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Los Establos Boutique Hotel
Ranked #7 of 30 Boquete B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2012

We have just completed a 12 night trip to Panama staying in 5 different hotels, of different standards, after reading the reviews we were really looking forward to this hotel. Yes the views are spectacular, some of the very best we have seen, but this doesn't resolve our problems. Checking in, the guy behind the desk, was polite but didn't explain anything about the hotel, where breakfast was, what time etc. We asked if there was an information pack with reference to the hotel and area, 'no there wasn't'.

Later I asked him to explain the facilities and I must admit he did eventually. The bathroom sink had no plug, he couldn't offer a spare or repair, suggesting we change rooms, after we had unpacked.

Breakfast average for Panama, eggs served many different ways and fruit salad as the non egg alternative.

I read one of the reviews that stated that the dog noise, 'well that's just Panama and we should get over it'. Sorry to report that it is impossible to sleep at this establishment when the dogs in the vicinity start barking and boy do they bark often, I estimated 4 or 5 dogs barking and they do this in chorus many many times through the day and night. Our room was on the left side backing onto the dogs, I don't know if it was any better on the right side. I had ear plugs inserted and they still managed to wake me many times on each of the 2 night stay.

There appear to be many nice hotels in Boquete, which is renowned for its wildlife, its just a shame that the domesticated animals can ruin a stay.

Room Tip: Do not stay on the right side when looking from the reception
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2012

WE loved staying here during our honeymoon. Very peaceful in the morning. We saw a rainbow every day and had an outstanding home cooked breakfast. Josefina and Giovanni were always very helpful in booking tours and giving us advice of what to do in the area. Enjoyed the wine at night. Beautiful place. Would recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2012

We were greeted by the owner Irena, who was sincerely concerned for our safety because of the road closures. Irena comforted my wife, and then invited us to their SuperBowl party (in progress). Josefina and Giovante will care for your every need, and Maria and the kitchen staff provide the early morning coffee, and your choice of breakfast cooked the way you like it. Boquete is the jewel of Panama and Los Establos is a jewel in Boquete! We will definitely return for a longer a stay.

Room Tip: We had a ground level room, and the view of Baru was fantastic! The higher rooms could be better, bu...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2012

We just stayed at Los Establos for 3 nights on our 2nd trip to Boquete. It was excellent on all levels. The staff and owner,Irene, we're great and very helpful including during a brief panic about travel elsewhere in Panama.
Get one of the upstairs suites. Fantastic views of Volcan Baru.
doesn't have a restaurant, but there are plenty of them in town, about 5 minutes down the hill. Probably best to have a car at your disposal.
We will stay there again when we visit Boquete.

  • Stayed February 2012
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London, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2012

I have travelled to Boquete before, but had never had the pleasure of staying at Los Establos. This is a gem of a hotel, that I will definitely be returning to in the future! The staff were so friendly and accommodating, our room was large and well looked after, the hotel's plantation offered not only delicious coffee but also a beautiful area to walk around, and the views of the local mountains are simply breathtaking.

All in all, the holiday was just the sort of relaxation and peace that we had sorely needed. I can not recommend Los Establos enough!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Napa, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2012

This was our fifth trip to Panama and the fourth time we've stayed in Boquete. Although the hotels we stayed in the past were all lovely, I have to say that Los Establos is a notch above anything else in the area. The hotel is set in a coffee "finca" and the expertly manicured grounds are a mixture of lush green tropical plants and an amazing variety of colorful flowers. Boquete is well known for its coffee and flowers and Los Establos does justice to both!

The rooms are all spacious and well appointed, the staff are genuinely warm and friendly and the views are simply breathtaking. We'll always remember sitting on the outside patio in the early evening sipping our wine and soaking in the magnificent views of Volcan Baru rising up across the valley. We highly recommend this boutique hotel to anyone spending time in the Boquete area.

The hotel is located on a hillside about 5 minutes from downtown Boquete. This made it convenient to get into town but far enough away to avoid the hustle and bustle that goes on in Boquete during the day and early evenings.

I do have a couple of tips to help travelers enjoy the hotel more.

Los Establos is located higher in elevation than the town of Boquete itself so the nights and mornings can get a little chilly (surprising when you're nearly located on the equator!). It's a good idea to have a light jacket or sweater with you to take the chill off particularly in the evenings.

The other issue is the Internet. The hotel provides Internet access but we found that this can be spotty at times. However, when you're in such a beautiful environment, the Internet was really the last of our concerns. We had conversations with some of the local expats about this and found out that Internet service is like this in most of the area.

All in all we love Boquete and Los Establos is one of the best small hotels we've ever had the pleasure of visiting.

Room Tip: Take a light jacket or sweater for the evenings and early morning hours.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2011

We were sad to leave this special spot. The grounds are beautiful and the views to die for.
We will miss the yummy breakfast on the the terrace and Rosa's kind smile that greeted us as soon as we checked in. The furnishings are nicely done and our room was very spacious with a large,hot and open shower. I am originally from Seattle and the coffee here put any I have had to shame. Thank you for a warm and memorable few days Los Establos, we'll be back again !!

Room Tip: if you are traveling as a family be sure to ask for the deluxe coffe suite.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Los Establos Boutique Hotel

Property: Los Establos Boutique Hotel
Address: Jaramillo Arriba, Boquete 0413, Panama
Location: Panama > Chiriqui Province > Boquete
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Boquete
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Los Establos Boutique Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Boutique Inn in Boquete with tropical gardens and volcano views. Originally built as a fancy stable, this boutique hacienda still celebrates all things equine - think bronze horse statuettes, a cowhide rug, and rooms named for the former barn residents (Chombita, Rosita, Solita, more). Wrought iron, regal columns and colonial arches abound, as do tasteful furnishings picked up around South and Central America, including an impressive snakewood dining set carved by hand in Argentina. ... more   less 
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