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“Wonderful place, right on the beach!”

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Hotel Hibiscus Garden
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lagartero
Certificate of Excellence
Panama City, Panama
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Wonderful place, right on the beach!”
Reviewed June 20, 2014

Really great place, a bit difficult to find, as it is on the road to Santa Catalina. Fabulous beach (private) with very helpful managers Rosie and Simon. They will help you booking a diving/snorkeling trip to Coiba where you can swim with the sharks! Great to go horse riding too!

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Karlsruhe, Germany
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Reviewed June 2, 2014

Stayed several nights in Hibiscus Garden and really enjoyed the time there. My room (C3) was very nice and bright with selfmade furniture, view to the sea and as well very proper ! The service in general was great (Rosie and Simon are always so nice and caring). And the food was delicious!!! Finally it is a nice place to relax but also horsebackriding at the beach or surfing in Catalina is a lot of fun.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
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Panama City, Panama
Level 1 Contributor
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Reviewed May 4, 2014 via mobile

We followed lonely planet's review and booked several nights here. What we found contradictory to our expectations were the waterfront (not nice- very long walk across mud like sand at low tide), the rooms (low quality bedding and furniture) and the general hospitality (no wifi as advertised, charges for everything like coffee and local phone call).

Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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rotterdam
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Reviewed May 2, 2014 via mobile

We stayed three nights in the hibiscus garden . Rosie en Simon run the place and they are very sensitive what people need, their service is great. They make the place a succes. The place is outside Santa Catalina and you need transportation. ( They have a shuttle one way 6,50 ) The beach is not so nice for a swim, because it is not deep enough for swimming.The food in the restaurant is very tastfull, the rooms need a make over and the fridge in the main building needs a clean up.

  • Stayed April 2014
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Reviewed April 22, 2014

Stayed 3 nights in the micro-dorm (just 1 bunkbed). Room was very small, but you do not need to spend time there. The property is beautiful, right on the beach, amazing surroundings, more than enough hammocks. Although not cheap (travelling on a budget), the food served is really good, about the best I've had in Panama. Wi-fi signal is indeed not always great, but the signal is the best in the area around the communal kitchen and it was always good enough for me.

I really enjoyed my stay here, not just for the food or beautiful property, but mostly for the amazing hosts: Rosie and Simon, thank you so much for making my stay!! I wish I could have stayed there with you :-)

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
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Panama City, Panama
Level 4 Contributor
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Reviewed April 21, 2014

We had a great time and the staff was very nice Rosie and her husband were so friendly and made us feel very comfortable. Since we had a car, the distance from Santa Catalina was not an issue and it was actually nicer to be away from the town and feel really secluded. The rooms were cleaned daily but no soap was given in the shower (they only provided liqui hand soap), so bring your own.

The food excellent although pricey and maybe the restaurant hours could extend a little bit later (they close at 8:30pm).

My main complaint would be the lack of privacy in the upper rooms (C3 and C2) as we could hear everything our next door neighboors did.

We noted that it seems like the owners enjoyed feeding one crocodile living in the river (right on the same land as the hotel)- not a bright idea. They insisted they were afraid of humans and would never come to attack. In fact, they didn't mind leaving their small children bath and play in the water. I wouldn't trust wild animals to this extent and I would be more carefull. Also I wouldn't swim in that beach either.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 11, 2014

The best part has to be the beach, at times we were the only occupants of this seemingly endless stretch. There are free hammocks and sun shades which are a blessing as the sand burns your feet so always take your shoes down to the water if you don't want to be yelping on the way back! I have to say our room wasn't particularly fab. If we had a dollar for every time one of us stubbed our toe on the bed ends we would be rich people and the shower was a dribble of cold water. We only sampled the restaurant a couple of times as we like to get out and about, but the food was fabulous with dishes of the day. Very long potholed track to the hotel, rather dodgy in the dark and when you are precious about your hire car. But we felt very safe there and Rosie and Simon are a font of local knowledge and extremely helpful.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel Hibiscus Garden
Address: Playa Lagartero, Lagartero, Panama
Location: Panama > Veraguas Province > Lagartero
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lagartero
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Hibiscus Garden 2.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hibiscusgarden Hotel & Restaurant is owned by a German family and run by an exellent German chef Sven and also by very nice Italian Managers. It is situated right on the Pacific coast in the province of Veraguas next to the little fishermen village called Lagartero and 10 km from the touristic town of Santa Catalina.The hotel has 9 individual designed guestrooms of different comfort- and price levels, which are decorated with natural accessories like driftwood, shells and mosaics, as well as a camping site. We offer the use of a clean and well equipped communal kitchen as well as a Restaurant, which offers a fine selection of regional and international specialties. You can enjoy a wide range of leisure activities around our remote beach, like horseback riding or SUP and we will be happy to help you to arrange trips to our famous Nationalpark Coiba for snorkeling, diving and wildlife watching. We hope to see you soon! Your Hibiscus Garden Team. ... more   less 
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