We (2 adults, no kids) just got back from 3 nights at Gamboa (and 3 nights in Panama City) which included the Labor Day weekend.
Based on the Tropadvisor reviews we decided not to book in the Historic Cabins because of their remoteness from the main hotel. In hindsight, that was a good choice for us.
I checked the Expedia prices for Deluxe Rooms with River View and Balcony in the main building and then called the resort directly. They offered us the same daily room rate as Expedia, but including full board for 2 adults. So that was not too bad - came out roughly to $100/room/nite plus $45/pp for food.
The food was good but not great - the first 2 days buffet, but on the least day we could choose from the full menu, and we promptly went for grilled jumbo shrimp (langostinos) - yum! They picked us at the airport at 10pm on arrival - no problem. They gave us a room on the top floor (15 ft ceilings) with a huge bathroom and a big terrace with a hammock. The river view was beautiful from our room, but I can see how the views from the rooms to the right of us could be blocked by huge trees.
I think the key here is that it's off-season there now (the rainy season), so we had the whole place to ourselves. We could pick the room we wanted and very often we were the only people in the huge pool. There were total maybe 30-40 people in the whole resort.
It was sunny from the morning to about 1:30 pm and then we had 1-11/2 hour tropical downpours every day. These downpours can seriously disrupt afternoon activities during the rainy season, so plan around them.
I liked the rainy season, though - it's RAINforest, after all. We liked the Pipeline Road nature walk and the Monkey Island trip.
And yes, they do feed the whitefaced monkeys which come out when called and pose for the tourists, but I am not going to bend out of shape about that.
All in all, The Ritz it ain't, but for what we paid (see above) we're pretty happy.
- 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
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Priceline, Hotels.com, Orbitz, Expedia, Booking.com, TripOnline SA, Cancelon, Hotwire, Travelocity, Agoda, Cheap Tickets, getaroom.com, HotelQuickly and Evoline ltd so you can book your Gamboa Rainforest Resort reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Gamboa Rainforest Hotel Gamboa
- Gamboa Rain Forest Resort