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“Simple rooms, beautiful property” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Boquete River Inn

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Boquete River Inn
Panama City, Panama, Panama
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Simple rooms, beautiful property”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2012

Ken was a great host to us, and the service in general was very good.

The rooms inside the house are small but cozy. Not incredibly private, as walls are thin, so if you are a couple staying in the main house take this in consideration.

We also stayed in the cabins. Simple accommodations, but everything was clean and very spacious. The kitchen is well equipped, even though the cooking ware was on the "almost done" side.

The property has amazing views, and is well taken care of.

Room Tip: Rooms in the cabins are more private in general, and it seems like all cabins were built the same wa...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
4 Thank Michael B
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Calgary, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2012

I just completed a one month stay at the Boquete River Inn and the accommodation and service was better than I expected! The owner advised me prior to my arrival that they had experienced some water supply issues - likely due to the nearby road construction. I learned from some of the locals that water supply problems are common in the Boquete area during the dry season. While we did have a few days with little or no water, the owner and other staff worked hard to make our stay comfortable; Ken also worked hard with the municipal authorities to ensure a return to an adequate water supply. Before my kids joined me in my cabin the water issue had been fully resolved!
There are always some trade-offs at any place you rent. In this case it was a trade-off between a peaceful, country setting with outstanding views and easy access to shops and restaurants. I think a rental car is needed to really give you the freedom to enjoy everything the Boquete area has to offer while still having a quiet, safe haven to return to at the end of the day. It was also nice to be able to enjoy a dip in the pool when it got hot in the middle of the day or a hike to the river and beyond where you can get a taste of local Panamanian life.
The cabin I stayed in was clean and comfortable. The staff was always pleasant and helpful. We needed to expand the sleeping capacity when my kids joined me and Ken was very helpful in accommodating us. I would recommend this as a great base for exploring the area.
Thanks for providing a great experience in the Boquete area!!

Room Tip: Cabins 1 & 3 have a better view.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
    • 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
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank budb154913
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Ontario
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2012

Recently stayed here for four nights and thoroughly enjoyed it. My biggest regret was that we didn't stay longer. The cabin was clean and met all our expectations. Ken was the perfect host - there if you needed him, but in no way intrusive. The grounds were beautifully maintained and just the right distance from Boquete to make it convenient without being 'suburban'. No, this isn't five-star luxury accommodation, but you don't pay five-star prices either. I would rate it very good value for money.

Room Tip: We were in Cabin 4, which was excellent. We did not try the fitness centre.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 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
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank CeriR
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Arlington, Virginia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2012

The Boquete River Inn is on a really nice property with great views and climate. Ken the owner is easy to work with and his staff as takes great care of the property. A little outside of downtown Boquete, it will most enjoyed by guests with cars but still serves as a great hub to the area.

Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Jack D
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West Hartford, Connecticut
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2012

We recently stayed at Boquete River Inn for a relaxing week the in the mountains and it was exactly that. It is located just 5 km west of Boquete but just enough out of the valley to have much nicer weather. We loved it. The grounds and pool were always kept clean and the view of the mountains is breathtaking. He has a beautiful spot there.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank paulored
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Playa Blanca, Panama
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2012

We loved our stay at the Boquete River Inn! The grounds are kept immaculate and the views of the mtns.,Volcano Baru and deep gulleys are spectacular. My hosts, an aging dog and a quiet cat were very hospitable. Their human was polite, very helpful and did all that he could to make our stay as comfortable as possible. It is difficult to find because the road to the inn can easily be passed because it is in need of the county's attention. It is before Boquette, but very near. The beds were comfortable and the accomodations spotless. I'd highly recommend that my four legged fellow travelers take their humans to this little piece of paradise.

