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Playa Serena social area, bahia and the ocean beyond
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Playa Serena social area, bahia and the ocean beyond
The pool and the ocean beyond living room of the condo looking toward the patio
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Playa Serena social area, bahia and the ocean beyond
The pool and the ocean beyond
living room of the condo looking toward the patio
Living room furniture looking toward the kitchen
2nd bedroom with views of the countrside
3rd bedroom with side and back views of the countryside
Our beach at early morning looking toward Chame
3 Miles down the beach looking back toward Playa Serena
Our beach looking toward Coronado from the south building
The front of our east tower; 23 stories
Ocean and beach views from the patio
Views of the bay and the fish market area from our patio
BBQ Gas Grill With Gas Canisters Provided
Kitchen area looking toward the back
Large front load washer - dryer
Kitchen area and the hallway to the bedrooms
Kitchen area looking back toward the living room and the patio
Large prawn shrimp for a fraction of what we pay back home
Living room looking toward the TV and the hallway to the bedrooms
Playa Serena beach looking down from the south building
Playa Serena beach looking toward Coronado
Our patio looking toward the bay area and the mountains
Karen's 94YO mom cooling off in the pool at Playa Serena
A corner of the pool and the bahia in the social area
Social area, the pool and the ocean beyond
Shrimp boat at dawn looking down from Playa Serena
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Condo/Apartment -
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Nueva Gorgona, Panama Province

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angel7169...
Buffalo, New York
1 review
“Family vacation”
Reviewed August 20, 2018 for a stay in August 2018

We had a great time staying here. Room was very clean. The views from every room were amazing. It was a very quite resort. The beach takes you about 1 minute from your door step to having your feet hit the sand. If your looking to book a trip to Panama your crazy not to book this place. The owners are extremely nice and very quick to answer any questions you have.

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Management Response
Aug 22, 2018
Thanks for your kind words. We are always very happy to hear about a guest's stay and what a great time they had. We work very hard to make the condo very comfortable for us and for our guests. We insist that our guests have the same comforts that we enjoy while we're in Panama. We hope you will come back to visit again soon. Tom and Karen
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BruceFr
Toronto, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Great Apartment come prepared”
Reviewed August 13, 2018 for a stay in August 2018

The apartment was AMAZING!! Completely as advertised!! Clean, comfortable, good amenities.

However come prepared to be your own entertainment and cooks. The only restaurants nearby are on the Pan American Hwy in strip malls. There is no local town with quaint restaurants and stores to visit. The stores are all in a mall up the highway. Same store you have at home.

The only night life is a small tiki bar on the beach.

It is a good 1.5 hours by car from the Tocumen Airport. Renting a car is a great idea. If you do rent the mini wifi hotspot from the car company. This was amazing. We could all connect our phones to it. Used it to find maps and directions. Search the internet.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Stay38116...
1 review
“Perfect Condo, just like home”
Reviewed June 18, 2018 for a stay in June 2018

This was a great stay, I felt like I was in my own home, I wouldn't change one thing, other than far from Panama city, this is the perfect condo

Your age range 50-64
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Management Response
Jun 29, 2018
It is so nice to hear back from people that there stay is as much or more than they expected. We like the challenge of keeping the townhouse in great shape and it's always nice to hear that people have enjoyed that effort. Tom and Karen
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roberthat...
Port Clinton, Ohio
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Very, Very NICE!”
Reviewed February 26, 2018 for a stay in January 2018

I would highly recommend Tom and Karen's place. We stayed there for 2 weeks and wish it was longer. Very quiet area but yet close to many attractions. The people in the condo's were very nice and made us feel like we belonged.

The condo was well equipped and had all of the luxuries of home.

Highly recommended.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Feb 28, 2018
We're so happy you enjoyed the condo and your stay so much. We work hard to provide our guests with all of the same comforts that we enjoy when we're in Panama and we hope you will come back to visit again soon. Tom and Karen
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Sherrypm
Calgary, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Perfect paradise”
Reviewed December 20, 2017 for a stay in December 2017

This is just what you want when your coming down from Canada . It’s an absolutely beautiful place to be. The views were beautiful of the ocean and the Gorgona area.
The apartment was spacious and had all the amenities you need. It was clean and the furniture was in good shape. We found the bed very comfortable.
I highly recommend this apt to our friends and family.
The downside is you need a car to get groceries or take cabs. The cabs were reasonable at 5$ to Coranado.
The people here are friendly and have a family feeling. We would definitely come back.

