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“Excellent staff and owner.”
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Santa Catalina Inn
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Santa Catalina
Reviewed 24 May 2014

Stayed here for two nights Did a Coiba snorkel trip through them (was amazing!). First night there was no water so we got one night for free which shows excellent managment.

It was rainy season during our stay so a great variety of insects in our room and bed (the reason why we cannot give excellent even if we wanted to otherwise). No wifi (which is much the case in Santa Catalina).

If you want to take surfing lessons Adrian will know a guy for you :)

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Adrian S, Manager at Santa Catalina Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 25 May 2014

Hi...thank you for your review. Im sorry for the water situation that had developed since the water pump form our water well broke down. I appreciate your understanding and always welcome to visit us again.

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Reviewed 14 March 2014

Clean and very beautiful place. The people working there are really helpful and friendly and made the time we spent there extraordinary having great recommendations for diving, surfing, and restaurants. Thanks to Janet and Adrian who made the time in this nice village unique.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Adrian S, Manager at Santa Catalina Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2014

Thank you for your review. Myself and my staff try our best to help our guests and hope they have a pleasant stay in the hotel but also in Santa Catalina village.

Thanks again and hope to see you soon
Adrian, Janet, Christine

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Reviewed 2 March 2014

I stayed in Santa Catalina for 2 nights and my room was wonderful. The rooms are large with a big bathroom and shower. The inn is within walking distance to a cornerstore as well as a few restaurants, although you will need to bike or drive to a nearby beach. The owners, adrienn and Christine are super nice, and they have a big dog Hudson who is a sweetheart. I would absolutely stay again!
PS some of the locals in this town are not nice to dogs so prepare yourself

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Adrian S, Manager at Santa Catalina Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2014

Dear Samantha
thank you for your review. Perito, the white dog, now is at our new house recovering. It was great meeting you, and hope to see you soon.Adrian Christine

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Reviewed 1 March 2014

We found out about Santa Catalina Inn through Scuba Coiba (and got a bit of a discount when we booked). Adrian, the owner, was a dive intructor and recommended the discover scuba dive for us noobie divers. It was spectacular!
The rooms at the inn were beautiful and there is tons of room to unpack and relax. We were on the second floor and had our own private balcony.
I seem to recall the shower was also amazing. A true European shower with tons of pressure and hot water.
The ac kept us nice and cool in the blistering heat but cooled us down to freezing in the middle of the night.
No kitchen because of issues with the restaurant but the pizza near by at Jammin' was so good.
I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a relaxing time in Santa cat. Only downside was no wifi when we were there. That being said we didn't miss the Internet at all during our 3 night stay.

  • Stayed: February 2014
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Adrian S, Manager at Santa Catalina Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2014

Hello

hope all is fine. Thanks for you review. I know the WIFI is still an isse in center of Santa Catalina. But well ...shuuting down from the web is sometimes a good thing. Hope when you are back, the wifi would be much better. Take care Adrian and the staff

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Reviewed 28 January 2014

Even though there was a power black out, which meant no electricity and no water, it was charming and cute. The supermarket and restaurants had little candles lit, which made the small town of Santa Catalina even more cute. The water and electricity went on again after an hour, so that wasn´t really inconvenient, and no electricity gave us the opportunity to sit and relax on our balcony and be amazed by all the stars.
The supermarket is opened till late in the evening, and covers the basics: beer, water, sunscreen lotion and some other necessities one might need.

The town and its people were so friendly and welcoming. We had a great couple of days in Santa Catalina, with diving and snorkeling. Unfortunately, we didn´t had enough time and energy to go surfing too, but all together it was an unforgettable experience.

The hotel Santa Catalina inn was great! it is run by a very friendly couple, and a receptionist (sorry I forgot your names) that went out of her way to help. Calling the dive schools to see if there was availability to go on a dive the next day. Unfortunately they were fully booked, but she managed to arrange a very cool snorkeling trip, where we encountered a white tip reef shark and many other beautiful fish as well as coral reefs. The next day our luck turned and we could go diving too!

The room itself was charming and roomy, with a good sized bathroom, big shower with room to hang a wetsuit/swimming trunks etc., hot and cold water, air conditioning, ceiling fan, a big balcony, a good sized bed with a comfy mattress. It was simple, but everything was clean and more than enough. A big plus was that Santa Catalina inn was conveniently located within walking distance of everything. (dive schools, the beach, shops, the delicious french bakery and the restaurants.)

All restaurants in Santa Catalina, at least the ones we´ve been to, were very good. Delicious fresh food, nothing over pretentious, and fresh fish that tasted divine, freshly cleaned by the owner minutes before ending up on a plate.

The last night we ate in the restaurant of the hotel, a great and easy pizza place with great pizzas. There is nothing above a pizza, beer and the great company of the owners, receptionist and some other locals. We really enjoyed our stay, and we will definitely return to Santa Catalina inn next time! Thank you for our lovely stay!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Adrian S, Manager at Santa Catalina Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2014

Hi there... it was difficult to get you the diving tour... but yes....Diving in Coiba is incredible and i would recommend it to everyone. Snorkling too.

Thanks for your review. We appreciate it, and give us the strength to improve ourselves

take care
Adrian and Janet

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Reviewed 18 January 2014

The Santa Catalina Inn is a great little place to stay if you are traveling to Santa Catalina. Please keep in mind that the rooms are very basic, but the beds are comfortable and the rooms are clean. The AC works great (as long as the electricity is working in Santa Catalina --- which has the occasional power outages). The balconies are a nice feature to dry out your wet clothes. No internet, no TVs in the rooms, but you are most likely in Santa Catalina to get away and disconnect from it all. It's a quick downhill walk into town. Santa Catalina is really off the beaten path. I stayed here the night before and the night after my 3-day dive trip. They have an onsite restaurant (which I didn't try). The restaurant is not open everyday, but on my last night, it was quite festive. ***NOTE*** if you are a light sleeper, the "guard dogs" on the premises bark at all hours of the night!

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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled solo
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Adrian S, Manager at Santa Catalina Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2014

Thank you for your review. We appreciate all your comments.

The dogs have been relocated to my house.

Hope to see you again. regards Adrian

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Reviewed 12 January 2014

The Santa Catalina Inn is a great little place to stay if you are traveling to Santa Catalina. The rooms are very basic, but the beds are really comfortable and the rooms are clean and have balconies. It's a quick downhill walk to town. Santa Catalina is really off the beaten path--there are no ATMs and we had no internet or cell service there, so the town itself may not appeal to everyone, but we loved being off the grid for a few days. The beach in town is nice but Playa Estero, which is probably a mile away from town, was lovely. Scuba diving at Coiba Island is amazing, and, while there was no surf during our stay, the surfing here is supposed to be world-class. Adrian, the Inn's owner, also operates a pizza place behind the hotel that had some of the best pizza we have had anywhere. We loved our time in Santa Catalina and hope to return.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Adrian S, Manager at Santa Catalina Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2014

Hi Lori...Thanks for your review...How is it in New York?

here we are all the same... quiet and disconnected.

Take care
Adrian

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Address: Calle Estero, Santa Catalina, Panama
Region: Panama > Veraguas Province > Santa Catalina
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Santa Catalina
Price Range: £45 - £54 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Santa Catalina Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Santa Catalina Inn opened during the summer of 2010 only steps from the center of Santa Catalina. The hotel is conveniently located on a quiet side road, within a short walk from beaches, restaurants, the surf break and dive shops.Our hotel offers five air-conditioned, spacious and well-decorated rooms each with a ceiling fan, hot water and private balconies or patios where guests can relax and watch the sunset. ... more   less 
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