This top-of-the-line property of the San Vicente Hotel Group (which owns the nearby San Vicente and Hostal Villamil), is a three-level, all-white hotel that feels almost like a beach villa. It’s actually just a couple of blocks from Puerto Villamil’s two-mile-long stretch of municipal sand, and most of the surrounding sandy streets are filled with palm trees. The facilities here provide enough so that guests’ only real concern will be getting to other parts of the island. The restaurant stays open all day with a varied menu and drinks list. There are flat-screen TVs in the rooms and free Wi-Fi in common areas. Shaded by a few umbrellas and a cane canopy over the Jacuzzi, the rooftop terrace is the favorite hangout for most guests at this small hotel. In every direction comes another jaw-dropping view, such as the Pacific Ocean, the Sierra Negra Volcano, the highlands, or a saltwater lagoon filled with flamingos.
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Right in the center of Puerto Villamil, La Laguna is a two-block walk to the municipal beach, one of the longest in the Galapagos. Here you can rent a surfboard from Caleta Iguana or sip a cold beer from a hammock at Beto’s. Facilities in town are limited, though the island is filled with activities—from diving with whitetip reef sharks at Las Tintoreras to visiting the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center. For an intense, land-based day trip on horseback, head to the Sierra Negra Volcano, the second-largest volcanic crater in the world, while passing en route some of Isabela’s most diverse landscapes, from dense rainforest to dry, moonlike desert.
Need to Know
Rooms: 7 rooms; from $112. Check-in: 1 p.m.; check-out: noon Dining options: With few restaurants in town, the hotel bar and restaurant offers all-day service. The menu is quite varied, offering international, Ecuadoran, and island cuisine, plus basic cocktails. Spa and gym details: Neither is available.
Who's it for: Families and independent travelers who need a place to rest their heads for a few days while exploring Isabela’s attractions and before venturing to another island. Our favorite rooms: Room number 4, of the Superior Rooms, is one of the largest and most modern of the hotel’s accommodations, though the key feature here is the small balcony and the stellar views over a flamingo-filled saltwater lagoon. Plan ahead: If you're flying to Isabela, pack light! Planes are quite small, holding just 4–9 passengers, and there is usually a strict weight limit of 20 pounds per person.