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San Francisco, California
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Lovely intimate stay! Super-friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable staff on-site, nestled among the hills outside of Puerto Ayora. Bonus points for having tortoises large and small on-site--and all to ourselves!

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SemillaVerde, Owner at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Michael, Thank you for your review. The giant Galapagos tortoises that frequent the Semilla Verde estate are just awesome! And we are as pleased as all our guests are to see them on and around the property day in day out. Our private forest is kept that way to maintain the peace and tranquility that the tortoises enjoy alongside...

Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Spent a wonderful 6 nights at this beautiful intimate hotel with my family of 5. Nestled in the hill country on Isla Santa Cruz, it is smack in the middle of giant tortoise territory, and offers a 1 km walking path through the forested property. You can't help but come face to face with a dozen of these extraordinary creatures...

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SemillaVerde, Owner at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Doron, Thank you so much for your glowing review of your experience at Semilla Verde. We are all so glad you enjoyed the property, the service and the food that were provided for you. We are outside of town but our discerning guests recognise this as a great advantage for very little cost. You can enjoy the restaurants and...

Reviewed 11 December 2016

I stayed at Semilla Verde as part of a yoga retreat. It truly is a fantastic boutique hotel. Its its an ideal home base for all of your Galapagos adventures and there are giant tortoises roaming all over the property! The property is beautiful, the rooms are clean and comfortable, the living spaces are cozy, and the food is fresh...

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SemillaVerde, Owner at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Jennifer, We are all so glad to hear that you had such an unforgettable experience here at Semilla Verde. We take great pride in the property, especially so because it is host to a good number of Galapagos Giant Tortoises who choose to frequent the forest and grass lawns especially during this cooler season. Cattya and the other staff...

Reviewed 10 December 2016

I cannot recommend enough to not only stay at Semilla Verde during your Galapagos adventure, but also utilize Robert's extensive knowledge in planning your itinerary. Thanks to Robert I accomplished everything I wanted during my days and slept in comfort at night. Even the coffee is incredible!

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SemillaVerde, Owner at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Nolan, Thank you very much for your review. It was our pleasure to meet you and to host your visit and indeed plan and prepare your wedding proposal party! Congratulations to both of you and all our very best wishes for your future together. (Don't forget our wedding invitations!) Our very warmest regards y un fuerte abrazo, Robert &...

Silver Spring, Maryland
Reviewed 9 December 2016

I walked the grounds of Semilla Verde in a meditative state. I chose this specific retreat because it's so close to nature. Rob's establishment won't disappoint. There is native flora and fauna. Rob's energy is infectious and his knowledge of the islands is unmatched. He went above and beyond to accommodate meal restrictions and even rented wetsuits for us and...

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SemillaVerde, Owner at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Liz, Thank you for such a beautifully composed review! This is exactly how we would hope everyone would feel having visited Semilla Verde and the Galapagos Islands. Our aim everyday is that our guests have the very best possible experience in the islands and particularly our hotel. And our investment in such great staff, property maintenance and grounds reflects...

Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

Semilla Verde, and their new manager Cattya offer the most incredible experience available on the islands. Home to several giant tortoises on the property itself, the service, food and staff are top notch. As a well traveled leader of yoga retreats all over the world, semilla verde ranks as the best of the best! The owner Robert Grimstone helps curate...

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SemillaVerde, Owner at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Elise, Once again it was an absolute delight to host your visit and thank you for bringing along such happiness and positivity and such a variety of fun loving characters! You hosted the very first yoga retreat at Semilla Verde over three years ago and since then we have been fine tuning the experience to the point you experienced...

Grand Rapids, MI
Reviewed 8 December 2016

Semilla Verde is a fantastic boutique hotel perfectly located to be the home base for all of your Galapagos adventures. The property is gorgeous, the rooms are well-appointed and comfortable, the living spaces are cozy, and the food is amazing (plus they will bend over backwards to meet any dietary requirements you might have - from gluten free to vegan)....

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SemillaVerde, Owner at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel, responded to this review

Dear GR, Thank you for your fantastic review of Semilla Verde. We are located away from the town in the rural part of the island, free from hustle and bustle of town life, but convenient enough for quick and easy access to the facilities that it offers. And yes, we enjoy a much cooler climate than the coast which is...

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Reviewed 1 December 2016

If you're coming to the Galapagos Islands and you want to be as comfortable as you are at home but spend your vacation in Paradise you'll want to stay at Semilla Verde. I will preface this review by saying that I am not a world traveler. I've been outside of the United States a few times but never want to...

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SemillaVerde, Owner at Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for such a comprehensive review of Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel. Many people are hesitant about booking a trip to the Galapagos Islands as it just seems 'too far away' or 'somewhere only done on cruise ships'. Not true. The Galapagos Islands has four main population centres and 30,000+ people call the islands their home. There is...

Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 1 December 2016

Semilla Verde is the perfect place to stay for a relaxing and cozy vibe with a superb staff that treats you like family. The meals were amazing, Robert is extremely knowledgable about the islands and the yoga room is stunning. You get to perform yoga looking out onto a tortoise pond featuring Oscar and many more. Our days were packed...

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Dear Guest, Thank you for your review of Semilla Verde. Oscar is a wild tortoise with all the rights in the world to come and go from the property, but one that has chosen to mow our grass lawns for almost 3 years without leaving for more than a few days at a time. He's a big fell and we'd...

Rockford, Michigan
Reviewed 30 November 2016

We have just returned for a weeks stay at the boutique hotel Semilla Verde. Every aspect of our stay was perfect. The grounds are lovely and include trails for hiking with numerous opportunities- REALLY- to see the wild tortoises that freely roam the property. I was there leading a group so I had the opportunity to see everyones rooms and...

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Dear Guest, Thank you so much for such a wonderful review of the property and indeed our coffee! We have a small plantation that provides enough for the hotel and for our guests to take home as souvenirs for friends and family. The mineral content of the soil in the Galapagos is perfect for the cultivation of organic coffee, exactly...

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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 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 

Additional Information about Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel

Address: Km 12, via a Baltra | Isla Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora 200351, Ecuador (Formerly Semilla Verde Galapagos Lodge)
Region: Ecuador > Galapagos Islands > Santa Cruz > Puerto Ayora
Price Range: ₹ 14,450 - ₹ 16,130 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 9
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Semilla Verde Galapagos Hotel Puerto Ayora
Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel Galapagos Islands/Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
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“Ocean View room upstairs is spacious, nicely appointed and equipped, and spruced up every day. The bathroom is about twice the size of mine at home and features a great shower and tub and a counter and mirror-appointed sit-down space away from the sink. ”
 of 5 bubbles Susan_3-1-2011, 15 Feb 2017 | Read review
“The Finch Wing is nice and private away from the main building and with great views.”
 of 5 bubbles ppatel415, 14 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Rooms right off the dining area may be less quiet. Room #1 is quiet and has a great view”
 of 5 bubbles cmlc3136, 22 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Ask for the room on the 3rd floor with the view of the sunset in the afternoon. ”
 of 5 bubbles mfredden, 14 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Amazing views, Incredible host & accommodations!”
 of 5 bubbles nolanp212, 9 Dec 2016 | Read review
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