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Gamboa Rainforest Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Gamboa
Sebring, Florida
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“rainforest retreat”
Reviewed September 16, 2013

The Gamboa rainforest retreat, is Located
in Gamboa Panama on the Chagres River, a 30 minute drive from Panama City. The resort has a tour desk to book a canal boat ride to see monkeys , sloth, Iguanas. You can also take the hike behind the hotel to see the monkeys in the rainforest. They also have a gondola ride to view the Toucans & most beautiful birds of Panama.The hotel has a most spectacular view over the pool area towards the Chagres River. The area also has an orchid garden & village of Embera Indians.There are 2 restaurants, one serves international cuisine, also a bar which overlooks the river.We always visit this hotel on our Panama adventures. The rooms feature a balcony complete with a Beautiful hammock to view the rainforest, a flat screen tv, & marble bathrooms with necessities. There is also a gift shop on the premisses & a sensory spa.

Room Tip: Ask for the river view, it is truly the best.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Jetzel M, Guest Relations Manager at Gamboa Rainforest Resort, responded to this review, September 25, 2013
Thank you for your wonderful remarks, which I have shared with staff, gives us a pleasure to know that you loved the visit to our hotel and enjoy all the nature. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

I stayed here one night as part of an organized tour. The arrangements were made by the tour company. I enjoyed the stay. The staff was pleasant, the rooms spacious, clean and comfortable. The scenery was fantastic. Several mini-tours from the hotel were part of my overall tour, but several were optional. I felt that the prices for the optional tours were on the high side, as were the charges for use of the business center. The food was OK, though in my opinion not excellent. The facility is quite isolated, therefore, you should be sure to have available transportation. I wouldn't hesitate to return here again.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Jetzel M, Guest Relations Manager at Gamboa Rainforest Resort, responded to this review, September 25, 2013
Thanks for your time to write your remarks, is very nice to read your comments all of them show positive and negative aspects of our hotel. We are continuously working to ensure our guests receive the service they deserve.
Thank you very much and hope to see you again in Panama.
Cordially yours..
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

I want to start off by saying this is the first time I've felt compelled to write a hotel review, but I just think that Gamboa Resort online presents itself as far more elegant and high-end than it is. My boyfriend and I were booked in for 3 nights here. The first night was okay, yes views are AMAZING!!! The food was very so-so and everything dies out at about 9 pm with only reception on 3 TV channels and no movies to watch. The hotel pool and pool bar is very run down and in desperate need of a renovation. just didn't see the value in the place. We heard there was a golf course a few miles away at a newly built Radisson and we were anxious to check it out. The staff was very unhelpful as we tried to call a taxi to get check out this course 10 minutes away and they told us it's be close to $50 US charge, and then told us to take the public bus instead which was only 50 cents. The public transporatation was very sketchy but wemanaged to make it to the Radissson where not only did they beat Gamboa's price, they have a BRAND NEW MODERN BEAUTIFUL hotel set amongst the rolling hills in the rain forest. Their shuttle service even drove us back to Gamboa so we could pack our stuff and go back to the Radisson. If you golf you will be floored by the Radisson golf course as well- it was stunning. Stay at the Radisson Summit- do not be fooled by the Gamboa Resort.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Jetzel M, Guest Relations Manager at Gamboa Rainforest Resort, responded to this review, September 25, 2013
Thank you very much for your time to write your comments, are very helpful to improve the service of our hotel. We hope to see you again in Panama.
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Irvine, California
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

The resort is in the vicinity of the Soberania National Park Rainforest, If you are a bird watcher and nature lover, you are walking distance away from experiencing these. The resort also overlooks the Panama Canal near the continental divide. The hospitality is great and so is the food. Definitely a great place to stay if you are visiting Panama City.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Jetzel M, Guest Relations Manager at Gamboa Rainforest Resort, responded to this review, September 5, 2013
I appreciate your comments and we are glad to have met your expectations when visiting our hotel, from the entire hotel staff we appreciate your comment is a great motivation for each of us.
Thank you very much and hope to see you again in Panama.
Cordially yours
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

