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Cerrito Tropical Eco Lodge

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Via Pizarro and Via Congresso Arriba, Isla Taboga 0832-2565 Panama
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#2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Isla Taboga
Location
4.0
Cleanliness
4.2
Service
4.1
Value
3.8
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Tropical Island Eco Lodge Rooms plus Apartments. Plunge Pool. Oceanview from hillside location. Balconies plus large tropical garden at the edge of Taboga village and alongside an ancient forest, a 3 minute walk down to the shore and 5 to 10 minute walk from beach. The forest is excellent for bird watching. A great option for digital nomads. The best of both worlds! ocean view from the exterior balconies and beside a lush tropical forest - (rooms have exterior shared balconies, one suite has ocean view from the living area). Relaxed Eco lodge, comfortable and clean air conditioned individual rooms, as well as apartments, all with local TV & WIFI. Ideal quiet vacation spot to relax for 1 day to 1 month. Located on the laid back Pacific island of Taboga just 30 minutes from Panama by ferry. Artisanal Pizza offered daily. Beach Restaurant by reservation offering delicious food by local award winning chef. Activities include: Beach, boat trips, fishing, snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, nature tours, walking tours, help with eco projects and more. Visit us and truly relax with the Cerrito family. Cerrito Tropical Eco Lodge, Taboga Island, Panama.
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Property amenities
Free public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool with view
Restaurant
Boating
Canoeing
Babysitting
Children's playground
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Plunge pool
Shallow end in pool
Breakfast available
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Diving
Hiking
Snorkeling
Water sport equipment rentals
Canoeing offsite
Fishing
Patio
Walking tours
Water park offsite
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Taxi service
Full body massage
Massage
Baggage storage
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Umbrella
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Sofa bed
Walk-in shower
Seating area
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Microwave
Refrigerator
Kitchenware
Hair dryer
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Room types
Mountain view
Ocean view
Landmark view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Mid-range
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Dutch and 2 more
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Eric B wrote a review Jan 2023
7 contributions2 helpful votes
My partner and I stayed here for a few nights while visiting Taboga island. The proprietors, Hiddo and Cynthia are lovely! Very accommodating, excellent knowledge of the island, and they run a delicious restaurant down by the beach as well that we went to dinner at every night. If we needed anything beyond the basics, they were always willing to work something out with enough heads up. This is not a luxury resort experience, but it is a lovely and affordable place to take in Taboga. The rooms were totally fine, A/C was perfectly cold, shower was fine but no great shakes, but if you're staying at an eco lodge and expecting more, that's on you - this delivers as a fantastic eco lodge! Breakfasts were SO tasty! The pool is teeny tiny and very chilly, which was perfect for the hot days. The hammocks are wonderful places to relax or nap. Great place, great people, highly recommended!
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Richard F wrote a review Dec 2022
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I spent the weekend here with my family, amazing house with amazing views only 3min walk to the beaches and restaurants! The couple running it were lovely and very helpful, they have a separate restaurant with fantastic food and amazing cocktails.
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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olive42016 wrote a review Dec 2022
Halifax, Canada7 contributions
We were very excited to come to this property as per the website pictures, reviews and that the owner, Cynthia, is a Canadian, like us. The pictures on the website are mostly what is factual, however our room was not at all acceptable . It was very dark; bed was uncomfortable; there were only four hooks to hang our clothes - no closet, no coat hangers; no dresser; no vanity or anywhere to put our toiletries; hand marks on the walls; cracked tiles in the shower; no light in the vanity area; toilet was not cleaned properly, and NO MAID service to clean after we checked in and we were there for two overnights. Our room key was left in the office everyday, so there was no excuse for the maid not to clean. The overall cleanliness of the room was average. There are no toiletries supplied in the room except for toilet paper and hand soap at the vanity. The toilet seat was the wrong seat for the toilet that it overlapped the toilet base and was not a proper fit.
