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“REMODELED BOUTIQUE RESORT IN A CRATER!!” 5 of 5 stars
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Crater Valley
Calle Ranita de Oro | Capirita, El Valle de Anton, Panama   |  
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Panama city, Panama
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“REMODELED BOUTIQUE RESORT IN A CRATER!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

What a pleasant surprise. We were SO impressed. This GEM has been recently upgraded and remodeled. PLUS: under new management! Let me start by saying that I had been hesitant to return after my last trip 2 years ago. What first impacts you as you enter the property are the incredibly expansive grounds. Green everywhere. This is a third-generation family estate converted to a Resort Boutique Hotel. 8 bedrooms. Doubles, Kings, a suite with bunk-beds, and one room is even ADA-compliant! The rooms are all completely remodeled and updated. VERY clean! VERY comfortable beds. Memory foam mattresses, luxury pillows and duvets, lush terry robes (available for purchase). Bathrooms are well-appointed. Each room has a different feel and view. Cable TVs, free WiFi, Air-Conditioning as well as Ceiling Fans. The service is very amicable. The other nice thing is that you feel like you are actually vacationing in a home away from home. So peaceful and romantic. We were with other couples - together we had so many activities to share as well as unforgettable moments shared. We will definitely return with more friends and family.

  • Stayed June 2013, 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013 via mobile

I enjoyed my stay here so much that I started a Facebook page for them. Please visit Crater Lake Panama on Facebook and check out Malice the web series on YouTube! The only improvements I would recommend is having a stronger internet signal and upgrading the TV sets. Great value for about 90$ per night. Quiet, scenic, enchanting, and also would be fun for kids since they have a recreation area including a climbing wall, obstacle course, tree house and an excellent pool and hot tub. They also offer an 80 minute massage for just $50.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

I have stayed at this hotel for several years. I keep coming back and highly recommend this hotel because the friendly atmosphere not only of the staff but also of the surroundings. Situated on a vast secluded piece of land,with beautiful gardens, the hotel offers on site therapeutic massages, heated pool and jacuzzi. The price includes continental breakfast on the terrace. Rooms are very comfortable.

  • Stayed February 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

My wife and I stayed here for one night in their "suite" for $150 a night and it was terrible. The bed was awful and the room was big but there was no furniture and the A/C barely worked.

We only saw one staff member the whole time we were there (and she did not seem happy she was here either) the pool and hot tub looked dirty and overall the hotel felt neglected.

It's too bad because it looks like they had a good idea to start but didn't follow through.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Marisa G, Owner at Crater Valley, responded to this review, September 2, 2013
As of April 2013, our Resort has gone through a Major Renovation. Our rooms have been updated completely. New beds, linens, finishes, TV, A/C and celing fans. Upgraded bathrooms. Our staff has increased and has gone through positive changes... not to mention much improved morale. Our property is one of the largest and most beautiful estates in the Valley. Our large gardening staff oversees our expansive grounds, swimming pool, and heated jacuzzi. Please return - we would love for you to enjoy the NEW Crater Valley Bed and Breakfast Resort!
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2012

First impression was great, beautiful driveway. The pool area is also very beautiful with a large pool. Okay that is where the great review stops. When we checked in there was only one girl working who did not know any english. We had to wait a long time to find her, looking around and had to yell for service before she finally came. When we got to our room, we were actually thinking that sleeping in the car would be cleaner and just so much better. The room was dark, gloomy and smelly. The room we had (Room Carocol) was so old and run down. It had holes in the ceiling, the walls were not taken care of. (Oh how I still can't believe I stayed here). The T.V. is fine if you know spanish, we left it on all night as there was a loud party going on next door and starting at 4 you will hear roosters every 8-20 seconds.

When we went for breakfast there was fruit on the buffet table along with juice and cereal. We took our fruit and sat down to eat. When we were almost done eating, the next table received some bread. I asked the girl working if we could have some. She looked at me and said nothing. I tried pointing and asking for some she finally said yes. After we got our bread, the next table received eggs and bacon. There are no menus and the girl seemed really annoyed that we were asking for anything. Maybe if you are spanish, the breakfast service is better. We seemed to be an inconvenience being here. I believe paying $338 for two nights is more than a complete rip off, staying in a tent would have been better. (Especially after coming from the Pedasi area and staying in a huge beautiful beach loft that was very well taken care and did not cost much more.)
The shower- There was no shower pressure. There was hardly any water. And the little water there was, was never the right temperature. The only thing nice about the shower was that it was large and probably the nicest looking in the room.
The bathroom door has huge cracks in it so that anyone that would like to see what you are doing....CAN. Also people walking by your room can also see what you are doing because there are windows with slits.
The sheets- Oh how I can't believe I slept on those dirty sheets.
There are no lunches or dinners at this place. Do not advertise a restaurant when all you have is breakfast fruit buffet.
The spa? What spa? I didn't see anything or anybody that could represent any kind of spa and we came during the busiest time of year for this place. This was not a disappointment to me because I didn't come for these services, but anyone that would like to come here because it is a spa....don't! Actually anyone wanting to come here.... just don't! You will be so much better off somewhere else. Trust me. If you like a place that is expensive, with run down rooms, terrible customer service or no customer service, no water pressure, dirty sheets and makes you feel like you are an inconvenience to be staying with them, well then this is the place for you.
We came to Panama and stayed at 3 different places, this was not the place to end off our trip. El Valle is a beautiful area to stay for a couple of nights, but Crater Valley is not. Crater Valley is not tourist friendly.

