This is a place that you either love it, or hate it. You have to go in with a correct mind set. This is not a plush hotel, it also did not come with a 5 star price. If you like to dress up & sit in luxury, this is not for you, this is a B&B operated by homely folks. You can pay top dollars at the Resort, and still being treated like crap by the staffs there.
The rooms are clean & adequate, while not big, not shining new, nor plush. Bedding & bathroom are clean & well supplied.
Gamboa has no restaurants. We ate 3 dinners at the B&B, Gladys is an excellent cook. In my travels, I prefer home cook meals any day than greasy restaurant foods. We really enjoyed the breakfasts & dinners there.
Ivan gave us rides to Ammo Pond, Discovery Centerer and finally the airport. You have to price these services as private transfers, not bus not taxi, it cost the same by Western first world standards, but not a 60 cents bus ride... but then who can compete with bus fares?
For comparison, the Canopy Lodge also charge $55 for airport transfers, but it is not a private transfer, they will take you & others in a 10 passenger van and take you all over town to do pickups & drop-offs before taking you to the Airport, so keep your fingers crossed that you are the only game in town for that ride!
After paying over $40 dollars at the Resort for a shared lunch & 2 juices, got very poor service, and no one there spoke or even tried to communicate in English at all. Ivan is an excellent host, speaks fluent English, I can't see how someone can write something nasty about him.
All in all a very nice stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our B&B was founded in 2005 and it is in the historic town of Gamboa located aprox 25 Km from Panama City. The house was built totally in wood under rustic structures in 1936 Our family operated B&B is mostly dedicated to Birding and Nature observation comprised of 4 rooms, 2 rooms located in the ground floor and 2 rooms located in the upper floor all with full privacy & comforts. Our service objective is focused on personalized attention to our guest, The historic Town of Gamboa is mainly a residential area without commercial activity . Gamboa is located within the Soberania National Park offering superb biodiversity of plants, birds, mammals and insects. Please note there are no supermarkets, restaurants, bars and /or cafe's in the residential area ... more less