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Mateo's B&B

Calle Humberto Zarate | Casa 131A, Gamboa, Panama
Mateo's B&B
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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41 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

I stayed here for one evening before taking an early ferry the next day to Barro Colorado Island. When I arrived Mateo and his wife greeted me kindly and checked me in, soon afterwards Mateo showed me the monkeys and Toucans that hang out in his backyard! The place is quaint and comfortable, although if you want 5 star accomodation... More 

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Albuquerque, NM
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 via mobile

We loved sitting on the patio and photographing many bird species, agouti, tamarind monkeys. Mateo and Beatrice are charming lovely knowledgeable hosts. She cooked for us one night. Breakfast was basic and tasty. Be advised there is one small store in town that mainly has junk food. Best to stock up before you arrive in town although you cannot cook.... More 

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McLean, Virginia
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20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

The rooms are simple but comfortable. We had a double bed with fan, comfortable matress, nice white sheets and thick towels. The fan has not been cleaned in a long time. The was a bookcase and a couple hooks. The room is very well mosquito proofed. No curtains on back windows overlooking forest. The bathroom was clean, door closes properly... More 

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Bogota, Colombia
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15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

As others have said, Mateo is a fantastic guy who showed us around town and picked us up from various places (Soberania NP, Los Lagartos Restuarant, Gamboa dock) for only $10 for 3 of us. We rented the apartment across the road which despite being a little musty, has some colonial charm that adds to the experience. The only thing... More 

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Edinburg, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

My friend and I made a reservation to stay here knowing little about the place, choosing it for its excellent proximity to the birding options nearby. We left with new friends, or adoptive grandparents, in Mateo and Beatriz, the couple who run the B&B in their home. Upon our arrival in a taxi from Panama City, Mateo, who retired from... More 

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Niort, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We enjoyed our one night stay at Matteo's bed and breakfast: the ambiance was peacefull and relaxing, which was perfect after our 3 week-trip around Panama. You can see agoutis and a lot of birds in their garden. Matteo and Beatrice are so kind ! Matteo dropped us off at the entrance of the pipeline road, a famous birding walk.... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

We are young couple from Europe (Italy / German) and we stayed one night in Gamboa to visit the Soberania park (pipeline road) and to do a tour on the canal and lake gatun. We decided to stay with Mateo and Beatrice in Gamboa and we really enjoyed staying there and meeting them, they are a very nice couple. Mateo... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

While the room was extremely basic, the floor was slanted, the wood was rotting, I would still highly recommend this B&B! You can tell that Mateo & Beatrice love what they do and highly enjoy meeting visitors and helping them enjoy Panama and the Gamboa area. Mateo nor Beatrice speak English so I'd recommend having basic Spanish conversation skills to... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Mateo & Beatrice are wonderful people. I spent 3 nights in one of their bungalows that has a detached, shared bathroom. i was very content. There is forest on two sides of the bungalow room. The rooms are very basic, the outdoor dining/common area is very nice & the garden is great.The birds sang their daily chorus every day at... More 

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Annaberg-Buchholz, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Just after arriving Mateo gave us a Banana for feeding the wild little monkey at their "Feedingstation" After that Mateo drove us with his car around to show us the mainspots in town inclusive the entrance of the best hikingtrack and the spot for seeing tucans. We even saw a huge crocodile. The next day they stood up for us... More 

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