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“Ivan provides a great experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Manglar Lodge

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Manglar Lodge
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in San Carlos
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Vail, Colorado
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“Ivan provides a great experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2012

We stayed for 2 nights in June 2012. Our room looked new (I believe the hotel is only a year or so old) with comfortable beds and a beautiful bathroom. And A/C! We slept very well. Ivan was a wonderful host who helped us with organizing our surfing lessons.

Also, Ivan made the reservation process very easy by responding quickly to my emails. This was not the case in many of my inquiries to other places in Panama. He even sent me an email to confirm our stay a couple of weeks prior to our arriving.

I definitely recommend the Manglar Lodge in El Palmar.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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, Owner at Manglar Lodge, responded to this review, June 23, 2012
Thanks for your comments I really appreciate them. I am glad and you were happy with our service and that you had a lot of fun on your Surfing experience. Your kids looks really excited about surfing!
P.S Flor at panama surf school is the best place for taking surfing classes
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Oro Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2012

Our room at the Manglar Lodge couldn’t be nicer. It was large, tastefully decorated, new, and spotless. Everything worked flawlessly. At the bottom of the property is a good restaurant and a front porch, complete with rocking chair and sleeping cat. To the side is a place to shower off from the black sand beach (just 50 yards or so away), a small lawn, and a nice patio where you can enjoy the evening.

The avuncular but twenty-something owner-manager, Ivan, was great. He was friendly, helpful, and gracious, many times offering whatever he could (including free bicycle rentals and very knowledgeable advice on where to visit) to make our stay a good one.

We would definitely stay there again.

Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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manglarlodge, Owner at Manglar Lodge, responded to this review, June 20, 2012
Hello thanks for the review I am happy that you enjoy our place and notice all the details we had put on the place
P.S. I wish I could be twenty-something again...

Thanks
Ivan
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2012

Ivan the owner is wonderful. He is very friendly, full of information and attentive.its a lovely quiet atmosphere and the rooms are lovely.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2012

We stayed here on our first night in Panama and after 15 days of travelling around Panama we returned to relax (with friends)and finish our trip here with four more nights before heading home!

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Ivan the owner is a very kind hearted and caring person that he wants nothing more than for you to enjoy your stay, ensure you get the most of your stay and help you, chat and become friends. Daily forecasts on surf points and tides, whilst serving up amazing breakfast and relaxing in a cosy little corner of El palmer!

There are 5 rooms- beautifully decorated and put together with amazing photography shots displayed in each taken by Ivan himself. Comfy beds, swan shaped towels and big hot water showers are a very welcoming sight when you have been travelling around Panama and you get a glimpse into some of the places you could be having to stay!!

All the staff (3 and Ivan) are friendly and caring and are always around for a chat and will recommend things to you to ensure you have the best trip- whilst phoning around and helping with any enquiries/planning and language translation for you!!

Not only this whilst we stayed here we found a puppy who we named Rio- our friends had planned to try and adopt her and take her home to the states. I won't write the sad story of Rio but would only say Ivan helped us and supported us with vets, airlines and care of the beautiful little puppy which will never be forgotten!

All in all thank you Manglar Lodge and Ivan we will send many to visit and return too!!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2012

We stayed at the Manglar Lodge in El Palmar for three nights and loved it. The lodge is fairly new and has beautiful wood tables and a deck to sit out on as well as lounge chairs out on the lawn with water spraying you to cool you off. The rooms were large, comfortable and clean. The owner, Ivan, and his staff are always helpful, pleasant and available. It's a nice, quiet location. The food is delicious and reasonably priced. A huge benefit is that people who stay at the Manglar Lodge are welcome to use the pool at the Bay View hotel across the street, which is also clean and refreshing. We highly recommend Manglar Lodge - it was a great place to stay.

Room Tip: Try and get a room on the top floor so you get a little balcony of your own and the breeze.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Mexico City, Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2012

This is a great little hotel short distance away from the beach. The rooms are very cozy and nice. Nothing fancy, but very comfortable. Everything is in working order.
It is relatively new, the decor is very neutral and pretty modern.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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manglarlodge, Owner at Manglar Lodge, responded to this review, April 4, 2012
Thanks for taking some time and writing a review about our place. we really appreciate it. Just to let you know our restaurant have a new menu with seafood

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Ivan
Manglar Lodge
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Playa Coronado, Panama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2012

We stayed at Manglar Lodge in Nov. of '11 and loved our stay. We along with our two dogs moved from KC to Panama in March of '12. Our destination was Boquete and we needed a place to stay along the way that would allow our pets and none were to be found. I called Ivan and explained our predicament. With out hesitation he responded no problem...your dogs are welcome to stay at my house. You see, pets are not allowed at Manglar Lodge but Ivan went out of his way in offering his own home to our pets just to accommodate us. This is the service you can expect not only from the owner but the entire staff at Manglar Lodge. i can assure you that you will not be disappointed in the cleanliness of the rooms or in the quality of the food.

Thank you
George and Allison

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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manglarlodge, Owner at Manglar Lodge, responded to this review, March 30, 2012
Hello

It is always a pleasure to have you in our place and to help other dog owners I know how hard it is to travel around with dogs. If we build a new stage we will have some pet friendly room.
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Property: Manglar Lodge
Address: Calle 1 Norte | El Palmar, San Carlos 1017, Panama
Location: Panama > Panama Province > San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Manglar Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you like nature and comfort, you'll enjoy your stay at Manglar Lodge. Located at El Palmar beach on the Pacific coast of the Republic of Panama, Manglar Lodge offers the visitor four cozy and clean rooms, WiFi, a lounge terrace and gardens where you can relax on the sun, read and watch birds and butterflies. Sometimes you can also see iguanas, squirrels and opossums. The high tides will bring you nice sunsets next to the mangrove and, depending on the river and swell conditions, you can also try surfing or bodyboarding. ... more   less 
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