hotel is simply gorgeous. There are many sea lions hanging out in the bay and do make a lot of noise. The hotel common area is large and inviting. Coffee, tea, filtered water and oh-so-good cookies are available 24/7. Our garden view room and bathroom are comfortable and average in size. The staff speaks English and is very helpful. The hotel is a short walk from the pier (day tour departure point) and restaurants in town.
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Date of stay: March 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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sayer2019 wrote a review Sept 2021
Houston, Texas25 contributions35 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a wonderful experience staying at the Golden Bay! The property is located right on the beach with all the sea lions resting or playing on the beach. The restaurant and bar below are right on the waterfront with spectacular sunsets. We can easily walk to town, the pier or the beaches. The staff were very cordial and took good care of us. They followed all current protocols and made us feel safe during this pandemic. Would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone visiting San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos.
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Date of stay: September 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Answer from Roland H
Hamburg, Germany40 contributions58 helpful votes
Dear Jeffrey, the only thing I can tell You is that the Hotel really exist but unfortunately we booked it via a travel-agency. I really don't know how they paid our stay, but we pay our dinner by MasterCard. So they accept credit Cards of Course. Have a nice trip, it's a lovely and unique place!
Angela F asked a question Apr 2017
Palm Desert, California24 contributions7 helpful votes
If we book this hotel, can you help us book day trips to Kicker Rock and Espanola island?
Answer from Phil K
Dubai, United Arab Emirates13 contributions3 helpful votes
There are also shops close by that can help you book tours and trips. The day trips however are going to suck. Take a cruise. You can usually get them 1/2 off if you book them last minute on the islands.
Answer from Gaby1234562014
Quito, Ecuador14 contributions9 helpful votes
Yes!! The hotel is in the middle middle of the town. It is a very small town so don't expect big things. But it is just charming. You have small supermarkets, pharmacies nearby and many coffee shops and restaurants.
Quito, Ecuador3 contributions
Dear DaisyDot24, sorry that took us so long to answer your question. You don´t need a travel agency to arrange your trip to Galapagos everything can be done independently. You just have to make sure that you are arriving to the correct airport since there are two airports in the Islands Baltra and San Cristobal
Micheal V asked a question Jun 2016
Is this hotel all inclusive
Answer from Joanna B
Edenbridge, United Kingdom29 contributions75 helpful votes
No but breakfast was included in the price of the room.
Al Zambrano wrote a tip Jul 2023
Guayaquil, Ecuador9 contributions8 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"The hotel locks it’s doors at 11:00 pm. If you plan to stay out at night, do tell the concierge at what time you’re coming back."
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Selina W wrote a tip Apr 2023
Zurich, Switzerland14 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Close to the pier - easy to access:) Central location"
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michele z wrote a tip Jun 2022
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The dock for the boat that will bring you to the island is a 2 minute walk, yet the hotel remains somewhat secluded from town. Airport5 min"
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Dru Ludwig wrote a tip Oct 2021
Seattle, Washington7 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for a corner room."
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Humanergy wrote a tip Mar 2020
Utrecht, The Netherlands3 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The suite with sea view is an one in a lifetime opportunity!"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Golden Bay Galapagos
Which popular attractions are close to Golden Bay Galapagos?
Nearby attractions include Playa Mann (0.3 km), Catedral Inmaculada Concepción (0.4 km), and Dark Ink Tattoo Studio (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Golden Bay Galapagos?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Golden Bay Galapagos?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Golden Bay Galapagos?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Golden Bay Galapagos?
Conveniently located restaurants include Muyu Galapagos, Midori Sushi, and EL DESCANSO MARINERO.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Golden Bay Galapagos?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Golden Bay Galapagos have airport transportation?
Yes, Golden Bay Galapagos offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Golden Bay Galapagos offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a banquet room and conference facilities during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Golden Bay Galapagos?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does Golden Bay Galapagos have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Golden Bay Galapagos accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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