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“Beautiful home on gated, secluded property in town”
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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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3 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands

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IoneFerre...
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
“Beautiful home on gated, secluded property in town”
Reviewed 30 May 2015 for a stay in May 2015

The house and property are beautiful and well maintained. We had so much fun during our stay! Having a private home was perfect for us, to do our own cooking, etc. There is a huge selection of books and movies, and the upper two levels were awesome with the outside deck areas. We loved having the washer and dryer as well!

The owner, Tatjana, is very attentive and responds to any needs or questions promptly. Also, her housekeeper, Maria, is very sweet, friendly and helpful.

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
30 May 2015
Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review and send your feedback, I appreciate it! I am glad you enjoyed the house and the Galapagos. All the best to you
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
SiggiZA
Pretoria, South Africa
Level 6 Contributor
113 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“More than expected, perfect for a family.”
Reviewed 13 April 2015 for a stay in April 2015

We stayed with our two children at Casa Opuntia for 3 nights. The casa is more than spacious with 3 bedrooms, each with an ensuite bathroom. Nice work area and a huge kitchen. To our surprise, it was only a few minutes walk from the main centre of Porto Ayora.

We were well received and introduced into the house. Very clean and fully kitted with everything you would need. Unfortunately the WiFi was down, but it is readily available virtually in any restaurant.

A very good guide in english was provided which helped us tremendously.

The garden and surroundings where very neat and it was always relaxing "returning home" every evening.

We could not have asked for anything more. Perfect stay.

Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
8 May 2015
Thank you very much! I am glad you enjoyed your stay. We do apologize for the internet, but unfortunately it was out of our hands (internet company took 3 weeks to finally come fix!!). Thanks again for the review and feedback, come back again :)
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Chaput_Fa...
USA
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Spacious & Fully Equipped Casa”
Reviewed 9 December 2014 for a stay in November 2014
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person found this review helpful

Casa Opuntia is a lovely home. It's located very close to the Tortuga Bay trailhead. It is also walking distance to the waterfront. The property is landscaped perfectly to accomplish complete privacy. The casa itself is spacious and has everything (except a dishwasher) you'd want for a self-catered vacation. We enjoyed not having to pack a lot of clothes and utilized the washer/dryer. When you arrive, you are provided a book of information and list of contacts that we found very helpful. We were also given a cell phone in case we needed anything. However, you must put credits on it yourself, which took me some time to figure out. A driver was arranged beforehand to pick us up at the ferry and return us there on the day of our departure. We also scheduled him to take us to the highlands one of the days. Renting a car doesn't seem like much of an option, and that was the only time we needed help getting further than our legs or a boat could take us. Maria maintains the house and would check on us, clean, and replenish our bottled water. She was very sweet and helpful. We especially loved the rooftop patio to enjoy sundowners while our kids played or watched movies, and at night the stars are brilliant! If you like the idea of exploring on your own with little assistance, this is a great place to stay.

Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
18 Dec 2014
Thank you for the lovely review, I am glad you enjoyed the house and the property. We do our best to make the house as comfortable as possible. No, the house does not have a dishwasher, which is why we do not mention having one in the house description (most houses in the islands don't have one, they are not a common appliance there). All the best to you and I hope you had a safe trip back home!
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vanrealty
Greenwich, Connecticut
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Awesome Stay In Galapagos”
Reviewed 12 September 2014 for a stay in August 2014
1
person found this review helpful

This was a great place for us to stay and relax between trips on the mainland and to other islands.

The home is as advertised, comfortable and clean in a beautiful setting.

We really enjoyed the town, it was nice and safe and reasonable to do things. We especially enjoyed taking the water taxi to Finch Bay for lunch and snorkeling at the beach.

Tatjana was very helpful in arranging rides and a tour for us.

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
17 Sep 2014
Thank you! I am glad you and your family had a nice time in the islands and at the house. I am also glad I could be of help arranging activities, I hope you enjoyed the tours. All the best to you!
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Yokeko
Anacortes, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
186 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Perfect Place to Stay in Puerto Ayora”
Reviewed 23 July 2014 for a stay in April 2014
1
person found this review helpful

We rented through Airbnb, but I could not post a review after 30 days had passed, so I hope the manager sees this review! The villa is situated on a large walled piece of property along with a casita, which we also stayed in prior to moving into the larger house. Beautiful gardens and privacy make this a truly exceptionally quiet and private setting. It is a short walk to restaurants, shopping and boat harbor. The villa is located near the end of the street that leads to the Tortuga Bay trail. We walked to the beach for late afternoon swims on our tour days and almost had the whole area to ourselves! The villa is spacious,very attractively furnished, and has a very well-equipped kitchen.. The rooftop deck was wonderful in the evenings because there was a slight breeze. Recommend booking well in advance of your trip. This is a popular villa and we missed out on getting it for the entire week, so we booked the casita on the property for the first few days. (The casita is far enough from the villa that privacy is maintained for both houses.) There were a few glitches (no hot water because propane ran out, no water briefly because pipe broke, no ride from airport because someone forgot) Each was mildly inconvenient and of short duration, and remedied quickly by my husband, the trouble-shooter, and followed up by Maria, the caretaker. The manager, Tatiana, was very helpful in assisting us when our friends' luggage didn't arrive the day before in Quito. Because we had direct access to Tatiana via email, problems were quickly resolved. We did have difficulty at times reaching Maria - even with the cell phones provided. Would love to go back!

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Liked best: Location and spacious rooms
Liked least: Forgotten airport pickup and hassle finding the place with unfamiliar driver
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
24 Jul 2014
So nice to hear from you and thank you for taking the time to write a review, thank you very much! I am gad you enjoyed the house, come back again :)
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