The price is right. The location is perfect, close to the Charles Darwin Center, grocery, laundry, nice little restaurant and the main city center. But we picked the cheapest room and it was awfull. Dirty. Strong smell. No window. Very noisy. We’re glad we saved money but we could have had a slightly better room. There’s a pool (we didnkt use) and the staff are always willing to help.
We worked at the Charles Darwin Research Station for a couple of weeks on Santa Cruz island and needed a place close by that was reasonable and cheap. The Hostal El Pinzón fit the bill perfectly as it is about a kilometer from the entrance to the Galapagos National Park Visitor Center. Down a driveway on a quiet street, El Pinzón is a clunky, two story building. The layout is complicated, with the rooms on the upstairs floor which is inconvenient when you have a lot of luggage, but doable. The office is downstairs. There is a spacious, shared kitchen area with two large tables and an area to prepare food and drink, stove, sink, cupboards and three refrigerators with freezing compartments for guests' supplies. The tiled bedroom was ample enough for two people and our luggage. Wifi only worked in the kitchen area and on the stairs, however. The bed and mattress were good with fresh linen every couple of days, the bathroom was small but adequate with a nice hot shower. There is a small community recreation park behind the hostel which was sometimes a little noisy with children at night. Our hostess was attentive and informative and the staff were friendly and courteous. She often made coffee that was available all day. A good stay at a reasonable price, within easy walking distance of town and the port. Head out the driveway, turn left, 200 meters down to the main drag, turn right and walk a couple of kilometers into town, with lots of restaurants and tourist shops on the way.…
We booked a “deluxe room”, it had no windows but it did have cockroaches. We were moved to another, smaller, room that had no cockroaches but also no WiFi coverage and enough damp that none of our swimming clothes or towels could stand a chance of drying. There was a cockroach floating in the pool most of the first day. The owners didn’t seem surprised or to care that much. The kitchen is also poorly equipped with not enough hobs, no oven and one frying pan. The only upside is the owners friendly dog. Just skip this one and find somewhere else.
Great hotel, with loads of rooms! Really welcoming staff, thank you. We were happy with our 3 bed room, it was spacious clean and had a good bathroom. Excellent kitchen facilities with lots of fridge space to accommodate everyone. The WiFi worked okay for the Galápagos.
This hostel is more like a hotel. We stayed 9 night in total. They clean the room every day, you have nice big clean rooms. Shower works fine. The kitchen is really nice and easy to use. The hostal is just on the edge the town so it’s very quiet at night. You can easily walk around in the area at night feeling safe. The lady working in the hostel is extremely friendly and a very very good host. She goes long ways to make you feel comfortable and welcomed. She’s also very helpful if you need information about anything. Her advices saved us a lot of money on this trip. I would definitely come back here next time.