Silberstein Hotel is in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz island. This is the largest town in the archipelago and is the site of the Charles Darwin Research Station where you can learn about the geology and history of the islands. The hotel is family-owned and run and staff are friendly and helpful.
The hotel has a library where you can borrow or swap books, a pretty garden where you may spot Galapagos Finches and an outdoor swimming pool.
There are 24 guest rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms with hot water, ceiling fans and air conditioning. The restaurant serves Ecuadorian and international cuisine and you can also dine in the open air cafe.
There is a dive centre on site offering PADI courses and daily tours to the best local dive sites. It is also possible to go kayaking in the bay and to explore inland by mountain bike and walk through lava tunnels. Puerto Ayora has a selection of shops and restaurants, all within walking distance of the hotel.
Open: Silberstein Hotel is open all year.
Location: The hotel is on Santa Cruz island in Puerto Ayora, the main town on the island. There are several restaurants and shops within walking distance.
Rooms: There are 24 rooms including some single rooms. Some rooms can take a roll-away bed to accommodate a child. All have en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water. Rooms are air conditioned and have ceiling fans.
Activities: Visiting sights of interest on the Santa Cruz island. These include the Charles Darwin Research Station and breeding centre, the highlands, Bachas beach, Los Gemelos and the Tortoise Reserve. Activities include hiking, mountain biking and kayaking. You can take daily diving tours from the on-site dive centre, which also runs PADI courses. The facilities of Puerto Ayora include shops, restaurants and banks. Day trips to nearby islands run from the harbour.
Facilities: The hotel has a library and book exchange and a small office with a computer for guest use. There is an outdoor swimming pool, sundeck and flower-filled gardens, which attract a range of birds. The Cove restaurant serves local and international dishes in a cool, air conditioned environment. There is an outdoor cafÃ©. The hotel has a PADI dive centre. The hotel offers a laundry service.
Dining: Meals are eaten at individual tables.
Children: Children are welcome.
Health: The Galapagos Islands is a low risk malarial area.
Communication: There is free Wi-Fi internet access and a computer for guest use.
"Fairly small hotel with friendly service at reception. However we were disappointed with the selection at breakfast. It was possibly just bad timing as all the tables were being used or had not been cleared and there was very little food out. By the time we left it had been replenished but that was too late. "