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We couldn't have asked for better service - Jimmy our Tour guide and Marlon our Naturalist provided an excellent service that catered for all of the group - not to forget Sylvia on the last day and Omar on Isabela Island. The staff at all venues - Santa Cruz, Floreana and Isabela - were fantastic and very eager to please. The accomodation was very clean and comfortable and the meals pffered a great variety for all clients - no one should go hungry. Couldn't recommend the place highly enough.
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A great use of landscape. it is amazing to see how the hotel has been built between the mangroves and the sea. The architecture design has a unique layout, so do not expect fancy impersonal rooms. it seems the hotel grew from the sea and into the mangroves. the service, very helpful and friendly.
Enjoyed very much, unique style
I had an excellent view staying a at marvelous room (suite mayor), Serivice was great they really make all the effort so I would have a good time in the Islands.
At night a little cold in the rooms but with that view who can beat it the best view of the Island.
Love to have breakfast next to sea lions and Marine Iguanas.
Loved a bit expensive, They say yes is Galapagos!!!
Nice Hotel in the Middle of the Mangrove, May be the only hotel in this enviroment, Lots of animals around Hotel, Sea lions next to the Jaccuzzi and Marine Iguanas too. Food was average, Breakfast was excellent. A great place to go to Galapagos if you are not a boat person, the Ocean is Rough in Galapagos.
We stayed here after a week on a boat trip with ecoventure which is definetely the best way to see Galapagos. We were fortunate to have booked the best room in the house (Mayor Suite) which is the penthouse overlooking the bay. The room is fantastic and very romantic.
It's not posh, but it is very nice. The staff were all friendly and the atmosphere laid back. Breakfasts were good. We did not eat there at night as we are not sushi fans.
It was really nice to sit there drinking a bottle of wine watching the sea lions, iguanas and pelicans. It's only a short walk into town. Our only complaint would be that we didn't stay long enough, we had five nights, ten would have been better. Make sure you have a sea view room.
We booked the Red Mangrove in advance and they ask for 50% deposit folowed by the balance two weeks before stay. Thank goodness I had only sent the first 50% (I had forgotten about the balance & they reminded me too late for me to send as we were leaving for Peru the next day). We took one look at the hotel and our bedroom and walked out. With rooms from $145 + 22% tax this hotel is certainly not worth the money. We decided that the $450 loss was worth it. The rooms are very small and whilst the beds looked clean the general appearance was dirty with dead insects in the ceiling etc. Most rooms are actually situated in the Mangrove swamp together with all the biting insects, smell of the swamp and have no air conditioning. We ended up at the Grand Hotel (owned by Lodo de Mar Boat) which whilst not the Ritz was at least a basic reasonable sized room, had a good view,was clean and minus all the insects plus had air con and a fridge and at $70 + 22% tax per night a much better bet than the Red Mangrove.
Quirky little inn
We chose to stay in Puerto Ayora rather than take a cruise (we're not boat people) as a part of our trip to Ecuador and Peru.
We had a great time at the Red Mangrove. True, all the rooms do not face the water but are you laying in your bed rather than being outside?
The owner's grandson was there and he provided me with a lot of entertainment. The staff was very friendly and the internet DID WORK! They loaned us bikes to go into town and the Charles Darwin Center is just down the road. We had a great time there.
I've never written a review before but this place just fit the bill for us.
Overpriced and underwhelmed
Staff at the Red Mango Inn are very nice but the hotel itself only pretends to be a first class hotel while certainly charging the price of one. There are a few rooms with fantastic views but the rest are below average. They are small, hot and humid with ineffective ceiling fans, uncomfortable platform beds, and poor bathroom and closet facilities, and yes, even a few cockroaches. The views of the harbor are great from the restaurant, but unless you are lucky enough to have one of the few good rooms don't expect to enjoy the view except from the restaurant. In the long run it is not worth the price.
Stayed at the Red Mangrove for 2 nights in August, 2005 for business. This hotel is very interesting and unlike almost any hotel you could ever stay at. Each room has a name. I stayed in Suite 'Azul'. The view out my window was beautiful. However, the hotel is very rustic. You cannot use the water, the toilets are questionable, and there are no phones or TV. The hotel claimed to have wireless internet, but I never got mine to work. The staff was very friendly. They had bicycles and kayaks to rent. We rode the bicycles about ten minutes away to the Darwin research center and saw the big turtles. We also rented the kayaks one day and kayaked across the harbor and explored several rock canyons. The hotel location is away from town, which is nice, as you avoid a lot of noise. It's only a short walk to the center of Puerto Arroyo where there are many restaurants and shops. Of the hotels in Puerto Arroyo, it's probably the best, except for Finch Bay if you're with your significant other and/or honeymoon looking for a little secluded quiet time.
Red Mangrove is a quirky hotel set in a mangrove swamp a short walk from Puerto Ayora, near the Charles Darwin research station (home to the Giant Tortoises). The design of the hotel looks to be inspired by Manrique's work in Lanzarote - no straight lines, very laid back.
We decided to stay over on the Galapagos after our five day cruise around the islands and chose the Red Mangrove Adventure Hotel in the town of Puerto Ayora and were we glad we did! First of all, The Red Mangrove is absolutely delightful. It is built into the mangroves at waters edge overlooking the town harbor near the Charles Darwin Center. The rooms are quirkilly furnished yet very comfortable and all look out over the harbor. There is an extremely comfortable lounge area with free high speed internet and a fine harbor view restauant which serves a delicious breakfast in the morning and is a sushi restaurant at nighttime. The property offers a large variety of excursions and water options such as sea kyacking, fishing, etc.