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El Otro Lado

Bahia de Portobelo, Portobelo, Panama
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

As has been detailed in previous reviews, EOL really stands alone geographically and from what we've read and experienced, as a concept in Panama. Driving along the coastal road to Portobelo Bay, it's hard to believe that there's light at the end of the tunnel. Once you arrive at EOL (finally by boat), it's kind of shocking. The grounds are... More 

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Petaluma, California, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

A hidden 'retreat' (only accommodates maximum of 20 guests) in a secluded spot across the bay from Portobelo, Panama. Portobelo was important historically dating to the 16th Century so there are interesting ruins and stories to embellish the experience. El Otro Lado is beautifully decorated with a slightly Afro-Caribbean theme, full of hand-made furniture and artwork. The setting is tranquil... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

El Otro Lado was total paradise. A 10-min boat ride from Portobelo, El Otro Lado truly feels like another world. The grounds are intimate - only 8 rooms/lodges total - and unobtrusive, meaning you feel like you blend in with the surrounding nature. The setting was peaceful and we enjoyed exploring around the grounds, especially the secluded lake and waterfall.... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

We have just spent 4 nights and the entire experience has been blissful . We arranged for pick up in Panama City and the transfer was easy and effortless . The hotel car was comfortable and clean . On arrival we were met with welcoming drinks and shown around this fabulous boutique hotel . Whoever designed this hotel , thought... More 

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La Coruna, Spain
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5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

very nice place but a little bit isolated. i loved the decoration, food was great too. part of the premises looked a little bit dangerous specially the place where they celebrate weddings. No beach nearby.

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48 reviews 48 reviews
37 hotel reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

From the moment we arrived until the checkout, everything was as we had hoped - smooth, effortless enjoyment in a beautiful setting. Quirky, yet tasteful, rooms and public areas, delectable food and impressive grounds. The cultural tour of Portobelo with Mama Ari is not to be missed. Wonderful gifts at Casa Congo, also owned by El Otro Lado. Superb sunsets... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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35 hotel reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This is a really well designed boutique hotel. There is an Afro-Caribbean atmosphere. The first thing that struck me was the art, all from Portobello. It reminded me of Haitian painting. The accommodation is split between the Big House (bedrooms upstairs with huge verandas facing the Caribbean) and individual cottages clustered around the infinity pool. We originally booked in the... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This resort is amazing. It's like a private island with a few cabins. All the cabins are unique in their design. This is not a big resort but very personal with an eye for details. It is in the music, the service and the interior, exactly everywhere. Besides that the scenery is overwhelming as well. If you want a rest... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The place is amazing, has a great view and experience. It does not have a beach since it is dirty because there is no sanitation. Jim, the host, was terrible. He has no social skill whatsoever and he tried to scam us into paying $200 for a cooler we brought (we did not know about $50 per person per day).... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

We stayed there 4 nights very beginning of January with the whole family, including 2 very young children. This is an amazing location with a very special modern and local decoration style. The service is very good but we did not find the people very welcoming. They hardly smile and you may even sometimes feel that you bother them. Maybe... More 

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Address: Bahia de Portobelo, Portobelo, Panama
Location: Panama > Colon Province > Portobelo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 4
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El Otro Lado Hotel Portobelo
El Otro Lado Panama/Portobelo

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