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El Otro Lado

Bahia de Portobelo, Portobelo, Panama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014
KUSNACHT Zurich, Switzerland
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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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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Zurich, Switzerland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

What a surprise to find out this such lovely place so quiet, peacefull in the middle of nowhere! the staff were very nice, friendly and helpfull. Jim always around to make sure everything is ok and the place, wouaw, decorated with so much taste. This mixture with a bit of everywhere could just have been hawfull but it happens to... More

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Loppem, Belgium
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9 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

beautiful location, nice room, good food although breakfast could be a lot better (not much to choose from) this is a place to relax and enjoy! We slept in the old house. Beautiful room with good equiped bathroom. Small hotel feels very private.

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Virginia Beach, United States
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5 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

They send a boat to pick you up in Portobelo, and this is just the beginning of an amazing experience. The hotel is beautifully appointed in a mid-century style with unique Panamanian touches by local artists. Service is excellent at every level, and you feel truly pampered. We enjoyed dinner, which was truly amazing. This is the perfect location for... More

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24 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

The ride to Oltra Lado seemed to go on forever past colorful slums all along the way. It was quite a surprise, to cross the water from the town to the island and find such an upscale establishment – “On the Other Side.” El Otra Lado sets the bar for personal service, comfort and security. A staff member trailed our... More

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New York City, New York
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3 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

My husband found El Otro Lado after a lot of searching. We chose this place because of its proximity to Panama City (1 1/2 hour drive) and because it looked so charming. We had a wonderful time and felt completely relaxed after 3 days there. It is still summer in Feb so the weather was great. The hotel arranged for... More

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Dallas Tx
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11 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

We were able to steal a few days before Thanksgiving and immediately thought of "EOL" for some much needed R&R in beautiful sea shore/jungle tropical seclusion of the Sea House. Once again Jim Peebles and the EOL staff performed at the highest professional level and did not disappoint. There's a long list of things for guests to do - if... More

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Panama City, Panama
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

We spent a week-end in El Otro Lado, with our two year old daughter. This is probably the most beautifully decorated hotel in Panama. Each room is decorated with taste and a sum of small details that make you feel like home. The food was excellent, with local flavours. The limited number of rooms (each in a separated house) made... More

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

We have traveled to dozens of destinations throughout the Caribbean and Central America but El Otro Lado is truly one of a kind. The accommodations, service and food are first rate but the amazing thing to us is the investment that the owners and management are making in the local community. Their commitment to cultural preservation is exemplary. The investment... More

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

We spent unfortunately only two days at El Otro Lado but nevertheless highly enjoyed the magical setting, beautiful design and wonderful amenities of this remote place on Panama's Atlantic coast. That there is no beach at the property is not a drawback as the hotel takes one to nice beaches in the surrounding national park by boat. On top, food... More

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

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El Otro Lado is a private retreat situated in an exceptional enclave of Portobelo Bay, mixing design, culture, nature and luxury in a unique manner in order to offer its guests authentic, exclusive and custom-made experiences.Situated just over an hour from Panama City, and surrounded by the National Park of Portobelo, El Otro Lado is the perfect place to relax and disconnect while contemplating the exuberant vegetation. With views of the sea, its four exclusive houses of eclectic tropical design integrate simple details with traditional handicraft of the Atlantic Coast.A streak of truly unforgettable experiences, El Otro Lado will take you to a harmonious and dreamlike place which is equipped with all the comforts of modern life. ... more   less 
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