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Reviewed August 29, 2016

We heard about the pipeline road so we decided to stay 2 nights in Gamboa, at Mateo's place. Although we explained to him we didn't understand everything he said in Spanish, he kept talking. He also drove us around, while we didn't ask for it in the first place. We are sure he was just trying to be friendly, but... More 

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Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

Arrived quite late at night, due to bad weather -the ride from the airport took about 2,5 hours. Beatrice prepared a nice meal for me and was very sweet. Mateo seemed to be a good guy as well, but then asked me what I thought about the two Dutch girls that disappeared in Boquete. He kept telling me it was... More 

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Maitland, Australia
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Reviewed March 22, 2016

Previous reviewers have said almost everything there is to say, a very basic establishment with lovely hosts and heaps of birds. Don't come here if you want luxury, but if you want to pay anything less than $120 per night - there are no other options in Gamboa. We just loved our time here. If you can speak Spanish, it... More 

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San Luis Obispo, California
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Reviewed March 5, 2016

Mateo is a nice man and will drop you off at the park early in the morning. His English is very limited, alas. His wife, Beatrice, is also nice, but little English. They can phone their grandson though, and you can talk to him & his English is excellent. The rooms are okay, nothing special, but clean. The breakfast is... More 

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Reviewed February 15, 2016

We agonized over what rating to give Mateo’s. He has a loyal and enthusiastic (mostly young back-packers) reviewers who love the place because it is so very different from their normal comfort zones; they can pretend they are experiencing the real Panama while at the same time getting a feeling of being close to the environment. However, like Mateo and... More 

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Winterthur, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed February 8, 2016

We enjoyed the great hospitality of this sweet couple and enjoyed watching the many agouti's and birds visiting the garden. The bungalow was basic but clean. Would visit again and stay longer next time.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Reviewed January 24, 2016 via mobile

We stayed one night with Beatrice & Mateo in their tiny basic backyard bungalow. They bent over backwards to please us, and their other German guest. Mateo gave us a tour of the entire town and surroundings in his a.c. car. Beatrice cooked a delicious dinner for $10 ea. and we watched the agouti's, and tropical birds come to their... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed December 26, 2015

This was a great experience! There were more animals coming through the garden than we saw during our jungle walks. The owners were very helpful and they drove us to catch our boat tour which we might have missed otherwise. They cooked a delicious dinner for us as well. It was very peaceful to just chill in the hammock and... More 

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Sittingbourne, Kent
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Reviewed September 17, 2015

I stayed here with my friend in August. Mateo and Beatrix are such lovely people and did all they could to make our stay special. Mateo drove us around town to show us what was there and very kindly took us to the head of the walking trails the next couple days. We didn't speak any Spanish and Mateo and... More 

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Stockbridge, Georgia
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Reviewed August 30, 2015

Mateo is a living legend. The B&B is very basic, but it is not the reason to go. Mateo & Sra. Beatrice are hospitality personified. Their home is warm with a welcoming patio and lovely morning coffee & breakfast. Mateo drove us all over Gamboa telling us the history that he has lived. He showed us the old, the new,... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
A small and quiet bed and breakfast in Gamboa, operated by Mateo and family. Like no other guest accommodations in Gamboa, the large backyard and simple cabins sit nestled next to dense rain forest and adjacent open space— where Mateo has been feeding birds, monkeys, coatis, aguitis and other friends for 15 years. The site is ideal for birdwatching and generally enjoying the nature and tranquility of Gamboa. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Mateo's B&B

Address: Calle Humberto Zarate | Casa 131A, Gamboa, Panama
Location: Panama > Colon Province > Gamboa
Price Range: $35 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
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“Ask for the house across the road - it sleeps 5 - plus mattresses on the floor.”
 of 5 bubbles Geoff_Heather, Mar 22, 2016 | Read review
“Of the two on-site shacks, the one with windows overlooking the garden is by far the best. It has a double bed and is airy.”
  • An agouti - they are frequent visitors to the garden
  • Open verandah and place for breakfast - taken from the garden
 of 5 bubbles Sox299, Feb 15, 2016 | Read review
“The one on the left overlooks the forest. Bring Deep Woods Off.”
 of 5 bubbles StuartandDenese, Aug 30, 2015 | Read review
“The cabin closer to the tents was very nice, it has one double bed so good for couples or single travelers.”
 of 5 bubbles 135BradN, Apr 5, 2015 | Read review
“Two bungalow rooms are side by side. I think the one farthest from the bathroom with garden & forest on 3 sides is best. You can wake up & look out at the forest around you.”
 of 5 bubbles lmmla91, Apr 1, 2014 | Read review
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