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Hostal Mainao - Hotel Puerto Ayora - Ecuador

The Hostal Mainao (don't be fooled by the name: it's no hostal but a hotel) is a pleasant, clean, multi-story hotel located a couple of blocks off the main street in Puerto Ayora. The staff are friendly, the location is convenient, and the included breakfast is quite good. The rooms are clean, airy and comfortable, and the maids do a good job keeping them clean. There are 19 rooms, for a maximum capacity of about 45 people.

The rates reflect different seasons: prices will go down in May-June and September-October; check the hotel web page for the latest information. The higher prices are for nice suites. All of the rooms have air conditioning and fans to keep you cool.

Prices are a bit steep for a hotel with no ocean view or cable TV: still, the Mainao is quite nice and you're bound to find it charming. If you're looking for something upper mid-range in terms of price it's worth checking out. They do offer group rates and multi-day packages that include trips into Academy Bay and around the island. Guides speak English, French and Italian and some have up to 30 years experience working on the islands.


Matazarnos and Indefatigable, Pelican Bay Neighborhood

Galápagos Island Visitor Sites, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador


This Hotel is: High End

Hotel Amenities, Services and Facilities , 24-Hour Hot Water, Airport Pickup - Extra Charge, All Credit Cards Accepted, Bicycle Rental, Book Exchange - Free, Breakfast Included, Child-Friendly Facilities, Hair dryer, Internet Facilities - Free, Laundry Service, Linens Included, Lounge, Luggage Storage, Non-Smoking Rooms, Restaurant, Safe in Reception or Rooms, Taxes Included in Price, Telephone/Fax Facilities, Towels Included, Travel Info Desk, Wheelchair Accessible, Wifi

Credit cards accepted
Diners Club, MasterCard/Eurocard, Visa

Getting There:

About two blocks off the main drag in Puerto Ayara: turn at Pelikan Net.

Room Prices:
Higher:$195 (suite)
Price Description:Rates include tax and breakfast.

Contact Information:
Phone: 05-252-7029 or 252 4128
E-mail: hotelmainao(at) / mainaomist(at) / hotelmainao(at)

Other Hotels in Puerto Ayora that may be of interest: The Royal Palm Hotel, Finch Bay Eco Hotel, Hotel Silberstein, Pension Gloria, Hotel Sir Francis Drake, Casa Natura, Angermeyer Waterfront Inn, Hotel Santa Cruz, Hotel Ninfa and Casa del Lago.

By Christopher Minster
I am a writer and editor at V!VA Travel guides here in Quito, where I specialize in adding quality content to the site and also in spooky things like...
28 Dec 2012

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