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“Nice ocean motel” 4 of 5 stars
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Cabanas Time Out
3.0 of 5 Ranch   |   Beach St, Santa Catalina, Panama   |  
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Munich, Germany
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Nice ocean motel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Rooms with kitchen and bedroom and private bathroom.
The pool is nice and the restaurant good.
A bit overpriced but its the only place like this in st catalina.
They can pic you up at the bus station if you call them.
Wifi was not working all the time and there was no reply why or what options there are....
Very nice location

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

I stayed here with my Dad. The pool was clean, the rooms are small but comfortable, and all of the rooms have a little kitchenette with a fridge. The a/c works great.

I read some of the negative reviews about this place before writing my review. It looks like most of these problems have been fixed:

--There are currently 3 dogs on the premises-- a puppy, its mom, and one other. The puppy and the mom are both very tame and not at all threatening. The other dog is tied up in the owner's house. There weren't any problems with dog waste, barking, etc.

-- The construction on the cabanas, pool, and restaurant are all complete. The owner's house still has a little work to be done but this wouldn't affect guests at all.

-- The owner, Phil, was very helpful. He gave us a lot of info about activities, restaurants, etc both for Santa Catalina and also for Panama City.

-- The pool is probably the best part of this place. It was pristine and the view of the beach was incredible.

-- I thought the food here was only so-so. BUT, the two best restaurants in the area are right next door (Chino's and Jammin Pizza).

-- Our rooms were cleaned daily.

I've traveled all over Central America and Asia. This place is on par with a 4-star in America but easily a 5-star for Central America.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013 via mobile

We ate here several times during our stay in Santa Catalina, and found the staff to be very friendly, the food excellent, the swim up bar a nice touch, the sunsets amazing, delicious homemade juices and clean place. We recommend staying here or at least stopping by for a sunset drink and snacks/dinner.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Zama, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

I'm not your usual "resort" guest as Ive been backpacking for years now. When I arrived to Cabañas Time Out, I was greeted with what seemed like a welcoming crew... Smiles, drinks and a bright blue pool inviting me in. The food was well rounded and made right in front of you (comforting when you've been eating street food for awhile) and believe me, you don't go thirsty!
The rooms are spacious and extremely comfortable. A full kitchen and private porch makes for the perfect stay near a beach access (even though I often napped on the hammocks over looking the ocean)! Thanks Cabañas's Time Out for making my Panama excursion a memorable one!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tavistock, Ontario, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

Cabanas Time Out was an awesome place to stay. We were diving Coiba Island our first day and had to be at the dive shop by 8am so our hostess came in early to make sure we had a warm breakfast and packed up our lunch for the day! Our room was clean and tidy with a kitchen area including a regular sized fridge and gas range. We did not use this amenity much except to keep our "refreshments" cold and opted for taking our meals in the restaurant or in town. The food was excellent and of good value. I especially liked lounging by the pool while taking in the breathtaking views of the ocean and sunset while being served cocktails! The bed was comfortable, water pressure excellent and lots of hot water. We had option for AC or fan with a big sliding patio door off the bedroom to our veranda. Phil the owner greated us and made sure we had everything we needed as he was just finishing up construction on his main residence on site. Overall we had a great time and would highly recommend staying here and will again.

Room Tip: All of the rooms faced small lawns and the parking area.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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10 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

This small resort is a perfect place to get away. Santa Catalina is a small surfing town on Panama's Pacific coast. The cabins/rooms are nicely decorated and have functioning kitchenettes. The restaurant has yummy food. The pool with swim-up bar is terrific.

Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Phil M, Owner at Cabanas Time Out, responded to this review, November 6, 2013
Thanks guys.
We are waiting for your return.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

Great Pool with a nice view! Don't miss to relax at the poolbar and enjoy the sunset.
The american owner knows how to run a business and can give you good recommendations regarding day trips.
The rooms are upper standard with a kitchen but don't expect a 5 star room.
The shrimp-sauce is one of a kind, you'll love it ( but don't order food when the old panamenian lady is working, wait for the owner or the friendly younger panamenian )

We had a great stay! Time Out is the best choice in santa catalina!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Phil M, Owner at Cabanas Time Out, responded to this review, November 6, 2013
Glad you had a great time here hurry back.
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Additional Information about Cabanas Time Out

Address: Beach St, Santa Catalina, Panama
Location: Panama > Veraguas Province > Santa Catalina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Santa Catalina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Cabanas Time Out 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Time Out Cabanas is perched on a bluff over the Pacific Ocean offering magnificent views of nearby islands and stunning sunsets. Our Resort also boasts the easiest access in Santa Catalina to a world-class point break. Time Out Cabanas is comprised of 8 individual, custom-built cabanas. Each cabana offers a full kitchens, air conditioning, hot water showers, LCD television, a beautiful main house, fresh water swimming pool, a full service bar and restaurant. ... more   less 
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