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View of front of house
Entrance and dining room
Living room and door to patio
Living room
Living room
Dining room and office area
Dining room and kitchen
Kitchen
Kitchen
Office area
Seating area near kitchen
Patio and garden
Patio and garden
Patio
Side deck and garden
Patio and garden
Downstairs room one: twin beds
Downstairs room one: twin beds
Downstairs room two: queen bed
Stairs leading to second floor
Master bedroom
Master bedroom
Master bedroom
Balcony
Balcony
Rooftop patio
Rooftop patio
Rooftop patio
Garden
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Tortuga Bay (30 min walk from the house along a path within national park)
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Holiday Rental House -
3 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands

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Mary Lou...
Tallahassee, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Feels just like I've borrowed a friend's fabulous home for a week!”
Reviewed 2 November 2015 for a stay in October 2015
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First of all Tatjana is an amazing host. I bet I emailed her over twenty times with questions not even related to her place, and she promptly emailed me back with so much valuable information about the available day trips, tips to get around, where to go, what to do, etc. Casa Opuntia? Wow! It is beautiful, spacious, exceptionally clean and neat, a full kitchen, a fabulous view from the deck, quiet, safe - it's actually like being in a friend's home. The grounds are so lovely pictures don't do them justice. Easy walk to the town and dock areas also. Tatjana was out of town during our visit, but we loved the adorable housekeeper, Maria. Loved having some books available about the Galapagos. They were a big help! I can't say thanks enough to both Tatjana and Dustin for their exceptionally kind help after we lost a camera. No stone was left unturned, and my husband and I will be forever grateful for their support and help. I heartily recommend Casa Opuntia. Choose this place and you will be so glad you did!!!

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Liked best: I loved feeling as if I were in a friend's home.
Liked least: Nothing!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
26 Apr 2016
I know I have already written to you privately, but thank you again for taking the time to write a review. I am glad you appreciated the lovely gardens, Maria, and the house. We hope that you had a memorable holiday in the Galapagos!
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Martitown
Bourbonnais, Illinois
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Private Paradise in Town”
Reviewed 27 October 2015 for a stay in October 2015

The only "problem" will be deciding which deck to enjoy. This house is both beautiful and comfortable. Each bedroom has it's own "in room" bathroom, with perfect walk-in showers. The yard provides privacy and an opportunity to spy many birds and lizards. It is in walking distance of everything in town. Tatjana, the owner, is great! You feel at home in her home. We loved it!

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Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
29 Oct 2015
Thank you for your comments about your stay! I am glad you appreciated the garden (we love the garden too, and do what we can to keep it looking nice). I am glad you had a nice time, and thank you for staying at Opuntia!
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Bobby S
Silver Spring, Maryland
2 reviews
“Beautiful and convienent”
Reviewed 25 October 2015 for a stay in October 2015

Great house and amenities. Our family get together of six at Opuntia worked well. Close walk to town and Tortuga Bay. We appreciated the books, kitchen, decks and Tatjana's advice.

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Liked best: spaciousness and cleanliness
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
29 Oct 2015
Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience at Casa Opuntia, I am very happy to hear you and your family had a nice time at the house. All the best to you!
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Andrew B
Los Angeles, California
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“BEST PLACE IN GALAPAGOS”
Reviewed 6 October 2015 for a stay in October 2015

Everything about this house was amazing. The amenities were great, the communication with the owner was fantastic, and the location was blocks from the center of town and on the path to Tortuga Bay.

I can't recommend this place enough to anyone traveling to Puerto Ayora!

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Liked best: The owner
Liked least: Wifi could have been better, but that's to be expected given the location.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
20 Oct 2015
Thanks for the review! Glad you had a nice time in the islands and at the the house :)
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Anesthesi...
Sacramento, California
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Gorgeous home in perfect location!”
Reviewed 23 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015

Our group of 4 (my husband and I as well as 2 friends) stayed at Casa Opuntia a week ago and loved every minute of it!!! The house is in a quiet location near the path to Tortuga Bay and is close to all of the main attractions in Puerto Ayora. We could walk to anything within 15 min. It was really helpful to have Wi-Fi as well as a washer/dryer (which we used several times during our stay)!

On the day of our arrival, Mr. Marco, the owner's trusted taxi driver, picked us up from the airport right on time. He was so kind, and even took us on a driving tour of Puerto Ayora to help us get our bearings. Maria, the housekeeper, was there to greet us and gave us an introduction to the house. They day we left, Mr. Marco was not available so he sent another member of his taxi driver collective to take us to the airport. He even arrived early to make sure we wouldn't be late for our flight.

Tatjana, the owner, was extremely responsive and accommodating. Her guide to Puerto Ayora was spot-on an came in handy many times during our trip. She also went out of her way to help us book day trips.

Thank you Tatjana, Maria, and Mr. Marco. We really could not have asked for a better experience!!!

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Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
24 Aug 2015
Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. A trip to the Galapagos is usually a once in a lifetime thing, and it is always great to hear when Casa Opuntia guests have a nice time! We do what we can to provide a good service and I am glad all worked out with the taxi driver - Marco is a great driver which is why I keep using him :)

Thanks again, and safe travels!

Tatjana
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