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Playa El Estero, Santa Catalina 0352 Panama
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#3 of 29 Specialty lodging in Santa Catalina
Location
4.9
Cleanliness
4.1
Service
4.1
Value
4.2
The property is right in front of the beach. We are equipped with a restaurant, surfing boards rental, surfing classes, We have Private Rooms and Shared Dorm, a balcony bar with a beautiful view to the beach. We offer free wifi to our guest and free bicycle during your stay.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Beach
Non-smoking hotel
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Air conditioning
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Yasmin R wrote a review May 2021
Penang Island, Malaysia111 contributions42 helpful votes
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Cute hotel with all you need. Comfortable rooms, a small store to buy beach essentials, great restaurant, and the best is that it has direct access to the beach. Everything on the restaurant menu is delicious. Staff is friendly and accommodating. Has terraces and rooftop to hang out. The decor is of good taste and full of nature. First day , we went to an island near by for a few hours. Next day we went to Coiba for the day. Third day we chilled at the hotel and felt very comfortable just like home. Loved this place and would come back here in the future.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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tauanajc wrote a review Apr 2021
Panama City, Panama1 contribution
We got the room with a private balcony and it was gorgeous! The hotel also has lots of small open spaces with tables and chairs, which helps with keeping groups of people separate in COVID times, and avoids having everyone at the restaurant area. Staff are nice and the hammock at the balcony is the best. I was there for work and needed to wash gear, and having a hose and table on the balcony was really helpful. Will definitely be back in the future.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Traveled on business
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Katrin R wrote a review Mar 2020
Woodstock, New York2 contributions
I booked directly via the hotels webpage, so they do not have to pay fees. But the place is run down and no one seems to care much about it. The fridges at the entrance are empty and off, doors closed (due to COVID 19?), the room was not cleaned- or even the trash taken out- once in 3 days. Remember- you should not throw toiletpaper in the toilet... The ‘terrace’ was under construction- but it looked like this it is since ages. Seats where dirty and broken. Staff was ok when asked directly- but no one was interested in your wellbeing. All of this for 79$ per night! Pity for the money. Nothing has to be perfect and keeping a place well directly at the ocean is difficult. But lack of interest for the guests and the property, lack of friendliness and helpfulness has nothing to do with this.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from juliomatteogomez, Public Relations Manager at Mama Ines Hotel
Responded Mar 16, 2020
Hello, Yes we close down our doors because tourist are being Very Irresponsable at this moment. We are having a Pandemic situation and people think this is a joke, you were going in and out bringing people and getting together with other people that we don’t know what is their routes and where are they coming from. All the country is in panic situation and in an alert mode, and you guys think this is a joke. We have people working over 50 years and we want them to keep them safe. We are friendly with the ones that are considered with the actual situation, no to people that are not interested in the situation and helping spreading the virus.
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ottawac2c wrote a review Feb 2020
Ottawa, Ontario38 contributions18 helpful votes
Best nachos ever! Restaurant and bar with best view and beer choice Santa Catalina. Great music and it is open almost all day. Most restaurants open at 6;30 so it is a great choice if you need an early dinner. Direct access to the beach and easy crossing of estuary at low tide. High tide entertainment is watching cars on beach get trapped by high tide.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
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dkley843348 wrote a review Feb 2020
Bristol, United Kingdom1 contribution
a beutufuily positioned hotel right on the beech with amazing views . the staff were really friendly and helpful.. the rooms comfortable and tidy with great shower .. good food .. felt very looked after ill be back
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled on business
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KathyC59 wrote a review Feb 2020
Issaquah, Washington19 contributions11 helpful votes
We thought the place was charming and the staff were great. Nice view of sunset. The river adds a nice touch if you are looking at birds. There are also some tiny crabs that seem like they are saluting with the large claw, funny stuff.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Gustavo R wrote a review Jan 2020
Boquete, Panama8 contributions3 helpful votes
Common areas were a bit dirty. There is a sofa in the dinning room which is extremely dirty which could be a very nice place for a morning coffee. Even with that... I think is one of the best places to stay in Santa Catalina. Rooms are simple but clean and it has a nice view of the area
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Date of stay: January 2020
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ascheu666112 wrote a review Jan 2020
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We loved Mama Ines! This is one of the best hotels I've stayed at in Panama! Everything was great! From the location to the breakfast, we had a wonderful time. We will definitely recommend it to everyone!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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MontrealShoenut wrote a review Jan 2020
Montreal13 contributions6 helpful votes
Everything about this place is sloppy, from the cleaning to the restaurant and bar to the beach. It’s run by a family with very little regard to customer service, yet this place has so much potential because of its location. The room wasn’t ready when we got here even though it was well after checkin time. The bathroom wasn’t clean, all the towels were falling apart, there was virtually no pressure in the shower, the room was small, at least the airco worked well. The wifi is pitiful... This hotel lives off the much-too-good reviews it has been getting for a long time, it should step up and meet those expectations for a change instead of being slobs.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Cloudsurfer wrote a review Oct 2019
Wiesbaden, Germany6 contributions
The once surely beautiful object is the decay revealed. We had the completely worn room No.1, in which the large sliding door in the direction of the Pacific could not open, there was no hot water, it was very cramped and unfortunately was not clean. The staff was characterized neither during the check in nor during our stay by friendliness. The attached restaurant operation ensures a high through traffic of locals. The big plus of this accommodation is its location right on a surfer and child friendly beach. The hotel is, as already mentioned, in a horrible state, which can not be attributed to the rainy season, but lack of repair of the current operator. The spirit of Mama Ines has been here for a long time.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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PRICE RANGE
$72 - $73 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Santa Catalina Surf Point Camping & Hostel
LOCATION
PanamaVeraguas ProvinceSanta Catalina
NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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MAMA INES HOTEL - Prices & Hostel Reviews (Panama/Santa Catalina)

Frequently Asked Questions about Mama Ines Hotel
What are some of the property amenities at Mama Ines Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Mama Ines Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Mama Ines Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Mama Ines Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Pizzeria Jammin, Pescao Restaurant, and Chano's Point.
Is Mama Ines Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.9 miles away from the center of Santa Catalina.