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“One of My Most Memorable Experiences ANYWHERE!!”
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Boquete Garden Inn
Ranked #2 of 28 Boquete B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Thomasville, Georgia
Level 6 Contributor
589 reviews
112 hotel reviews
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“One of My Most Memorable Experiences ANYWHERE!!”
Reviewed 13 April 2013

My husband and I stayed at Boquete Garden Inn, our third accommodation on our trip to Panama, and it is a gem. From the moment you step through the gate, surrounded by blossoms, you are in for a treat. Flowers, birds and the sound of the river offer a very gentle, peaceful stay but the staff, led by Susan, make sure your stay is also comfortable and everything you'd hope for. The inn is a very short distance north of town, maybe a 5-minute drive at most. We flew into David and rented a car from Dollar rental (very, very inexpensive and probably cheaper than cabfare overall) and found the drive to be less than 45 minutes and very simple to navigate. Having a vehicle made our stay in Boquete even more pleasurable than it would have been otherwise and allowed us to drive many of the beautiful roads in the highlands with numerous interesting and beautiful viewpoints along the way. We found Boquete Garden Inn very easily and check-in was smooth, friendly and efficient. Abel, at the front desk, was friendly, polite and knowledgeable and made us immediately feel welcome. We stayed in an upstairs king deluxe room with a small kitchenette area, a lovely bathroom with a large shower and a gloriously comfortable bed with duvet and blanket. You will not need air conditioning here....nighttime temperatures are lovely (bring a light sweater) and daytime temps too, for that matter. There are snacks/drinks (chips/candy bars/sodas, etc.) available in your room for a very reasonable price and breakfast is complimentary if you choose fruit/bread item and beverage but if you need a little more, hot breakfasts are available for about $4 and quite tasty. Breakfast and birdwatching are totally tied together while you're here.....colorful birds surround you as you dine and it's very difficult to stop taking pictures of these beautiful creatures so that you can eat. We tried several different restaurants in Boquete and these were our favorites: El Pianista (close to Boquete Garden Inn but go for the charm and the lovely creekside view, not the "just above average" Italian food), Big Daddy's Grill (great fish tacos at just under $8 in downtown Boquete) but the clear favorite, where we dined 4 times was Panamonte Inn....this restaurant is something special. We kept thinking that we needed to try another dining establishment but the food here is so great, we returned again and again. Trout, chicken and wonderful pork chops, are topped off by scrumptious desserts which can be eaten in a beautifully furnished dining room, an outside veranda or a cozy/gorgeously decorated bar on the back of the restaurant, featuring a couple of fireplaces. You can't go wrong with anything you choose here. We found the service varied from lackluster to wonderful but the food was always worth it, not matter how long we had to wait (the older gentleman in the bar was the most efficient and friendliest and is a great server, always with a smile!) We also enjoyed sitting around the plaza in downtown Boquete to people-watch while drinking some of the best coffee you've ever tasted, Finca Lerida Coffee Plantation (beautiful hiking with many lovely birds with a great veranda to have a drink afterward) but the highlight and one of the highlights of our lives, was hiking the Pipeline Trail with John Tornblom. My husband was passionate about seeing the Resplendant Quetzal in the cloud forest and hopeful that someone would make it happen. Susan told us that she would arrange a guide for us and that she would try to get John to be our guide because he is the best. We were elated to find out he was available but disappointed the next day when the people who booked him were very late for their trip and he was not able to make it back in time to take us out. But, as luck would have it, the couple who had booked the following day decided to cut their trip to a half day instead of a full and John agreed to take us out in the afternoon. Joy of joys! What a wonderful and fascinating individual he is: so knowledgeable and absolutely passionate about what he does as a naturalist. He attended high school in the states as an exchange student and his English is perfect. John picked us up at the inn and we headed up to the Pipeline Trail, stopping along the way as he gave us so much interesting information about geological formations, waterfalls, flora, fauna and anything else you can think of. As we hiked up the Trail, he pointed out beautiful birds, butterflies and plants, even encouraging us to eat one of the flowers, which we did! We heard that only a very, very few people saw the Quetzal that day but at one point along the Trail, as we crossed the creek, John looked at us with a smile and quietly pointed up to a tree, where we saw our first Quetzal, a female, that brought tears to my eyes. She was the first of 8 Quetzals we saw that afternoon, both male and female, all sightings that we will never forget. Susan, John......I can't thank you enough for making this day happen. It was truly an experience of a lifetime!

