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The Golden Frog Inn
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Bluffton, South Carolina
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214 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Feel like family.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2014 via mobile

Only six rooms makes you feel like your visiting your favorite uncle (the rich one)!
Located part way up the side of millions of years old volcano, you have nearly unspoiled view of nature. The rain or cloud forest is truly an experience in itself, and you have a ring side seat here.
The grounds are beautiful with flowers and birds galore. Your wakup call will be the birds.
This inn could be your destination without taking in the other sights in the area.
$70 for single, shared bath and kitchenette. Breakfast is fresh fruit, banana bread and coffee.
Adrian, the Argentina manager speaks fluengt English, and is very cordial and willing to help with your questions about the area. A 6:00 happy hour is on the house.
A very pleasant experience, highly recommended.

Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Crowley, Texas
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30 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2014 via mobile

We arrive via bus from Panama City and Adrian picks us up. We get to the Golden Frog Inn and even though I had seen pictures online, the beauty here still takes your breath away. We were in Villa #2, which has a huge covered porch with patio furniture and a hammock. Very well appointed with a fully equipped kitchen. (The tv is mainly in Spanish).
We enjoyed the pool and did an awesome tour with Giovanni of El Valle Mountain tours, but did not take in any of the towns attractions.
This is a place for relaxing: sitting on the porch, drinking coffee and reading, while enjoying the sound of the birds and the constant breeze across the porch. As I looked around to the mountains and flowers that surrounded us, my dreams of living on the beach got a little fuzzy. This area is so peaceful. You can definitely feel God here.

  • Stayed May 2014
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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95 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

My husband and I stayed at the Golden Frog Inn for just one night on March 22, 2014. Believe what other reviewers say. This a lovey place, impeccably clean and very well managed. The views are amazing and we wished we would have stayed longer and more time to explore this lovely area.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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108 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2014 via mobile

Except for the bed, all was excellent about this place, the quiet and beautiful location and grounds, nice pool, little social hour, place to cook or just fix a bite, etc. the TV was way high and hard to watch but we didn't really care. The bed was not too great but the personal patio space and all the rest was so nice. You want to have a car here

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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venice
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151 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

The estate is an incredible valley property, and owners Becky and Larry have given it additional personal touches. Feels like your home in the corner of the jungle. They are very helpful with guest information to enhance travel experience. They are passionate about their move to panama and birds and animals. Fresh flowers in suite, a snack in fridge and happy hour in the main house all make for a very special experience.

Room Tip: The daily market and several supermarkets make self catering easy. But there are lots of dining opti...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Chicago, Illinois
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109 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014

Moderately priced small hotel/B & B with small pool and individual cooking facilities. The owners host a nightly happy hour which is a good way to get info about local attractions, hikes and Panama. The cooking facilities were very well stocked with stove, M/W and large fridge, coffee maker/grinder and linens/dishes/cookware. El Valle has both one of the largest markets around plus a brand new El Rey so this is a great option which we really enjoyed. Rooms and grounds are immaculate and owners are constantly doing required maintenance to keep everything in top shape.

Only downside is that it is not the best for nature-lovers. The site back-ups to a large grassy area of the crater wall and is thus fairly dry and not as lush as many other locations. It is easy to walk up the nearby road however through which runs by a small creek. The owner has quite a few dogs (maybe 5) plus cats.

In addition, the drapes are rather thin which is a problem if you have difficulty sleeping with lights.

Room Tip: Choose either rooms 1 or 2 even though they cost a little more. Very large patios with comfortable...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Chico, California
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2014

We went to El Valle on a whim for one nigh of our trip and it was amazing. They only had one night available. We couldn't believe how beautiful the estate was, the pool, the garden's, the views...breath taking. Adrian the host and the owners are kind and hospitable. We had a big airy well appointed room. With only six rooms in the hotel you have as much privacy as you want or Becky, Larry and Adrian make great conversation. They have all the local sightseeing information you need. We will be back. The small town is a pleasant experience, the surrounding jungle and views are something to experience first hand.

Room Tip: Get a big room over looking the pool. I think #1 or #2. Has kitchen.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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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 12 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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