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“Overpriced and old”
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Bay View Hotel
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in San Carlos
Reviewed March 28, 2013

My husband and I traveled all over Panama for 7 weeks and stayed there for 3 days, this was our second worse place we ever stayed.
The rooms are outdated, the curtains look like they never been washed, oversized that don't open or close,
The furniture in the room is all miss-matched pieces
Air cond. units are falling apart, in the middle of the night a piece falls out and wakes you up
The TV unit is about 20 years old, everything is falling apart, the toilet paper dispenser is there but you can't put the roll in.
The owner live right beside the hotel but they are only interested in $$$$, rooms, food and drinks are seriously overpriced, every weekend they get busloads of locals to have parties .
They charge $ 12 per adult to use the pool which is not a big deal, its dirty.
Some families show up with kids and coolers and the owners makes them take the cooler out of the premises, shame on them they should be worry about fixing the place and been courteous with people not driving business away, they have a great location and could be doing better by lowering the prices and giving people a value for their money.
The only nice person there was the receptionist and she spoke English. There was no place to get ice so we had to ask at the bar and only got half bucket.
Drinks and food are much too expensive, prices meet the high life of a 5 start hotel, the only difference is that this place is a dump.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank LizToron2
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

the resort its kind of OK, however the food its a rip off, I'm from panama and the prices they charge for food its way beyond ridiculous. They take for ever to bring you the food and it doesn't taste that good. The pool is not well taken care of.

El resort esta mas o menos sin embargo la comida esta demasiado de cara, es un robo. demoran una eternidad para hacerla y no esta muy buena. La piscina no esta muy limpia.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

My husband and I found this place on accident - just driving around and looking for a place directly on the Beach. What a find. Rooms are basic but the view and restaurant were great. Plenty for beach for long walks in the morning when the tide is out. People were freindly and the pool area was nice if you needed some shade. Power went out a few time but it was no big deal.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank KimRozak
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

We heard about this open air restaurant from friends, it truly is a hidden gem. It is located off the hwy & down a long dirt road inside the Bay View Resort. It is pleasantly located on the beach side, we had full view of the pacific ocean watching the tide come in. There are palapas over the tables at the shoreline making the settling lovely. Our waiter was very friendly and attentive, we had very good service. Meals were fresh, ample, and cooked just right. Calamari was excellent & don't forget to try the yucca fries. Bathrooms were very clean as was the resort. We would recommend this restaurant to our friends and would love to go back again soon.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank BG&BMC
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Reviewed March 1, 2013

After a horrific but very brief visit to Restaraunte y Cabanas Veraneras in Santa Clara, Panama (we actually found the first taxi out after 1 hour there due to the extremely unfriendly staff, very funky accommodations, dirty beach), we stumbled on the Bay View Hotel Resort in San Carlos, PN. Gracias a Dios!
For a 2-3 star, very mid-range hotel (apprx. $76/night for two people), the Bay View exceeded our expectations on almost every front.
We are seasoned & intrepid, typically mid-range budget, travelers and were just concluding our 3 month stay in Panama. We were looking for a decent, tranquil setting on the beach & not too far from PN City for our last 4 days in Panama to just relax, read, walk on the beach, etc. the Bay View was perfect. The rooms are simple, very clean, cold water only, satellite TV, air-con, free computer & wi-fi in restaurant only,with a nice pool, decent restaraunt, & a stunning beach front location. Another plus, the staff are uncommonly helpful & friendly. San Carlos itself is a cute, small Panamanian coastal pueblo about 1.5 hrs west of PN. City.

Room Tip: Our room #25 on the 2nd/top floor was fine. Quiet & convenient, possibly better than the first f...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank eva s
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

Very nice resort. Rooms are ok - in need of an upgrade. Food is good, service is good. They try their best to do what they can for you. Many local families having fun. Very little English but the Manager tries.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank 2307Susan
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

We did not stay here, but we had drinks, dessert and breakfast here. The view is outstanding!
The owner, hector was very personable and helpful. The food was good, prices very reasonable! Lemon pie was soooooo good ! The hotel has a cute, funky vibe to it. I did not see the rooms.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank sidney7474
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Additional Information about Bay View Hotel

Address: Calle 1A Norte | El Palmar Beach, San Carlos 1017, Panama (Formerly Bay View Resort)
Location: Panama > Panama Province > San Carlos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in San Carlos
Price Range: $54 - $99 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Bay View Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bay View Hotel; is a welcoming place, located in the bay of San Carlos, Panama. We are at the mouth of the River Matahogado and waterfront where the rising and setting of the sun and moon, it's a wonderful thing. * Trading for national and international tourism, since 2002. We have been the scene of major sporting events of scientific interest, located in the interior, the solar eclipse in 2005, visit astrologers, technicians Nikon and other companies from Japan,documented in our guestbook. * Living rooms, capacity 70 people. Air conditioning, wifi, podium and sound. Additional equipment projector, data / etc show. * Corporate events - Spend Days - Day use * Weddings and Fifteen-years * Adventures in beach - Volley Ball - Fishing day * Tours to tourist sites, located at 30 and 50 minutes away. Regards tourism... ... more   less 
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