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the evolution of hotel lodging in Santa Cruz

Welcome to our Galapagos Habitat Eco Luxury Hotel, an exclusive ecological experience. Our iconic Galapagos hotel is situated right on the waterfront — surrounded by both Galapagos wildlife and mangroves that give a delightful sense of seclusion in the town of Puerto Ayora — on Santa Cruz Island, in the heart of the Galapagos Islands.


wildlife on your doorstep

With us, you don’t have to leave the hotel to enjoy the wildlife spectacles that have made this archipelago famous the world over: sealions line one side of our wooden deck, marine iguanas scuttle by our restaurant and pelicans roost in the mangroves.

Originally built by Galapagos pioneers in 1995, our hotel still boasts unique architecture and design, blending mangrove forests and Galapagos shoreline. The privileged location allows close observation of the mangrove ecosystem in action and views of Puerto Ayora’s bay.

Our guests can choose between 17 different rooms with 5 Suites, 6 Superiors and 12 Superior options in total. Some have ocean views while others look out onto the mangroves.

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at your service


  • Wi-Fi


    One can connect throughout the hotel. It’s worth noting that internet connection speeds in the Galapagos are slow due to the islands’ remote location.

  • Free Refreshments

    Free Refreshments

    Complimentary coffee, tea and water are always available in the Reception Area.

  • Telephone


    We have direct dial international telephones.

  • Laundry


    Please leave your laundry bag and form at Reception.

  • Airport Transfers

    Airport Transfers

    Transfers to Baltra Airport will only be provided to Galapagos Habitat guests who have purchased land based tours or island hopping packages. We kindly ask all other guests to arrange their transportation independently.

  • Bar & Restaurant

    Bar & Restaurant

    From dawn to dusk, you can always count on a member of staff to help you with whatever you need in terms of food and beverages. Our bar is fully-stocked with local and international beers, liquors, and gins, and we can mix a mean cocktail, too. Feel free to start a tab and pay the night before you leave.


sustainability & conservation

With a view always on the future of these magical islands, we are keen to reduce our impact on the fragile environment of the Galapagos while creating a positive impact wherever we can. For example, you won’t find any single-use plastic in our hotel — we’d much rather give you a metal water-bottle than a plastic bottle! We also ask guests to reduce their energy consumption to a minimum while staying with us, turning air-conditioners off when they leave their rooms and using higher temperature settings. The long-term future of the Galapagos is everyone’s responsibility and we trust you too will play your part when you visit!

Certifications and Ecotourism Awards






comments from our guests

  • 5 star ratingOasis with great restaurant Popped in for lunch and ended up moving from our hotel to stay here for our last night. Food is great, staff ... read more


    5 star ratingamazing and special place to stay My family was here for a week and half in mid/late August. Amazing and wonderful place to stay. There are so m... read more


    5 star ratingPerfect! We spent three days on Santa Cruz staying at this hotel and while this was a bit of a splurge, it was well wor... read more

  • 5 star ratingVery special place in Galapagos islands The hotel was very welcoming and what made it even more special was to see a sea lion at the reception there r... read more


    5 star ratingEcological luxury hotel in the middle of the beautiful archipelago islands of Galapagos Oceanview, private port, spacious rooms, luxury amenities, great location in front of Charles darwin center an... read more


    4 star ratingGood standard Unfortunately, the booked "superior room with sea view" was very small and in front of our balcony w... read more

    Roland H
  • 5 star ratingGreat Stay The Red Mangrove is an exceptional hotel. Service was fantastic and the staff was attending to every need. ... read more

    Karl S

    5 star ratingIt was good but expected more This is not a cheap hotel so I honestly expected more. The room was big enough but not comfortable, breakfast... read more


    5 star ratingPURE RELAXATION Galapagos Habitat is an amazing hotel. The staff were friendly and very helpful. The food in the restaurant ... read more

    Jamie S
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