The Galapagos Islands is known to be expensive however we found it was possible to find a basic place for $15-$20 each. Or for a little bit extra you can have your own mini apartment at Patty’s House complete with kitchen to cook up your own fresh seafood from the market.
Hospitality: 10/10 Patty met us at the door and showed us up to our room. She was super kind and brought us a fresh juice while we settled in. We ended up using this place as a base for our island hopping and so Patty and her family looked after our big bags and helped us with early taxis to get to the ferry on time.
Room: 9/10 Every room has its own little kitchenette, bathroom and living space. There was also plenty of shelf space to unpack and space to move around. The only downside for us was that the windows are all in the front of the house so the bedroom didn’t get much natural light, however if you like to sleep in this would be a bonus.
Location: 7/10 It’s about a 15 minute walk to the malecon and because it’s out in the suburbs there is a bit of noise from the neighbours and the dogs. But on the bright side there were free bikes for us to use to get to and from town, and a taxi is only $1. This means the location is not really a problem. Walking home you also get a chance to see proper local life on Santa Cruz.
Value: 9/10 We paid $38usd per night ($50aud) and happily cooked enough of our own meals to justify the price. Other hostels we asked in town charged $20 per person anyway however we did hear rumours of $10 per person options. All in all we were very happy here.
Overall: 9/10 Patty and her family make staying here really comfortable. Everything was really clean and nice, would definitely recommend if you are after your own little house.
Address: Barrio La Cascada, 200350, Ecuador
Phone: +593 98 608 8298