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Caleta Iguana (Casa Rosada) Reviews

Av. Antonio Gil., Puerto Villamil - Isabela, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

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88 Total Reviews
  • 84%Value For Money
  • 88%Security
  • 96%Location
  • 94%Staff
  • 94%Atmosphere
  • 92%Cleanliness
  • 83%Facilities

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This would be an almost perfect hostel with the exception of their only being two bathrooms for the hostels of which get locked at nighttime. If you wake up at night expect to pee on the beach, otherwise great atmosphere and great cook( included breakfast)

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Hi! We are very so you did not get the right information, we have a full bathroom available for our dear guests 24hours, 7days a week. We would never ever let any client having to use the beach as a toilet., we care too much about our guests. Take care.


Communal bathroom was absolutely disgusting. I didn't even shower, I waited to leave to another hostel to shower. Sand was everywhere, and sometimes the motion lights would either not go on or would turn off while you are still in the hallway.

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You never know with what kind of person you will be sharing a shared bathroom and this is unfortunately something we can't control neither. We clean as many times as possible, but as no one has the same hygienist's costumes, some clients can be not as careful as others. That is why we have rooms with private bathroom and others with shared bathrooms, so every client can select the best room for its needs. The risk exist with shared bathroom , that's why they'r are less expensive!


This was the best hostel we stayed in during our week-long trip to Santa Cruz and Isabela. Very chill vibe with all necessary amenities (and a GREAT breakfast). Felipe is the best host and somehow manages to cater to every visitor's needs. Staff does a great job keeping the hostel clean and pleasant (despite all the sand from the beach which is only feet away). Speaking of the beach...it's right outside the window - best location ever. If you go to Isabela, stay here, you won't regret it.

  • 2nd Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)

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Dear , Thanks for your great comment. We are so happy you liked our place and saw all the efforts we all do everyday in order to keep our place super clean, despite the beach surrounding us... People getting in and out and in and out again, bring sand all the time in the hotel, so we clean and clean and keep cleaning so our guests are happy, because that is what's important for us: making people happy! Thanks again for your comment and most of everything for your visit. Take care!


Highly overpriced for very very basic facilities. Only good thing is location of sea facing rooms. Other rooms which are not sea facing are very very congested and warm. No A/C, No TV. Fan rotates as if it is end of the world. Room description on site is incorrect. Right next to this hostel there are very good hotels which offer A/C, TV, bigger are better rooms at half of the price. Don't fall in the trap, choose rest of the hotels.

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We're sorry to read you didn't see the value of our place. It's in everyone's right to pick the place they feel is the best for them,we're sorry our place didn't fit your needs. Room descriptions are showing reality and we put a lot of pictures so people can see by themselves. It's important when you choose Isabela to understand it's not Hawaii. Isabela is beautiful, but basic. We don't have TV, we never said we had, we think the show Galapagos nature gives outside is nicer then any TV show.


Well run. Emilee was very helpful. Nice breakfasts.

  • 22nd May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Couple, 41+
  • (1 review)

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Hi guys! thank you so much for your visit and nice review. We are very very happy you had a great time, this is why we are here! thanks again!


One of the best hostels I've ever stayed at (and I've stayed at a LOT). The rooms aren't super special unless you get the ocean balcony view, but the shared facilities (great common room, hammock porch, vball court, beach bar), service and convenience of tours/surfing, and the people who hang out here, tourists and locals alike, make it the best place to stay in Isabela. Emilie, the manager, is SO nice and helpful and I had an absolutely awesome surf instructor, David!

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Dear , Thank you so much for your great words, we are all very happy you liked it that much at our place, it is SO important for us. It has been a real pleasure getting to know you! take good care of you my dear!


This place is amazing and the staff is terrific. It's a wonderful location, great bar, nice breakfast, wonderful tours, and everything is very clean and welcoming. Do yourself a favor and stay here when visiting Isabela Island.

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Hi! thanks so much for your nice comment, we are all so happy you liked our little beach hotel! We thank you very much for your visit and hope to see you back! take care!

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