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Management Response
Jan 1, 2018
Thank you so much for your kind words Sherry. We do work very hard to be sure that our guests are as comfortable at our condo in Panama as we are in our home away from home. We hope you come back to visit again. Tom and Karen
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Karen H
Fort Walton Beach, Florida, United States
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Our Amazing stay in Panama at Playa Serena Condo”
Reviewed September 28, 2017 for a stay in September 2017

Had a wonderful time and enjoyed the amazing views from the 19th floor of Playa Serena Condo over looking Gorgona beach. Tom and Karen Szewezyk are the wonderful owners of condo D on the 19th floor. They gave us plenty of suggestions and information about the condo along with the area. We enjoyed the local restaurants, La Ruina and Bahia Tiki bar were pretty much our favorites the staff and atmosphere were very relaxing. Our Big adventure for a day was an ATV Excursion with El Valle Mountain Tours to visit the jungle mountain waterfalls. We loved to see the locals and all the little shops, over all a fantastic experience and hope to return in the near future.

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slj65
New Jersey
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great Condo, Great View!!”
Reviewed May 2, 2017 for a stay in April 2017

Booked this condo through TripAdvisor for first week of April. The owner Tom was very helpful with his communications and had everything you needed in there. The driver he set us up with was TRULY a gem (Oscar Rodriguez), that spoke excellent english and I can't praise him enough as he was the highlight of the entire trip!! The condo was perfect as we all had our own rooms with comfy beds and top notch air conditioning & closet space. The balcony, a bit on the small size, had great views in either direction. The condo is close enough to a little market that you can walk. The condo building next door had a restaurant, while the food was just OK (edible) and the waiter/waitresses spoke little to no English, the view is great (right over beach).
We spent some hours on the beach where the guy working there would get a couple lounges or chairs for us (I would get a couple more of those cushions for the condo as the lounges were pretty hard without cushions). The beach was empty for the most part & very nice to just sit and watch the various water birds and the waves crashing!! We had Oscar take us for the day to see the jungle (hummingbird sanctuary & monkeys), saw a huge container ship come through the new section of the Canal, Gatun Lake (had a closer encounter with a couple capuchin monkeys, and then late lunch/early dinner in Casco Viejo (Casablanca). I could have spent at least half the day there walking through the narrow streets and admiring the restored homes & restoration process of others... It was a very long day but Oscar went above & beyond fantastic customer service!! He was very knowledgeable!! For local driving Oscar even set us up with a local guy for going out to dinners named Tony Gomez (his English was a bit rough) who was very nice & prompt!! Thank God Tom had a pre-paid cell phone in the condo because AT&T apparently never updated my international calling portion of my service. We didn't even use the AC in the living room as the WIND on the 19th floor is intense and refreshing!!
OK now for the down-sides:
There was a young man at security that gave me a hard time about getting a driver to go to dinner on Sunday night... I noted his name was Joel... I assumed he was kidding about not being able to get me a taxi at 5:30... but he batted his eyes at me and said "No". (this is how Oscar led us to Tony). I think the reaction would have been totally different had my father been with us 2 women.
The brown bath, hand towels were very skunky even after we washed them. We wound up using the beige & striped beach towels.
The area is very quiet unless its a weekend so the first 2 nights the music was blasting but with windows closed & AC pumping it didn't keep us awake.
Apparently Panama has a garbage issue... not only was there garbage everywhere we went but it seems to be the norm for everyone to burn their garbage in their yards (not so pleasant).
All in all it was a great time - Condo is highly recommendable...
Thank you again Tom!!

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
May 4, 2017
We're so glad you had a wonderful time and that Oscar did such a good job for you also. Thank you for letting me know about the towels. ALL of them will be replaced immediately.
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