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Reviewed May 23, 2016

The hotel and the interior is very old fashioned. The technical stardards are not very good (open elecrical clamp boxes, holes in the wall at the A/C). The bed and the bath room was clean, but the floor was not. The personnel there is very friendly but not speaking english. The pool is ok, but does really not look like on the photos (as the rest of the hotel).

  • Stayed: May 2016, travelled with friends
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Thank Mario_BusinessTravel
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Reviewed December 20, 2015

we only needed to stay here for one night thankfully. For the price it is very very tired and dated. It appears to have been last decorated somewhere in the 1980's but that is only our guess. Even the AC unit came off the ark!

We had room 16 on the first floor and the wifi was hit and miss here

The room was clean and so was the bedding.

The beds were a little hard for my personal taste but i understand some people like them hard.

The bathroom was definitely a throw back from the 70's or 80's (think avocado suite) but the shower did have plenty of hot water.

The staff were lovely though and they really were the only redeeming feature of this hotel. They were very sweet and very helpful.

Breakfast was ok also with nice fresh bread but the dining room is a very depressing place to sit and eat.

If this hotel was updated it would be great as it is in the perfect location, as it stands I think it is very over priced and you could get better

  • Stayed: December 2015, travelled as a couple
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Thank Jody F
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Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

This hotel is close to the harbour and the shops, a/c and hot water. But it is a very tired hotel and in desperate need of updating.

It's a quite area of town, and the staff are helpful and friendly.

There are plenty of other hotels for this price in the local area.

Stayed: December 2015, travelled as a couple
Thank Bryan_Jody
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Reviewed June 8, 2015

Rooms are fine....don't expect a Hilton hotel....this is the Galapagos Islands...No hair dryers in the rooms but you can borrow one....Staff very friendly and helpful..., no English spoken except for a few words .....Sketchy WIFI....however we had room #3 not such a nice room but the WIFI worked great so we chose to keep the room instead of moving to another room....Around the corner from the hotel is a grocery store....fun to go to the eating area on 3rd floor and have a beer (good price) and watch everything going on in the water and surrounding area......The breakfast is ok....2 soft bread rolls, butter, jam , instant coffee or tea. 0ne scrambled egg and once a banana....As I said ok....Water cooler in the lobby where you can refill your water bottles....Small swimming pool with patio which overlooks the water .....nice to have a drink and watch life.....Hotel is not air-conditioned except for your room...This is the norm in the Galapagos Islands.....

  • Stayed: May 2015, travelled with friends
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Thank holter54
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hotelcastro2014, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Hotel Castro, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2015

Dear guest,

Thank you for review.

Best Regards,
Hotel Castro Galapagos

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Reviewed June 5, 2015

I read the reviews for this hotel before we went, since this was the one selected for the tour we were on. It is not a US hotel, but more similar to those in Europe. I was later told that it was the first hotel in Puerto Ayero. It's not fancy at all, but it was clean, with very friendly staff. One of the reviews mentioned an awful breakfast. We didn't find it much different from our hotel in Quito.

And, you may have more room mates than you want, but I think this would occur with any hotel in the topics, We had a small lizard, but one of the people in our tour group had an iguana that had to be removed.

Pros: Air conditioner worked great. And it was needed with the heat and humidity we had the first day we arrived. Staff was very helpful, and friendly. Very close to the pier and lots of shopping and restaurants.

Cons: Some of these would probably be the same at other hotels in the area. Due to the humidity, the tile floors and steps could be slick. No elevators, so it's not handicapped accessible. Bathroom light was very dim and the closet was fairly rough. The biggest problem was the water pressure and lack of hot water. Depending on when you got in the shower (no bath tub) you might or might not have it hot. And the previously mentioned extra room mates.

Room Tip: A room towards the back. There was a very enthusiastic bell ringer at the Catholic Church about 1/2 block up the street.
  • Stayed: May 2015, travelled with friends
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