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Coco Plum
Ranked #3 of 11 Portobelo B&B and Inns
Reviewed January 9, 2012

We stayed there because lonely planet recommend it. We are budget travelers so for 55$ we expect something a little decent. This coco plum was probably the worst place we stayed at during our 3 months central America trip. First of all we are traveling by bus and the Lodge is located a fair bit from Portobelo so already it was a problem but still not too bad. We first arrived and the owner was the most unpleasant person to be around. We got into the room and the sheets haven't been changed and there was blood on the pillow and hair all over the bed. So we complained and they gave us another room. The second room was cleaner but the mold smell was awful. We could barely breath. Anyway so we decided to go eat at the hotel restaurant because we were so far from town and didn't want to hitch a ride at night. Great surprise the restaurant was closed for no specific reasons. We ended up eating some instant noodle that I had in my backpack. Good times.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 27, 2011

I have stayed at the Coco Plum with my wife twice. The rooms are decent for the price (US$55) and it is a joy to sit on the dock jutting into the bay and read a book and drink a beer.

The first time we stayed there all the light bulbs were 25 watts, making it impossible to read at night. So the next time I bought a 100 watt bulb and cured the problem. Because the Eco Plum is a place you need to self-manage a bit.

The manager (I assume she is also the owner) has a house on the grounds. Rather than make you feel like a guest, she makes guests feel like a bother (a necessary evil).

The food is good at the restaurant and the rooms are the only mid-range option in Portobelo...so I am sure we will continue to frequent Eco Plum. But as we love staying where the owners and staff make you feel like old friends, as soon as another decent option in the Portobelo-Isla Grande area appears, it is "adios, Eco Plum" for us!

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Maskotas
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Reviewed November 10, 2011

Review On Coco Plum Eco-Lodge
Portobelo, Colon, Rep. Of Panama
This cute little place is on the beach, has 12 rooms and when you come out in the back to sit on the beach chairs, it has like a horseshoe effect (all green around it). A snorkeling spot is nearby (in front of a purple house we were told). The backyard is relaxing to eat, drink or go for a dip.
Day 1- Unfortunately we were looking for a relaxation from the city life and we did not find it. It began with getting a price per room over the phone (they take no credit cards). Given one price and then getting another price when we went there. The owner finally honored the price given by her employee. This gave us a bitter taste already. That night we went to sleep and heard her dogs barking all night! I told her the next morning about her dogs, maybe keep them inside so we can have some sleep. She said, I will keep one of them inside. I said thanks. Since we had booked the room for some nights we did not want to come back all edgy and sleep deprived.
Day 2- This afternoon time I had to lay down to sleep because I could not sleep the night before, my husband went on the deck to read. The dogs barking again endlessly. I could not nap, my husband came in the room and said: “you can’t possibly be sleeping with those dogs barking out there” I said, you are right, I can’t sleep again. I got up and told the woman about her dogs and she said: “I have not heard them bark, it must be the neighbor’s dogs”. Meanwhile my husband had been outside looking at them bark and play on the beach. This time at night I had a great night sleep. No dogs barking.
Day 3- The morning of this day, I said thanks for putting the dogs away, I was able to sleep last night, she said "I never put them inside". Unfortunately the dogs barked again all night, I was not able to sleep. I told her in the morning of the check out about it and she said: “hummm”. That was it.
In summary, she has a beautiful, clean place but unfortunately she does not care whether her guests sleep or not. Her restaurant in this hotel is called “las Anclas” (the anchors). It is the best food in town. You have to try the coconut lemonade. We ate there most of the time, we tried food in the main town and a few places nearby: Restaurante La Torre & Scuba panama. Her food is superb and consistent. If I came there again, I would do it for less time or just to eat and sleep somewhere else (not that there are many choices), maybe Scuba I believe is far enough and you would not hear her dogs. We travel a lot, I am not expecting perfection, but I am not being able to sleep is another story. Ah the only cold water was not a problem for us.
It felt as if we were invading “her home”, I don’t mind well behaved dogs. These 2 dogs were not trained and apparently she was in no rush to do something about them either.

Room Tip: don't pick the one by the highway, more traffic noise on top of the dog noise
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank karlatravels
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Stayed: January 2018, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 1, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: September 2017, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 29, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: September 2017, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 27, 2017
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Stayed: September 2017, traveled as a couple
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Address: Portobelo, Panama
Location: Panama > Colon Province > Portobelo
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #3 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Portobelo
Price Range: $53 - $66 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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