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“Beautiful Historic Inn Best Place to Stay in Boquete”
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Hotel Panamonte
Ranked #7 of 11 Hotels in Boquete
Certificate of Excellence
Lexington, MA
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173 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Beautiful Historic Inn Best Place to Stay in Boquete”
Reviewed 18 February 2013

The Panamonte Inn, built in 1914, is a charming, restful and beautifully appointed property in the scenic highland town of Boquete. The grounds at the Inn are filled with lovely flowers, cactus, and shade trees and the layout exudes serenity and grace.

We stayed in the Honeymoon Suite, the best room at the Inn, which includes a large master bedroom, and a quaint outside seating area complete with its own outside fireplace. The suite also feature a full sized two-person Jacuzzi and a large walk-in closet, large flat screen TV, full WIFI and elegant decorations.

The service at the Inn was extremely friendly and responsive and the bar and restaurant operation are world class. The restaurant is lovely, with a fine menu including local rainbow trout and local greens and vegetables, as well as a fine wine list filled with great South American and European wines. The best trout I have every tasted and many new wines to sample (from Uruguay, Chile, Argentina, etc.).

The bar is very cozy and includes both indoor and outdoor fireplaces with large overstuffed couches and chairs creating an inviting and congenial atmosphere for the Inn's guests and others to enjoy. The bartender was excellent and local specialty drinks were great.

We retired to our room after a 13 mile hike on the Quetzales Trail around the nearby Baru Volcano with rainforest views from over 3,000 meters (highly recommend this hike-- a bit strenuous but worth the effort to see the spectacular highly scenery, rainforest, birds, etc.). You will need a local guide who is used to navigating the trail.

Room Tip: Recommend the Honeymoon Suite, the best room at the Inn.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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dvisite, Front Office Manager at Hotel Panamonte, responded to this review, 27 April 2013
Thank you very much for the excellent review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to having you, family and friends at the Panamonte.
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Ojai, California
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252 reviews
65 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2013

From our time traveling around Boquete this appears to be the best lodging. It does not have that "old Panamanian" charm that I was expecting but it makes up for it with large, beautiful rooms that are spacious and well decorated. The beds are comfortable with fine linens. There is ample lighting, flat screen TV, a safe and in room wifi. The bathrooms are large as is the shower and there is plenty of hot water. The rooms have large patio doors, an ample patio with outdoor furniture. The patios overlook the lush grounds.

The restaurant is very good with a somewhat formal feel but it is not stuffy. There are windows on two sides of the room which are usually open keeping the room fresh. The tables are covered in fine linen with cloth napkins. The menu does not change and does get a little boring. But the food is very good.

Our favorite spot was the outdoor bar/restaurant. It is nicely decorated with overstuffed furniture and two wonderful fireplaces. A great place to sit on cold windy nights enjoying your favorite drinks. They also serve the main restaurant menu. Drinks are very reasonable by US standards.

The staff is very helpful, friendly and watchful. With only 12 rooms they seem to know everyone.

The hotel is a great place to relax and unwind.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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dvisite, Front Office Manager at Hotel Panamonte, responded to this review, 27 April 2013
Thank you very much for the excellent review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to having you, family and friends at the Panamonte.
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Morristown, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2013

My husband and I took a trip to Panama, which spanned December 20, 2012, through January 3, 2013. We stayed at Hotel Panamonte on the following two nights: December 26 and 27. You can see my reviews of the other hotels as well as the tour company that helped us plan our trip.

Hotel Panamonte is a nice hotel. It is quiet, clean, and the gardens are amazingly beautiful and fanatically maintained.

I am a light sleeper, so it was great that we did not hear any noise from the rooms next to us.

Because it rains so much in Panama, the builders put covered walkways throughout the entire complex. Therefore, you can walk from the main entrance to your room and not get wet.

Regarding the restaurant. I know a lot of people say it is really great, but my husband and I weren’t that impressed. We thought the food was just OK. Of course, that’s only our opinion.

Would I recommend this hotel to a friend and would I stay there again? Yes.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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dvisite, Front Office Manager at Hotel Panamonte, responded to this review, 27 April 2013
Thank you very much for the excellent review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to having you, family and friends at the Panamonte.
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London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2013

Lovely, colonial style hotel with spacious and inviting rooms and patios. Excellent restaurant and cosy bar for the chilly evenings.
Restaurant staff could be more jolly and the breakfasts more interesting - but a small complaint really.
Highly recommended for a forest stop off with lots do do in the area and the hotel a short stroll to nearby shops and restarantsu and Boquete town.

