Red Mangrove Aventura Lodge

Address: Avenida Charles Darwin, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador | 3 star hotel
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This 3 star hotel is located on Avenida Charles Darwin, Puerto Ayora.
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          TravelPod Member ReviewsRed Mangrove Aventura Lodge Puerto Ayora

          Reviewed by louisatroy

          Do not book under ANY circumstances.

          Reviewed Dec 22, 2015
          by (2 reviews) , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

          I rarely write a bad review and I consider writing one a big responsibility - it is after all peoples businesses and livelihoods you are dealing with but there is no way I can recommend this group to anyone.

          What I didn't realise when I booked is that RedMangrove is a chain with a number of properties. Where you end up appears to be the luck of the draw.

          The property we stayed in Red Mangrove Aventura was in Santa Cruz. Our problem was that we paid five star prices for the trip and really the standard of food and accommodation was barely better than a good back packers hostel.

          It was on our trip to Isabella that it really all fell apart. There are two properties run by Red Mangrove there. The first is accommodation of a similar standard to Aventura ie good backpacker lodge. The second is called Hotel Cally - a block of rooms unfit for habitation.

          We had no running water from 3pm. The loo wouldn't flush and no one came to fix it for six hours. Then the air-conditioning stopped working in both our rooms. Temperature must have been a very humid 40. The whole block appeared to have the same issues and several families were outside - all understandably incendiary.

          We found a room where the air con was working but this didn't have a lock that worked. We dragged our mattresses from our other rooms and all slept in the one room. My husband slept in front of the door as the lock didn't work.

          Following morning we got ourselves back to Santa Cruz and had a meeting with management. They agreed a sum of 500 U.S. Dollars to contribute towards the cost of rooms at Eco Finch. Once at Eco Finch they reneged on the deal and offered 350 dollars. After some negotiation they put it back to 500 dollars and promised the money would be given to us the following morning. The next day they were not contactable and no money emerged. I was only left to conclude that this company is entirely disreputable.

          Certainly Red Mangroves Hotel Cally is a disgrace to the Galapagos.

          And after promising compensation, shaking hands on it and then completely failing to deliver, the whole company of RedMangrove is a disgrace to the Galapagos. Damian (senior within the organisation) is not a man of his word and nor is Elizabeth a woman of hers.

          This company is a disgrace.

          This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

          Reviewed by samueltroncoso

          Very good host, such a wonderful people and sight at landscape.

          Reviewed Sep 14, 2013
          by (1 review) Puerto Montt , Chile Flag of Chile

          I stayed 6 days at Red Mangrove. It was amazing. The first day we stayed at a room very nice. In front of the restaurant you can see the sky-blue color and seawolf asking for their place. Very nice stay.

          This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

          Reviewed by sasi_lassies


          Reviewed May 20, 2011
          by (1 review) JR - Carlisle Western Australia & SMcL - Upwey Victoria , Australia Flag of Australia

          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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          Historical Traveler Reviews Red Mangrove Aventura Lodge Puerto Ayora

          Charming hotel


          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.

          Laid Back


          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.

          Dont book in advance


          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.

          Interesting Hotel in Galapagos


          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.

          Overpriced but very nice


          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.

          The hotel itself does seem to think it is more special than it proved to be, and is overpriced, however there isn't much choice in Puerto Ayora!

          The rooms are all different and based on a colour theme. Very spartan with whitewashed walls and a ceiling fan, but well set up for the equatorial heat. Our bathroom had unfortunately become home to a few cockroaches but that's just the tropics for you... the staff were suitably horrified when we told them so hopefully it's been dealt with now!

          Marine iguanas laze on the deck outside the restaurant and you can sit out and look at the boats in Puerto Ayora's harbour or lounge in hammocks under cover. The deck jacuzzi was never switched on during our visit though. The restaurant serves a reasonable breakfast but no lunches and the evening menu is exclusively Japanese and sushi, also a bit on the expensive side.

          Staff are helpful but do not all speak English so outside bar hours it can be difficult to check in/out and resolve any issues if your Spanish isn't strong. The hotel offers lots of tours, again not cheap, but the guides are good. Mountain bikes are available for hire but were on their last legs!

          Would totally recommend this as a great place to spend a couple of nights, especially if you just want to lie in a hammock for a while. As a base for tours it's a bit on the pricey side - if you are out first thing and back after dark you might feel like you are not getting your money's worth, and it's a shame the restaurant doesn't offer daytime snacks or a variation from sushi or we would have used it much more. It's not far to the town with lots of bars and eateries though and there is practically no crime so no worries about wandering around at night.

          A Highly Recommended Post Galapagos Cruise Stay Over


          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.

          The town of Puerto Ayora was also a pleasant surprise. It is filled with great restaurants, atmospheric bars and cafes and some decent shopping. There is also a glorious beach at Tortuga Bay about two miles out of town that is not to be missed.

          For all those enjoying a Galapagos cruise, we highly recommend taking a few days afterwards to relax in Puerto Ayora. We had considered the Royal Palms but were glad we decided upon the Red Mangrove instead as the Royal Palms is in an isolated location far from anything else in the cloudy highlands of the island. Our only regret about our stay at he Red Mangrove was it was too short. We would have liked another day or two.

          TripAdvisor Reviews Red Mangrove Aventura Lodge Puerto Ayora

          4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding

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