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“Amazing luxury in the jungle!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of La Montana y el Valle Coffee Estate Inn

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La Montana y el Valle Coffee Estate Inn
Jaramillo Arriba, Boquete 0413-00014, Panama   |  
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Ranked #1 of 26 Boquete B&B and Inns
Northern California
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Amazing luxury in the jungle!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

We’ve been fortunate to travel to all corners of the earth and ironically the Coffee Estate Inn remains one of the few places we continue to return to because it is so incredibly special. We’ve been enjoying Jane and Barry’s hospitality for at least seven years but like the previous reviewer, we had not been there is a couple of years. The remodeled bathrooms are truly a luxury with the rain showerheads and the heated floors. What a wonderful addition!

As always, it is nirvana to wake up from a comfortable sleep on a king size bed and look out the window to take in the magnificent view of Vulcan Baru. Start the day with fresh roasted coffee and juice from oranges just picked the day before and sit on the balcony and take in one of the truly great views in all of the Americas. Take the second cup of coffee and stroll through the beautiful trails on the property enjoying the myriad of tropical flowers and hundreds of varieties of birds. What a way to start the day!

If all you are looking for is a roof over your head, this is not the place for you. It is the place if you want to relax, rejuvenate, reconnect, recommit or get in touch with yourself and nature. This is the perfect spot for honeymooners, anniversaries, or as an escape from the stress and demands of the work world. With only three bungalows, the privacy is fantastic. You actually feel as though you and you alone are staying at your private coffee estate. We came for four nights this visit and ended up staying for a full week and left feeling we had been pampered and one with nature again.

Jane and Barry are phenomenal. As every reviewer has stated, they are unique innkeepers. They truly care about their guests’ experience and that translates to top notch accommodations and service. Much has been mentioned about date night dinners which are excellent, but we would add a plug for the “no frills suppers.” Arriving late in the evening after very long three connection flights and transfers, we decided it made sense to pre-order the comfort chicken pie with a salad for myself and a dessert for my husband and a glass of wine. It was one of our best decisions. After sinking into our favorite bungalow, the Jewell, Barry delivered our delicious dinner which made us forget about all the hassles of flying, driving etc. for almost 24 hours. It may have been the most appreciated glass of wine I’ve had in ages. If you arrive late, by all means order one of these suppers.

The reviews for this property are always long because it seems you just can’t say enough about how unique and special this place is. Five stars are not enough for this property. It is truly luxury in the jungle and not to be missed.

Room Tip: All three bungalows have fantastic views and the same great amenities.
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  • 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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English first
Placerville, California
Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Some may think it difficult to improve on perfection, but not Jane and Barry! It's been two years since my wife and I last visited La Montana, and the changes to the bungalows blew us away. The bathrooms have been enlarged and are fitted with custom sinks and showers with rain showerheads and plenty of big, fluffy towels These retreats are spa-like right down to the luxurious radiant heat under the tile flooring. The bedrooms are furnished with extremely comfortable king-sized beds, plenty of pillows and soft linens. Each bungalow has numerous huge windows for panoramic views of the volcano and the exquisitely landscaped grounds. Jane and Barry are the perfect hosts, and are attentive to every detail. They will ensure that your stay is one you won't soon forget. In the morning, wake up to the songs of tropical birds, brew a pot of the inn's signature coffee, and have one of Barry's tasty baked treats along with fresh fruit. Hike La Montana's trails to view the hundreds and hundreds of brilliantly flowered plants or just kick back on your private balcony with a good book or do a little bird watching. And for some of the best food in Boquete, don't miss out on one of the inn's special dinners and a bottle of wine served on your private balcony. The inn also has wi-fi so you can be as connected as you want. This romantic retreat has it all! There is none better.

Room Tip: You can't go wrong with any of the bungalows, but our favorite is The Jewel.
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  • 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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Wayne, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

This place is just beautiful. I visited my peace corps girlfriend this past August and we went all over the country and stayed at many wonderful places, but I think we both agreed this was our favorite. Jane and Barry were so warm and friendly and really made us feel at home. The accommodations were pristine, the food excellent, and the coffee has to be drunk to be believed! Given her limited time in country and my limited visits, this is the only place we have talked about returning to! Excelente!

