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Manglar Lodge
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in San Carlos
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 November 2013

We stayed in the Manglar Lodge two nights. The room was great and so was the food. Ivan was very helpful, answering many questions we had about the area, shopping and how to get around. We were using public transportation to get a feel for the country, Ivan was very helpful in this area.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights. The room is lovely and the AC very much appreciated. Being so close from the beach is great asset for a quick swim since there is no swimming pool (not really necessary). The food is really good but we think some meals could be les expensive.

We had a bathroom issue with the water dropping from the tap, but they fixed it right after we mentioned it.

We definitely recommend this place.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 August 2013 via mobile

Great lodge at the end of the road. We spent time on the beach playing in the waves and watching the surfers. Current is pretty strong so beware. Beach has varying sizes of volcanic rock so it can be tricky getting to the ocean as you must walk through rocks. Breakfast was cooked to order and very good. Rooms have own balcony which was pleasant. Great accommodations. Would stay here again.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed 16 July 2013

Very beautiful setting. It is along a creek that empties into the ocean.
I thought we would hear the ocean waves from our room but could not.
Others go for surfing. We were checking real estate options out and relaxing.
Food is very good. Nothing disappointed. Always fresh.
Across the road is a beach front hotel with a pool. I went there daily.
The black sand is very hot. I did not like that.
Very impressive difference between high and low tide.
Owner friendly and concerned that your needs are met. Not one bit pushy.
There were two families with kids there when we stayed. All seemed happy.
Furnishings were nice but sparse. Custom pieces were not yet completed/delivered.
Wi-Fi worked well.
Owner is a fine photographer. Do check out his website.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 June 2013

The hotel is very nice. The food at the restaurant was good. The room is clean and cozy. The bathrooms are a good size. The bed is comfortable. The beach near by is great for looking for shells and has beautiful black sand. We don't surf but enjoyed just jumping in the waves and finding the best shells I have seen in years.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank AR-BRAY
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manglarlodge01, Owner at Manglar Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2013

Thanks for staying in our place I am glad you enjoy your stay with us and the beach if Palmar which is a fun place

Thanks
Ivan M.

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Reviewed 27 June 2013

If you like being on/near a great beach for finding bazillions of shells, THIS is the only beach in Panama we've seen so far that is off the hook amazing for this. We've now been to several other beaches and have yet to find anything remotely near as great as El Palmar/San Carlos beaches for picking up shells.

Manglar Lodge...awesome. GREAT breakfasts in the morning (we LOVE the giant fruit & yogurt parfaits in the morning for $5), everything we tried on the menu we liked, and the pricing was reasonable..portions are on the BIG side :)

Very friendly staff, nice clean rooms, good amount of space for the 4 of us...outdoor showers were used often while we were there. Super convenient location for the surf school next door also.

We will definitely be back!

Room Tip: The bigger room doesn't have a balcony like the others, but it was great for the 4 of us!
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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manglarlodge01, Owner at Manglar Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2013

Thanks for your comments I glad you had a good time at manglar lodge and enjoy the beach of Palmar looking for shells which is just perfect here. There are a couple of times a year were you will find millions and millions of them

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Reviewed 25 June 2013

We spent 2 nights at the Manglar Lodge with our 2 young boys. It was a little tricky to find, but Omar, the manager, who speaks very decent English, guided us there by phone when we got lost.

Once there, we were assigned to room #4 which is in the back left corner of the lodge. It was very spacious with 2 queen beds, a nightstand, desk w/fridge and chair and even had an oversized shower! All this with plenty of room for our luggage and room to move.

The Manglar Lodge has very easy access to the beach and the first night, we had the entire beach to ourselves... on a Saturday to boot! The shells you can collect there are beautiful - unlike any I've seen at beaches in the states. My boys loved beachcombing!

Every meal we ate was delicious and the presentation was beautiful every time! Our favorites were the chicken Caesar salad and yogurt parfaits.

All the staff was courteous and helpful and even helped me with my Spanish.

My only complaints are that the internet access didn't work in our room and the beds were very uncomfortable. The only place we could run our internet-based business from was the restaurant downstairs or outside on the front terrace, where we were eaten alive by mosquitoes - even when wearing repellent! The beds were hard, hard, hard and as a side-sleeper, my hip bones hurt within minutes of laying down. On Saturday night, loud music started playing around 2:30 am somewhere nearby which woke me up and then I had a hard time going back to sleep. The second night, a mosquito munched on my legs and I lay awake from a back ache and itchy legs for 2 hours.

In summary, I highly recommend the Manglar Lodge as long as you have great insect repellent, aren't a side-sleeper (or prone to back aches) and don't rely on internet access!

Room Tip: We stayed in one of the back rooms, but the two front rooms have balconies.
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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manglarlodge01, Owner at Manglar Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2013

Thanks for staying with us. I am sorry about the internet access in your room. the main problem is we had some storms and it just reset all the setting of the extender we have for room 4. it was a super simple fix that Omar could had fix really fast.

thanks
Ivan

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Additional Information about Manglar Lodge

Address: Calle 1 Norte | El Palmar, San Carlos 1017, Panama
Region: Panama > Panama Province > San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in San Carlos
Price Range: £52 - £82 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Manglar Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you like nature and comfort, you'll enjoy your stay at Manglar Lodge. Located at El Palmar beach on the Pacific coast of the Republic of Panama, Manglar Lodge offers the visitor four cozy and clean rooms, WiFi, a lounge terrace and gardens where you can relax on the sun, read and watch birds and butterflies. Sometimes you can also see iguanas, squirrels and opossums. The high tides will bring you nice sunsets next to the mangrove and, depending on the river and swell conditions, you can also try surfing or bodyboarding. ... more   less 
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