The good: Great location. Great activities such as free bird walks, nature walks, and night-time drive arounds to look for animals. Good paid-for activities such as kayaking, fishing, hiking. Nice big rooms with good views and a very comfy hammock. We had no problems with mold or smells, and the air conditioner & dehumidifier worked very well. The guides and shuttle drivers on the property were all very friendly, helpful & knowledgable. It was nice to be walking around the beautiful grounds & have them smile & wave. The pool was very relaxing to hang out at, and there is a basketball net & volleyball net (and no "deep" end) so it's fun to play in also. You can get food & snacks there too.
We did the buffet all 3 nights of our stay, and it was fine. The theme changes each night, so you aren't eating the same thing every night. You can also order off the menu but it was easier & a better value to eat the buffet. One thing that was really cool was that you can order the whole buffet ($25) or just the cold side ($10 for salads, cold cuts, fruit, & soup) or just the hot side ($15.) This is a nice option.
The Not-So-Good: The activity desk didn't seem very aware of the details of the activity. Our group of 11 wanted to go kayaking, but the woman at the desk couldn't tell us what kind of kayaks we would be in, if they had backs, if they were sit-in or sit-on-top. So only 5 of us went, and they were sit-on-top with a back! They lost 6 customers by not knowing that. Also, the activity is 3 hours, but it isn't 3 hours of kayaking. It was a ride in a motor boat and we stopped at a few little islands with monkeys. If we had known this, we would have brought cameras to take photos and then left the cameras in the boat!
Also, there was a tray of leftover food outside a guest door FOR 3 DAYS!!! We walked past that food every day about 6 times. One of our group finally told someone at the front desk and it was cleaned up. But the fact that no one on the staff bothered to pick it up really said something about how much they cared about their place of business.
So I'd say it's a nice play to stay, and to do excursions. It's close to Panama City and the Canal. There are many beautiful birds & plants on the grounds, & lots of room to roam around. I think if they could inject a little more sense of pride to the employees, it would help a lot.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Deep in the heart of the Panamanian rainforest lies the completely unique Gamboa Rainforest Resort. This magnificent destination rests where the scenic Chagres River meets the Panama Canal and is the only resort property in the area. Few places on earth offer such an amazing natural experience while providing an unsurpassed level of luxury. Escape the noise and hectic pace of everyday life and surround yourself with the tranquility of the mystical Soberania National Forest. Here, just a short 30-minute ride from Panama City, on 340 acres overlooking the stunning Panama Canal, you can commune with nature in a pristine environment where explorers and pirates once tread. Our Panama Tours offer an exhilarating variety of jungle adventures such as an aerial tram, guided boat tours, fishing expeditions, and much more. Our tours are designed to show you wildlife in its natural setting amidst the colorful splendor of the jungle flora. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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