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The Point
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Paseo Urraca 50 | Isla de Contadora, Panama Province 055421, Panama (Formerly Punta Galeon Hotel)   |  
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Peekskill NY
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
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“up and coming "the Point"”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

we were just on Contadora island in the beginning of October 2012. We did not stay here but met with the new general Manager Adrian. She gave us a tour of the rooms and the vision they have for this property in the upcoming months. The rooms are sparse but the view is just killer! One whole wall is windows looking onto the Pacific with a small private balcony.
They just recently got their pool up and running and this too has a beautiful view.
They are working on getting the restaurant up to par and I think they will have a real winner here. I would love to visit Contadora again in 6 months to see how far they come.
Adrian comes from managing 5 Star fishing resorts so I see nothing but success coming their way!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cuna_de_Vida, Manager at The Point, responded to this review, October 20, 2012
Thanks for your comments and we are looking forward in seeing you, hopefully you will give us the opportunity to serve you.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012 via mobile

I have just returned from a stay at The Point on 01 October 2012.
This hotel is under new management and every attempt was made by Adrienne and her team to make our stay enjoyable.
The Point is in an ideal location. Arriving by Ferry it is only a few steps into the hotel. The Airport is across the road.
Porters are available to help with the bags.
We were a party of 4 and we all felt that we would certainly return should we sail around Las Perlas on another occasion.
M. McKenzie.

Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Cuna_de_Vida, Manager at The Point, responded to this review, October 20, 2012
Many thanks for staying with us,
We are a an continued improvement program,
We hope to have the pleasure to serve you again on your next travel in Las Perlas,
Happy Sailing,
Andre
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Panama City, Panama
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

Once upon a long, long time ago, this hotel was good. Today, it needs a lot (A LOT) of work. Rooms are small, the bathrooms are uncomfortable and give the appearance of being dirty, beds are terrible and we were told that all of us (5 in total) could be in one room, which we believed, and we got just one room, resulting in a very uncomfortable stay. Good for us we took that meal plan, because the restaurant is absurdly overpriced. To say something good, the staff was very nice.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cuna_de_Vida, Manager at The Point, responded to this review, October 20, 2012
I hope we have the chance to serve you as you stayed at the Punta Galeon and as the Point we are upgrading all the services and updating the facilities,
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Panama City, Panama
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

I think the hotel requires a high level of maintenance as it looks old. Swimming pool did not look great..so we spent all the time at the beach.
The location is great as it´s near the airport, and the beach is where you take the ferry.
Service was good, in general personnel was always willing to help
Food (breakfast) was not that good. I did not take any other meal so I cannot provide further feedback.
Due to its location, it allows you to negotiate with local fishermen to take you do a whale watching tour..

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Cuna_de_Vida, Manager at The Point, responded to this review, October 21, 2012
Dear Guest,
Thanks your for the review,
As the New Operators of the property we are proud to have the change to give the uplift in service and facility, being the only full service resort, we have the task to show the property well for the benefit of the island and the archipelago.
You are right when you say the property needs some maintenance, and we as the new operators are on it.
The pool has been giving great challenges, but finally we have conquered the challenge and expect to stay clean and clear.
The restaurant has also improved since your stay we definitely hope to have you stay with us again soon and see the changes for yourself.
Looking forward to you next stay and should you book with us please remind us of the critique and we will happy to offer some added value to your stay so that you are able to test the new management.
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Vancouver, Canada
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2012

I really wanted to like the place, and I am not fussy at all about insects or poor service, but the hotel is in serious need of a reality check. It is a 2 - 3 star facility at best and the price they charge per night is unacceptable. The food was by far the biggest disappointment - in fact we could not even eat the breakfast one morning (we recognized familar items from the previous night buffet that were reheated and used for the breakfast) and settled for eating ant-infested cookies and chips from our room.
The ladies who work in the restaurant seem so misrable and I felt sorry for them.

The one positive is that we were upgraded to a nicer room because of loud music from a neighboring room.

The island is quite lovely - and our favorite beach was Swedish beach (if you dont mind a few naked people).

I would return to Contadore, but not to the Punta Galeon. The Hotel Romantica has a wonderful location and the restaurant there is ok. By far the best lodging available is the famed Condadora Island Inn (unfortunately they did not have availability for us)

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Panama City, Panama
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

My wife and I had to go to Saboga Island to preview a new development, so we decided to go over to Contadora afterward for a little R and R. We made reservations for three nights at Punta Galeon. After you get off the boat it’s only a few steps to the hotel. It’s a wonderful location on a point of land overlooking Panama Bay. However, the airstrip is also steps away and planes take off right over the beach. On the way to our room we passed the pool which was completely unusable because of the filthy water. We were told that the filter was broken and would only be replaced several months from now. The landscaping was unkempt, and some of the buildings were in an abandoned and deteriorated condition. The rooms we found to be very bare, Spartan, and almost primitive. Paint had been carelessly slopped on door frames and on the so-called artwork on the walls. I tried moving the blinds down and the cord broke. One of the closet doors came off the track and bruised my wife’s arm. The management was helpful in moving us to another room which turned out to be perhaps the best location in the hotel. It was very private and had a great ocean view from our small patio. Unfortunately, this room had problems as well. The electricity in the bathroom was not working and there was no hot water. We had a couple meals at the hotel restaurant, and found the cuisine average but overpriced for what you get. My wife had to use her computer in the morning, but the only wi-fi connection is in the lobby and the restaurant. Although the staff mostly provided helpful and friendly service during our short stay, some of the restaurant staff acted rudely when my wife had to use her computer. They took away her water without asking and turned up the music. That was the last straw. We checked out and found a wonderful hotel on the other side of the island. Not surprisingly we ran into other people who had done likewise.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

Great place to stay. Extremely quiet, however. Seriously, there was almost no one staying while I was there. Indeed, there are a few small details that could use some work (like the missing #11 ball and rack from the pool tables) and it is sad to see that some areas are basically closed down probably due to lack of use. But, if you're looking for a quiet place to stay with lots of space for yourself on the beach, an extremely clean room and great food, this is the place to go. But there are few people around, so you may want to avoid going solo here.

About the food: it seems as though there is one cook who basically makes food just as it's ordered. This means that you may have to wait a bit to get your order, but when it comes it will be fresh, hot and tasty. There is a pretty good selection of food available for the full meal plan.

The staff could not be better, hard workers and very eager to make a stay great.

Be sure to check out other places on the island while staying. The abandoned Contadora Inn, the various beaches, etc.

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  • Stayed February 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Paseo Urraca 50 | Isla de Contadora, Panama Province 055421, Panama (Formerly Punta Galeon Hotel)
Location: Panama > Panama Province > Pearl Islands > Contadora Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 hotels in Contadora Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Point 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Point Resort is the ultimate getaway tucked away on a small island off the coast of Panama in the Pacific Ocean. One of many Pearl Islands, you will find yourself in centre of an extremely rich archipelago a short 20 minute flight from Panama City. Welcoming yet never overwhelming, The Point Hotel rally inspiring, thoughtfully designed and located in the Panamas Adventure and relaxation outpost. The Point Resort Isla Contadora, Panama Located in Isla Contadora, 20 minutes by plane from Panama City and 1 hour 1/2 by boat.The Point Resort has 48 rooms completely equipped and all strategically located overlooking the sea. It is located opposite the airport and near the clinic, police station, mini-super and airlines agencies. Electrical service and water 24 hours. It has two beautiful beaches and is surrounded by small islands easily accessible to its visitors. Welcome. ... more   less 
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Punta Galeon Contadora Island

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