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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016

What a great place!, I have been in a lot of hotels and this one is by far, in my top 2 list. My room was beautiful, the beds/pillows were really comfortable, the details in the room were impressive! we had our own Ipod with great playlists, also great views, great lighting… everything was great! The hotel itself, is really... More 

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Miami Beach, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2016

El otro lado is really " another side" of Panamá, very different from the nearby historic village of Portobello. The hotel is onjy accesible by boat, and once there , everything is in exquisite taste. You can choose to stay in one of the small cottages,painted in bright colors, each one different with beautiful furniture. Native art work, even in... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016

As the private launch crossed the bay from the charmingly laid-back and colorful town of Portobelo (on Panama's Caribbean coast and just 90 minutes drive from Panama City), the other side (el otro lado) came into view...it was love at first sight! A smiling and genuinely warm reception committee of extremely hospitable staff were there waving at us from the... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2016

Accessible only by boat, this place was simply beautiful. Great rooms in a beautiful tropical setting, very room and comfortable. The infinity pool overlooking the bay was truly relaxing. And, the grounds are amazing - very lush, with onsite waterfalls and an old Spanish fort. This truly is an amazingly beautiful and relaxing place. I give it a rating of... More 

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Reviewed 28 April 2016

For the moment we arrived to this exquisite paradise, we were impressed; first, with the detail the staff welcomed us and then with everything else we got to enjoy through out our short stay. From the wonderful little cabana that was decorated with unique items and artistry to the the amazing culinary creations the chef cooked for us. Not to... More 

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Reviewed 31 March 2016 via mobile

This trip was unchartered territory for our family of four. We are cautious about new adventures. We've been to many Caribbean destinations but never Central/South America. El Otro Lado allayed all fears, especially skeptical thoughts about past reviews. Could this place really live up to such great reviews? We arrived after a long day of travel by plane and car... More 

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San Diego
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Reviewed 24 March 2016 via mobile

We spent three perfect days and nights in El Otro Lado in late March. The resort is simply exquisite. No detail is missed. The staff is incredible. The food terrific. The rooms and facilities first rate. Highly recommend the cruise through the mangroves and the beach adventures. Great hikes and wildlife galore. Can't wait to return!

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2016 via mobile

A stunning luxury private retreat accessed by boat. It was so beautiful, quiet and peaceful, overlooking the water with the forest as a backdrop. Heaven. We explored the town of Portobello with its old cathedral and the ruins of a Spanish fort.

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2016

El Otro Lado was a beautiful surprise. The hotel is hidden in silent place in Portobelo, near the sea and "inside" a forest. Everything is so colorful and very well decorated with local art. The pool is amazing, where I spent most of my time there. The food was also great. Very private, only a few houses (8 rooms).

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2016

As others have stated, arriving by boat to this artsy boutique resort is what I would imagine entering paradise would be like. The rooms are fully equipped and something artsy is in every corner. Be prepared, you are out in the middle of nowhere, you will relax! I've stayed in many other places in different countries and this resort is... More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Beachfront
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Beachfront
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  • Kitchenette
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
El Otro Lado is a private retreat situated in an exceptional enclave of Portobelo Bay, mixing design, culture, nature and luxury in a unique manner in order to offer its guests authentic, exclusive and custom-made experiences.Situated just over an hour from Panama City, and surrounded by the National Park of Portobelo, El Otro Lado is the perfect place to relax and disconnect while contemplating the exuberant vegetation. With views of the sea, its four exclusive houses of eclectic tropical design integrate simple details with traditional handicraft of the Atlantic Coast.A streak of truly unforgettable experiences, El Otro Lado will take you to a harmonious and dreamlike place which is equipped with all the comforts of modern life. ... more   less 

Additional Information about El Otro Lado

Address: Bahia de Portobelo, Portobelo, Panama
Region: Panama > Colon Province > Portobelo
Price Range: £351 - £535 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — El Otro Lado 3.5*
Number of rooms: 4
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El Otro Lado Hotel Portobelo
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“Cabains in front of the beach”
 of 5 bubbles kissypch, 3 Oct 2016 | Read review
“You can choose one of the little cottages. I prefer those near the pool.”
 of 5 bubbles marujatarre, 21 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Sea House is beautiful. Also Sun House, Spirit House, Forest House and rooms of Casa Grande.”
  • Sea House and pool
  • Sea House
  • Sea House
 of 5 bubbles larissar325, 17 Feb 2016 | Read review
“Every room looks amazing, but The Spirit House felt like the absolute best. 2BR, slightly secluded from the others. Right on the water.”
 of 5 bubbles Melib212, 1 Nov 2015 | Read review
“The Spirit house is delightful. See the photos we took.”
  • One of the two bathrooms of the Spirit House.
  • One of the two bedrooms of the Spirit House.
  • The kitchen (along the wall of the living room) of the Spirit House.
  • The living room of the Spirit House.
 of 5 bubbles GregoryLShaw, 11 Aug 2015 | Read review
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