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“Shangri-la in Panama”

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The Golden Frog Inn
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Honolulu
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30 reviews
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“Shangri-la in Panama”
Reviewed 23 March 2014

Setting overlooking the valley with grounds lovingly cared for by gardener. Becky rehabs birds and dogs so you may be lucky to see an endangered blue gold macaw she recently rescued. She and Larry host a happy hour nightly so guests can meet and exchange notes. Owners take a great deal of pride in taking care of guests. I had a room without kitchen so given use of large kitchen down from main house. Kitchen wonderful and gathered there with guests from Germany for dinner.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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San Jose, California
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

We stayed at the Golden Frog Inn in February, 2014 for 5 days. My husband and I had a smaller room (by choice) and other family members had one of the larger rooms with a kitchenette. Both rooms were lovely, comfortable, and extremely clean. The grounds of the Golden Frog are so beautiful that it is difficult to find the right words to describe the beauty. The hosts (Larry, Becky and Adrian) were wonderful, helpful and really cool. We were on a scouting trip to see if we would want to live in Panama...and the answer is YES. We just wish we could live at the Golden Frog Inn full time.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Irvine, CA
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20 reviews
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

We stayed here for two nights over Thanksgiving. Had a wonderful thanksgiving dinner at the Inn. We were in Suite/Room 2. We loved the hammock out front and the lush garden. Would definitely recommend staying here. Only thing we would have liked is a breakfast. We ended up having breakfast at Buon Appetito (huevos rancheros was good, french toast not so much).

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chicago
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Reviewed 6 March 2014

Becky, Larry and Adrian extremely friendly and helpful, helping us locate restaurants, arranging transportation and letting us visit with their dogs. Becky brought us a plate of delicious fruit and homemade banana bread upon our arrival. Grounds are beautifully manicured and the room impeccably clean.

If you don't have a car, it is a bit of a hike into town but worth doing if you enjoy walking. Approximately 15-45 minute walk, depending on how far into town you are going. There is no trouble finding cabs back during the day, not sure about night. We had a wonderful driver, Guillermo from Panama Country Living, who drove us to El Valle from Panama City, and back.

I should add that it does get noisy at night when the wind roars like a freight train. This could be seasonal, but if you're a light sleeper you might want to pack ear plugs. Otherwise it is peace and tranquility.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

Our two-night-stay the Golden Frog Inn was just great! From the moment we arrived and were greeted by the very competent and relaxed owners Larry and Becky and their Manager Adrian we felt right at home. The rooms (incl. bathrooms) are great, very ample and tastefully designed, with big private verandas including rocking chair and hammock, the premises and garden are very beautiful, with lots of vegetation and a big swimming pool to cool off after a long day of hiking in the cloudforest. The room rate is fair, especially considering that it includes a happy hour every evening with free drinks, tasty homemade snacks and great conversation with the hosts and other guests. The lovely town of El Valle and its beautiful surroundings was one of the highlights of our Panama trip, and our stay at the Golden Frog Inn was a big part of that. The only regret we had was that we had only booked two nights!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 17 February 2014

I stayed 7 nights at the Golden frog Inn in January 2014. It was beautiful, Larry and Beck are so helpful and welcoming, everything to make a wonderful stay! Larry offered me a car ride to discover El Vallee on my first day, and I rent a bicycle to go around all week, which was totally perfect! There is lots to do in El Vallee, and relaxing by the pool or in a hammock is one of the best...

I totally recommend the night hike with Mario, we saw wonderful animals and the feeling was great!

I was in room 5, which is the smallest, but it totally answered my needs. It was clean and nicely arranged. The kitchen by the pool was just perfect. Nice breeze, beautiful mountains, noisy parrot :-), nice dogs, what more can you hope for?

Thank you so much Larry and Becky, it was the perfect stay, and I fully recommend it to anyone going to El Vallee.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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Washington, D.C.
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298 reviews
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Reviewed 16 February 2014

The Golden Frog Inn is situated on beautiful grounds with stunning views of the mountains in the distance. It offers modern, comfortable accommodations. It has a beautiful swimming pool which we took full advantage of.
The owners, Larry and Becky are extremely friendly and willing to share their knowledge of the area. Each evening at 6:00 they host a happy hour for their guests which proved to be a very convivial and enjoyable time. Their three friendly dogs and their macaw add to the festivities.
Adrian, their Argentine manager, is extremely enthusiastic and helpful.
Through the Golden Frog we hired Mario Bernal as a birding guide for two days. His great enthusiasm, love for his environment, and deep knowledge of the local birds made our experience with him a high point of our trip.
We stayed in room #3 which is described as a two bedroom apartment. The way it is laid out, however, make it more suitable for a family than two couples who want a bit of privacy.
We should also note that the Golden Frog does not serve meals (we did have a full kitchen). It is a long walk to town,especially after dark, and is best suited for those who have their own transportation. There are several good dining options in El Valle with Casa de Lourdes being one of the best restaurants in Panama.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: The Golden Frog Inn
Address: Calle Las Veraneras # 22, El Valle de Anton 1001, Panama
Region: Panama > Cocle Province > El Valle de Anton
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in El Valle de Anton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Golden Frog Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Golden Frog Inn is a little piece of paradise here in El Valle de Anton. Newly remodeled in early 2011, the villa's larger guest units are now equipped with fully stocked kitchens and cable TVs to better accommodate guests for longer stays. The villa is located in a very quiet, peaceful area of El Valle. The 42 foot pool, the sunsets, and spectacular bird watching make for a wonderful tropical get-away. We know you will enjoy your stay at the Golden Frog Inn. Come and share the beauty of this beautiful villa and community with us. ... more   less 
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