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“Great view!” 5 of 5 stars
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Playa Los Buzos, Cambutal, Panama   |  
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Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
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17 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Great view!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

Kambutaleko was a great place to relax after surfing. Great view, nice hammocks & a very friendly Spanish guy who was staffing the hotel while the owners were out of town. He showed us the local surf spots & made us a nice breakfast of tea/coffee & fruit. Also gave us rec's on things to do and places to eat. The room was clean and comfy. My only gripe is that there was no fridge for our groceries/beer. But that's okay, because it was exceptional value! Thanks again!

  • Stayed July 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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Rating summary
  • 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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  • German first
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English first
Panama City, Panama
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

I read the reviews before making my reservation and my expectations were set too high. When we made the reservations they didn't warn us about a few important things. We arrived at night after it rained. The road to Cambutal is in good condition, but the road that takes you up the hill to the hostel is all MUD and the car could not go all the way to the top as it would slide (When we made the reservations they did not warn us about this!) So, we had to leave the car in a Restaurant/Bar right down the hill (by the way, the next morning one of the tires was flat). When we finally arrived to the hostel, there was a large group of noisy people already staying at the hostel. Not very welcoming a bumpy arrival after 11:00 pm and you just want to go to sleep. Our alarm clock in the morning was again the noisy large group hanging out right out of our room and window at 6am. Take into account that since it's a small place and you won't get much privacy with people hanging out right outside of your door or window. They also told us that a simple breakfast (seasonal fruits, coffee, tea, cookies) was included, but when we arrived the guy in charge (as the owners were out of town...) said if there is fruit then they'll serve breakfast :S So we were uncertain if we would have breakfast the next morning. Luckily, we had papaya and tea. The closest store is 20-30 min away, so make sure you bring enough food! Another important thing is they didn't warn us about mosquitoes! Chitras specifically. Even with the strongest mosquito repellent we were itching all night and day so we couldn't sleep very well. So, we ended up leaving a day earlier from what we had reserved. I'm sure our stay would've been nicer if the owner would have been there, but even though so, it is a MUST to warn customers about these seriously important details if they want us to have a nice stay. This is a "heads up" of some of the details you must take into before making a reservation at this hostel or any other place.

Room Tip: Take into account that since it's a small place, you won't get much privacy with people hang...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

This place is for everybody !! Kids, couples, friends, family... And you feel very comfortable !! I spent 10 days with my best friend, in holidays, it was amazing... the sunrise from your bed, monkeys around the house, afternoons with a book in hamac, I met people from everywhere in the world, i really enjoyed !!! The breakfast is free and different everyday, the room is regularly cleaned, matress really comfortable, the owners are available and really friendly !!! I really loved this place and I suggest to stay more than one night to really feel and appreciate the life in Cambutal...

Room Tip: room number 3 is for me the best for the view
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  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Sneek, The Netherlands
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14 reviews 14 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Our booking wasn't made, but we could prove it by email. Then they realised it was their mistake, and they offered there own room upstairs for us. This was a great and new room, but there was no water from the tap yet, which was a bit inconvenient. We got an extensive breakfast to make up for us not being booked. The other night we stayed in a room downstairs. This room was really hot which made it hard to sleep.

Hotel Kambutaleko is a small walk from the beach, which isn't explored yet by many tourists. There are a few restaurants nearby. It's hard to make the climb to Hotel Kambatuleko, especially by car! When you walk at night, it's very dark so don't forget your torch!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Paris, France
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

We spent 2 nights in this hotel with my husband, my cousin, and our 3 young children. We really enjoyed the place : great view, great people (the french woman and her spanish husband are really friendly and helpful), great location. The rooms are really clean, well furnished with all necessary (even a fridge, which is really helpful when traveling with young children), the breakfast is fine. The hamacs on the terrace are really comfortable. The beach down the road is really great. You can walk on the beach for hours and go at night to see turtles and turtles eggs on the beach. You have 3 or 4 cheap and good restaurants down the road (but the owners are planing to open one at the hotel), and a small supermarket in the village (but don't expect to much from it, you'd rather bring your own cooler box if you can). The landscapes there are just amazing. We wish we had stayed longer there ! I think this is the best value option in Cambutal. They can also provide with a baby bed. From the terrace we were lucky seeing monkeys in the trees surrounding the property

Room Tip: Ask for one with sea view of course !
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  • Stayed November 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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Zürich
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

We only had time to stay one night, but it was definitely worth it to go to Kambutaleko! A very friendly spanish/french couple welcomed us so warmly and made our stay pleasent. The rooms are very nice with nice little details and for a good value. The stunning view is worth every penny. Close to the beachbreaks and the point breack. Definitely recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed October 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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Orlando, Florida
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3 hotel reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

Great place, the owners are a young couple from north Spain and go out of their way to make you feel at home. Free breakfast in the morning composed of fresh fruit, pastries and coffee. Stunning views, you can check the surf spots right from the balcony as far south as La cuchilla and as far north as cuatro once. Rooms have firm queen size beds, ceiling fan, mini fridge and are kept clean. If you need to have laundry done they offer to do it for a nominal fee. For the price you definitely get the best deal in Cambutal.

Room Tip: The best rooms are the ones facing the beach, they get the best breeze (good for when its warm)
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Address: Playa Los Buzos, Cambutal, Panama
Location: Panama > Los Santos Province > Cambutal
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Cambutal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Near Cambutal; You can discover isolated beaches of black sands, old forests, excellent surfing spots, snorkeling, sports fishing, walking tour or on horseback near the national parc Cerro Hoya. Observations of tortoises, monkeys, birds, dolphins or whales. The car does not go very far from this side, here is the last beaches at hand of the peninsula. ... more   less 

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