When in the area, make sure to visit La Casa de Lourdes Restaurant, excellent restaurant. Also if I were to go back I would stay in Los Mandarinos hotel. I did not stay here but saw the place as we went to the restaurant....Gorgeous and does not cost much more than Crater Valley. If you are travelling with kids, make sure to go see the zoo.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Marisa G, Owner at Crater Valley, responded to this review, September 12, 2013
As of April 2013, our Resort has gone through a Major Renovation. Our rooms have been updated completely. New beds, linens, finishes, TV, A/C and celing fans. Upgraded bathrooms. Our staff has increased and has gone through positive changes... not to mention much improved morale. Our property is one of the largest and most beautiful estates in the Valley. Our large gardening staff oversees our expansive grounds, swimming pool, and heated jacuzzi. Please return - we would love for you to enjoy the NEW Crater Valley Bed and Breakfast Resort!
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2011

We booked in here for two nights - Friday and Saturday. Although we understood that check in was not until 4 p.m. we did arrive about midday and were immediarely checked in by a young lady to our room, India Dormida. The room was rather dark and the uneven stone flooring was quite hard on the feet,especially if you were barefoot. However, the bed was comfortable, the TV was adequate and the bathroom somewhat odd where you had to climb over a parapet to get into the shower! I suppose it looked even darker since we arrived in a rainstorm.

Still, we didn't expect to spend all our time in the room and as we arrived at noon we enquired when was lunch being served. Now we were told that lunch was not being served, neither dinner for that matter, because she was the only member of staff at the hotel! There was a family leaving that day and after that we appeared to be the only guests in the hotel although another couple did turn up a bit later.

As the hotel is about a mile from the village and we didn't have a car *(we arrived by taxi from Playa Blanca) we had to take another taxi to the village to get lunch. A perfectly adequate local restaurant, Tierra y Mar, and inexpensive, too. A bit of souvenir hunting at the craft shops and then a taxi back to the hotel.

The hotel itself is very beautiful - lovely grounds, a nice swimming pool, a hot tub (pity it wasn't heated) and a jacuzzi were not inviting enough for a cool, rainy day. The bar looked to be in somewhat disrepair, but the receptionist (who by this time - 4 or 5 p.m.) was cleaning out the room of the people who had left at the time we arrived, broke off from this to offer me the only item available from the bar - a beer.

We ordered another taxi to go to dinner at Bruschetta which was pretty good without being exceptional and got back at 9 p.m. where the one and only member of staff greeted us before locking up.

At this stage we certainly felt that we could not stay another day like this, so we told the lady that we would check out in the morning instead of the next day which she accepted.

The next morning the staff had doubled - there were two ladies now, the original one and another who appeared to be her superior. The superior explained to us that there were no staff at the hotel the previous day because all the staff had gone to Panama City for their staff Christmas party! Nice of them to tell us!

The continental breakfast was adequate - that's all and we were assured that the restaurant would be open that night. But we didn't see any more staff, so we thought it was best to leave anyway.

It seems from other reviewers that understaffing is quite common here. This is not a question of blaming the people running the hotel but in senior management who seem to reside in the USA. A pity, because the place is beautiful, but you can't run a hotell like this. The only saving grace was that the (free) internet service worked (at least in the public areas but not in our bedroom) - something that doesn't often happen in Panama.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2011

Had a reservation at Crater Valley. Our guide was told that the room will not be ready before 330 although we asked for an earlier check in. We we arrived at 445 pm the place was dark, only a maid at the reception telling that the room was not ready. No manager, no responsible people around. The maid said that after a party they have now all gone home, there is no kitchen service although we had booked dinner and breakfast. The place loked pretty much like shut down, we did not find any person we could talk to despite our confirmed reservation. A hotel where nobody is there and nobody is responsible is about the last you would expect from an alledged 4 Star hotel. Prospective travellers should be prepared for the worst.
We took nevertheless a view of a room, looked more like a 2 Star room with no amenities, small, unattractive.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Marisa G, Owner at Crater Valley, responded to this review, September 12, 2013
As of April 2013, our Resort has gone through a Major Renovation. Our rooms have been updated completely. New beds, linens, finishes, TV, A/C and celing fans. Upgraded bathrooms. Our staff has increased and has gone through positive changes... not to mention much improved morale. Our property is one of the largest and most beautiful estates in the Valley. Our large gardening staff oversees our expansive grounds, swimming pool, and heated jacuzzi. Please return - we would love for you to enjoy the NEW Crater Valley Bed and Breakfast Resort!
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Address: Calle Ranita de Oro | Capirita, El Valle de Anton, Panama
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Location: Panama > Cocle Province > El Valle de Anton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in El Valle de Anton
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This well-known 8-bedroom Family Estate established by Avelina "Bilo" Gonzalez-Revilla, is one of the most breath-taking properties in all of El Valle. Recently converted to a Bed and Breakfast Resort, its expansive grounds allows for guests to wander the gardens and enjoy the unique collection of Flora. Its serenity intices you to basque by the swimming pool, bird watch, or nap in one of the many hammocks. Expansive RENOVATIONS were completed in April 2013. Each of the Guest Rooms have been standardized and equipped with Air Conditioners, ceiling fans, deluxe linens, down pillows, and duvets. Our staff is available to organize Adventure Tours in the valley, on-site Massages, visit the town's Zoo, world-famous Sunday Market, etc. All you need to do is ask. We are here to pamper you - this is your Home away from Home.... ... more   less 
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Crater Valley Panama/El Valle De Anton

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