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Hotel Sol y Mar
Ranked #1 of 10 Santa Catalina B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 2 August 2014

Located up hill (you need a 4x4, or walk the stairs with your luggage). Staff is friendly and flexible. Room is not that clean, shower didn't work properly, and bugs are free to come in (windows do not close properly, but there is a mosquito net). Is okay, but not for 80 dollar: there are better alternatives in Santa Catalina for a better price.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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SantaCatalinaSurfer, Owner at Hotel Sol y Mar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 September 2014

Dear guest
Thank you for writing your opinion about Sol y mar.It is important we know your opinion,even if it wash´t a good one such as yours.
We take great attention to all details but the cleaning of the rooms is our main concern.There fore,wish you would have told us if something was wrong with the cleaning of the room that particular day so we could have inquired with the personnel and made amends.If something was wrong our apologies,and am sure you will see that any problem you might have experienced is not the opinion of most guests that stay with us and rate us high when it comes to clean rooms.
Another of the things you state is that is expensive,and again most guests think that they get really good value for that money,with the breakfast included,only fast internet in town,swimming pool with amazing views,great well equipped rooms…

To finish repeat my sincere apologies,I feel bad personally when I get a bad review,as I take pride in my place and try to make every of the thousands of guests we have had a guest happy with their stay. Unfortunately,not always we can please our guests,but will keep trying to improve

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Reviewed 14 July 2014

Nice relax cabin-style hotel. The owner is very friendly and helpful. He offered late check-out without us yet asking for it. The young international staff has a always a smile left and helps a lot too. The cabins have A/C and are very clean and comfortable. Hence, perfect servicing around.
There is a nice little swimming pool on top of the hill. And last but not least, Blacky, the hotel's dog contributes to the kids enjoyment! Actually, our 2 kids also loved the place! Definitely next time around, would book it again.

Room Tip: we were in cabin #1, very good, but I guess they are all the same
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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SantaCatalinaSurfer, Owner at Hotel Sol y Mar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 September 2014

Dear guest
Thank you very much for your nice review about sol y mar.Me and all the staff put our best effort to make our guests feel welcome and comfortable and its important to know that so many feel that way and would stay with us again.
Would like to have you visit us again in the future

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Reviewed 14 June 2014 via mobile

This beautiful hotel is located in a Hill surrounded by mango, lemon and cashewtrees as well as banana plants. The owner is really nice, helpful and always has funny and interesting stories to tell. The cabins are clean and comfi. There is also a pool and the best WiFi in town. Even tough you have to climb up the hill to get to your room or to the restaurant, The view is a great reward! We loved it!

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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SantaCatalinaSurfer, Owner at Hotel Sol y Mar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2014

Thank you for your kind review,its good to see that our guests have good memories of the time they pass with us.
We will continue to do our best so that our guests feel like they belong to the Sol y Mar family

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Reviewed 24 April 2014

PROs: A nice hotel, which consists of several different 2 room houses/bungalows, spread along a steep hill with a good distance between them. The restaurant is on the top of the hill, where is the owners house and the swimming pool. From the restaurant you can enjoy nice seaviews in 2 directions. Generally nice views from the rooms, even if not seaviews from there. The rooms are big, well organized, basic decorated, have airconditioning and clean. The rooms have a shared sitting area in front with nice views.

CONs: The hotel is not so cheap. The rooms are located at a steep hill, which is not everyones favourite. The hotel is located well out of town, making it difficult and inconvinient at night to enjoy a beach restaurant. Taxis do not exist. Breakfast is a bit too basic for the room price.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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SantaCatalinaSurfer, Owner at Hotel Sol y Mar, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2014

Thank you for taking your time to share your experience at your hotel.Even if the rating you give us on some respect is not the best,we can see that you had a pleasant stay.
Regarding your observation that our price was high,maybe you stayed with us during Easter,as you say that you came in April.If so,and the same in Carnival and other busy holidays,our prices go up due to high demand.Outside of those times,we get constant feedback from our guests that our price is very fair for the services we provide.
About your comment on the hotel being quite far making it impossible to walk to other restaurants,we are located 600 meters from Santa Catalina beach which is a mere 7 minute walk.It is the same as roughly three blocks in a town,completely within walking distance
We are located on top of a steep hill and just barely out of town, that is what makes us special,being just a short walk from everything and yet providing an ambiance of total relaxation

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Reviewed 20 April 2014

We recently visited Santa Catalina and had the privilege of staying at Sol y Mar. The rooms sit atop a most beautiful view. The pool at the top of the hill also grants stunning views of the town and landscape. The rooms were clean and comfortable. The breakfast was delicious. My only regret was not staying longer!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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SantaCatalinaSurfer, Owner at Hotel Sol y Mar, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2014

Thank you so much for your kind words about our place,we are happy to know you have no other regrets then not having stayed longer.
Hope to get your visit again in the future

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Reviewed 13 April 2014

This hostel is located on a little hill with a beautiful view and offers beautiful modern rooms with aircondition, private veranda and hammocks to relax. The owner and his wife are really helpful and nice. It has a nice clean pool next to the outside restaurant area and breakfast is included which is simple but really delicious. We had a car so the beaches and city center were easy to reach. Highly recommended!

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

Thank you for your kind comments,we are pleased every time a guest expresses that he had a good time and would recommend it to others,as this is what makes see that our efforts are appreciated
The fact that you took your time to make this review will probably send other guests our way and for that we thank you,hoping to see you here again another time

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Reviewed 31 March 2014

First, if you have difficulties walking and you don't have a car, this is not your place as you have to climb 70 steps to get to your room.

If point 1 does not apply this is the place to stay as the price quality ratio is pretty good.

Even if you are not staying here climb up for a drink at sunset and internet at the bar.

The Hotel is 15 minutes by foot from the beach but has sea view (sol y mar is a bit elevated).

Worth it and definitely one of the best places to stay in Santa Catalina

Room Tip: Ask for a room with sea view and endulge the sunset over Coiba Island
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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SantaCatalinaSurfer, Owner at Hotel Sol y Mar, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2014

Dear guest,thank you for spending the time to give your comments about our place in such an honest positive manner.
It is good for us to know that you think your time here was worth it and that you have such positive
memories of your stay at Sol y Mar.
Hope to have you stay with us some other time

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Additional Information about Hotel Sol y Mar

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 10 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Catalina
Price Range: £59 - £72 (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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