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“clean, good location and good food”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Manglar Lodge

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Manglar Lodge
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in San Carlos
Certificate of Excellence
Panama City, Panama
2 reviews
“clean, good location and good food”
Reviewed May 9, 2014

a family with 3 young kids, age between 2 to 11, room is clean and comfortable with hot water, air-con and refrigerator. The restaurant offers good food. We enjoyed very much. Very good idea to have a outdoor shower to clean off all the sand before entering the hotel. good value and recommended. As mentioned by the others before, Ivan is very helpful, speaks english.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 6, 2014

Stayed here for a week's surfing trip. This place was great. There are only four rooms so it's really quiet. I think each room has its own private balcony.

The lodge also has a cafe that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner plus a bar. There's an outside patio area that was nice to use in the evening.

The rooms are clean and comfortable and the staff leaves you along---also nice.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed May 6, 2014

We stayed at Manglar Lodge over the Easter Holiday - we were worried that it would be busy and noisy but found that though it was busy during the day, at night it was wonderfully quiet. Ivan and his staff are fantastic. Great food, friendly service. Fantastic wifi connectivity and the satellite tv was a plus given that it rained one afternoon. Clean rooms with comfy beds. Very glad we didn't stay across the street at the Sea View or whatever it was called - very tired looking.

Room Tip: There are only four rooms in the lodge, so you really can't go wrong.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Seattle
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Reviewed May 3, 2014

Great rooms, good food and a minute to the beach - what could be better?

I stayed at Manglar Lodge for two nights back in February and found it to be a great place, just a small, quiet type of hotel that knows how to treat international travelers.

I have to admit I was a bit frazzled from traveling a few days in Panama (ok, so learning Spanish would certainly help) found my way Manglar and instantly started to feel comfortable and relax. The rooms are large and clean, beds comfortable and the area quiet.

There are lots of large scale condo construction project being being built along the coast - but that's not my style. I like small and quaint - and this was perfect. There is on premise food which was really good. I highly recommend and would go back anytime.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed April 14, 2014

Stayed at Manglar for 2 nights and proved to be a great location to use as a base to drive to the surrounding areas of El Valle, Coronado, Farallon and Playa Blanca. Very safe and clean hotel with just 4 rooms, located right off the beach at Playa El Palmar. Staff was very friendly, but somewhat English challenged. The food served was good, however a little overpriced. Don't feel guilty if you have to stop for directions. Signage on the Pan American Highway for the turn-off to Playa El Palmar is not very visible.

Room Tip: If you like to have morning sun in the room, pick #2.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Reviewed April 1, 2014

We stayed at Manglar for two nights and it was great! We had a great room - very large an dclean. We enjoyed lunch, breakfast, and dinner at their restaurant and the food is great - some of the best we had in the area. A short walk to the beach - its a great location. Highly recommend!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed March 11, 2014

Along with some friends we spent 4 nights here...had a great time. Took day trips and enjoyed meals at the lodge. Manager Omar was very accommodating, spoke very good English, and put up with our lively group with a smile. Rooms were clean and spacious...Thanks for a great stay

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Manglar Lodge

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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