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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are lucky enough to have Robert Grimstone present (the owner), then your experience will be even better than 5 stars. A full service, eco friendly boutique hotel which satisfies on all levels. The meals are fantastic, catering not only to the regular, no restriction diner but also to the vegetarian and gluten free(neither category of which I belong...

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

Dear Stephen, Thank you for such a wonderful review of Semilla Verde. The very dry 'la nina' conditions here in Galapagos at the moment mean that the Giant Tortoises are being found in greater numbers in the 'highland' areas where there is more lush vegetation than the dryer zones closer to the coast. And as you witnessed many are enjoying...

Boca Raton, Florida
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel and the wonderful Robert and his staff provided us with a glorious week. We were a group of 14 organized for a yoga retreat, good eating, adventure and relaxation. Semilla Verde met all of my expectations and more.

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

Dear Jan, Thanks for your review and we are so glad that your expectations were met. It's not always easy to 'get it right' for everyone, especially in a big group, but we do try our best. The Galapagos Islands are a very expensive place to visit and we do respect the time and money that our guests expend in...

Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had the best time on our yoga retreat last week at Semilla Verde. From the grounds of the property, with views of the ocean, to the rooms and bathrooms, and the food and service, everything was fantastic. Robert and his team made it a trip of a lifetime.

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

Dear Jen, Thank you for your review and thank you for mentioning our team members. We are fortunate to have good people working with us. They are all rounders and work very hard to give our guests the very best experience and tastiest meals they possibly can. I hope you will visit us again and that we might have the...

Santa Monica
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stayed here for a yoga retreat. Rob the owner is amazing, his team is great in anticipating our needs whether they be for excursions or dietary, and so on. Rooms are great, especially once you consider how hard it is to build and maintain quality rooms in this extremely remote location. Town is close by, say a 15 minute cab...

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for your great review and thanks for mentioning the team. They are the best! Yes, it's not cheap nor easy building and sustaining a hotel here in the islands and especially in the area that we are situated. Due to it being more humid than the coastal areas, we are kept busy with hotel and grounds...

Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The lodging, meals and views of the wild life were exceptional. The tortoise pond was very active. The staff and owner Rob were the best. They were organized and kept us busy and on time. They accommodated special request for the vegetarians in the group. I would not hesitate to stay there when I return.

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

Dear Cheryl, Thank you so much for your wonderful review and your comments about our organisation. It's all in the planning and fortunately our team is small enough and well practiced enough to cope with almost any occurrence, such as your losing your bag at Guayaquil airport! Between the airport and airline offices here and several visits to the airport...

Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place! The staff was super friendly and really cared about our experience. The excursions the owner set up for us were awesome and he went out of his way to accommodate requested add ons like wetsuits and surf lessons, even if they were last minute, and he got us some good bargains on those as well. Cabs to and...

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

Dear Dana, It was our pleasure hosting your visit and we are all glad you enjoyed the entire Galapagos experience. As you saw, there are a variety of different activities that are offered here including surfing, scuba, snorkel, naturalist tours both on the island itself or to outlying wildlife hotspots, bike rental, hiking, beach, etc. A visit to Galapagos is...

Lido Key, Florida
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Semilla Verde was a cozy 12 acre boutique for property perfect for family reunions or retreats. Lush surroundings and delightful hosts. We had our own Giant tortoises on the property and yoga studio, fire pit and pond.

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

Dear Ann, Thank you for your review of Semilla Verde. We're glad you enjoyed the property and the service provided by our highly valued staff members. With only nine rooms and several communal lounge areas you are assured a level of intimacy comparable to a traditional guesthouse. And with twelve acres of private forest with walking trails and giant tortoises...

Marina del Rey, California
Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Amazing experience! Beautiful inspiring location, very attentive, friendly staff and delicious meals. Well organized. Was great to observe all the tortoises on the property 😊 Would highly recommend Semilla Verde !

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

Dear Amber, Thank you for recommending Semilla Verde so highly! It was a wonderful week of yoga and we are so glad you enjoyed both the hotel and the service provided by our team. They are the absolute best and are key to making such memorable experiences for our guests. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Our very...

Boulder, Colorado
Reviewed 1 November 2016

In Colorado, we see deer everywhere. They're not even interesting any more, they're just part of the landscape. At Semilla Verde, the same is true, but of the Galapagos Tortoise. To see 300-pound tortoises lumbering up and down the driveway, grazing on the lawn, or picking their way through the coffee plants (from which the coffee served at the hotel...

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

Dear Angus, Thank you so much for such a comprehensive review of Semilla Verde. You have summed up the SV experience very nicely indeed and we would hope everyone would have the same positive experiences that you did. We are lucky enough to be a little way outside of Puerto Ayora in the rural part of the island, right in...

Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

This place is a gem in the middle of a magical place. Robert takes hospitality to another level, and his organization and communication makes for perfect stay. The food is awesome, and the hotel is full of character and wildlife. Highly recommended.

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

Dear Chris, Thanks for your review of Semilla Verde and I completely agree, the islands as a whole are magical. Semilla Verde is built using local materials, including wood and lava rock, where possible, giving it quite a special character that blends with and complements the local surroundings. You can frequently see tortoises muching on grass or wandering past from...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
"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, Ecuador (Formerly Semilla Verde Galapagos Lodge)
Region: Ecuador > Galapagos Islands > Santa Cruz > Puerto Ayora
Price Range: €178 - €226 (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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Also Known As:
Semilla Verde Galapagos Hotel Puerto Ayora
Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel Galapagos Islands/Puerto Ayora
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#1 Green Hotel in Puerto Ayora
#2 Best Value Hotel in Puerto Ayora
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“All of the rooms seemed very nice”
 of 5 bubbles GR_travels, 8 Dec 2016 | Read review
“I was on the upper level overlooking the tortoise pond. Very quiet. I am a light sleeper.”
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“Great Vegan food!!”
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“Bring ear plugs if the sounds of nature or voices bother you at all.”
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