FYI We upgraded to a suite over looking the bay. Suite del mar incredible view small room but worth every penny.
Our overall stay in the Galápagos Islands far exceed our expectations. I highly recommend a vacation here to anyone. There were many thing to do snorkeling,diving, turtles etc. or bike ride to the marina and watch the fisherman bring in there catch or just sit on the dock with the seals and the eguannas very close and extremely friendly. The people of Santa Cruz island were so nice and friendly they made us feel like royality.
Red Mangrove Lodge is an eco-friendly establishment right on the water at the quieter end of town. Set in a mangrove forest, some rooms have decks nearby that seals and iguanas frequent. Stayed in several different rooms; as we had booked only one night, but decided to stay a week; all were clean and comfortable..Taxis (white Toyota Hi-Lux double-cabin) cruise the main street constantly and will take you to the highlands or anywhere else for a reasonable price. When visiting the Galapagos, decide whether you prefer a cruise (most are 4-8 days, some longer) or day-trips with the odd overnight stay. If you prefer a comfortable land-base, I can recommend Red Mangrove Lodge.
Will from Australia
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This place is amazing. The owner is amazing. EVERYTHING was amazing. No but seriously, cool play to stay. Easily the best place on the island, and we looked at a bunch.
First, the place is a castle. Initially I couldn't really tell from the pictures on tripadvisor & other sites if the place was nice or a hole in the wall, but upon arrival we were mesmerized. We felt like were staying in a romantic fairytale for the price you'd pay for a night in any other hotel room. The room we stayed in was quite literally like a European castle meets a treehouse, complete with a ladder to a second story with another bed, multiple balconies, a bridge to other parts of the hotel, and 2 extra rooms for we don't even know what (entrance room, luggage room, etc).
Ok so that was the nuts and bolts of the place, but the spirit of it was the icing on the cake. The owner was so nice & incredibly accommodating. We let her know that we had a boat that was leaving super early in the morning (6:30am) to Isabella and she woke up early and cooked us an great breakfast and called us a cab that showed up on time. Easily one of the most hospitable places I've stayed, period.
This hotel is wonderful. It is a little out of the way, but in the very lush highlands of Santa Cruz and a short taxi trip (about 20 minutes) to the Darwin Center. The hotel grounds attract lots of birds, for example egrets, yellow warblers, finches etc. The staff is really wonderful. They meet you at the airport (a complimentary service), take you to the hotel's air conditioned VIP lounge, take care of all the entrance formalities, and then take you to the hotel. They do the same on the way back. The staff also arranged day trips to different islands for me, and the tour company they use was excellent. All the staff members went out of their way to make me feel welcome. So: the facilities are excellent; the staff great; the surroundings very pretty. I have already recommended the hotel to a friend.
Jennifer from Grinnell, IA
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