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“Gentle hospitality and a paradise if you like birdwatching” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mateo's B&B

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Mateo's B&B
Ranked #4 of 4 Gamboa B&B and Inns
Bologna, Italy
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20 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Gentle hospitality and a paradise if you like birdwatching”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed just two days to Mateo's B&B, but it is a really good place to stop for more days.
Nice hospitality they are friendly, the place is clean and you can use the kitchen.
A really good place if you like birdwatching and wildlife in general. A lot of birds sing in the morning and also the monkey screaming.
The area is nice and quite.
It is really simple to reach the sendero oleducto (Soberania Park) and other places around.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2012

We are a family of 5 with 3 children and Mateo and Beatrice put us in a house right in front of their own. Then we went back to their beautiful garden for breakfast. We stayed there for 3 nights including Christmas eve and Christmas day. Mateo and Beatrice were really wonderful and they taught us and the kids a lot about the wildlife around. The kids even got to feed bananas to titi monkeys in the garden.
We loved the peace and tranquillity of the place and noone missed TVs, computers or A/C!!
If we needed internet the Gamboa resort is just 5 minutes away and has free internet in the bar.
The hosts only speak Spanish but their children and grandchildren can help in the reservation.
We really loved our stay and would recommend it to anyone!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Seattle, Washington
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23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2011

After a couple of days/night at Mateo's we've scheduled a return visit. Mateo & Bertrice beautifully share their love of local wildlife with their guests in a way that moved us deeply.
This is a very special and unique B&B. We look forward to going back there later this month.
P.S.: our quiet, well-behaved dogs were welcome and they seemed very relaxed at Mateo's.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mary s
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La Rochelle, France
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18 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2011

Nice place :
Mateo's garden contains lot's of animals that come very close from the house :
monkeys, agouties, hummingbirds and other nice bird can be seen in it's garden.
Owners are very friendly, don't hesitate to talk with them
Very nice place for an honest price.
You are close to sobrenaria park and the canal so it's easy to doing trails.
You are at 1kilometer from the resort, so don't hesitate, just go to Mateo

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Long Beach, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2010

This place is the best getaway if you need a break from the hectic Panama city. Mateo and his wife make sure you feel at home. It is a small cabin with basic accommodations. If you are the "resort" type of person and don´t care too much for animals, DO NOT stay here. Strictly for nature lovers. Right in the backyard you will see agoudis, monkeys, tons of birds, etc. There is also a little platform behind the cabins where you can see more wildlife. They offer meals for $6.00 per person. Ours was delicious...but if you choose to go to town instead, it is a short 10 min. walk. We encountered a lot of rain during our stay and still managed to have a good time. My 2 year old enjoyed it a lot as well. I highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Larnaka City, Cyprus
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107 reviews
106 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2010

A very enjoyable trip. The property is very small but quiet and located on the edge of some rainforest. Agoutis and monkeys join numerous birds in this peaceful area, about 45 minutes by public bus from Panama City. The bus service is very frequent 7 days a week and costs about 65 cents each way per person. you can walk to the canal or watch the train pass by, with the canal as a back drop. there is also a stunning canopy tower on a nearby hill with views over the canal and surrounding area. This is great at dawn time with the early morning mist. There is no admission charge. The pipeline road area is only about 20 minutes walk away. Mateos b&b is very good for accessing The Soberania national Park with its 6 different trails through the jungle - This area seems pretty safe and crime wasnt a problem around here, contrary to what many guidebooks suggest. There are also other walking trails nearby, but outside the National Park. Mateo was really helpful and friendly. I just wish when his wife madeup my room once, that she actually locked and shut the door behind her - I was out, and anybody could have taken my bags. Its the best place to stay in Gamboa for the price - $35 a night. There is no aircon or hot water, and only one shared bathroom, so its basic! Meanwhile The Gamboa rainforest resort was stunning but extremely overpriced.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Mateo's B&B
Address: Calle Humberto Zarate | Casa 131A, Gamboa, Panama
Region: Panama > Colon Province > Gamboa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Gamboa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A small and quiet bed and breakfast in Gamboa, operated by Mateo and family. Like no other guest accommodations in Gamboa, the large backyard and simple cabins sit nestled next to dense rain forest and adjacent open space— where Mateo has been feeding birds, monkeys, coatis, aguitis and other friends for 15 years. The site is ideal for birdwatching and generally enjoying the nature and tranquility of Gamboa. ... more   less 

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