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“Good Lodge, Fantastic Sevice” 4 of 5 stars
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Baru Lodge
2.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Calle Ricardo Miro | Calle Elida diez, 2da Norte, Panama City 11100, Panama   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #18 of 74 Panama City B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
“Good Lodge, Fantastic Sevice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2012

Baru Lodge was very modern and upscale, in a renovated private house on a side street near Via Espana and Via Brazil. Quiet at night is a big deal with me, and Baru Lodge was fine. There's an ample breakfast included in an outdoor garden area, tho' the staff there could be more smiling. The big advantage of Baru Lodge is the extremely helpful owner and front desk supervisor. I had numerous requests and favors to ask, and they couldn't do enough for me, sometimes going far beyond the extra mile. I was there only three days,but it felt like a home away from home. Just remember: this is a modest lodge, not the Hilton, maybe not even a hotel. The other reviewers may have been disappointed because they were expecting another kind of place. I've seen a lot of modest lodging in Panama and, believe me, Baru Lodge is as good as they get.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Norfolk, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
31 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2012

the rooms were average with good bathroom,unfortunately any noise in reception could be heard in the room.we really needed more space as we did not want to spend any time in the room.breakfast was fine as buffet, staff not very friendly .overall wouldn't stay again

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Greeley, Colorado
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2012

This hotel was part of a package arranged by Panama Trails. We have used their sister company Costa Rican Trails and have always been TOTALLY satisfied. This hotel however was below average. It truly is a house in a neighborhood. They only have a small fridge that has beer and water. There is a grocery store about 15 min down the street but no place to eat lunch/diner etc. They do have free wifi but it does not work in the breakfast area nor the garden. 90% of the staff spoke zero english which made it tough trying to get ideas of where to go and what to do. Good news is a cab to almost anywhere is no more the $6-$8 USD. The breakfast was pretty lame and the staff seemed annoyed and irked and generally rude. the rooms were updated as advertised. IF you stay here make sure you ask for a room in the back NOT facing the road. We stayed there at the beginning of our trip and had room 3 that backs to the garden and it was very quiet. The last night at the end when we returned we had a room on the upper floor facing the road and it sounded like we were at a bus stop all night. We did feel safe but would not recommend staying here.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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7 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2012

this hotel was recommended by panama luxury vacations. there was no restaurants or cafes nearby. the hotel was not clean and the receptionist and his friends made noise until 4:30am. the agency that recommended this hotel made several mistakes with my tour

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Uetikon am See, Switzerland
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18 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2012

We stayed for 3 nights at the Baru Lodge and we really liked it. The rooms were very modern, spacious and very clean. The service of the hotel was great, suggestions for restaurants, organisations of transfers, we could also leave some luggage for some days as we were travelling to the San Blas Islands etc. They were so friendly. The backyard of the hotel, where also breakfast is served, is very beautiful designed and very quite. The breakfast is simple but good.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hoisdorf
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2012

This was one of the few places in Panamá who replied quickly to our e-mail inquiries. Our flight arrived at around mid night on Christmas Eve, so we were at the hotel quite late - and were greeted with a kind smile at the reception. The room was very clean and spacy, the shower huge, the water hot. But the best thing about this place is the big garden behind the house, a great place to relax and spend the evening after having walked the city for the day. The owner, Erwin, is very kind and will gladly advise you on where to go and what to see in the country. It's easy to grab a bus to the Old Town from here or by taxi, which is also only about USD 3.-
We'd definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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grep
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2012

rooms were clean with nice bathroom and bed. reliable internet. gracious and friendly owner. on kind of a noisy street, and breakfast was nothing special. a great back patio.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Baru Lodge

Address: Calle Ricardo Miro | Calle Elida diez, 2da Norte, Panama City 11100, Panama
Location: Panama > Panama Province > Panama City
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 74 B&Bs / Inns in Panama City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Baru Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Strategically located minutes from tourist attractions, shopping and business areas of the vibrant and modern city of Panama.We take pride in being very service oriented and welcome you to the charming architecture and peaceful atmosphere of Baru Lodge.The quiet garden grounds are abundant with greenery, unique in the city. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Baru Hotel Panama City
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