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sol y mar

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Principal, Santa Catalina 00507, Panama
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sol y Mar is situated half a mile from the centre of the small town. Owner Luis is a friendly guy, helpfull and pleasant to talk with. Houses/cabins are cleaned every day, beds are good! Amazing view from the pool and restaurant. Nice food. WiFi is limited: 5 devices can connect at one time. Friendly place, not to expensive and... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I arrived to Sol y Mar because a friend recommend it, and I’m glad I did, because the hotel is for me the best one (I’ve been 6 time at Santa Catalina). Travelers need to know how rural is this area, Panamanian Government has not invested enough to develop basic infrastructure and public services, And I say this because one... More 

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SantaCatalinaSurfer, Owner at sol y mar, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your nice comment and also for your suggestions,we are always looking for ways to improve,but as you well said we are already at a good standard for such a remote place It was nice talking to you and having you around for a couple days,hope to see you here again More 

Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

I have already stayed at various hotels in Santa Catalina and Sol y Mar is definitely one of the best places. They have beautiful rooms, great food and service, very friendly and helpful staff and amazing ocean views. Great value! I will certainly return to stay there again on my next trip to Santa Catalina! Highly recommended!

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SantaCatalinaSurfer, Owner at sol y mar, responded to this review

Thank you for taking your time to write such nice comments about our hotel. It is always good to see guests enjoy their stay and plan on returning See you next time! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

We stayed at this wonderful place for 3 nights! The location was superb with magnificent views from our room and also from the pool. The room was very clean and nice! In front there was a spacious deck with seatings. The owner, Luis, was really helpful. We would definitely recommend Sol y Mar Hotel!

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SantaCatalinaSurfer, Owner at sol y mar, responded to this review

Dear guest Thank you for taking your time to review sol y mar,it is always good to know what our guests think of us. Your short comments pretty much show us that you enjoyed what we offer,which is comfort,beautiful views,nice food and hospitality.Hope that you visit us again some time More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

After having a great experience in 2008, I really didn't know how it could be better but I was pleasantly surprised! The place is great and the view from the new swimming pool is just over the top.. There is something magical about having coconut milk looking at Santa Catalina's island. Apart from the swimming pool, Luis also built a... More 

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SantaCatalinaSurfer, Owner at sol y mar, responded to this review

Thank you for coming back! Its so great when people decide to return to our place,as that is true proof they had a good time.Being in such a remote place like ours and having constantly repeat costumers that more and more come back,makes me see I am not alone in loving the nature and beauty of santa catalina Till next... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The a/c was functioning which was key as it was incredibly hot while we were there. We found the rooms to be spacious with working refrigerators and reasonably comfy beds. The service was very good--we had a problem with the shower in one room and it was fixed within an hour of our mentioning it. The breakfasts were good and... More 

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SantaCatalinaSurfer, Owner at sol y mar, responded to this review

dear guest thank you for your nice comments about our place,yours is a quite good description and perspective of what we have to offer. Also true we offered rides in our truck and we keep doing that to any guests that do not have a car,of course when the vehicle is available,and we also pick people up at the Estero... More 

Ventura, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

My sister and I had the most wonderful experience at Sol y Mar. All the creature comforts you can ask for in the middle of the jungle and next to the sea. The sounds of the wild life at night and the birds singing in the morning was an experience in itself. The breezes and views from the room and... More 

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SantaCatalinaSurfer, Owner at sol y mar, responded to this review

thank you for your kind comments,it was a pleasure having you here,am glad you had a nice time. Getting good comments from the people that stays here is what reassures us that we are doing a good job providing good lodging and service far away from city life hope to have you here again one day More 

Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Beautiful location high above the town. Sweeping magnificent views. Wonderful spacious room. The owners, Luis and Adriana, run a family business and treat you as one of their own. The free breakfast is delicious, made fresh. Not a buffet! Luis catered to our every need. Housekeeping was immaculate. We will most definitely return. Thank you Luis!!

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SantaCatalinaSurfer, Owner at sol y mar, responded to this review

Thank you so much for such amazing comment,it really pleases us to have the guests enjoy the same beauty and peace that made me want to raise my family and build the business here hope you return,when you do you will as always find improvements from the time you last visited. More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Do not risk other hotels here. With spotty service and lack of amenities. Daily breakfast included in plenty of time to get you to dive shop, excellent happy hour, well appointed clean rooms, delicious dinners, and nice pool. And the english speaking staff that you will say are the nicest in all Panama. This is a real gem whether for... More 

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SantaCatalinaSurfer, Owner at sol y mar, responded to this review

thank you so much for your nice review,it is good to hear that people appreciate our efforts to make sol y mar a comfortable place with good food and service,even if we are in such a remote area your comment is a reward for us,thank you again More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

After seeing the pictures and reviews on TripAdvisor for sol y mar we were excited for our visit. However, disappointed to find poorly maintained decks, grounds and rooms. Broken tiles throughout to include pool. Extremly steep hills (driveway) and poor outdoor lighting made it challenging to walk at night. Need 4X4 vehicle to get up hill. On the positive, it... More 

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SantaCatalinaSurfer, Owner at sol y mar, responded to this review

Dear guest Thank you for taking your time to express your disappointment at your stay with us.It is always sad when we get bad reviews like yours,even when working in the service industry for a long time we already know you can not meet everyones expectations.We have a very big property at which we have been working non-stop for 20... More 

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