Here are a few things to know about Boquete Garden Inn:

Pros: fridge, microwave, coffeemaker, toaster, sink, table, snacks
Alarm, TV (don't watch it, head outside instead), dehumidifiers
Battery-operated lantern in case the electricity goes off
Complimentary breakfast
Cocktail hour with complimentary beer/wine in the gazebo
Toiletries
In-room Safe
Front Desk will arrange tours
Wi-fi
Free Internet use at front desk if needed
Cell phone rental
Laundry service
Spa Service
Clean, comfortable, spacious rooms
Friendly, responsive service
Onsite parking for rental vehicles with security cameras
Birds, birds and more birds!
Very quiet rooms

No cons: except that I wish our stay could have been longer than 3 days!

Room Tip: Ask for an upstairs room near the back of the property
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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boquetegardeninn, Owner at Boquete Garden Inn, responded to this review, 17 April 2013
Thanks for the wonderful review - and for providing such great information about Boquete to potential guests. We agree: having a car does make a stay in Boquete more pleasurable - it's all about getting out and exploring. And yes - John is an excellent guide and its obvious he loves what he does...we only recommend the very best tour companies and guides! ;) Thanks again! It was great to meet you! ~ Susan
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Reviewed 12 April 2013

We stayed three nights here and had a great experience. The hosts and staff are helpful and welcoming. The rooms are spacious and have a fridge and micro, and lots of little things that other hotels in my Brasil trip lacked (hair dryer, fluffy towels, bed topper.... I'm not that fussy but I did notice all these extras!). Other reviews have mentioned the social hour so I won't add to that except to say we picked up tips from other guests that made our visit even better. Boquete is a beautiful place, but the grounds of the hotel are like a little floral paradise in themselves. It is a few km out of town but there are good restaurants within walking or very close by. We were very pleased with our choice to stay here.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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boquetegardeninn, Owner at Boquete Garden Inn, responded to this review, 13 April 2013
Thanks for the wonderful review - we're glad you had a great experience! And yes - social hour provides a great opportunity to pick up tips and share stories! ;) All the best ~ Susan
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Bellevue, Washington
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Reviewed 12 April 2013

Boquette Garden Inn is a charming place with flowering gardens, birds, comfortable rooms and the friendliest of hosts. Rooms are beautifully decorated, most have kitchens, and although sinks may not have hot water, the showers do. Susan and her staff can help organize trips, reserve restaurants and recommend activities. They work with terrific local guides, which we used for a great rain forest hike. Breakfast is delicious and a lovely happy hour is at the bar where all the hotel guests gather and share stories.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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boquetegardeninn, Owner at Boquete Garden Inn, responded to this review, 12 April 2013
Thank you for your kind words! ;) We're glad you enjoyed the hike, breakfast, social hour and our gardens. And yes - we are happy to organize excursions and recommend restaurants and activities - it is important that our guests have the best Boquete experience possible. ;) All the best ~ Susan
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London
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Reviewed 11 April 2013

The gardens are impressive, rooms are tastefully decorated, great bathroom with hot water that actually had pressure..a rare sight in Panama! The hosts Simon and Susan were very friendly and helped plan our zip lining trip perfectly. Being outside town we did have a few problems with taxis not arriving when called but I think next time I woild hire a car so not really a big deal. Great value, highly recommended!
Reserve well ahead we could only get two nights there and had to move to Isla Verde which was also lovely.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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boquetegardeninn, Owner at Boquete Garden Inn, responded to this review, 12 April 2013
Thank you for the fantastic review. We're glad you were happy with your stay - and the value! The local taxis that we call are some of the most reliable - but yes, not everything is always on time or predictable in Panama! ;) When visiting Boquete, no matter where you stay, it's important to have a vehicle. Boquete isn't about the noisy, bustling town centre - it's about experiencing freedom, exploring and taking in all the beautiful views. Thanks again! ~ Susan
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Minnesota, USA
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Reviewed 9 April 2013

