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Marina Hotel at Shelter Bay

3.0 of 5 30 Butner St., Fort Sherman, Panama
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Shelter Bay marina is a mile west of the seawall that marks the northern entrance to the Panama canal, near the former Ft. Sherman and across the bay from the city of Colon. Three of us spent four days here with a skipper who spent two weeks. Marina manager John Holly was particularly helpful in getting a reliable cab... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015 via mobile

We've been to Shelter Bay marina a bunch of times after visiting Gatun Locks with friends. We've also stayed there once for a weekend. Each time we've been delighted with the food, service and facilities. It's a hidden gem among a paucity of choice when visiting the locks, the expansion visitor centre or fort San Lorenzo further up the coast.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Always nice & helpful staff at Shelter Bay Marina and now additional/updated facilities since our 1st transit of the Panama Canal 4 years ago from the Pacific side. Now, my husband & I are with the World ARC's 40 boats going around the world & transiting to the Pacific and were so glad to find the following changes: remodeled &... More 

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Hartsville, South Carolina
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Hopefully, the non-boat-going customer will consider this a thorough review. We found this place via TripAdvisor and thought the location a safe place to stay on the Atlantic Coast. The hotel does not have a reception desk, and the young man working the desk was distracted by other matters for the first 10 minutes I was there. I had a... More 

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Rockwall, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Sailed from Houston to Shelter Bay. ARC was racing around the world, so it was crowded and busy. The Marina staff was helpful and quick to respond to requests for boat travelers. Really got nicer once the 40 boats and 250 crew members headed out thru the Panama Canal. Best shower facilities in the Caribbean! Did not go upstairs to... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Shelter Bay is a fabulous hidden treasure! From March 2013 - July 2013 the managers and staff took care of my fellow colleagues and me to whatever extent we needed. The food at the restaurant was top-notch. The regular menu was fabulous, definitely the most filling gourmet food I've ever had. The daily specials were unique, well thought out and... More 

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Colon, Panama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

Having had oru yacht on the hard for 18th months, we had no choice but to seek accomadation while we worked on her. Chris was the answer!! We were looked after like family and the chefs Marcia and Damian catered for all my needs due to the fact of my seafood fish allergy. Nothing was a problem for them. Bless... More 

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Panama City, Panama, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

We arrived late at the marina after our canal transit and ready for a celebratory dinner. Chris, The Dock's manager, did yeoman’s work despite the short notice and arranged a special, full-course meal for us aboard. The grilled salad was the best I've had in years, the octopus was stunning and my wife raved about the chicken and shrimp entre.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Sailing from Tortola, BVI to Lima, Peru, we stayed here for five days waiting for clearance to transit the canal. I must say we were treated like family! The marina, hotel and restaurant/bar staff were top notch and took great care to ensure all of our needs were met and (most importantly) we stayed safe in an unfamiliar area. Customs... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Last thursday we had dinner at the Dock restaurant...And had the best octopus dish we Ever tried in Colon, they had live music and a great fire show...will absolutely recommend this place for a night out dinner and relax! Loved it A&D

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Address: 30 Butner St., Fort Sherman, Panama
Location: Panama > Colon Province > Fort Sherman
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Marina Hotel at Shelter Bay 3*
Number of rooms: 11
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