Grand Hotel Lobo del Mar may be “grand” in terms of size, due to
its recent four-story addition, but it is nowhere near grand in
terms of service, despite the variety of activities it
The hotel has a day-boat, the Galapagos
Shark, and a cruise-boat, the Lobo del Mar III, and it also has
partnerships with a variety of day-tour operators.
This means that you may wind up having to
stay in the already paid-for Lobo del Mar, and it is a toss-up
whether you will be placed in the swanky, newer, more expensive
section of the hotel or the lifeless, older, more economical
you are lucky, you will have one of the newer rooms, complete
with lush comforts, television, and air-conditioning.
Less-fortunate tourists will get a room in the older, darker
section, which comes with a fan and private hot bath. Leaving
chance aside and communicating objections to reception staff
over the location (and subsequent worth) of your room will
result in the standard apology, graceless smile, and no change.