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Mateo's B&B

Calle Humberto Zarate | Casa 131A, Gamboa, Panama
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Maitland, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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52 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars 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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55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars 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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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars 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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98 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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302 reviews
77 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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69 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

I stayed here for one evening before taking an early ferry the next day to Barro Colorado Island. When I arrived Mateo and his wife greeted me kindly and checked me in, soon afterwards Mateo showed me the monkeys and Toucans that hang out in his backyard! The place is quaint and comfortable, although if you want 5 star accomodation... More 

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Albuquerque, NM
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49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 via mobile

We loved sitting on the patio and photographing many bird species, agouti, tamarind monkeys. Mateo and Beatrice are charming lovely knowledgeable hosts. She cooked for us one night. Breakfast was basic and tasty. Be advised there is one small store in town that mainly has junk food. Best to stock up before you arrive in town although you cannot cook.... 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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