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“Wonderful month in Orchidea”
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Orchidea consists of two apartments: one upstairs and one downstairis in a fine neighbourhood
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Orchidea consists of two apartments: one upstairs and one downstairis in a fine neighbourhood
Upstairs - Balcony Upstairs - Main Double Bedroom with queen bed
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Orchidea consists of two apartments: one upstairs and one downstairis in a fine neighbourhood
Upstairs - Balcony
Upstairs - Main Double Bedroom with queen bed
Upstairs - Main Double Bedroom with queen bed
Upstairs - Main Double bedroom
Upstairs - Second bedroom with bunkbeds
Upstairs - Second bedroom with bunkbeds
Upstairs - Bathroom
Upstairs - Bathroom
Upstairs - Bathroom
Upstairs - Living room
Upstairs - Living room
Upstairs - Kitchen
Upstairs - Balcony
Upstairs - Private entrance
Upstairs - Entrance patio
Upstairs - Private entrance stairway
Upstairs - Private entrance patio
A plan of Orchidea! Both up and down have the same rooming plan.
Orchidea's position within Puerto Ayora.
Downstairs - Living area
Downstairs - Main Bedrroom with double bed
Downstairs - Main Bedrroom with double bed
Downstairs - Second bedroom with twin bunk-beds.
Downstairs - Second bedroom with bunkbeds
Downstairs - Second bedroom with bunkbeds
Downstairs - Second bedroom with bunkbeds
Downstairs - Second bedroom with bunkbeds
Downstairs - bathroom with shower unit and small bathtub
Downstairs - Dining room
Downstairs - Dining area with kitchen behind
Downstairs - Dining room, with back entrance
Downstairs - Living room, dining area with the kitchen in the background.
Downstairs - Kitchen
Downstairs - View across the kitchen, dining area with the living area in the background.
Downstairs -  Private back garden. There is a sheltered area with hammocks here and also an outdoor table with four...
Downstairs - private entrance
Downstairs - private front garden
Downstairs - private front garden
Downstairs - front sheltered patio
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands

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381Ann
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Wonderful month in Orchidea”
Reviewed 19 August 2014 for a stay in July 2014
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We have recently returned from staying for a month downstairs in Orchidea. We had a wonderful time. We cooked for ourselves and sat outside in the front garden eating our meals, alongside Darwin Finches and Lava Lizards! We took day boat trips to other islands, as well as a three night trip to Isabela Island. The day trips were all organised by Enrique, the guide who looks after the apartment. He was exceedingly helpful and accommodating and helped us out with anything we wanted, including taxis and any trips we wanted to take.

All the trips were great and we saw all the wonderful wildlife that we wanted to see - from a huge pod of dolphins, to baby Blue-Footed Boobies, Penguins, Sea Lions, Giant Tortoises, Turtles, Rays, Sharks, Marine Iguanas, Land Iguanas, Frigate Birds, Pelicans,... I really recommend staying on Santa Cruz for an expended period and spacing out the day trips, if you have time. Puerto Ayora is an interesting and relaxing place to stay. There are lots of restaurants within easy walking distance of Orchidea. The Charles Darwin Centre and a small beach are also very close. The port and supermarket are about 15 minutes walk away, or $1 taxi ride if it is hot! A great local bakers is a few minutes walk away, as is the bank and the fresh fish market (a tourist attraction as well as a great place to buy fish caught that day or afternoon, or to eat the Galapagos version of Fish and Chips!) . The footpath to Tortuga Bay is about 20 minutes walk away and for $1 each you can catch the taxi boats to a lovely beach at Finch Bay.

I recommend the half day glass bottom boat trip - we did this a couple of times - not for the glass bottom, but for the bay trip. It visits three sites, for a combination of snorkelling (we saw a giant pacific turtle) and guided walks. And it doesn't involve too much time being tossed around in a boat!

The apartment was a perfect size for the 2 or 3 of us and was kept clean by Martha, the housekeeper, who was very helpful to our needs throughout our stay. We particularly recommend the downstairs apartment if, like us, you intend to cook for yourselves, as we were able to eat on the table in the garden each evening. (The upstairs apartment had a balcony with a hammock).

The apartment had four large wall fans - one in each bedroom and two in the main area, which worked really well to circulate the air and keep it cool. We didn't feel as though we needed air conditioning, as this was sufficient.

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Liked best: It was a mini home from home in a great location.
Liked least: The hot water was hard to control.
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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Reviewed 3 March 2014 for a stay in February 2014
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Netherlands
Reviewed 3 February 2014 for a stay in January 2014
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suzanneca...
Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Perfect apartment in the Galapagos”
Reviewed 10 December 2013 for a stay in December 2013
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This apartment made a wonderful home base during our stay in the Galapagos in November for 8 days. It was close to all amenities, was very clean and housed myself, my husband and our two friends perfectly. The kitchen was well stocked with all we could need and the living room and bedrooms were well laid out. There was plenty of storage room for all our luggage and clothing.
Paul was so easy to communicate with and even though he was not present on site during our stay he responded to any questions or concerns we had promptly. The information guide that he provides when you book and the binder with all the tips in the house is invaluable and helped us plan activities during our stay.
The on-site help, Enrique and Martha were very helpful. We were met at the airport by Raphael who was an excellent driver made sure our arrival went smoothly. Enrique met us when we arrived and was able to explain how everything in the house worked. Martha, the housekeeper, did a fantastic job providing us with clean linens, drinking water, towels and laundry service.
Although the internet service was slow at times, it was available when we needed it...which wasn't often since there was so much to do and see here on the island!!
Thank you Paul for a great experience and we hope to stay here again one day.

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Liked best: The location
Liked least: The shower, hot and then cold.
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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Reviewed 20 November 2013 for a stay in October 2013
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