Hotel Mar Azul, Galapagos , Ecuador

Hotel Mar Azul (not to be confused with "Gran Hotel Mar Azul", which is across the street) is a friendly family hostel and the oldest hostel in San Cristóbal. For over 30 years, Mrs Amada León and Mr Manuel Romero have been running the hostel on Avenida Alsacio Northia.

The hostel is a bit further away from the main municipal dock, but it´s well worth the 5 minutes walk as the rooms are quiet, clean, well equiped and have comfortable beds. Most rooms are located around 2 nicely leafed green patios. Try to get one of these rooms, as they are the quietest.
In total, there are 15 rooms - 13 doubles and 2 quad rooms. Some of the double rooms can fit 3 people, if required. All rooms have a private bathroom, hot water, cable tv and a fridge with mini bar. Furthermore, all rooms are air conditioned or have a fan, some even have both.

The double rooms with air conditioning cost $40 ($25 in the case it is occupied by just one person). The double rooms with fans cost $30 (or $20 for one person). The air conditioned quadruple room costs $70 for four persons or $60 when only 3 guests are staying. For the 4-person room with fan $60 is charged ($48 for three persons).

All prices exclude the obligatory 12% IVA (Value Added Tax).

The mini bar offers Gatorade and cola for $1.50 and water for $0.50. Internet for the hotel guests is soon to be installed. There is a large communal area (which used to serve as a restaurant, but not anymore).

The spanish speaking reception is open 24hrs (new arrivals can use the door bell after office hours). All hotel guests receive a key to the front door.

Reservations can be made via telephone, fax or email.
How to get there...
The hostel is ideally located between the airport and the main municipal dock. Follow the only way that leads from the airport into town and after 5 minutes you´ll find Hotel Mar Azul on your left (do not confuse it with the more expensive Gran Hotel Mar Azul, a bit further down on the right!).

From the municipal dock in the centre, it´s an easy 5 minute stroll along the waterfront. At the end of the boulevard, keep left and walk 2 blocks up until Avenida Alsacio Northia. Turn right there and after half a block, the hotel is on your right.

You can also take a taxi. The standard price within Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, as well as from the airport, is $1.
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Report & Photos by: Hanneke Kateman & Roy de Lange
Contact Info...
Av. Alsacio Northia y Esmeraldas
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
San Cristóbal
05 2520139
05 2520107
05 252038401 (fax)
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