Room Tip: The cabanas are large. The two rooms are inside the main house, small but adequate with private bat...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
    • 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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2 Thank ichinome
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Seattle, Washington
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23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2012

We stayed at the Boquete River Inn for one month. If you plan to stay there, please make sure to resolve the following with the owner before you go: 1. Since the cabins have roofs but no ceilings, the rooms are not protected from humidity and bugs/insects. The two cabins to the left of the driveway are the worst since they ajoin thick vegetation and don't really dry out.
All cabins provide ready entry for all sorts of biting insects and bugs, plus snakes. 2. Make sure the owner agrees to thoroughly clean your cabin before you arrive. Ours was full of mold. Water faucets, sinks, counters were gooey and black. Kitchen equipment (pots, bowls, ets) were greasy. 3. The septic tank for our cabin was full, so we were treated to strong sewage odors. The owner does not check the tanks before guests arrive. 4. The pool is advertised as "heated" but it is not. The insufficient solar heater is not in working order. 5. The Inn is not 4 kilometers from the town of Boquete - it is 9 kilometers. 6. Make sure the owner has filled his reserve water tank because municipal water is sometimes off. 6. Showers allow no variance for water temperatures; water is either burning hot or cold. 7. Check beds to make sure there are no bars or springs poking through the mattress. 8. The Inn is very, very overpriced for Boquete, so you might negotiate a better price than what is advertised.

The owner states that the cabins are basically unliveable because of poor construction standards in Panama. But if you go into the owner's home, you'll see that his place is clean, without sewage smells or mold, and he has a ceiling! And if you travel around Panama, you'll not see such incomplete construction in other hotels. Guests at the Boquete River Inn asking for basic essentials have to argue with the owner before he complies. He has excuses for everything, changes his stories from day to day, and makes no preparations for circumstances normally expected, such as rain. He only does maintenance when he can no longer avoid it. He rejects any responsibility for the condition of the cabins he built. Everyone else is at fault. If we had not paid our month's rent in advance with no possible refund, we would have left after a few days. The best we got was to change to the "red" cabin which was filled with biting black flies. And yet, this is the best cabin of all!

The ONLY redeeming aspects of staying at the Boquete River Inn are the landscaping, views, and gravel walking/running paths. (postnote: owner charges $5 to do a load of wash.)

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank mary s
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sunluvr2, Owner at Boquete River Inn, responded to this review, 14 February 2012
Thank you for this opportunity to respond.
September, October and November are the rainiest months of the year, thus some humidy.
On the roofs/no ceilings... These cabins are built to an standard for 'temporary,' not, long term occupation. The small openings,where the roof connects with the upper wall serve to allow the warmer air of the dry season to escape. We're in the tropics, and also sort of 'out in the country,' 10 km. before Boquete, and yes, you'll see occasional bugs, mosquitoes, spiders, scorpions, snakes (rarely) and the like.
On the septic tank: As soon as the odor was reported, this couple and their 2 dogs, were quickly moved to another cabin (which yes, had not yet been prepped). The next day a truck arrived to pump out the offending tank.
Our 10 solar panels continue to work well, and often bring the pool temp. to 28 Celsius (82 F.), but they require sun, of which in November, there is not so much.
On water: New highway construction, involving the removal and relocation of pipe, has recently interfered with the delivery, and pressure of municipal water. Unfortunately, we've gone days with no water arrving our 1,000 gallon reserve tanks. Unlike the 1st world, concerns relayed to local authorities here, often go unanswered. Difficult to adjust to 3rd world ways. However with the construction finished, the situation should return to normal. IF it were in our hands, it would be fixed already.
On the other points about arguing, and my supposed reluctance to respond... I can't remember a particular issue, except that one of their dogs bit me and drew blood. But my choice was to let that incident pass. Thank you for reviewing this response.
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Additional Information about Boquete River Inn

Property: Boquete River Inn
Address: Alto Boquete, Boquete, Panama
Region: Panama > Chiriqui Province > Boquete
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 48 Speciality Lodging in Boquete
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built and operated to Canadian standards.Cozy, spacious cabins (4) and B&B rooms (2) set on, and comfortably spread about our private 1.5 h. (3.82 acre) plateau. Sunny, yet refreshingly cool at 800 m.(2,650 ft) altitude. Spectacular views. Bright stars. Located 500 m. away from main highway, where it is both quiet and secure. Solar-heated 40' X 20' pool, no-charge internet, gym, volleyball, trails. Pet-friendly. Laundry available. ... more   less 
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