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Octopus Garden Hotel & Dive Resort

Can Can, Portobelo, Panama
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We chose this hotel as it was mentioned as #1 in Portobelo. What a mistake! We should have listened to the people calling it a dump. This is easily the worst place I have ever stayed at, and I have stayed at countless hotels in less reputable countries. From the minute we walked Inside of our room, we were disgusted... More 

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Morristown, NJ
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

I had high hopes that this would be as impressive as the website promised. From the moment I arrived, the only thing I could think of was how to escape. The food was awful, the rooms were uncomfortable, the scuba gear was unfit for service, the staff was invisible. The best part of the visit was seeing the place in... More 

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Oakville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

I recently spent 2 days at the Octopus Garden Hotel. The location cannot be beat! its right on the water with a reef just in front of the hotel. The service is what makes this place great, The food is great with an amazing selection and a fully stocker bar. The rooms are basic but more than enough for the... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We found the place welcoming and felt more at home in the first ten minutes than we did at many of the other places we stayed. We loved the fresh fruit batidas and the very thoughtful service which took into account any unique requests that we made.

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Long Island, NY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

We stayed for two nights in April 2014 - at the tail end of the dry season. My impression from guidebooks and this website was that Portobelo hotels might be a bit sketchy. Well, Octopus Garden was clean, nicely decorated, a good aircon unit, and comfortable. The lady in charge was very pleasant and spoke English. She organized a snorkeling... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

It was very good, the staff was very friendly and attentive. The instructor was pretty good, the area in general very quiet, which was good if you want some peace of mind. The diving tours were awesome.

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

I stayed two nights in December 2013 in Octopus Garden and I loved it! What is said by others is true - nobody lies - but it is all the eye of the beholder. The setting is great, the staff is wonderful and the diving resort (equipment and instructor) are also great! Although the cook was off to a trip... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

calm nice view to the sea, sunset :-) no beach sorry but a entertainment by the crabs that come to visit you on the terrace. there are some chairs on the terrace for sun bathing and enjoying the sunset. forget the pool, its rather for frogs than for humans. rooms not dirty but would not eat on the floor neither.... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

I stayed at Octopus Garden for 3 nights. My $55/night room included these amenities: No hot water, filthy furnishings (see the photo of the inside of the bedroom door which apparently had not been cleaned in months? years?), shower walls with long black hairs on them (not mine, I am nearly bald) intermittent WiFi, down for one 18-hour stretch, and... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

very amateuristic dive resort. very bad kitchen and the rooms are also too expensive. the owner is never there and the sweet people that have run the show work there very hard . the owners also certify divers under other names of diving instuctor. I stayed there for a month working and it happend too me. the diving around that... More 

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