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“Quirky” 4 of 5 stars
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Spokane, Wa
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“Quirky”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2009

Sol y Mar is a delightful if spare accomodation. The owner/proprietor is helpful and fascinating, like many of the residents of Santa Catalina, which seems like it fell right out of a Steinbeck novel. Prices are right but bring cash, when we were there there were no cash machines and they didn't take credit or debit cards.

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    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 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2009

I can recomend this wonderful place to everyone, but probably really elderly persons cause it´s really not that easy to climb the high stairs to your cabin. But as a reward the higher you stay the better view you enjoy!
The room was airconditioned, quite spacious, with 2 twin beds, a tv-set and a fridge. But to crown it all we took the advantage of the terrace - utilities for barbeque, wooden garden furniture, 2 hammocks and a splendid sea view!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bretagne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2009

Spacy and clean rooms with aircon, fridge, hot water. The tenant is very sympatic and helpful.
We particurlaly appreciate to have aircon as the average temperature is °C 32 without lots of air. Wich is, as of today NOT the case for most of Santa Catalina hotel.
We also appreciate to be able to take a real shower before dinner knowing that you are mainly going there to enjoy sea oriented activites, but as you got black sand, it is very sticky.
Last but not least, the fridge is very appreciable to put freash drinks, we also used it to store our lunch stuff for coming excursions (I.E. if you go to Coiba you can either buy a lunch pack in the village for an average $8, either by what to make your sandwich at the grocery store for an average $2 and store it in the fridge)
Finally, as regard to its location as well as 24/24 guard, it is a very safe place.

The only things to improve were:
- the absence of room service but I think the tenant is currently looking for the appropriate staff.
- the difficulty to have breakfeast there. However, a dedicated house is currently under construcation to offer food services and it should be solved by mid year

If you go there, ask the tenant to show you the view from his terrace, it is incredible.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2009

Sol y mar is fine for the area, but not great. The rooms are large, but in disrepair. The rooms were not cleaned during our week stay.

Stayed January 2006
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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2009

Sol y Mar is a wonderful option for travelers to Santa Catalina. The property is very well-kept by the owners who live on-site. The rooms are clean, spacious, and comfortable, the air conditioning nice and cold. Luis, the owner, is more than happy to help his patrons, and went above and beyond by driving us around and showing us where one of the restaurants is. The view from the front patio of my room was unbelievable, with great visibility to the ocean. The sunset is to die for! I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone staying in Santa Catalina.

  • Liked — Great service from Luis. Very clean rooms.
  • Disliked — It didn't matter for us because Luis drove us in his car, but the property is on a hill, and it might have been hard to get bags up to the room if Luis hadn't helped us out.
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2008

After a horrid night with bugs at another hotel in Santa Cantalina, we walked around the very tiny town (and up and down the beach) checking out other possibilities. This is EASILY the best place in town. STAY HERE if you're coming to Santa Catalina.

The rooms were large and spacious, the beds comfortable, and the hammocks on the balconies were fun. One warning: it's a long hike up the staircase to the cabins. Be prepared.

Other than that, even though it's a 10 minute walk to the beach, it still has "ocean views" from the balcony, and it's really quite nice for this tiny beach community.

Stayed August 2008
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2008

The Sol y Mar hotel is an oasis in the jungle. The room we stayed in was large and had a/c, satellite tv and hot water......... all rare commodities in Santa Catalina. We paid $49 for two people per night and felt it was a great value. There were public telephones in town, however internet services were not available anywhere in town while we were there but we were told they are working on fixing that. The nearest internet cafe was a one hour drive away in Sona.

  • Liked — tv, A/C, hot water
  • Disliked — no internet
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Principal, Santa Catalina 00507, Panama
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Location: Panama > Veraguas Province > Santa Catalina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Catalina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located along the main street in Santa Catalina,on a hill overlooking the ocean,Sol y Mar offers 9 spacious rooms, all with air conditioned, private bath with hot shower, satellite TV, mini-fridge, internet (in restaurant area). Six of the rooms have two double beds and a sofa-bed, so they can accommodate up to 5 people Some of the rooms has an additional bunk bed,so can sleep 7.There are three new rooms each with a King bed. We also have a restaurant with pool table,ping-pong and a swimming pool. ... more   less 
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Sol y Mar Hotel Santa Catalina
Sol y Mar Panama/Santa Catalina

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