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Albemarle Galapagos Boutique Hotel

Great value property with stunning views and beaches on the doorstep.

Very good Four stars from 9 votes
Albemarle Galapagos Boutique Hotel - Exterior
Albemarle Galapagos Boutique Hotel - Exterior

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A boutique hotel in Isla Isabela’s Puerto Villamil, the Albemarle is a bright and welcoming property – with an entrance that spills right on to soft sands and palm trees! We recommend one of the balcony rooms, so you can count the marine iguanas and sea lions sunning themselves on the beach…and go and join them as and when you wish (staying 2 metres away, of course)! The hotel’s name incidentally, is in honour of the island’s original name – after the 17th-century buccaneer Ambrose Cowley named each of the Galapagos Islands after English nobleman. Isabela was called Albemarle (after the Duke) for nearly 200 years, before the Spanish claimed the archipelago.


The Albemarle Galapagos Boutique Hotel is in the heart of the small port town of Puerto Villamil, so dining and shopping options are almost as easy to access as the beautiful beach the property sits on! It is easy to reach, being just 2km from the tiny airport and around 1km from the pier (for those arriving by boat from another island).


The airy entrance lobby houses the reception desk and a water/coffee station that is available to guests 24/7. On the ground floor is based around a central courtyard, featuring the breakfast area that offers both covered and al fresco seating; the latter being adjacent to the outdoor, freshwater pool. The pool-view rooms (the lead-in category) are also located on the ground floor. Stairs up to the first floor lead to the hotel’s ocean-view rooms. Another set of stairs takes you to the sun terrace, on the roof.


The Albemarle Galapagos Boutique Hotel has 17 rooms in total. Eleven of these provide an ocean-view, of which ten have a balcony. The ten balcony, ocean-view rooms are all locate on the first floor, with one ocean-view room located on the ground floor along with the pool-view rooms. All rooms are en-suite and have air-con, fans and safety deposit boxes.


Breakfast is included and guests also have unlimited access to the filtered water station (that also provides tea & coffee). Amenities include the swimming pool and sun terrace, both of which have sun-loungers and hammocks available for use. The hotel provides free Wi-Fi in the reception area and has a laundry service. The front desk can also assist with excursions and information in the island.

The views from the balcony rooms really are stunning.

The sun terrace can sometimes be crowded with clotheslines

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