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
Cocktail hour with complimentary beer/wine in the gazebo
Front Desk will arrange tours
Free Internet use at front desk if needed
Cell phone rental
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!
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