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Reviewed 5 June 2022

We enjoyed our 3 nights stay at the Ikala Galapagos in May 2022. We understand why prominent cruise companies use Ikala on their itineraries when visiting Santa Cruz.

Christian and everyone else at the front desk took very good care of us. They provided helpful information for finding local restaurants and tour companies. They even provided an umbrella we could use to help block the sun during the hottest part of the day. Fresh water for drinking, brushing teeth, etc., was readily available by the poolside bar.

Breakfasts on the top floor were very pleasant. There was a nice assortment of local cuisine, along with eggs cooked to order. We would have preferred more hot options. But, Ikala still offered a greater variety than other places we stayed during our trip. And, coffee or cappuccino requests were taken care of very quickly. Great breakfast service.

Ikala is conveniently located just a short walk from the port and many dining options. If you want to try local cuisine, many small restaurants offer lunch specials for $5. Seafood lovers have plenty of options for dinners. We found many restaurants were prone to overcook their grilled platters. But, Bruja (red fish) looked to be a well-prepared (if pricey) local specialty wherever you went.

The port is particularly fun to visit near sunset as pelicans jump from the railing to catch their dinners, and sea lions climb onto the walkway before laying down to sleep.

Had a great stay, and would recommend Ikala to anyone!!.

Date of stay: May 2022
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Jose Andrade, Dueño at Ikala Galapagos Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2022

Dear Anchier,

Thank you for your positive comments, we are very happy to know that you enjoyed your stay at our Ikala Galapagos Hotel, especially our facilities and personalized service.

We hope you will visit us again soon. The best of the entire Ikala Galapagos Hotel team!

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Reviewed 4 June 2022 via mobile

While the staff is very friendly, I found this hotel overrated. I booked the junior suite for me alone and the room was not clean as it should be (e.g. the radio was full of dust and disgusting), towels for the hand was there the first day and never saw them again. In addition for 220 usd/night I was one floor under the restaurant and at 5 am they were starting the preparation for the breakfast waking me up every morning. Defenetely overpriced. Breakfast and restaurant are good and personnel is nice

Date of stay: June 2022
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Jose Andrade, Dueño at Ikala Galapagos Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2022

Dear guest,

Thank you for taking the time to give us your comments, we will review the aspects you mention in order to improve our service , we are sorry that your experience has not been completely good. . We wish you all the best from the entire Ikala Galapagos Hotel Team.

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Reviewed 4 June 2022

We stayed here after being on a 5 day Galapagos Island water expedition. The accommodations were fantastic. The staff was very attentive and helped us with several travel questions, etc. The hotel is squeaky clean, the drinks strong and the location is just a block from the port. Loved everything about it. When you can make six women happy that is the ultimate achievement.

Date of stay: May 2022
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Jose Andrade, Dueño at Ikala Galapagos Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2022

Dear JudyMacOk

Thank you for your positive comments, we are very happy to know that you enjoyed your stay at our Ikala Galapagos Hotel, especially our facilities and personalized service.

We hope you will visit us again soon. The best of the entire Ikala Galapagos Hotel team!

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Reviewed 3 June 2022

I stayed a couple of nights here and the hotel is really nice and located near the central part of town. It is very clean with a modern interior and spacious rooms. Also it has a nice pool area with a bar where you can order drinks and snacks. Breakfast is really nice as well and the staff highly serviceminded.
People are working on the place all the time making sure everything looks nice and clean.
A real pleasure to stay there!

Date of stay: May 2022
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Jose Andrade, Dueño at Ikala Galapagos Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2022

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your positive comments, we are very happy to know that you enjoyed your stay at our Ikala Galapagos Hotel, especially our facilities and personalized service.

We hope you will visit us again soon. The best of the entire Ikala Galapagos Hotel team!

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Reviewed 3 June 2022

We stayed for four nights whist exploring the Galapagos islands at our own pace. We arrived early from San Cristobal and our room was ready. The accommodation was the most spacious of all the hotels we stayed at in the Galapagos and Quito. There is a nice little swimming pool and bar in a cute courtyard where we enjoyed a refreshing swim in the hot weather, and cocktails.
The breakfast was good. We had dinner once, and admittedly, thought the fish and vegetables could have been tastier. Nothing wrong with the meal otherwise.
We have to mention the staff, and how incredibly friendly and helpful they were. They clearly enjoyed being part of the hotel, and made our stay a really memorable experience.

Date of stay: February 2022
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Jose Andrade, Dueño at Ikala Galapagos Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2022

Dear DavJo12

Thank you for your positive comments, we are very happy to know that you enjoyed your stay at our Ikala Galapagos Hotel, especially our facilities and personalized service.

We hope you will visit us again soon. The best of the entire Ikala Galapagos Hotel team!

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