We arrived a little earlier than the owner expected. As these apartments are attached to a building that also currently houses an Italian restaurant, there is no onsite management. The owners of the restaurant are Italian and are friends of the inn owner. They had to call him and we had to wait over an hour before he could get to the inn. While we waited, we had coffee at the restaurant which was very good. Once the owner arrived we were shown to our intended room which was the surfers studio. It was behind the inn and down a narrow dark walkway. I did not like its location and we asked to be moved to one of the 2 upstairs rooms. Luckily one was open. The room was actually 2 rooms, one with a futon and one with a double bed. Also ther was a small kitchenette that seemed well appointed and a small bath. I decided not to take a shower as I am not a fan of the suicide shower. All in all they were decent accommodations but as we were 2 single women I just didn't feel as safe as I desired. I found a few dead bugs in the rooms but the bedding seemed clean. I think this place would be best suited to men or couples looking for no frills. The owner is a very nice man and was as accommodating as possible.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- San Carlos Beach Inn is located on the park in San Carlos just up from the beach and river. A small Inn in a quiet traditional fishing "pueblo" Open market, stores, 24hr hospital, church, bakery and restaurants all in short walking distance Golf and good surfing within 5 minutes. El Valle with waterfalls, Zoo, gardens and hot springs 45 min. Coronado 10 min. Good local public transportation to all We are located 1 1/2 hr. from Panama city. San Carlos bus ($3) from city stops at park. Clean, secure well priced apts with complete kitchens and hotel rooms all with AC, some with refridge and cable TV. Wifi on site. Day, week or month rentals. Surfboards, Boogie boards, fishing poles and bicycles for guests to use. 3rd story ocean and mountain view mirador with BBQ area. Owner from San Diego Calif been in area 12 years, always happy to share info. ... more less
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