  • Stayed August 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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Penonome, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

I stayed here with my boyfriend for two nights (deeply regret not staying more nights). Jane and Barry were so helpful and considerate. My boyfriend and I were travelling without a car, and Jane gave my boyfriend a lift to the store to grab some food to make dinner, that first night we were there. I couldn't believe their kindness! They offer laundry service, and my clothes were not just washed - they were carefully folded and put away. Not a single detail was overlooked by Jane and Barry. They make you feel welcome and comfortable, and they really put their hearts into everything they do. We were given the privacy we wanted, yet we always had the help we needed - a hard to acheive combination that they have perfected. We had the date night dinner - romantic and delicious! I couldn't stop smiling the entire time I was there, everything was absolutely perfect.
The bungalow was wonderul - it was obviously constructed and now cared for with much love and care. The bathroom was beyond gorgeous, and the kitchen comes with anything you could possibly need, and they stock it with delicious homemade breads and fruit, not to mention their amazing coffee, every morning.
The grounds are beautiful, the view is breathtaking. I don't have a single complaint about this trip - the comfort, the kindness, the location, all for an excellent value, to boot. This trip was so amazing it seemed unreal; it really is a paradise!

  • Stayed August 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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Brighton, Michigan
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

Through our travels of Central America there are many areas that we truly love but we always come back to The Coffee Estate Inn as one of the most magical places in the region within and beyond Panama. The town of Boquete is lively and fun and we thoroughly enjoy the town, but the magic of Boquete is in the area surrounding the town that includes the fabulous nature and lush landscape of Vulcan Baru - which is no greater appreciated than from the garden walking paths and balconies of The Coffee Estate Inn. And, when you want to be in town there is a terrfic path to walk down - or a quck drive, whichever you prefer. The bungalows are wonderfully comfortable and the amazing sunsets and ever-changing sky over the mountain viewed from the balcony of the bungalow is truly unforgettable. The Coffee Estate Inn has an incredibly unique location offering these amazing views, lush gardens and endless birds while easily accessible to a full range of activities from a day in the town to great hiking trails. Jane and Barry are exceptional hosts who can easily direct you to an endless list of activities and hiking trails. We always enjoy the fresh bread and fruit breakfasts but the fresh coffee beans in our bugalow every day make the most delicious coffee To top it off there is not a more restful sleep on the planet than at The Coffee Estate Inn which is greatly appreciated after a long hike in the rain forest.

Room Tip: You can't go wrong - all three bungalows are unique and wonderfully located.
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  • Stayed April 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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Los Angeles, CA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

My husband and I spend three nights here and really enjoyed our stay. Our bungalow was appointed with everything we needed and Barry and Jane were fantastic hosts, who go out of their way to pay attention to small details. The flowers in our bungalow every day were stunning! The property is beautiful with an amazing view and garden path for hiking. We did the Date Night dinner one night and the food was fantastic!

  • Stayed August 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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NY, NY
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3 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

My husband and I spent four nights at the Coffee Estate Inn on our honeymoon, and it was the most comfortable place I've ever stayed, anywhere in the world. Jane and Barry are wonderful and attentive hosts, and were full of ideas for us each morning -- we came to Boquete with an open mind and with few plans, and am glad we did. We spent much of our time hiking around Boquete, and Jane and Barry also arranged for a guide on a more strenuous (and very worthwhile) hike, as well as arranging private transportation and a car for us during our stay. Our bungalow was very spacious, with an incredible view of the volcano, and a balcony that was the perfect place to watch the morning mist move through (all while eating their delicious breakfast breads and coffee). I also *highly* recommend their "date night" dinner, which was the best and most romantic of any of our meals in Panama. It was fascinating to learn about their garden and plantation, and made the whole experience more personal. I'm just looking for a reason to return!

  • Stayed August 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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Address: Jaramillo Arriba, Boquete 0413-00014, Panama
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Location: Panama > Chiriqui Province > Boquete
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Boquete
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We built Boquete's original mountainside accommodation, featuring three deluxe private bungalows, in 1996. The inn remains small and exclusive by choice, catering to a maximum of three individual couples. Situated on a manicured six acre coffee estate, the inn offers magnificent volcano and valley views. Guests enjoy fresh roasted coffee from the estate and homemade baked goods. We are renowned for our cuisine and personalized attention. We personally prepare and serve elegant, private candlelit dinners. ... more   less 
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