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“Manglar Lodge is magic” 5 of 5 stars
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Manglar Lodge
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Calle 1 Norte | El Palmar, San Carlos 33172, Panama   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in San Carlos
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
1 review
“Manglar Lodge is magic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2012

My daughter and I arrived in the relaxed atmosphere of San Carlos on the third day of our stay in Panama. What a relief after driving in Panama City!!! We stayed at the Manglar Lodge for two nights. It was a lovely place with clean rooms, great food and service. The setting in the lush trees that sit a few steps away from the black sand beaches is wonderful. There is an open-air dining patio where we enjoyed breakfast and dinner, chatting with the staff and owner, Ivan. The decor is cool and chic and the food is delicious. I recommend the fresh pineapple ice cream drink. Don't miss the cats lounging around the property.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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manglarlodge, Owner at Manglar Lodge, responded to this review, March 30, 2012
Thanks for staying with us. we really enjoy having you and your daughter in our place. the fresh pineapple ice cream drink was our house special the Piña colada.

Hope to see you again in Panama
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Kauniainen, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2012

We only stayed one night in the lodge to experience the Pacific after almost two weeks on the Caribbean side of Panama. Manglar Lodge is a stylish, indeed clean and well-kept Hotel. With only four rooms you get a personal touch with the staff. Enjoying the beaches of El Palmar is a bit difficult, due the large variations of the tide.

Room Tip: 3 of 4 rooms have a balcony.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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manglarlodge, Owner at Manglar Lodge, responded to this review, March 15, 2012
Thanks we are glad that you enjoy your stay at Manglar Lodge. Hope to see you again someday for a longer time.
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North Battleford, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2012

We arrived in El Palmar on the fourth day of our one week trip to Panama, looking for a beach to surf and boogie board. We were lucky to find a room at Manglar Lodge for two of our four nights at El Palmar. Ivan, the owner was very helpful in helping us find the best place to rent boards and take lessons, he directed us to Coronado, a town about 10 minutes away, and even called us a cab to get there when we were looking for shopping, and sat down with us just to chat, many times during our stay at El Palmar. When my boyfriend got sick with the stomach flu one day, Ivan brought ant-acids and a new bottle of Pepto Bismol up to our room, even though he didn't sell it at his hotel, a gesture which was greatly appreciated. The hotel is extremely clean, and tastefully decorated. Overall, great service, hospitality, and a comfortable, clean affordable place to stay. Two thumbs up!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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manglarlodge, Owner at Manglar Lodge, responded to this review, March 2, 2012
Thanks Kathy. I really enjoy having you and your friends in our place.
P.S love your profile picture! that picture is my favorite one right now
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Espoo, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

Airline lost our baggage when we arrived to Panama. Ivan (Owner) personally helped us to get those back and contacted a friend who works at the airport. We could not expect more.. Thanks Ivan and staff!!! Hotel is new, very clean and decorated with good taste. Service was excellent and staff was very helpful. El Palmar is a small place with quiet beaches. Most of the time, sandbar near by, were just ours.. El Valle is also close, so its easy to combine. We are very happy that we stayed here for 3 nights. Highly recommended!!

  • Stayed December 2011, 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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manglarlodge, Manager at Manglar Lodge, responded to this review, February 25, 2012
Thanks for your comments you were the first of many guest from Finland we have this year
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2012

This small boutiqe hotel is true to the reviews on Trip Advisor. We are happy we stayed at this hotel for two nights . Our purpose in visiting Panama was to figure out reasons why retired people seeking warm weather would live in Panama vs. Mexico...Florida...Arizona ect. This little town is a great way to start a search for the perfect spot. Omarr...the acting manager went out of his way to help us..even secured a rental car to be brought to the hotel from Santa Clara Beach. This is an extreamly attractive property and is well managed. The beach in San Carlos is different...black sand...but has a gorgeous sparkle to it. A good place to stay.

Room Tip: All the rooms are nice. We had a King bed...one we saw had two queen beds. All quiet and all are o...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights and it was awesome! Brand new hotel, clean rooms, helpful staff....all around a great stay and I would recommend it to anyone in the area!

  • Stayed January 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012

we have been there twice, my husband my 3 year old baby and me. the rooms are really comfy, the restaurant is excellent (try the burgers, awesome), and we feel at home every time we go there. highly recommended.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
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Additional Information about Manglar Lodge

Address: Calle 1 Norte | El Palmar, San Carlos 33172, Panama
Location: Panama > Panama Province > San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Manglar Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you like nature and comfort, you'll enjoy your stay at Manglar Lodge. Located at El Palmar beach on the Pacific coast of the Republic of Panama, Manglar Lodge offers the visitor four cozy and clean rooms, WiFi, a lounge terrace and gardens where you can relax on the sun, read and watch birds and butterflies. Sometimes you can also see iguanas, squirrels and opossums. The high tides will bring you nice sunsets next to the mangrove and, depending on the river and swell conditions, you can also try surfing or bodyboarding. ... more   less 
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