This resort is in a great location if you love the outdoors. However, the accommodations were just average. The Service was average and the food was average. The views are spectacular. Compared to North American standards, do not expect a five star experience.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Jetzel M, Guest Relations Manager at Gamboa Rainforest Resort, responded to this review, September 5, 2013
Thanks for your comments, are very helpful to improve the service of our hotel; we will continue working hard to provide the best service and product to each of our guests.
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Getting to the resort is an adventure in itself, even with GPS added to our rental car. There are hardly any street signs - so my best advise is to print out directions with actual pictures of the road from the airport to the resort. Once there, that is what our Client Relations Manager did for our tours in Panama and it worked extremely well!
The resort is in a remote location, however it's location is what makes it so unique... right in the heart of the Rainforest - simply incredible views!! Our room on the top floor(4th) with a hammock in the balcony,facing the Chagres River , allowed breathtaking views of the sunrise. Rooms were clean and spacious.Be prepared for the dehumidifier to get full every 8 hours during the humid months.
The buffets were so-so and so was the menu. Housekeeping wasn't always on their toes with regards to our needs (3 people - 2 towels!) however, kudos to the management staff who went out of their way helping us with some much needed documents regarding our transportation. Also the Aerial tour, night tours, Lake Gatun tour were conducted by our very informed guide Gina. Wild life at it's best and Bird watchers delight indeed :)
We drove and explored El Valle, Panama city, the Mira Flores locks, and all other tourist spots.. thanks to the help of the Manager on duty who was kind enough to check the ships schedules and print out our "pictorial" road maps on every trip.

Room Tip: The high floors (4th floor) facing the Chagres River have the most spectacular view.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Jetzel M, Guest Relations Manager at Gamboa Rainforest Resort, responded to this review, September 5, 2013
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Thank you for your feedback, is very nice to read your comments all of them show positive and negative aspects of our hotel are a vital help to us for continue providing excellent service to our visitors. We took note of yours recommendations about the food and rooms.
Please feel free to contact us any time that you decide visit Panamá and welcome back.
Coordially yours.
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Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

It is the second time we go to this resort to spend the day. The landscapes are incredible and it is worth going. The funnicular excursion is very good, with great service from the guides. Now.... The food from the buffet has considerable decreased in quality and selection in relation to the first time, a few months ago... Very dissapointing. There are some other options inside though.

Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Jetzel M, Guest Relations Manager at Gamboa Rainforest Resort, responded to this review, September 5, 2013
We thank you for such a touching comment regarding your recent stay at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort. We apologize that our buffets do not feel your expectations at all.
We will share your feedback with our Food and Beverage Manager so we can ensure different dishes that are the delight of all our guests.
We hope you give us the opportunity to service and welcome back.
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Property: Gamboa Rainforest Resort
Address: Goethals Blvd. | Soberania National Park, Gamboa 7338, Panama
Location: Panama > Colon Province > Gamboa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Gamboa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Gamboa Rainforest Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 166
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Deep in the heart of the Panamanian rainforest lies the completely unique Gamboa Rainforest Resort. This magnificent destination rests where the scenic Chagres River meets the Panama Canal and is the only resort property in the area. Few places on earth offer such an amazing natural experience while providing an unsurpassed level of luxury. Escape the noise and hectic pace of everyday life and surround yourself with the tranquility of the mystical Soberania National Forest. Here, just a short 30-minute ride from Panama City, on 340 acres overlooking the stunning Panama Canal, you can commune with nature in a pristine environment where explorers and pirates once tread. Our Panama Tours offer an exhilarating variety of jungle adventures such as an aerial tram, guided boat tours, fishing expeditions, and much more. Our tours are designed to show you wildlife in its natural setting amidst the colorful splendor of the jungle flora. ... more   less 
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