Finch Bay Eco Hotel
The Islands of the Galapagos
- The only beach front hotel in Puerto Ayora
- 7 minutes from the main shopping district
- On-site activities available include snorkelling, kayaking, cycling and hiking
- A short walk from the Charles Darwin Research Station
- Rooms with views of either the gardens or ocean
Finch Bay Eco Hotel overview
The Finch Bay Eco Hotel is just steps from the beach on a seaside location surrounded by mangroves. The hotel provides a land-based alternative for enjoying the Galapagos Islands. The hotel staff work with you individually to determine the best land-based activities, daily yacht excursions to nearby islands and diving packages to suit you.
The hotel has 21 garden view rooms and 6 ocean view suites, all with air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water and a supply of toiletries. There are 4 interconnecting suites which make ideal family accommodation. All rooms and suites have private balconies with chairs and a hammock.
When not exploring you can sunbathe by the pool, enjoy a relaxing soak in the Jacuzzi and sip a drink from the bar. The restaurant serves tasty Ecuadorian cuisine and specialises in seafood. The hotel's gardens are full of birds and the beach is just a short stroll away.
Open: All year.
Location: The hotel has a beachfront location in the south of Santa Cruz Island near the town of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island.
Rooms: The hotel has 21 standard garden view rooms and 6 ocean view suites. All are en-suite. They have balconies or patios with hammocks. 4 of the suites are interconnecting.
Activities: Swimming, snorkelling, diving, kayaking, mountain biking, wildlife viewing bird watching and hiking are all available with local guides where relevant. Equipment can be hired locally. The hotel has its own yacht, Sea Lion, which can be used by guests for excursions. Hotel staff can arrange visits to the Charles Darwiin Research Station, to nearby islands on its own yacht, the Sea Lion. It is possible to get a water taxi to visit Puerto Ayora town.
Facilities: There is a restaurant and bar plus a spacious lounge with TV and board games. The hotel has a swimming pool with a sundeck, sun loungers, and a garden.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables in the restaurant or on the pool terrace.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. There are interconnecting suites for families.
Health: The Galapagos Islands are not a malarial area.
Communication: The hotel has free Wi-Fi internet access.
Notes: Finch Bay can be combined with a stay at Scalesia Lodge on Isabela Island for a more comprehensive Galapagos Islands experience.
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5 reviews from
Susanna S. (29/01/2020)
"The Finch hotel is a boutique hotel and quiet oasis near Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz. We absolutely loved arriving via the water taxi and walking along the path and board walk to the hotel (the luggage comes separately). The hotel overlooks a small bay and beach ringed by mangroves. All number of sea birds are circling the skies, and lots of marine iguanas are to be encountered on the beach. Our ocean view room was spacious, stylish and spotless. We were there over a weekend so the beach became quite busy with local people enjoying their time off. We were able to retreat to the spotlessly clean swimming pool. We enjoyed snorkelling in the bay and seeing an amazing array of fish and iguanas.
There is a stylish open-plan restaurant and lounge area. The breakfasts were good and there was a wide choice. We found the food and wine were rather expensive in the evening, and the menu a little bit limited, however we realise that everything has to be brought in.
It is easy to walk or take a taxi to the Charles Darwin Research Station. Well worth a visit to see conservation in action. In the other direction you can walk to the local gorge where people swim. The route passes the old salt marshes where salt was produced.
Mr. Alan Jones
"A very nice hotel with the added bonus of a pool. Not many hotels in Puerto Ayora have them. Large rooms with a hammock on the deck to relax in. The only downside was how expensive food and drink was. A two minute walk to the Angermeyer Waterfront Inn found the same food and drinks at exactly half the price. You can guess where we spent most of out time."
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