We arrived here with our nerves shot after a very stressful drive with multiple detours and getting lost multiple times (Panama doesn't believe in signs on their highway detours), and when we opened the gate to Boquete Garden Inn, I just about wept with delight and relief -- it was like entering a garden paradise, with flowers in full bloom everywhere, the sound of birds filling the air, friendly staff greeting us. I knew we'd chosen well. It just kept getting better when we saw our room, on an upper floor with a beautiful little patio outside. Soft music was playing, there were little chocolates in a bowl, and a free happy hour was starting in half an hour. The happy hour ended up being a wonderful way for guests to hang out and meet each other, and we ended up having dinner with guests we met the first night. This place seems to attract interesting, adventurous, intelligent types, so we felt like we were among kindred spirits -- not the party-hardy hostel crowd... a slightly older crowd who wants to hike and explore and learn about the area. The owners are very outgoing and show up at the happy hour to mingle, answer questions, and make sure everyone feels included. They're very socially aware and know how to get people talking.

Managers Danny and Abel are knowledgeable, helpful, and go out of their way to make sure guests have a good experience. On our last day there, our cab into town to catch the bus didn't show up, so Danny drove us himself.

While there, we did some great rainforest hikes, went on a wonderful coffee tour at Cafe Ruiz, and just soaked in the peace and beauty of the grounds. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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boquetegardeninn, Owner at Boquete Garden Inn, responded to this review, 12 April 2013
Thank you for the wonderful review. We're so glad that Boquete Garden Inn provided respite after your drive! It really is the best place to relax and unwind - I see it on the faces of guests all the time. And we agree: we have some of the most intelligent, adventurous and interesting guests at Boquete Garden Inn! ;) Thanks again! ~Susan
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Lake Forest, California
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Reviewed 9 April 2013

Upon walking into the Boquette Garden Inn, I was in paradise. The grounds are full of flowers and colorful birds that eat upon the fruit laid out on the property.The rooms are nicely decorated with full accomodations. We entered our room with music playing. The prices are great and the mini-bar prices are reasonable. We loved the social hour every evening at six. Breakfast was delicious and complimentary unless you wanted to order from a more extensive menu.I felt like I was living in a modern treehouse in the jungle. The owners are so helpful. They want everyone to enjoy their country.We enjoyed meeting the staff and the other guests at the hotel.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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boquetegardeninn, Owner at Boquete Garden Inn, responded to this review, 21 January 2014
Thank you for the review and staying with us. I truly believe that the natural settings here are good for the soul...
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

After a long day of traveling we were pleasantly surprised at the beauty of this property and the warm greeting upon on our arrival, and just in time for happy hour! Our host and hostess who are the owners greeted us and couldn't have been more helpful and welcoming from suggestions on what to see and do, to maps and making arrangements. The breakfast is wonderful and it comes with entertainment: The staff puts the fruit rinds out in bird feeders for the birds to enjoy...what a colorful array of birds to watch as they take advantage of their breakfast! Be sure to have a camera with you! The intimacy of the social hour and breakfast give you a chance to meet the other guests and interact, which is a great learning experience - so interesting and helpful. The accommodations are very nice and everything has been updated and feels new. There are 10 guest quarters all very private and most if not all have a small sitting room, kitchen and dining table. All you hear is the river flowing behind the property and the wonderful birds. We could have stayed forever in the lush gardens. So beautiful words cannot do it justice. We definitely would stay here again.

Room Tip: All the rooms are excellent. Specify if you want downstairs or upstairs.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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boquetegardeninn, Owner at Boquete Garden Inn, responded to this review, 11 April 2013
Thanks for the wonderful review! We're glad you enjoyed the gardens and the show put on by the birds (with special guest star, Pesky Squirrel!) ;) We enjoy social hour too - it's a great time to unwind and share stories. Thanks again! ~Susan
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Property: Boquete Garden Inn
Address: Palo Alto, Boquete 0413, Panama
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Region: Panama > Chiriqui Province > Boquete
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
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Ranked #2 of 28 B&Bs / Inns in Boquete
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Boquete Garden Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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