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The Balboa Inn
Ranked #4 of 80 Panama City B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 10, 2012

Balboa Inn is one of the very few hotels that welcomes pets, and we appreciated how accommodating they were for us and our two small dogs during our brief stay. The hotel is a little hard to find for those that don't know the area, and that includes a lot of taxi drivers, so the hotel is very good about providing explicit directions on how to get there. It's located in a nice residential area in the old canal zone, and the area is great for walking the dogs.

Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
Thank Lee S
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

The Balboa Inn is a delightful place to stay to see the sights of the city,Panama Canal Locks, Amador Causeway and Ancon Hill. Mieke and Bill were very gracious about telling us about how to get to the local sights by car and which were best by taxi. They also know the good restaurants . The rooms have fans and light air conditioning which was quite sufficient to keep you cool and comfortable. Breakfast was in the outside terrace area with lots of tasty foods as well as many birds to keep us company.

Room Tip: Rooms that open to the back garden are quite nice.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

Balboa Inn is well situated to allow easy access to Panama City, Panama Canal Locks, Amador Causeway, Ancon Hill, many fine restaurants and the Pan-american Highway. Mieke and Bill Hamilton were fantastic hosts with inside knowledge of Panama and expert guides. They were able to expedite our forays into Panama and surrounding areas.

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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

We came to Balboa Inn as the final leg of trip around Costa Rica and Panama and the hotel certainly lived up to our expectations. It is nicely located in a safe neighborhood within lush tropical gardens. Rooms are clean and spacious with TV, AC and fan. Breakfast is served in the garden and caters to all tastes. Special requests are responded to very swiftly. The owners can provide you with a number of tips which helps you to make the most out of your stay in Panama City. Just make sure that you keep the business card of the hotel always you when you are around in town as taxi drivers are often confused about its location and might have a hard time finding it. Just ask the owners - there are always ready to help you!

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Benjamin G
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Reviewed August 23, 2012

My partner and I had the pleasure of staying at the Balboa Inn on three occasions during our trip to Panama in April. The hosts were very friendly and helpful and made us feel right at home. Everything in the rooms functioned well and the garden was a great place to hang out and watch the local wildlife. Breakfast was great and the fresh baked goods were always on hand in the morning. Cold beer by request was a nice touch as well!

Thanks Bill and Mieke for a great stay, we hope to be back again someday!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Sean M
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

This was a lovely place. The couple who run the hotel are extremely friendly and provide lots of useful information on what to visit and what you should pay for things. Rooms are good with A/C, fan and TV. Breakfast is also good.

Taxi's are cheap so nothing is too far away. Good alternative to the big chain hotels which seem to be very expensive.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 9, 2012

This comfortable and airy inn is nestled in an attractive and safe neighborhood that is close to transportation, restaurants and the Allbrook Mall. We have stayed at hotels in the rain forest of Costa Rica and I must say we have never seen as many birds as we did while enjoying our generous and delicious breakfast at the Balboa Inn. We got so caught up watching the birds and Agoutis we almost ignored our breakfast.The birds were fascinating and it was a lot of fun seeing the Agoutis so close up. The rooms are clean and bright, tastefully painted with nature scenes. One aspect I really appreciated was that the bathrooms included wash cloths along with bath and hand towels. Mieke and Bill are so warm and inviting and share their love of birds along with their guests. They know the most exciting tours and tour operators and are extremely helpful in making arrangements. When we are in Panama City we will always come to the Balboa Inn.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Balboa Inn

Address: Cruces 2311A | Balboa, Ancon, Panama City, Panama
Location: Panama > Panama Province > Panama City
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 80 B&Bs / Inns in Panama City
Price Range: $79 - $102 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Balboa Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Balboa Inn is a small Bed & Breakfast at the foot of Panama's main landmark, Ancon Hill (Cerro Ancon) in Balboa. Conveniently located between the downtown area, Amador Causeway and just minutes away from the domestic Albrook Airport, Casco Viejo, and the Panama Canal you are away from the city noise yet have access to all its services. The Balboa Inn: a great location, personal service, a real breakfast. Simply good value. Why settle for less? ... more   less 
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