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El Otro Lado

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Bahia de Portobelo, Portobelo, Panama
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Stockholm, Sweden
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

When we visited Portobelo we had lunch at El Otro Lado, but didn't stay. A really pleasant surprise. I didn't know that such a place existed in Panama. You are picked up by a boat in Portobelo for a short transfer to the resort. When you get off the boat you get a nice fresh juice drink and are met... More 

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Shell Beach, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We spent 4 fantastic nights at El Otro Lado in June and loved every minute of it. The secluded location, idiosyncratic modern design and art, and the friendly staff made it feel more like staying in the home of a very rich friend with exquisite taste than a hotel. During our stay, we hardly left the grounds and spent most... More 

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Diosamary L, Director Comercial at El Otro Lado, responded to this review

Dear Mr. Scott, Thank you for such a lovely review. It makes the whole team feel very proud. We look forward to welcoming you back very soon. Kindest regards from all of us across Portobelo Bay, Diosa Loré Commercial Director More 

Reims
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

We just come back from an 24 hours journey in this hotel and I will definitely miss it. Everything was perfect. We were welcome in Portobelo on the private boat of the hotel (there is an 8 minutes trip to reach the hotel, as it is not accessible by road). As we arrived on the other side, we just jump... More 

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Diosamary L, Director Comercial at El Otro Lado, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for such a lovely review. It makes the whole team feel very proud. Thank you for sharing your experience and we look forward to welcoming you back very soon. Kindest regards from all of us across Portobelo Bay, Diosa Loré Commercial Director More 

Chicago
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 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
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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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 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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France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 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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36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 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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