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Km 12, via a Baltra Isla Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora 200350 Ecuador
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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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#1 of 27 in Puerto Ayora
2022 Travellers' Choice Best of the Best
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"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 buildings 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. Between 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.
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Property amenities
Free public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Yoga room
Free breakfast
Pool / beach towels
Swimming pool toys
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Plunge pool
Shallow end in pool
Fence around pool
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Breakfast available
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Horseback riding
Water sport equipment rentals
Bicycle tours
Canoeing offsite
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Books, DVDs, music for children
Children's playground
Kids pool
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Highchairs available
Airport transportation
Taxi service
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Hot spring bath
Light therapy
Makeup services
Massage chair
Neck massage
Waxing services
24-hour security
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Clothes dryer
Laundry service
Washing machine
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Sofa bed
Walk-in shower
Seating area
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
iPod docking station
Whirlpool bathtub
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Mountain view
Landmark view
Pool view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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b80126 wrote a review 9 Jun
Adelaide, Australia7 contributions3 helpful votes
From pre-stay communication, to check in to departure, we couldn’t have hoped for more. Cattya took care of us at every moment. She is the epitome of hospitality, from two with very critical hospitality eyes. Truly the best part of our trip!!!
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled
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Paul Polish wrote a review Jan 2022
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania79 contributions33 helpful votes
Hotel's Favourite
First of all.. TURTLES. Turtles all over the property. There's over an hour of hiking trails on the property alone, and probably dozens of turtles just chomping at the grass all around you. You can see them from your balcony, you can see them during your walk from room to breakfast, they're giant and they're chilling. The hotel itself meets or exceeds all expectations. Good food, wine, super friendly staff, fireplaces, balconies, comfortable beds, and decent enough location (remote forest location, but 15 mins or so in a cab to lots of bars/restaurants/attractions). Keep in mind this is kind of an eco lodge. It is in the middle of a large plot of land full of turtles. They have a pool (during our stay it was a bit too cold to partake), but they are not a pure luxury establishment. The hot water does run out if you're expecting a super long shower. There are no elevators. There isn't a bartender. Having said that, they do have a yoga studio, pool, the lady who makes the food does a great job, they have beers and wine in the fridge for you to enjoy, and they will go above and beyond to help you get the experiences out of galapagos you want. Can't go wrong with this place!
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Date of stay: December 2021
2 Helpful votes
Steven M wrote a review 6 Jun
San Juan Capistrano, California1 contribution1 helpful vote
The hotel was outstanding. I was really impressed with the delicious food. Our manager was superb and very helpful. Wonderful ground , pool and facilities. The food was carefully prepared and it was delicious.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled
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Jim J wrote a review May 2022
Jackson, Wyoming49 contributions14 helpful votes
We arrived in early May to a perfectly planned honeymoon adventure. Owner Robert, made some excellent pre-arrival suggestions for activities and turned it to the capable hands of manager Cattya!! What a location! Quiet peaceful and the friendliest staff in South America. The food was fantastic, and it was never an issue getting transportation to town when we wanted it. Cattya arranged our spa day and included a couples massage and a long soak in their pool. We still talk about hearing the jungle around us as we drifted of to sleep - truly paradise!! Great trails through the coffee and fruit trees (led by Saba the resident lab) tortoises and many bird species!! I can see why this is the highest rated property on the island - GREAT service, highly recommend! Book today and give Saba an extra scratch for us!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled
Room Tip: Book early and allow their staff to suggest dinners and tours.
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akm930 wrote a review May 2022
Shingle Springs, California69 contributions34 helpful votes
Semilla Verde is a wonderful small boutique hotel with comfortable rooms, spectacular wildlife, and delicious meals! We booked their 5 day/4 night package for 4 adults and 5 children (11-15 yrs). They did a great job arranging daily activities for not much more money than we would spent on own. All tour partners/guides were knowledgeable and friendly. Our host, Katrien, was warm and fun to talk to. She kept us informed of our daily schedule and gave great directions on where to find the best beach and restaurant for our free afternoon. Best of all, she was very accommodating to the picky eaters in our group. The grounds are beautiful. The kids love the resident giant tortoise and dog, Oscar and Saba!
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled
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Explorer77401 wrote a review May 2022
2 contributions5 helpful votes
We had an excellent experience. Semilla Verde has a beautiful walking trail on the property where we were able to see giant tortoises. Cattya, the hotel manager, was attentive and provided a personalized experience. We look forward to our next opportunity to stay at the property.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled
1 Helpful vote
trice64 wrote a review May 2022
2 contributions1 helpful vote
The boutique hotel was outstanding. Every detail was thought about and completed without asking. Gorgeous clean quiet grounds with tortoises roaming freely. Food excellent. Attentive staff. Beautiful yoga studio!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled
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ashley p wrote a review May 2022
2 contributions
This place is relaxing, romantic and beautiful. I remember not wanting to leave the peace and serenity of this place whilst there was so much to explore around Santa Cruz. Here the staff is family, the food is delicious, the trails take you deep into Galapagos natural history and there are wild tortoise’s as well as birds and pristine nature around every corner. Best stay of our honeymoon! Thank you Katrien and Cattya!
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled
ct2019298 wrote a review Apr 2022
Los Angeles, California9 contributions2 helpful votes
We had a lovely 4 night stay with our kids (ages 12, 10, 7) at Semilla Verde! The property is gorgeous and the staff makes you feel like you are part of a family. The kitchen staff made the most delicious breakfasts and Katherine was amazing! While we didn't book our tours directly throught the hotel, Katherine would sit and chat with us about where to go, what to do, where to eat, and the fascinating history of the islands and the property. This hotel is not "in town" but the 13 minute taxi ride is worth the tranquility, beauty, roaming tortoises and all around lovely atmosphere of this hidden gem. Thank you to Katherine and Robert and family!
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Frank H wrote a review Apr 2022
2 contributions1 helpful vote
The best choice on the island! We made the reservation already two years ago but due to COViD we had to keep on postponing which was absolutely no problem for the owners. When we arrived, we received a warm welcome and even an upgrade to an executive room. Cattya, our host has been amazing! She answered even our unspoken questions. The food offered both at breakfast as well as at dinner is great. My children loved the Belgian waffles at breakfast. The hotel is located in the highlands. Away from the husttle in the port but only a 15 minutes drive from the city center. Semilla Verde is the place to be on Santa Cruz. Great place to be and to relax!
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Room Tip: All rooms are fabulous!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Reserva El Chato (6.8 km), Los Gemelos (6.7 km), and Galapagos Frontier (3.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a dishwasher.
What food & drink options are available at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel?
Yes, free public parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Rancho El Manzanillo, Galápagos Frontier, and Parrillada "Dona Mery".
Are there opportunities to exercise at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a yoga room during their stay.
Does Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel have airport transportation?
Yes, Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel?
Yes, laundry service and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.