This home is a wonderful getaway, only four blocks from the center of town. My husband, son and I really enjoyed the outdoor seating/patio areas and the movies and DVD player. It feels very private in the garden, which is completely hidden from the roads. It is also close to the entrance for Tortuga Bay (see photos). María, the caretaker, was fantastic and made us feel at home immediately. We would have loved to stay here longer. I can't believe I didn't take any photos of the home while there -- I must have been too relaxed!!
Casa Tortuga is a delightful home for three on a visit to this amazing group of islands.THe house is well equipped, very clean and simple.. The owners live in the same walled compound and were welcoming and helpful. Easy access to all that we sought.
casa tortuga exceeded our expectations and was a great value. it's an attractive, clean, comfortable, spacious, and functional vacation rental that would even pass for a honeymoon destination (unless you need ultra luxury). the building is a fairly new single-family home that's walled off from the street on the west edge of puerto ayora (i.e., not much traffic). it shares a huge, dense, flowering garden with two other houses on the property that's a little smaller than a u.s. city block. the other houses have their own gates far away and are basically out-of-mind-out-of-sight thanks to the large garden. we felt like we were on our own hacienda surrounded by nature.
tatjana was super responsive while i had to make last-minute reservations. she also responded right away w/ a couple questions while we were at the property and even arranged for a taxi to pick us up on our last day to take us to the airport.
the beds slept great – firm but soft. the master bedroom has what i think was a queen bed. the other bedroom has a raised, twin-size bed that's as good for a kid as well as a 6' adult. both bedrooms have lots of closet and storage space, extra bedding, ceiling fans, and access to a second-floor balcony w/ chairs and a hammock overlooking the garden.
the second floor bathroom is roomy and has a great shower, toilet, two sink areas, bath and beach towels, and plenty of shelving. the first floor's half bathroom has a toilet and sink.
the kitchen is adequately equipped, including a refrigerator, stove top (not oven), toaster oven, coffee maker, microwave, and water cooler w/ free, bottled water. free laundry machines are on side patio and work well.
the kitchen, dining area, and living room are three spaces but all open. the dining area table seats at least six, and a bar w/ stools separates the kitchen and dining area. the living room has a couch (that would be sleepable if needed), loveseat, and tv for watching dvds. wifi worked fine throughout but wasn't especially fast, as tatjana noted.
the ground-level patio off the living room is great for relaxing by the garden. it has another dining table w/ four chairs, lounge furniture, and a ceiling fan.
at first i was worried casa tortuga wasn't close enough to the center of puerto ayora, but it was just right while far enough away from the busier streets but still easily walkable (commerce, dock, and a great grocery store are about 500 meters away). tatjana's binder of info re: the property and puerto ayora (in english and spanish) was helpful.
i'm hard-pressed to think of anything critical to say about the property. if pressed, my only heads-up for super light sleepers is to consider bringing ear plugs since the building's roof is metal, which can make small things like rain or seeds and leaves blowing off the trees audible. that said, my light-sleeping wife had no issues once she had ear plugs in.
overall, we couldn't have been happier. thanks, tatjana!
Tatjana was extremely accommodating and helpful. The property was clean and spacious and had very nice amenities -- like a king sized bed, big fridge, nice kitchen, washer/dryer, nice shower with hot water, and bottled water. It was very homey and we loved the welcome wagon -- which was a super friendly and sweet small flock of chickens in the yard. The porch overlooked a well-appointed garden and we were within walking distance of everything. We enjoyed the property so much that we gave contact information to another traveler we met while we were there so when they come back, they can stay. Thanks Tatjana! We had a wonderful week!
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