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“LOVE EL VALLE, HATE THIS HOTEL: Roach, mold, dust...” 1 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Rincon Vallero
Panama City, Panama, Panama
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4 reviews
“LOVE EL VALLE, HATE THIS HOTEL: Roach, mold, dust...”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2012

We are Panamanians, and we love to travel around our country with our two toddlers. We take a one-day trip to El Valle at least once every year, go to the zoo, to the Sunday Market, etc.. but wanted to do more things with our girls, such as spend time in the pool, explore, etc... Their website pics are very convincing and we liked the idea of a comfy little hotel, with a kiddy pool, petting zoo, and outdoor playsets for kids.

Honestly, this was our WORST family trip so far. Our room was moldy, dirty, dusty. The website advertise things you will not find in your room, as it says. NO DVD player (thank God my husband thought in advance and brought a DVD player with movies), NO WI-FI, NO PHONE, NO FIRE ALARM (maybe it was hidden behind one of the spider webs in our room), NO MINI BAR. The window screens were so dusty and dirty that we couldn't open the windows to enjoy the night breeze. One of my girls sat on the floor to play, but thank God again I put a towel and sat her on it, because in the morning we found a huge ROACH right next to her toys!! EW!). Cracked walls. Don't expect too much of the fresh flowers and the basket with amenities. I couldn't sleep because of the moldy smell and my girls and husband coughed all night!
It was rainy so the girls couldn't use the kiddy outdoor sets or pool (they are OK, nothing fancy, the pool seemed clean, the play sets were not). They enjoyed looking at the bunnies, ducks and goat. This is a cute hotel, with no maintenance.
We checked-out before breakfast, and surprisingly enough, our check out was not a surprise to the lady in charge, who was very nice. We gave no reason, but she was apologetic.

OF COURSE WE WILL GO BACK TO EL VALLE, BUT NOT TO THIS HOTEL.

Our Hotel – Restaurant is exclusive, with rooms Mini – Standard, Standard, Jr. Suite and Suite. All properly equipped:
Different decoration in each room. ***WE GOT THE UGLY DUSTY ROOM***
Amenities baskets and fresh flowers. ***SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER IN MEDICINE PLASTIC JARS, WITH NO PROPER LABELS***
Air conditioning. ***SMELLY***
Hot water.
Phone. ***NOT***
T.V.
DVD ***NOT***
Mini Bar. ***NOT***
In room personal safe. ***NOT***
Fire alarm. ***NOT***
What distinguishes us as the Best Hotel in the Region. ***NOT***

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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Tacoma, Washington
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2012

Very nice, off the beaten track. We keep going back to El Valle, its Panama's own Brigadoon. This is Central America however. If you want upper end amenities go to NYC or Vegas. We prefer independent travel, going local and leaving a small footprint. Better lodging can be found in the mega developments on the beaches though one can then expect impersonal service, multiples in price and loud throbbing music - all the very long day.
We took two rooms right in the veranda area of the dining area with its several water features. The rooms were spacious and A/C. Our room was a bit dark, not well lit in particular. One of the two beds didn't sleep well. The other did however. Water pressure wasn't fantastic but more than adequate. We preferred sitting out in the veranda with its lush green foliage, hummingbirds, toads (after dark), lizards, turttles and goldfish in the pools.....enjoyed a few thunderstorms etc. The rooms were clean and staff helpful and courteous.
The restaurant had decent food and complimentary breakfast was grand.
From what so many U.S. independent hostelry have become in recent years this place is a garden.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 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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Phoenix, Arizona, USA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2012

Though we appreciated the beautiful neighborhood where we could walk in the evening, our room in the back part of the yard was dark, moldy, and depressing. We could not open the windows because they looked out over a dark storage area. The room smelled so moldy, I could not sleep very well. The television dated from the 1950s, though fortunately we did not come to Panama to watch TV. The courtyard is pretty and has some attraction for people with small children, but there need to be more chairs and sitting areas with thought to planters and coffee tables to place your drink. Breakfast was adequate and included but we felt the room was much overpriced compared to our other lodgings in Panama.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Panama City, Panama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2012

You never know what to expect for a price of $83. Can be as easily for a overpriced room. But this time it was a good choice.
The hotel lies in a quiet and green neighborhood. The hotel is well kept and has a nice garden with a small, clean swimmingpool. This pool is big enough for children to play in, for adults it is to cool off. There is also a small playground for the little ones, but our 8 and 6 year old liked it too.
The room was not big but big enough. We stayed in the room with two adults, two children and we brought a travel cot for our baby.
Beds and sheets were clean and we slept well. We didn't use the airconditioning since we could open the windows (they put a netting against mosquitos in the windows).
Bathroom was simple, but clean and there was hot water in the shower (which you do not find everywhere).

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 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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Property: Hotel Rincon Vallero
Address: Espave Street, El Valle de Anton, Panama
Region: Panama > Cocle Province > El Valle de Anton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in El Valle de Anton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Rincon Vallero 3.5*
Number of rooms: 17
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