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“The best place I stayed in Panama!”
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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Olympia, Washington
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“The best place I stayed in Panama!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2013

I have spent 8 days in Panama looking for the perfect place to Retire. The jury is still out on whether or not it Is Panama. With that said, I would come back to Manglar Lodge in a heart beat! As has been said many times, you can't beat the hospitality and graciousness of Ivan the owner. I felt at home immediately. I echo all the accolades that have been afore mentioned! I have been to Panama City, Chitre, David & Boquete and Ivan and his place is a must on my return trip. Ivan did suggest I go to El Valle to see if that would be a retirement place to consider. It most certainly is. It is about 30 km or so from the Manglar Lodge. It is in the mountains and on an extent Volcano. I haven't totally vetted the place yet but it is beautiful - the best place I have seen in Panama. However, it looks like the place where the rich live. The weather is perfect. The humidity seems not existent. It is a place for me to consider & it is only a couple hours out of PC.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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manglarlodge01, Owner at Manglar Lodge, responded to this review, July 2, 2013
Thanks for your comment Mr Joseph I really appreciate it. I try to make people fell at home and gave them some useful information so they can enjoy their time in Panama
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Ivan M.
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Ushuaia, Argentina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2013

My husband and I stayed at Manglar Lodje for 4 nights and it was excelent! The staff was friendly and helpful. The beach is a short walk away and very beautiful.The rooms are nice and spacious. The hotel is extremely clean and tastefully decorated! We'll Be Back!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sunrise, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2013

We have a new spot for vacations now. Nature at it's best in San Carlos Beach Panama. The Manglar Lodge is great. The rooms are large and modern, very clean, and the bed & pillows were so comfortable. They have a restaurant and the food was so good and great service and presentation. The grounds were nature at its best. The owner Ivan was so kind and welcoming he helped us with so much information and went out of his way to help us. San Carlos is a Beach town - very clean and beautiful and quaint- not over done with high rises, it still has that beach town feeling - Surfers love it and there is a surfing school near by. All in all we loved it and will make it a priority on our vacation list. The rooms have a private entrance with a bathroom in each room. So it has that bed & breakfast feel BUT you have the hotel privacy. Thank you Iva and Staff, Captain & First Mate

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2013 via mobile

The hotel is more like a bed a d breakfast with only 4 rooms. Our king room with a balcony overlooking the grounds was spacious and comfortable.
The restaurant/bar was good and inexpensive
We can't say enough about Ivan and Omar the two managers. They were so friendly and accommodating. They also spoke good English. Their service was excellent as we had a bathroom problem which they remedied the same day.
While this hotel is a bit out of the way we would gladly stay with them again

  • Stayed May 2013
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2013

There's no pool at this place but its steps from a nice beach with a good beginner surf beach break. It seems the nicest place in town, even though the one next door has a pool and he others are on the beach. Lots of surf and boogie board rental and lesson options nearby. I would stay here again and recommend it to friends. We brought a group here after a conference in the city for a laid back surf intro getaway and were thrilled with the vibe, rooms, food, service and cleanliness.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Lima, Peru
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013

Wanted to find somewhere quiet and personal for a really special, romantic weekend. The hotel was all I could wish for. The room was spacious with a balcony overlooking the garden and seating area. The lodge restaurant / bar had a comfortable feel and the outside eating area was a perfect romantic setting to eat or just talk Set in a pleasant garden the seating area is a great place to chill with a drink. The lodge is also within a short walk of the beach. Although initially stony, either side are expanses of empty golden sands to relax. I needed this weekend to be something to remember and it most definitely will be.

Room Tip: room one overlooks the gardens and seating area without being in the view of the car park.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013

Clean as home,you can walk barefoot around the hotel. Food as we cook at home too. Visited so many hotels around the country and this is the only one we will go back again and again. Hotel website photos are very misleading but not Manglar Lodge. You get what you see.Ivan and his cats are very friendly! The only thing missing is a dog! Perfect place to go for just one day or the whole month!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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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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