Room Tip: Rooms nearest the reception and overlooking the main garden appear to have better patios.
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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dvisite, Front Office Manager at Hotel Panamonte, responded to this review, 27 April 2013
Thank you very much for the excellent review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to having you, family and friends at the Panamonte.
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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56 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2013

Panamonte is a really nice hotel situated in the cool mountain town of Boquete. The hotel staff was very friendly and helpful but the restaurant staff was generally sullen, the room was large and very comfortable andThe grounds were beautiful as were all the facilities. I found this hotel to be the best one that I have stayed at in Boquete.

Our only complaint was that when we went to the bar in the evening, it was a bit cold and we wanted to sit by the fire and all of those seats were reserved. There was a sign that said reserved for 7:30pm and we arrived at 8:00pm and the seats were empty until we left at about 9:30pm. Several other people were also turned away from these seats. Without this, I would give the Panamonte a 5.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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dvisite, Front Office Manager at Hotel Panamonte, responded to this review, 27 April 2013
Thank you very much for the excellent review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to having you, family and friends at the Panamonte.
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2013

Large and spacious rooms with air conditioning, front porches and even a couple of tv stations in English. They had live music on New Year's Eve and fireworks for all to participate. Friendly staff and most could understand English and our poor Spanish .

Room Tip: Suit 1 and 2 are closest to the main building.
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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HOTEL PANAMONTE B, Director de Recepción at Hotel Panamonte, responded to this review, 20 October 2016
Greetings from Panamonte,

Thank you very much for your excellent review.

We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay and our food-beverage service and look forward to having you, parents and friends at the Hotel Panamonte.

Please use the PANAMONTE HOTEL-RESTAURANTE accounting for the future reviews.

Best regards,
Doris Taylor Reservations Manager
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Payson, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2012

What a lovely property in this mountain area close to town. We had a garden terrace room which was quite large. The satellite TV actually had too many channels (and no list). There was wifi in the rooms sometimes. The grounds are gorgeous, the gardens well kept. I would have loved to enjoy the fresh mountain air, but there were no screens on the patio doors to keep out the mosquitos :( Also, the shampoo and conditioner in the bathroom left a terrible film on my hair no matter how hard I tried to remove it. The shower took a long time to get hot water. The staff were very helpful, even allowing me to use a computer at the front desk to check in for a flight. The food and ambiance at dinner was nice. Had a 6-course tasting menu with wine pairings. This made dinner an event in itself! We could taste Chef Collins' influence. We attended his cooking school the next day and were impressed with his interaction and patience with us, as well as the lunch he prepared. It is only a short walk to town. The "spa" is actually a room at the back of a cottage across the street. This needs improving or should not be called by that name. Overall it was a very relaxing stay in a beautiful locale.

Room Tip: The garden terrace rooms and the junior suite are worth the extra price. The historical rooms are v...
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled on business
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HOTEL PANAMONTE B, Director de Recepción at Hotel Panamonte, responded to this review, 20 October 2016
Greetings from Panamonte,

Thank you very much for your excellent review.

We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay and our food-beverage service and look forward to having you, parents and friends at the Hotel Panamonte.

Please use the PANAMONTE HOTEL-RESTAURANTE accounting for the future reviews.

Best regards,
Doris Taylor Reservations Manager
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Property: Hotel Panamonte
Address: Ave 11 de Abril, Boquete 0413, Panama
Region: Panama > Chiriqui Province > Boquete
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Boquete
#4 Romantic Hotel in Boquete
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Panamonte 3.5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Since 1914, the Hotel Panamonte has been the Old world charm in the enchanting highlands of Boquete luxurious rooms and indulgent culinary experience of choice for travelers from near and far. For more than 50 years, the Collins-Elliot family has blended their Old World Swedish tradition of hospitality with the friendliness of Panama in Boquete's extraordinary cloud forest setting of mountains, valleys, waterfalls and flowers. The result is the creation of a destination luxury hotel that combines the best of history with modern amenities. For three generations, families from Panama City, the United States and Europe have been coming to The Panamonte to celebrate weddings, honeymoons, christenings, family, and corporative reunions. Discover for yourself why staying at the Hotel Panamonte has become a tradition-it is so much more than just place to rest. It is a place from which to refresh the body, mind, and spirit and make memories that will last a lifetime. ... more   less 
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Panamonte Inn And Spa
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