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Panama's Paradise Saigoncito
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Santa Monica, California
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7 reviews
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“Wouldn't stay anywhere else on Isla Colon”
Reviewed 11 April 2010

This place is great. The location is great, we really liked being in a neighborhood and having the bikes to ride around and explore and get into town. The cabana was wonderful, the beds are comfortable and the porch was like a big outdoor living room. We spent most of our time out there.

I loved the random sounds of the neighborhood--the birds, roosters, dogs, music (at one point and Frank Sinatra).

The only thing I'd change, and I recommend this everywhere I stay because it's not usually done, is to provide some sort of dock for an iPod so visitors can listen to music.

Jeny, the proprietor, is very welcoming and helpful. We loved it.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled with family
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Kaukauna, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 9 April 2010

We enjoyed our stay on the island. The weather was hot and humid. The room was not the most comfortable during the day without A/C, but at night it was great being on the 2nd floor with the windows open. The space was okay. We enjoyed the patio and our neighbors. We had originally booked the private room 1 in January and I was informed a month before our trip that Jenny overbooked but she had another room available. It worked out in the end, but at the time it was a little disconcerning. We enjoyed the bikes and they made it a lot easier to get around the island.
My biggest complaint about our place was the noise. This is something that Jenny can't control and comes with the area. We heard dogs, chickens, and loud music throughout the night. We did stay during Easter and there was a party and disco set up on the beach and the music was very loud during the night all weekend.
Overall we enjoyed our stay and Jenny was very accomodating.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Panama
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Reviewed 8 April 2010

We had two rooms neighbouring each other (one with kitchen and both with bathroom) and share a porch where you can relax and chill in your hammock. It´s in a quite neighbourhood less then 10 minutes from the town centre by bike. Bikes are included so you can easily get anywhere. It´s a nice and authentic place, clean, friendly service, wireless internet, good information on what´s there to do on bocas, in other words, all that you are looking for! I can strongly recommend it.

Stayed February 2010
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Holland
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Reviewed 8 April 2010

We stayed for a couple of days in one of the lovely cabanas of Panama's Paradise. It was our favourite accomodation during our travel in Panama. Why stay in a hotelroom if you can stay in your own little wooden house with a lovely porch surrounded by plants and kolibris for the same price? The location is not in the centre of town but in an area called Saigon. We really enjoyed it, because it felt like we were experiencing the real Bocas, instead of the tourist strip. And you get free bicycles, so the centre is just a couple of minutes away! Also, the bicycles are perfect for exploring the islands beaches!

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Berlin
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Reviewed 3 March 2010

Dear Jenny,
what a great time I had in Saigoncito!!
It´such a beautiful, warmhearted place - a real treasure.....
I´m so glad we met (...you on your bike... plus our little cute neighbors, the geckos & humming-birds).
And I mean it: should you once decide to give up Saigoncito - I´m the one to take over.....
I would not hesitate a second!! Please remember.....
And of course I will recommend your place - and have already done!
Good luck to you while looking after paradise -
Hugs
*meike

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 March 2010

I am writing this review DESPITE having not actually stayed at the property. The following review is based entirely on my interaction with Jenny, the property manager.

From the beggining my experience with Jenny was exceptional. In a country with strict reservation policies, Jenny made our booking easy and pleasant. Despite having to change our reservation frequently (and ultimately missing our trip to Bocos del Toro entirely), Jenny demonstrated a level of patience and flexibility that puts the word hospitable in 'hospitality'! She is a gem, an attribute to this property and a glowing example of local charm.

Did I mention Jenny wrote and spoke to me in English the whole time? Imcreadible!

  • Stayed January 2010
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California
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Reviewed 25 February 2010

Isla Colon has many hotel options, but with the popularity of Bocas it is difficult to find something that is nice, reasonably priced and clean. We wandered around checking out hotels for well over an hour in the afternoon heat until we had the good fortune of running into Jenny. Her cabanas are located in a quiet neighborhood and all have private plant shaded porches with hammocks. The cabana was super clean with comfortable beds. The cabanas are about a 15 minute walk or 5 minute bike ride from the main drag of Isla Colon. We appreciated staying in a true local neighborhood rather than in the tourist packed main hotel/hostel zone.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Panama's Paradise Saigoncito
Address: Area Saigon, Bocas Town, Isla Colon 507, Panama
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Region: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Colon > Bocas Town
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 41 Speciality Lodging in Bocas Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Panama's Paradise Saigoncito 2.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Panama's Paradise Caribbean Cabanas "Saigoncito" are located just a five minutes bike-ride away from Bocas Town and around the corner from the beach. This is your home away from home and the perfect place to find out what life is like in Panama's Paradise. The authentic Cabanas are built in the Caribbean style and are surrounded by local daily activities. Inside you find all the luxury that you're familiar with at home. Experience the Caribbean and enjoy your stay! ... more   less 
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