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Hospedaje Ecologico Nahual

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Avenida Costanera, Playa Las Lajas, Las Lajas, Panama (Formerly La Spiaza Hostel & Cabins)
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Imperial, Missouri
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29 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

From the moment you enter the front gate, you are enveloped in a lush canopy. The atmosphere is laid back, and, as advertised, eco-friendly. You're just as likely to be greeted by an inquisitive rescue pet as a courteous staff member. This hostel has a unique personality. There's several sleeping options. I chose a semi-private room with four beds, and... More 

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1 Thank Steve B
LaSpiaza, Proprietario at Hospedaje Ecologico Nahual, responded to this review

Hi Steve, it was such a pleasure to have you here and I am so happy you appreciated our garden, rescued family and staff. your pics look amazing, thanks! More 

Las Tablas, Panama
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I really like the Nahual because it is different to the majority of the hostels. It is like a big blooming garden and really deserves the name "Hospedaje Ecológico". They even use alternative cleaning methods and save energy wherever it is posssible. My doughters loved the dogs and enjoyed the beautiful beach "Playa Las Lajas".

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LaSpiaza, Owner at Hospedaje Ecologico Nahual, responded to this review

Having around children so well behaved as yours is a blessing. Those Little girls are angels and, even better, nature loving angels. All the animal (and human) family miss them, bring them back soon to play with us. More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This wonderfull, tropical little paradies, created by a unique and interesting woman, will fill your heart and mind with the flow of the wild panamenian beaches and mangroves, the stars around you, looking at night above the sky, seeing comets flying over the firmament or blue butterflies, which cross your morningway to the delicious vegan breakfast. Hostal Nahual is a... More 

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LaSpiaza, Owner at Hospedaje Ecologico Nahual, responded to this review

thanks, nature lovers with good vibes are always our preferred customers. someone told me that vegetables grow for nurishing our body, while flowers nourish the soul. I am delighted you appreciated your stay. Come back soon More 

Munich, Germany
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13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I was lucky to find this little treasure: the italian owner (and her elderly parents that were here for a visit) cooked great vegan food, partly from the permaculture garden. The cabbins are nice, the kitchen for guests very basic. A beach almost just for you in front of the hospedaje. The price of this quiteness is that taxis to... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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37 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

I love this place! Is very welcoming and quiet, surrounded by nature and lovely animals! The location is perfect if you want to enjoy the beach any time of the day! Food is the best vegan food you can find in Panama! Fresh and home made with local products. El Nahual is also a great place where you can learn... More 

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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014 via mobile

FOOD for purchase: I came to Nahual as a plant-based traveler who had heard rave reviews about the vegan breakfast and dinner options available to guests. I was not disappointed! This was absolutely some of the best food I found during more than a month of travel in Panamá, and given the quality and quantity, the price was an absolute... More 

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Mannheim, Germany
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Definately one of our favorite places during our whole 3-week trip to Panama! I can highly recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a quiet spot with a relaxing vibe and who appreciates the underlying ecological concept. Also, I can definately not relate our experience to the negative comment below. My friend and I (mid-twenties, backpackers) arrived at... More 

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Calgary, Alberta
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103 reviews
73 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Current owner, Elisa, has done a fabulous job of turning this corner property into a little eco-oasis across the road from Panama’s longest unbroken beach. The rescue dogs living on-site are a delight and there is a good kitchen with eco-cleaning products and a great recycling station. The absence of chemicals at this property earns it top marks. Care is... More 

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Mission Viejo, California
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13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

So I was the "guy" in the dorm room with the other two Italians when they saw the cockroach. They pointed it out to me, and I didn't think much of it and went back to bed. It was the size of a quarter and on the outside of the mosquito net, contrary to what was stated. It's the tropics,... More 

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Cagliari
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298 reviews
105 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

Without the shadow of a doubt, this is the most unwelcoming place we have been to in our almost 3 months in Central America. We arrived here on a Monday, at roughly 7:00 pm, brought there by a cab driver who was eager to recommend the place, despite being specifically asked to bring us to a clean, decent place. Evidently,... More 

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LaSpiaza, Propietario at Hospedaje Ecologico Nahual, responded to this review

It was such a shame that this couple had no time to know our hostel and appreciate our earthly efforts to be ecological (we always appreciate suggestions to improve our ecofriendliness and in due time, when our budget permits itself, we will invest in solar power, as wind energy is not a viable option here). As we do not accept... More 

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