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Hotel Red Booby

2.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Booked through Expedia and went to check in they said they don’t take credit cards. Couldn’t get Expedia to help. Rebooked on the spot for a cheaper rate. No wifi - did not work at all over 3 days. No headboards on beds so pillows fall between wall and bed. Only one blanket between 3 beds. Breakfast was awful. Windows are a joke as you will hear everything - so very noisy. One step above a tenement because ac worked and did not have to share bathroom or shower.

This was out base for a week on Galapagos Islands. The hotel is a good 2.5 stars with filtered water and very friendly staff. The rooms are set across three levels with stairs between each. Each room has a small air conditioner. There is hot water. TV is basic Ecuadorian. Breakfast is provided and is basic by Euro or US standards but includes boiled eggs, breads and tomato. The coffee is relatively weak but you get a cup from several local places. There is a laundry service - wash and dry. There is some road noise until around 9.30pm. There are multiple restaurants within 5 mins walk, the marina and Darwin museum are 7 to 15 mins away walking. This is good place to undertake an adventure on Galapagos - it is basic with all that you need. You can stock up on drinks and snack type things at a shop across the street and there is also a Pharmacia on the same street. Sitting on the balcony or around the pool with a drink in evening is very pleasant after a long day adventuring.

Hotel with open-air patio and roof swimming pool located close to the main stree and the port. You get your own outside door key, so no problem with returning at night. Good service, but rather poor breakfasts (like most Equador hotels).

We stayed a week at the Red Footed Boobie on Santa Cruz island in the Galápagos Islands. The hotel staff were extremely engaging and we felt that we had made new friends. The hotel was lovely with several beautiful common sitting areas. We especially enjoyed the roof top pool. We were walking distance of several sights and walking distance to shops and restaurants. The room was clean, quiet and air conditioned. Breakfast was included and was excellent. I would stay here again!!

A large group (32+ people) stayed here for several nights as part of a tour. My husband and I had a twin room just off the main reception area on the first floor (behind the hammocks) - it was clean, but quite spare. No shade on the overhead bulb and no light at all back in the dark corner with shelving for luggage/belongings. I loved the firm platform beds - very comfortable with clean sheets daily. We kept the A/C running pretty much all the time, partly for fresh air (our window opened into the reception area, which was often noisy, so we kept it closed) and partly for white noise. The bathroom was good-sized with a nice shower (always hot water when we wanted it). The toilet did break down (bad flushing mechanism) during our stay, but the staff worked quickly to put together a temporary repair and then a better fix first thing in the morning. The bathroom window also opened into the main reception area - one must be careful with the noises one makes (and we closed the bathroom door at night to minimize noise levels from the outside). The staff spoke English well enough and were always responsive and attentive. We had a number of breakfasts there (scrambled eggs, pancakes, "sausage", breakfast rolls, cheese, sliced meats, fruit) - hot food not very hot, but all pretty good anyway. Probably our biggest issue was the difficult-to-access and very slow internet connection - we had to sit right outside the office to get a signal and competed with everyone else for bandwidth to post an occasional photo to FB. They could definitely work on that. The Red Booby is located just a few blocks from the major shopping district along the bay, so easy to walk everywhere. (It's also easy to get lost, though, because streets aren't on a straightforward grid and it's almost impossible to find street names at intersections, so be prepared to do some wandering around in Puerto Ayora). All in all, I would recommend the Red Booby as a nice place to call home while visiting Santa Cruz - is is comfortable and convenient with a staff who is striving to be of service.

We stayed several nights here. 2nd floor, room 10. Expect street noise until 10-11:00 p.m. Overall loved this place. Little English spoken. But, breakfast included, location is central (big factor) - you can walk the main town, pool on the rooftop, laundry facilities, filtered water available to refill your bottles, clean rooms, nice staff. Hammocks, covered tables, etc... on the property. Though I paid via PayPal in advance for the room - I was asked to pay THEIR PayPal fee upon arrival. They don't tell you this in advance that I could find - so beware. I paid it. There may be less expensive places to stay ($110 per night), but I think on this island you get what you pay for ad far as se vice and location.

Staff have no English (but who cares) but very nice. Rooms are comfortable with tv, wardrobe and bathroom is simple but generously sized and clean. Amenities!!!!! Shampoo, conditioner and soap in their own adorable packaging. Nothing in turn I'd far from one another but it's centrally located. Only bad thing was the terrible breakfast although the fresh juice was nice. Eggs were really salty. Otherwise recommend!

We stayed in a room with 3 beds and had plenty of room for our stuff. Room was clean, beds comfortable and always had hot water and air conditioning. Short walk to main port area with shopping and restaurants. Nothing fancy about the rooms but would stay here again.

Stayed here with a group of 40 travelers last May and I have nothing but good things to say about this hotel. Comfortable beds in clean rooms, with adequate air conditioning. Breakfast was superb, buffet style. The roof top pool was small but perfect and the courtyard with hammocks was an added bonus. If you are looking for the Hyatt, this isn't it. If you are looking for a great establishment that will offer a pleasant stay, then this is your spot.

If you want Dorchester/DoubleTree/Savoy then head off and spend the money. If however you want clean, affordable and really friendly right in the middle of everything you need then this place might be for you. The staff don't speak English much (why should they?) but are as warm, welcoming and helpful as you can imagine. Our room was small but very clean. Air-con was most welcome and bathroom/shower were good. Rooftop pool is a nice touch and the breakfast was pretty good too. Well placed for tour operators, restaurants and has a pharmacy and supermarket right across the street. I'd definitely stay here again.

Av Plaza y Charles Binford Puerto Ayora Galapagos

Hotel highlights

  • Free hot/cold buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Outdoor pool

Hotel Red Booby places you within a short walk of Playa de los Alemanes and within a mile (2 km) of Charles Darwin Research Station. This 27-room hotel welcomes guests with free breakfast and conveniences like an outdoor pool and free in-room WiFi. Also close to this Bahía de la Academia hotel are Tortuga Bay Beach and Malecon.


Free hot/cold buffet breakfast is served each morning from 6:30 AM to 9 AM. The onsite restaurant is perfect for a quick bite to eat.


TVs come with cable channels, and free WiFi keeps guests connected. Free toiletries are also included.

Property features

Guests of Hotel Red Booby enjoy features like an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and a terrace. Airport transportation is made easy with an airport shuttle for a fee (available on request). The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with concierge services, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Additional amenities include laundry facilities, a garden, and barbecue grills.

Room options

Habitacion Sencilla

Full 1 | Queen 1 | Sleeps 1

Triple Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Habitacion Cuadruple

Full 1 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

61.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 95 reviews