We booked a room at the Coconut Lodge back in May based on their website and the reviews on Trip Advisor. Prior to leaving for Panama, I took at look at the recent reviews and came across the not so flattering review posted on December 2, 2012 . This review was so contrary to all the prior reviews I wondered whether this was an aberration or a new trend.
Clearly, everyone sees things differently and comes to their own conclusion. We certainly found that review contrary to our impression of the Coconut Lodge. We found everything there to be to our liking. Mike, Nancy and their daughter Melissa are the consummate hosts. They could not have been more accommodating nor could they have been more personable.
The property provides a respite from the more hectic pace of Panama City (traffic, heat and crowds). It is the perfect place to begin and end the day. Certainly the meals prepared by Mike make a huge contribution and they should not be missed. However, even more meaningful is the opportunity to sit in beautiful surroundings and engage in conversation with Mike and Nancy and other guests. We feel we were able to get a more complete impression of Panama than we would have staying in some impersonal lodging in the "center" of town.
We have stayed in many B&Bs throughout the years and the Coconut Lodge is, in our opinion, exactly what a B&B should be. It is not just a bed and a breakfast, but a complete experience that is largely dependent upon the personality of the operators. The Coconut Lodge is unbeatable!
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Thank you very much for having taken the time to write a very transparent review. We appreciate your opinion and impression. We are especially glad you found Coconut Lodge to be a respite from the busyness of the City Center. Of course, we are always pleased to hear that you enjoyed the conversations with your hosts but even more importantly with other guests over a good meal prepared according to your dietary preferences. We must admit that we are overjoyed and thrilled by your kind words, especially the following: “Coconut Lodge is, in our opinion, exactly what a B&B should be. It is not just a bed and a breakfast, but a complete experience that is largely dependent upon the personality of the operators." You say the "The Coconut Lodge is unbeatable!” We say, "Your review was unbeatable!" Thank you.
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