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Hotel Sol y Mar
Ranked #1 of 11 Santa Catalina B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 March 2014

I stayed here for 5 days with my 14 year old daughter this past March. It was perfect. Luis is a principled, hard working host and a terrific waterman. His kitchen and dining area are wonderful. Only area in most of Catalina that has wifi. The rooms are clean, comfortable and secure. Great experience.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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SantaCatalinaSurfer, Owner at Hotel Sol y Mar, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2014

Thank you for your kind words,we appreciate you taking your time to tell others your experience at Sol y Mar.
all the best and hope to see you around again

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Reviewed 24 March 2014

Sol y Mar is great value for your money. If you are looking for a romantic getaway in a slightly more comfortable place than the cheap hostels in Santa Catalina this is the place for you. The rooms are big with comfortable beds and can fit up to 4 people. The restaurant at the top of the hill offers good meals (try the fish and banana flambee desert). Its a quiet and peaceful place where you can lounge around the pool, chill in the hammocks or at the internet café after a long day at the beach. The only thing to note is that its a 5-8 minute walk to the beach and some of the good restaurants in town, but you can always borrow their bikes or ask the friendly staff to give you a ride if you don't want to walk.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank Pat R
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SantaCatalinaSurfer, Owner at Hotel Sol y Mar, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2014

Dear guest
Thank you for taking your time to make to share your experience at Sol y Mar.We are always glad when we get a good comment as this is an incentive to make our best everyday towards making our guests happy with their time here
Hope to see you here some time again

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Reviewed 13 March 2014

Good: Views are beautiful, breakfast was delicious, people are friendly and service is good
Bad: Room needs work. A/C unit was making lot of noise. Things in bathroom are old, few tiles had come off the wall and were on the floor.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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SantaCatalinaSurfer, Owner at Hotel Sol y Mar, responded to this reviewResponded 18 March 2014

Dear guest
Thank you for having chosen us for your holidays in Santa Catalina and also for taking your time to share your opinions about our hotel.
I can see by your comments that even if your rating of sol y mar was not the best you enjoyed staying here.
We are sorry we didn´t meet your standards for the room,but based on the feedback of almost one hundred percent of our guests our rooms are spacious,comfortable,clean and well equipped,with superior mattresses and bed linen and that together with the peace and quiet (which you don´t seem to think it is so as you gave us a low rating on sleep quality),the service,food and extras (like the pool,only fast internet in town) make this one of the best price/quality relations around (another one you don´t seem to agree).
A word about your comment about the ac being noisy.Our air conditioned are split units and therefore don´t make much noise,if one is making noise then we appreciate our guests saying so we can check it and maybe solve the problem (very often a bug is killed and gets trapped in the compressor fan) rather then have the guest suffer the inconvenience,not telling us so we identify the problem,and then making a comment online about it.Comunication is always the key as we struggle to meet our guests standards and would have made anything possible to make your stay more comfortable,even help you find an accommodation that could maybe meet your taste and give you a full refund.
With that said,thank you again for coming and hope you visit us another time so you can see that our place is always improving

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Reviewed 12 March 2014

This is a one of the best places I have ever stayed! Simple, sufficient, and elegant setup! Restaurant on the top of hill has pool table, ping pong table, wifi, lots of hammocks and books for us to entertain and relax. Pool is clean and refresh for any hot afternoon. Room is fully equipped with AC, fridge, and cable TV which we never watched! Housekeeping is provided everyday to keep room clean. Chef Federico cooked excellent meals! Luis, the owner, and Fed recommended us two beaches nearby to go which are absolutely beautiful. I highly recommend this gem of SC!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank frogirl1107
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SantaCatalinaSurfer, Owner at Hotel Sol y Mar, responded to this reviewResponded 18 March 2014

Dear guest
thank you for taking your time to make such a nice review on our hotel,this is what we live for,hearing that the guests had a good experience and enjoyed staying with us.
Hope to have you visit us some other time

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Reviewed 3 March 2014

Great family operation,friendly and welcoming. Rooms are spacious and clean. Views are beautiful,pool is refreshing and the patio margaritas are so unusual! I'd go back in for a second stay without a moment's hesitation!

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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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SantaCatalinaSurfer, Owner at Hotel Sol y Mar, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2014

Thank you for taking your time to comment on your experience at Sol y Mar,we are so pleased that you enjoyed it and consider coming back,that shows us that our efforts are appreciated.
Hope to see you here again some time

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Reviewed 27 January 2014

Luis, your host, will see to your every need. Fred,the chef, will feed you well. The pool (new) was great, post-Coiba. The suites are roomy, the AC works (even though you won't need it- the ocean breeze is refreshing. It's a long uphill climb to the restaurant/lounge but there is an "elevator"- Luis' datsun pickup truck. He can also arrange trips to the park (the man is amazing!)

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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Thank sonny062
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SantaCatalinaSurfer, Owner at Hotel Sol y Mar, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2014

Thank you for your kind words about our place and the service.We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with other travelers
Datsuns were great cars but this one is a Toyota,ahahahahhaha
Hope to receive your visit again in the future

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Reviewed 27 January 2014

Really enjoyed Santa Catalina and my stay at Sol Y Mar was Fabulous. The staff were kind, helpful and respectful. The food at the onsite restaurant was so good that I ate there the whole week I was there except for one night. I know I should have gone other places, but when it good it is good. My room was very, very good, clean and modern. Housekeeping did a great job of keeping it good.

I will definitely stay there again when I go back!!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Scootin_Scott
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SantaCatalinaSurfer, Owner at Hotel Sol y Mar, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2014

Dear guest
Thank you for taking the time to review sol y mar,we appreciate knowing that our work produces good moments for our guests.
Also happy to have a positive comment on the cleaning as this was somehow in the past one of our
weak points,this season made a point of hiring more personal and train them so we can provide daily quality cleaning to every single room,and that is making a difference in the comments
Hope to have you is it us again in the future

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Address: Calle principal, Santa Catalina 00507, Panama
Region: Panama > Veraguas Province > Santa Catalina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Catalina
Price Range: £59 - £90 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Sol y Mar 2.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located along the main street in Santa Catalina,600 meters from Santa Catalina beach,on a hill overlooking the ocean,Sol y Mar offers 9 spacious rooms, all with air conditioned, private bath with hot shower, satellite TV, mini-fridge,safe-deposit box,terrace, internet (in restaurant area). Six of the rooms have two double beds and a sofa-bed, so they can accommodate up to 5 people Some of the rooms has an additional bunk bed,so can sleep 7.There are three new rooms each with a King bed. We also have a restaurant with pool table,ping-pong and a swimming pool. ... more   less 
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