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La Casa Congo
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Reviewed 27 March 2014

A very welcome sight on a beautiful coastline, this hotel is set right in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage town of Portobelo. The striped paint and murals pointing the way to the hotel make it more conspicuous and help it to really stand out from its single coloured neighbors nearby.

We arrived in the mid-afternoon and were shown to our room after confirmation from the staff at the restaurant below (check in there - it normally takes 2 or 3 minutes to confirm your reservation with an off site manager). Taking the path besides the hotel we were led up a staircase with a magnificent avocado tree leaning into it, through the minimal and tasteful exterior hallways. Our room was located on the first floor and overlooked the bay and fortifications of the town, with dozens of sailboats bobbing picturesquely at anchor just a few hundred meters away.

The room itself was very tastefully decorated, with splashes of color via fun and funky objects as well as nice textures from locally sourced wood, stone, and tiles. All furnishings were modern and well done, with a comfortable and large bed with enough pillows to sink the Titanic. The view from our room was spectacular and helped light the interior - especially noteworthy are the incredible sunsets. Enjoy these on the expansive, wood-decked balcony.

The breakfast was included - traditional continental style: coffee was fantastic, fruit perhaps needed a few more pieces, toast and condiments were good. Perhaps a little more variety and a slightly more active service but the staff were always helpful and smiley. They arranged a taxi for us to Bala Beach Resort at Maria Chiquita a few kilometres down the road and were generally a very helpful bunch.

I would very much recommend staying the front facing rooms.

Room Tip: Choose front facing bedrooms. The balcony is well worth paying a little extra for and will truly make your time in this scenic little town.
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 January 2014

The good: A nicely-appointed and very clean B&B on the water. Portobelo is fun. Decent road to get there. Great ruins very close by. Modern conveniences. Surprisingly fast Internet. "Jim" speaks English.

The bad: The directions Jim sent didn't mention an unmarked right turn on the Portobelo Road. His directions said "straight." We went "straight." Oops. Upon arrival in Portobelo, there is no dedicated parking for Casa Congo -- and, in fact, it's a one-block walk off the beaten path on an unmarked, uneven sidewalk/cobblestone. Treacherous at night with luggage. There was no one around to greet us, and we were told (by locals) to wait on the patio. Twenty minutes later, someone came with a key and showed us to our room.

Would not recommend the Tamborero Room at all. A/C blows right on the bed, there is no view to speak of, and it is literally a two-level hole in the wall. However, it is a clean, well-appointed "hole" with a nice shower, good towels, and decent kitchenette. The television's smart card was not working, and "Jim" was not pleased to get this information when we called him after returning to the room at 7 p.m. Nothing was done to fix it. (When we informed the wait staff of the problem the next morning, they said, "Yes, we know." Oh.)

The breakfast the next morning consisted of excellent coffee, orange juice, three very small pieces of fruit sliced and some cold, dry toast with marmalade. We had to go inside and ask for a second cup of coffee.

I never write negative reviews on Trip Advisor, but we've been to some great B&B's based on recommendations from this site. This is not one.

Room Tip: Avoid the Tamborero Room!
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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