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“Super location” 5 of 5 stars
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El Faro del Colibri
Carenero, Panama   |  
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Elburg, The Netherlands
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“Super location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

We had a great time in one of the small houses( nr. 3) above the water. The house was very nice and clean. A very romantic place to be! Every day clean towels and every two day new bedclothing. Even the sand we have taken in was removed from the floor during our stay. breakfast was nice and the lady's who served us have been so kind and helpful. When we wanted to have a bottle of wine to take to our hous, we did get even glasses to take away. Dinnen was also possible and very good and not expensive. The owner made even reservations for our boattours. The sunset was so nice and the rey's and other nice visches have been swimming around our house! The isle was nice to explore, even in the eveneing to eat with Bibi's and drink the famous and fresch coctails. Swimming was great! We saw very nice biths too.This place is a very good central place to make excursions. Bocas is only a few minuts by taxiboat. There you find nois and entertainment. Our place was quiet and romantic! We hope to return ones and keep the memories in our hart!
Peter and Els

Room Tip: Only take not nr 5 when you want a more quiet place. The taxiboats land close to your place. During...
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  • Stayed April 2014, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

I would strongly advise care when booking here and especially when dealing with a person called Adriano Cermenati as we only booked with him the day before and had contact with him re travel arrangements on the day of arrival just to find out he overbooked once we arrived. When walking over the island in search for an alternative we found out that there was not much else but rather a lot of rubbish and from my 10 minutes there I agree with others the water taxis pass quite close and can be loud.

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

We stayed our first night in the lighthouse which was very comfortable with an amazing view! Our remaining stay was in cabin 3 which was also very comfortable with a great deck overlooking the water with a commanding view of the beaches, tropical fish and nearby islands. Just a few minutes by water taxi from Bocas town, it proved to be just far enough from the busy town, but not too far from restaurants in town. The water taxis will provide noise during the day, but if you enjoy the beaches and local restaurants, you won't be bothered. Adriano was a great host and the breakfasts were served at the end of the dock by friendly staff each morning. It's a great place to unwind!

Room Tip: Adriano also has off the water rooms ashore that are new with less awareness of the water taxis and...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Novi, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

We were 2 couples traveling and stayed 3 nights in Rooms 4 & 5, the two homes furthest out in the water. Our experience was very unique to say the least, staying in brightly colored homes on stilts off a pier. Since the hotel is on Carenero Island you take a 3 minute water taxi ride from the main island to get here which added to the uniqueness. Although it's a different island, I wouldn't say it's quiet because you still hear the night music from Bocas as well as the loud water taxis all times of day and night. Breakfast is included in the rate from 8-10AM. Food quantity is decent but quality is sub-par and the service and coffee are poor. The rooms are very clean yet lodge-like spartan, have balconies and the A/C works great. On the downside, the shower leaks making the bathroom floor slippery. Also since the homes sway in the water, after 3 days we had that feeling you get after a cruise. In summary, stay here for a very unique Bocas experience but don't expect 4 or 5 star amenities.

Room Tip: Room 5 is the one furthest out in the water without a neighbor on one side.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Province of San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I stayed in this hotel to receive the New Year 2014.
I have to say it was a great experience. The hotel is very nice, very clean, and excelent personalized attention from the owner (Adriano) and his wife.
I really enjoyed the fact that the hotel is not in the main island which is very loud; while the island where Faro Colibri is located is more calmed and relaxed environment. Additionally if you wanted some night life, but don't want to take a boat to the main island, there is a nice Discotheque at a walking distance from Faro Colibri.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

We enjoyed staying here so much! We had house number 5, at the far end, with no neighbours on one side. On the water and with beautiful views. Beautiful sunsets from the deck outside and the light shining from underneath gave us the chance to see beautiful fish at night. The house itself was perfect. Beautiful wooden floor, very clean, air conditioned. Right from the dock boats picked you up to go to the other islands. We were happy to stay at Carenero and not at busy Isla Colon, Carenero is more quiet, nice to walk around and there are good restaurants here. We would like to mention in particular Macarela, run by Lucelly. It belongs to the hotel. The food was great, we really liked the lobster and the place was right outside our door. Lucelly is a wonderful host and cook! Thank you!

Room Tip: We really enjoyed house number 5, the best views of the water are from here. Boats were passing all...
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  • Stayed January 2014, 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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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Faro del Colibri is a great place to stay. The cabinas are beautiful. The view from the waterbalcon is great. The beach on the island is nice as well. The stuff is very friendly and helpfully. First we thought that breakfast was a little bit poor, but after traveling around Panama and Costa Rica, we found that breakfast at Faro del Colibri was excellent. Dinner was the best we had in our 3 weeks vacantion traveling around Panama and Costa Rica. Just delicious. Don't miss this hotel. It is really a great place to stay at bocas del toro.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Address: Carenero, Panama
Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #27 of 62 Specialty lodging in Bocas del Toro Province
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
HotelAcqua LodgeInternet WirelessTvHot WaterPrivate BalconiesWe are at 7 minutes of the beach and 2 minutes of the town. ... more   less 
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