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Michael K wrote a review May 2022
3 contributions1 helpful vote
The room we choose was on the second floor looking out at the pool and ocean. From our private balcony, we were able to watch all the boats waiting on the canal from the comfort of a hammock. Both owners of the property were super friendly, and fun to talk with. The rooms were very clean and well maintained which shows that they care deeply about their property. Being a small town it was easy to get around by walking and the locals living there were always friendly. I highly recommend staying at this hotel and also checking out the restaurant they own closer to the beach.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Stacy W wrote a review Nov 2021
Waukesha, WI440 contributions151 helpful votes
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We loved this hotel! It was the last stop of our 10 day visit to Panama. Our hosts, Cynthia and Hiddo were very helpful. We upgraded to the suite and had a wonderful view of the bay. The plunge pool was very refreshing. We had Cynthia's awesome pizza one night, delish! Cold drinks were offered to us as soon as we checked in. Hiddo prepared a lovely breakfast for us on our last day. I highly recommend the Cerrito Tropical Eco Lodge.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Courtney A wrote a review Aug 2021
3 contributions1 helpful vote
Cerrito Tropical Eco Lodge is an ABSOLUTE MUST when visiting Taboga Island. It was recommended that I visit while in Panama and I was not disappointed! To coordinate the trip I worked with the owner, Cynthia! She is an exceptional host! She provided instructions on how to secure our ferry ride tickets and made sure that we were greeted by a guest driver when we arrived. When we arrived to the lodge she extended a warm welcome by escorting us (my partner and I) to our room. We had the 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment and let me tell you, THE VIEWS ARE AMAZING! It also had a lovely hammock on the balcony! It was so relaxing to lay in it and just take in nature! When she finished with helping us get our luggage situated, she then gave us a tour around the lodge. When that was done she suggested that we check out her restaurant Callaloo Beach, Fishbar and Grill! This is where here awesome counterpart Hiddo is! He too is amazing! My partner and I are veganish/vegetarian and they made us wonderful meals with some substitutes! I insist that everyone go there and eat! We had the pita and warm hummus! Oh it was so fresh and did I mention warm?! LIKE THE BEST HUMMUS EVER! We also had fish tacos, THE FRIED SNAPPER and we did a Fish Burger!!! So so so good! They also make pizza on a wood fire stove! I wish we had more time to try it but I’d definitely suggest to stop there! The food is great! Especially because the views from the restaurant are great or you can sit outside and eat not too far from the water! The atmosphere of Cerrito Tropical Eco Lodge is very inviting and feels like you are home! Both Cynthia and Hiddo have an amazing set of staff members who work there as well and what I enjoyed is that you can tell that they all enjoy working together! Last but not least, the lodge has fruit trees! My boyfriend literally threw rocks at the trees to get us fresh mangoes for breakfast and they were sweet! She also has moringa leaves that grow in the garden and she used them to make fresh tea! This place is unique, inviting and one of a kind! Do yourself a favor and book at Cerrito Tropical Eco Lodge!
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Cynthia Mulder, Owner at Cerrito Tropical Eco Lodge
Responded Aug 3, 2021
Courtney, that was beautiful! It makes us feel super. So happy you enjoyed it. Look forward to seeing you again when you have more time. Our deepest thanks! Cynthia and team
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Josh M wrote a review Jun 2021
Panama City, Panama1 contribution
Taboga Island has quite a few options for lodging, however for the "best bang for your buck" I recommend Cerrito Tropical. We were treated super kindly by the owners who allowed us to set up for a surprise birthday party for another guest! The rooms offer an amazing view of the island. If you are into hiking, it's located near the treck to "Cerro Cruz" which offers a fantastic view of the island. Rooms were in excellent condition, and as someone who suffers from allergies, I was very pleasantly surprised to find no dust nor allergens that caused a reaction. Looking forward to my next stay!
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Response from Cynthia Mulder, Owner at Cerrito Tropical Eco Lodge
Responded Jun 22, 2021
Hey Josh, so happy the birthday party was a success! And that everything from our side was perfect. Hope to see you very soon again!
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Jennifer A wrote a review Apr 2021
Panama City, Panama115 contributions10 helpful votes
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Perfect place to relax Cinthia an Hido great hostess definitely I’ll return. At night is so relaxing we enjoyed our 3 nights. We don’t have any complaints everything was nice. Great Sea view from the balcony
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Cynthia Mulder, Owner at Cerrito Tropical Eco Lodge
Responded Apr 6, 2021
Thanks so much for your visit Jennifer! You and your friends were a fun group to host. Welcome anytime!
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franciscojlugo wrote a review Mar 2021
4 contributions1 helpful vote
This is a very comfortable and relaxing place attended by their owners which are such a nice couple to stablish conversation with. Their food is just delicious, give them a try!!! There is a beautiful beach just 5 minutes away on foot.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Cynthia Mulder, Owner at Cerrito Tropical Eco Lodge
Responded May 11, 2021
Hello Francisco, thank you so much for your stay with us and for your recommendation! We love to suggest the "secret beach" just a few minutes from Cerrito Tropical Eco Lodge.
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MartinOmis wrote a review Dec 2019
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Nice clean room with a seaview balcony on a beautiful hill. Very good service and friendly straff. Excellent breakfast. The wifi was surprisingly good! The owner also owns the restaurant callaloo down at the beach wich is the best place to eat.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from RanchitoCerrito, General Manager at Cerrito Tropical Eco Lodge
Responded Dec 20, 2019
Thank you for your visit with us and kind review. We are happy you enjoy the location as much as we do! Please visit us again soon when you want to relax and feel at home.
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PRICE RANGE
$82 - $94 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
PanamaPanama ProvinceIsla Taboga
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cerrito Tropical Eco Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Cerrito Tropical Eco Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Taboga Island Beaches (0.4 miles), Iglesia de San Pedro (0.1 miles), and Playa Restinga (0.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Cerrito Tropical Eco Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and laundry service.
Which room amenities are available at Cerrito Tropical Eco Lodge?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Cerrito Tropical Eco Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, breakfast, and an outdoor dining area during their stay.
Is parking available at Cerrito Tropical Eco Lodge?
Yes, free public parking nearby and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Cerrito Tropical Eco Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Calaloo Beach, FishBar & Grill, Restaurante Playa Honda, and Mundi's Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Cerrito Tropical Eco Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to an outdoor pool during their stay.
Is Cerrito Tropical Eco Lodge located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.6 miles away from the center of Isla Taboga.
Are pets allowed at Cerrito Tropical Eco Lodge?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Cerrito Tropical Eco Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, and Dutch.
Does Cerrito Tropical Eco Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.