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“Tony is the Man .” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Contadora Island Inn
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Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Tony is the Man .”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2013

This has been the nicest place that we've stayed at on our trip . Not because of the views or rooms but because Tony made us feel like family . He took us on a tour of the island and even picked us up 1 hour early when he heard our plane arriving . I have nothing but good things to say about this place we even rented a golf cart from them and it was $30 cheaper than Amy other place on the island our room was clean and they even put a queen size bed in our room to accommodate our height . I'm 6"2 and the bed was perfect . I also loved how friendly the staff was to us they would do anything to make your stay enjoyable . I would definitely go there again it's top notch thanks again Tony your the Man ...

Room Tip: The rooms are all good and one of them has a kitchenette
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  • Stayed April 2013, 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
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Rodney J
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Thunder Bay, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2013

The Inn has comfortable, clean rooms and a quiet location. Unfortunately, it's further from the beaches than we anticipated. This meant a 15 minute walk to the water. Speaking of water, it is not drinkable on the island. The Inn does not provide potable water for free or sale, so that's another hike. You can rent golf carts to get around at $50 per day. Tony the caretaker would often be headed out on his cart, but never offer lifts. He was also one of the most pessimistic people I've ever met. Although there is a stove present in the kitchen, you are not permitted to cook.

Room Tip: On a future trip I would choose a place on a beach.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Robert S
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Concord, North Carolina
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2013

We spent five days here and enjoyed it immensely. From the moment Tony picks you up from the beach, he makes sure that your questions are answered and goes out of his way to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Tony was a highlight of our trip! Clean rooms and a filling breakfast each morning! We love Contadora Island Inn!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Writergirl15
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Panama
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2013

My husband and I had stayed here 7 years ago, and I was delighted to see it was still as wonderful as it was 7 years ago. Tony, our host, was still there as well! This is a delightful B&B, very chill, tranquila, and relaxing.....I would highly recommend renting a golf cart from Tony - you receive a special guest rate at 1/2 the price of anywhere else on the island......you can zip all over the island, check out the various beaches, etc.....the beds are comfortable, A/c is nice and cold, the rooms are clean, bathroom nice...and .a wonderful breakfast of 2 eggs, toast, sausage, OJ, coffee, and fresh fruit awaits you every morning. It is always fun getting to know the other guests as well! There is a bookcase full of books to read and DVD's to watch if you choose....A nice bonus is Tony will meet you at the ferry or the little airport to take you and your luggage to the Inn, He will also take you back down on the sad day you have to depart this little piece of paradise!
We will be back soon and not wait another 7 years to return!! Thanks for everything Tony!! :)

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank saninpanama
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Edmonton, Canada
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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2013

We stayed here for a couple nights in early March. We hadn't booked in advance and our host, Tony, happened to be waiting near the ferry so we were lucky to get a room! He was very accommodating and set us up with a reasonable golf cart rental as well.

Our room was great, it was in the back and opened up to the patio. It was quiet, beds were comfy and there was a well stocked mini bar ;) Breakfast was good too.

The best part though had to be Tony. He helped us set up some activities, arrange our accommodations back in Panama city and we had a fantastic time taking the ferry with him back to mainland as he happened to be on his way too. I feel like he went really above and beyond for us which was nice as our Spanish is terrible.

I highly recommend staying here if you are travelling to Isla Contador.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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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Thank Jodega
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Kew Gardens, New York
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9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2013

My husband and i went to Contadora Island in late November and we spent 3 days on the island. Because it was low season, the island didn't have a lot of tourists. At times it seems we were the only ones on the island. Unless you are committed to doing just R&R, you should come activites planned during your stay.

Pros: Lovely B&B. Tony was hospitable and met us at the beach where the ferry dropped us off. He took us on a tour of the island via golf cart, which he offers to be rented at $45/day. Breakfast was offered every morning, which was great. The room we stayed in (Pelicano) was spacious and had patio doors that opened to the back deck. On one night during our stay, it poured for hours. Unfortunately there's no much to do when it does rain, so luckily the B&B had a TV and a stack of DVDs so we stayed in and watched a movie. Luckily as well, down the block, there is a restaurant called La Tortuga which serves and makes the best pizza ever.

The bathroom was clean and although at times hot water was not as abundant, it wasn't necessarily needed as it was hot and humid enough, that a cool shower is all that you needed :-)

Cons: Wish the B&B offered bath/hand bar soap. At a minimum, I would have expected to have that available. Rental Golf carts could be maintained a little better. We had to change carts at least 2 times during our 3 day stay, because the cart either ran out of gas or just stalled.

Would recommend this inn and island to anyone looking to get away for a few days. During our stay, we island hopped along with another couple that was staying at the B&B. We did a 3 hr tour for $50/couple. Awesome time. The islands weren't too far apart, that you could enjoy more of them. We'd stop, to swim, snorkel and enjoy the beach. Another day we went out to do deep sea fishing. It was a great experience. We caught 3 fishes (one 10 lb. dorado!!). my husband also went scuba diving. Since it was low season, he was the only one on this particular excursion and he felt he had personalized training. It is also the only diving school on the island.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Sweetjuly0723
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2013

What makes this place special is the welcoming feel. Tony, our host, was completely helpful for everything. Rooms were comfortable and quiet. The water pressure in the shower was minimal, but i think it is probably that way everywhere on the island. Good breakfast each morning with the other guests. Whenever we had any questions or needed help, Tony was always there. Thank you all for the great week.

Room Tip: All rooms are good, we used 3 of them. The one by the kitchen might get noisy in the morning with m...
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank rubinskido
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Property: Contadora Island Inn
Address: Archipelago de Las Perlas | Beachfront, Panama Province, Panama
Region: Panama > Panama Province > Pearl Islands > Contadora Island
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Contadora Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Contadora Island Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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