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Gamboa Rainforest Reserve

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Goethals Blvd. Soberania National Park, Gamboa 7338 Panama
Update from hotel: This property has indicated that they are taking safety precautions against COVID-19 and is temporarily closed until 10/31/2021.Read more
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 11/02/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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Deep in the heart of the Panamanian rainforest lies the completely unique Gamboa Rainforest Resort. This magnificent destination rests where the scenic Chagres River meets the Panama Canal and is the only resort property in the area. Few places on earth offer such an amazing natural experience while providing an unsurpassed level of luxury. Escape the noise and hectic pace of everyday life and surround yourself with the tranquility of the mystical Soberania National Forest. Here, just a short 30-minute ride from Panama City, on 340 acres overlooking the stunning Panama Canal, you can commune with nature in a pristine environment where explorers and pirates once tread. Our Panama Tours offer an exhilarating variety of jungle adventures such as an aerial tram, guided boat tours, fishing expeditions, and much more. Our tours are designed to show you wildlife in its natural setting amidst the colorful splendor of the jungle flora.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Tennis court
Fishing
Children's television networks
Parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Kids' meals
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
Patio
Walking tours
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids pool
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Photo copier / fax In business center
Spa
Facial treatments
Full body massage
Head massage
Massage
Steam room
24-hour security
Concierge
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Radio
Complimentary toiletries
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Sofa
Telephone
Iron
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Hair dryer
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Landmark view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Norwegian
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Richard M wrote a review Mar 2021
361 contributions61 helpful votes
The setting is great. The food mediocre. The service barely there. We were a party of 5. All ordered at the same time. Three got served, eventually. I finally went to the kitchen to ask about the other two meals explaining the first three people had almost finished and they had not yet brought the remaining two. Which, by the way, were the easier to prepare of the five. Fifteen minutes later they brought the food. The staff was very nice, but useless. We did see a live caiman below us in the water, which made it interesting.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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TrophyCollector wrote a review Apr 2020
Monaco-Ville, Monaco625 contributions830 helpful votes
The Gamboa may be old, somewhat outdated, and crowded with typical tourists, but nevertheless its charm is still unbeatable. Sitting high up on a room balcony and observing the beautiful landscape the jungle around the meandering river, this is a one-million-dollar view. Always a pleasure to return here. Still my recommendation for any first-time visitors to Panama.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from GamboaRainforest, Director de Recepción at Gamboa Rainforest Reserve
Responded May 4, 2020
Dear TrophyCollector, Thank you very much for taking your time and sharing your experience at the Gamboa Rainforest Reserve on TripAdvisor. I would like to thank you for being a loyal guest, and am glad to note you still enjoy the charm of the hotel and uniqueness of the location. Thank you for recommending us! We hope you are safe at home and to welcome you back again! Kindest regards, Robin van der Lee
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Ann S wrote a review Apr 2020
Champaign, Illinois15 contributions9 helpful votes
We stayed at this resort for four nights in February, 2020 and enjoyed the stay very much. It's a wonderful location for fabulous birding trips. It's even a great place to see a variety of birds on the property. You don't have to go far - they are right there. The property is large and spread out and, as has been mentioned before, in a beautiful location. The resort itself is also lovely. The public areas are very nicely decorated and the landscaping is beautiful. They offer a variety of nature excursions and other guests have included that in their reviews. We were with independent guides and we did not take advantage of what the resort offered. Our room looked out over the lake and had a beautiful view. It was large and had a sitting area in the room and on the balcony. There was also a desk, a fridge and a coffee pot. It was nicely decorated and the all ceramic bathroom was also quite large with a very generous shower. (bring your own hand lotion,) The staff was, for the most part, cordial and there was at least one person in each area who spoke fluent English so communicating was not a problem. We only ate in two of the restaurants and found them better than average. The buffet offered a large variety of choices so anyone should be able to find something they liked, The nachos in the bar were especially good! All in all, we had a wonderful time at this resort and we enjoyed the beauty (and the birds) of the area.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from GamboaRainforest, Director General at Gamboa Rainforest Reserve
Responded May 4, 2020
Dear Ann S, Thank you very much for taking your time and sharing your experience at the Gamboa Rainforest Reserve on TripAdvisor. I am glad to note you have enjoyed the facilities, restaurants, and wildlife surroundings. We hope to welcome you back one day! Kindest regards, Robin van der Lee
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Sundancer93003 wrote a review Mar 2020
Ventura, California401 contributions161 helpful votes
We stayed here two nights on our Caravan tour. The setting is idyllic. The view from every room includes river and rain forest. The outside pool area is beautiful. The balcony has a hammock to relax. The lobby has a three level window on the entire back wall. The buffet food was delicious and the staff were all friendly and helpful. Sloths and interesting birds were on the grounds. Cool hiking trails close by.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from GamboaRainforest, Director de Recepción at Gamboa Rainforest Reserve
Responded May 4, 2020
Dear Sundancer, Thank you very much for taking your time and sharing your experience at the Gamboa Rainforest Reserve on TripAdvisor. I am glad to note you have enjoyed the facilities, buffet, service and wildlife. It seems you enjoyed it to the maximum! We hope to welcome you back one day! Kindest regards, Robin van der Lee
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idahosail wrote a review Mar 2020
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho25 contributions15 helpful votes
The GRR is a beautiful place. Great view of the Chagres River from the hotel, dining room, and rooms. The pool is large and fun to use the water based basket ball hoop. The grounds are spacious, plenty of nice walks. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The front desk and tour desk are multilingual. The dining staff typically only speak Spanish. They run many tours in the nearby rainforest, including a monkey tour on the Panama Canal. Downtown PC or the Amador Causeway is not far away if you have a car. They need to freshen the paint in a few places, which they are doing to some extent. Warning, it is a bit of a walk from the rooms to the lobby & dining area. But there is lots of wildlife to enjoy from the walkways. The famed Pipeline trail is nearby, if you are a birder or like wildlife walks. We were there just before the world-wide travel shutdown. Hopefully when travel returns people will experience this place.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Response from GamboaRainforest, Director de Recepción at Gamboa Rainforest Reserve
Responded May 4, 2020
Dear Idahosail, Thank you very much for taking your time and sharing your experience at the Gamboa Rainforest Reserve on TripAdvisor. I am glad to note you have enjoyed the facilities, views, service, and wildlife surroundings. It seems you enjoyed it to the maximum! We are constantly working on the maintenance, thank you for sharing your feedback. We hope you are safe at home and to welcome you back one day! Kindest regards, Robin van der Lee
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PRICE RANGE
$97 - $219 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
gamboa rainforest hotel gamboa, gamboa rainforest resort, gamboa rain forest resort
LOCATION
PanamaColon ProvinceGamboa
NUMBER OF ROOMS
166
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gamboa Rainforest Reserve
Which popular attractions are close to Gamboa Rainforest Reserve?
Nearby attractions include Panama Rainforest Discovery Center (2.4 miles), Soberania National Park (4.0 miles), and Asociación Panamericana para la Conservación (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Gamboa Rainforest Reserve?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Gamboa Rainforest Reserve?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Gamboa Rainforest Reserve?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Gamboa Rainforest Reserve?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Gamboa Rainforest Reserve?
Conveniently located restaurants include Restaurante Los Lagartos, El Corotu, and Monkey Lobby Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Gamboa Rainforest Reserve?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Is Gamboa Rainforest Reserve located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.7 miles away from the center of Gamboa.
Are any cleaning services offered at Gamboa Rainforest Reserve?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Gamboa Rainforest Reserve offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Gamboa Rainforest Reserve?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and Norwegian.