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“Cozy and friendly” 4 of 5 stars
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Perla Real Inn
Paseo Urraca 50 | Pearl Islands Panama, Panama Province, Panama   |  
Hotel amenities
Certificate of Excellence 2014
San Gabriel, California
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Cozy and friendly”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Perla Real Inn was a very pleasant surprise for us. The inn was very comfortable and homey. Even though the staffs didn't speak English, they were all very friendly and helpful. However, the owner spoke very good English and was very friendly. We love their juicy hamburger and mozzarella sticks!! We were pretty disappointed with their water down mixed drinks. Breakfasts were basic but their fresh juices were delectable! We ate mostly at the Inn but there was a restaurant right next door. Overall, we had a wonderful 2 nights at the Perla Real Inn!

  • Stayed April 2015, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 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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Panama City, Panama
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Perla Real Inn is probably the nicest place to stay in Contadora. Recently, a change in ownership brought needed improvements to this charming (another "C") property. The rooms are comfortable with high end bedding, great air conditioning, and generous amenities. The staff who worked when we were there were amazing--alternating duties and working almost around the clock with precision teamwork. Carlos, Giselda, and Maria go above and beyond to see to your every need. The food is simple but fresh and tasty. We felt like family the moment we set foot in the door!

  • Stayed February 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sierra Vista, Arizona
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

The staff of the Perla Real is so friendly and helpful. They really took care of us on our trip to Isla Contadora, providing directions, restaurant recommendations, rides to the beach, even first aid! They were great!
Isla Contadora is the perfect get away. It is quiet, peaceful, and so relaxing. We recommend Playa Ejecutiva for the perfect day on the beach!

  • Stayed March 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kamloops, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

This was totally the best place to stay on the island. Rooms are clean and comfortable, great beds and good a/c. The thing that makes this place so far above the others is the Staff, everyone who works there is really a wonderful person. It might not have been on the beach but it was a easy walk to a wonderful beach. Food was reasonable and very good. All the best to Marie and staff on their next adventure, the hotel Romantica on the beach.

Room Tip: They have King size beds and also rooms with cooking.
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  • Stayed January 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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6 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

I recently went to Isla Contadora (aka Pearl Islands) with my mother for two nights during December 2014. We took the new high speed ferry from Panama City (1hr 20,mins) BTW_ fully air conditioned with a flat screen tv! We were greeted at the ferry "landing" by the owner, Maria Jose, who took us back to the hotel on her golf cart (this is the most popular way to get around in this small island). Before taking us to the hotel, she did give us a small tour, which was helpful to get our bearings. Upon our arrival, we were given fresh mango juice- YUM, while Maria Jose sat down with us and told us the places to visit ( beaches, restaurants)
The inn is small. There are only eight rooms. Ours was on the lower level, with two twin beds, AC, satellite /flat screen tv and bathroom. The room was clean and was recently renovated. It had a charming sea side feel with crisp white sheets and lovely decor. However, the room next to us was occupied by a family with small children, so we could hear everything. Walls are a bit thin and there is a ventilation in the bathroom which faced outside.
Outside in the patio is a small bar with tables where you get breakfast served (included) and there is also a flat screen tv. One of the best aspects of this hotel is that they will drive you to the beach you want (or you can rent your own golf cart) and they will give you chairs, towels and cooler to take with you. You can also pre-order lunch and they will take it to whatever beach you decide to visit that day-service at it's finest! They will then pick you up when you are done with your beach day.
There are a few restaurants on the island, just ask Maria Jose and team and they will not guide you wrong.
I highly recommend this little pearl of an inn at Isla Contadora!

Room Tip: I would try to stay on the second floor where it would be a bit quieter ( if noise is an issue for y...
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  • Stayed December 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa, Canada
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

My husband and I picked Perla Real as we prefer smaller establishments and were not disappointed. Rooms are well appointed with an ocean vibe (porcelain painted sinks, wicker chairs, etc) but modern and equipped with AC, fan and satellite TV. The outdoor common area was spacious, clean and comfortable, although the hot tub is not used. Breakfast was large, with a freshly done juice, fruit, and eggs/toast or eggs/pancakes. Everything is made fresh which takes longer but nice. We also had lunch there once with the freshest fries I've ever had (literally made from the potato!). They also give you a cooler, chairs, and towels for the beach which is handy. We rented a mule for one day of our three day stay at $72 (discounted given other rates) which was a nice way to explore the entire island. The inn is located in a residential area about 10 mins walking from two lovely beaches and a 15 min walk from the main strip. Staff was friendly and are also able to drop you off anywhere and also pick you up from the ferry or airport. Did not get a chance to meet the owner. We booked about a month in advance and were glad given this is clearly a popular place. We also appreciated being able to check in earlier given we arrived at 9AM from the flight from Panama City on Thursday. Staff try to accommodate as much as possible, depending on how busy they are. There was a bit of trouble with English at times, but just ask and staff did try to be as helpful as possible. For about $160/night (standard for the island), this was a great place and rate for our mini island getaway while vacationing in Panama.

Room Tip: Upstairs room have more privacy as they do not face the outdoor common area
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  • Stayed January 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This hotel is a great place to stay on Contadora. We booked our room just ONE night before arrival and I was little bit nervous as it was our first trip to the island and we got no idea what to expect.
Anyway, as soon we got from a boat to a shore we were welcomed by the hotel owner and the rest of our short stay was worry free.
Rooms are nice, atmosphere is great, Pina Colada in the hotel bar is amazing!
I would highly recommend the hotel.

  • Stayed November 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Paseo Urraca 50 | Pearl Islands Panama, Panama Province, Panama
Location: Panama > Panama Province > Pearl Islands > Contadora Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Contadora Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perla Real is a boutique style inn which has recently been remodeled and now focuses on high end design and unique rooms that each offers a different marine related theme. The inviting and warm atmosphere of the hotel is due to our customer service which is personalized for each guest according to their needs and what they would like to get out of their experience in Contadora. We assure our guests a pleasant experience with us from our welcome cocktail all the way to dropping them off in the airport. During the day our guests get to explore the island’s beaches in our quads and mules that come with coolers with refreshments for the day. During night time we let them unwind in our common areas by offering them a relaxing ambiance with lounge music and a bar service. In addition we can refer our guests to our tours and aquatic activities. ... more   less 
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