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Los Establos Boutique Hotel
Ranked #8 of 29 Boquete B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Dallas, Texas
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41 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Loved Los Establos”
Reviewed August 23, 2008

Absolutely loved this hotel. The view was spectacular, the bedroom very comfortable, the food was great and the staff very friendly. We would absolutely stay here again, I can't imagine any other hotel being better. I liked that it was out of the town and quiet. That meant we had to catch a taxi in to town to eat dinner but it only took a few minutes for one to arrive after the hotel called for us.

  • Liked — Location and ambiance
  • Disliked — Can't think of a think
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Boca Raton, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed August 4, 2008

We were looking for and receiived one of the most relaxing, peaceful holiday experiences'. The best part is sitting out on what we call the "porch" facing a picture perfect view that just relaxes the mind; we have never seen such vivid green plants.
Provides an excellent opportunity to recharge the mind, see wonderful rain forrests and have lot's of good coffee. Don't miss it !!

  • Stayed June 2008
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Panama City, Panama
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184 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed February 26, 2008

If you are going to Boquete, the best place where you can stay is Los Establos. It is the property of very experienced innkeepers who own large hotels in the Caribbean Islands, and this is their "baby", so it is lovingly managed and have turned it into a first class inn. It is small, so it is best to have reservations beforehand. No lunch or dinner, although we have been told a dining room is in their plans. Right now a very nice hot breakfast.
Coffee could be improved. Otherwise, there is broadband complimentary internet, nice bathrooms, cable television and a view not to be believed from the hotel. There are some nice restaurants nearby in the small town. Highly recommend this inn!

  • Liked — View from the room
  • Disliked — QUeen sized bed, should be king sized
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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209 reviews
183 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 385 helpful votes
Reviewed May 12, 2007

We'd booked a room with two queen beds. When we arrived there was great consternation because the room they wanted to give us was a double. After a lot of phone calling, and our broken Spanish (no English was spoken by the women that greeted us) we were moved to a suite which had a big bed and a pull out bed.

It was very comfortable and a good sized room with a good bathroom. Everything was rustic but clean.

Finally a man who spoke English came along and confirmed that we could stay in the suite. We got some sandwhiches made for us and wandered around the pretty gardens, which overlook the stunning valley.

We had asked twice for an early breakfast on our first morning since we were to go hiking on the Quetzal Trail. Despite being assured of this, we turned up to find no one there and ended up rooting around the kitchen for cereal and milk ourselves. Finally the two women turned up and thankfully found the coffee that had defeated me, just in time, before our guide arrived to pick us up.

We stayed for three nights, taking taxis ($3 one way) into town to go and eat in the evenings. The English-speaking man was very efficient at ordering the taxis and making sure everything was OK.

The breakfast room has a kitchen at one end, with some small half doors leading into it. To this day I have no idea whether we were supposed to go into the kitchen and help ourselves to things (like wine, Coke, rum etc.) or not. However, we did and we didn't seem to get into trouble!

  • Liked — Clean and very comfortable.
  • Disliked — Not being terribly sure how the place operated.
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
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Green Valley, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed January 27, 2007

Los Establos is as lovely a place to stay as described in all these reviews, but we were disappointed that the jacuzzi mentioned in some reviews no longer exists. It has been covered up with a giant parrot cage which is too bad if you are expecting to enjoy the hot tub. Otherwise, you would not mind.

By the way, take your own wash clothes to Panama as they are not provided in hotels or B&B's in Central America.

  • Stayed January 2007, traveled as a couple
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New York
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12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed January 9, 2007

Los Establos is a beautiful property with beautiful mountain and valley views. The staff was extremely kind and friendly and made my visit very enjoyable. The interior of the property is grand and regal and the outdoor gardens are expertly manicured. I spent many hours relaxing on the lawn reading and birdwatching. My only regret is that the hotel only serves breakfast. Since they have kitchen facilities, I would have appreciated having the ability to eat lunch or dinner there as well since the town is approximately 2 miles (long miles - down a mountain) away and I did not have a vehicle with me. My experience was wonderful though. The room has direct tv and the bathroom is like a spa - tiled shower, bathrobe and slippers are provided for you. The views are spectacular. I would definitely return. This is a place to have a wedding!

  • Liked — Spa like atmosphere
  • Disliked — Lack of lunch or dinner facility
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled solo
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Baltimore, MD
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed May 21, 2006

With many gorgeous hotels in Boquete, we had quite a few to search through. We are so glad we stayed at Los Establos. We were in Panama for 2 weeks & took a total of 3 flights just in Panama. We were here in Boquete only 2 days (May 1st & 2nd) but it was absolutely the best we could’ve selected! The entire B&B is comfortable in all areas. While we did not select the top-notch room with the balcony, we were completely happy with the “standard” room we had. The back patio has a fantastic view (see picture), the living room is cozy, the walking areas outside are romantic... I just can’t say enough. Picture your view from 4000 feet above sea level & add the beauty of Boquete all around you.

The service is excellent, the breakfast & coffee is all wonderful. It’s a coffee plantation & you can buy some terrific coffee right there. All your needs will be met here. You will want for nothing. The owners were in town while we were there & we all sat in the living room for several hours to chat. Very pleasant couple. Otherwise, the manager Carlos, who speaks good English, was wonderful. The women at the desk couldn’t be more pleasant & cheerful. Get a map & go driving or take one of the trips while you’re in the area. Vulcan is gorgeous, the water sports are all around & the little town of Boquete has lots of shopping. There is a great restaurant in Boquete (ask at the front desk, I’ve forgotten the name) which has food that you’d want to take a picture of it & yet not outrageously priced.

We were traveling all over Panama for 2 weeks & ventured out on our own daily. Each day our plate was filled with activities. Here are some other ideas if you have the time to tour:

Panama city is filled with much traffic & lots of energy. Go to El Central for shopping after you’ve been to Casco Viejo & the Canal. The problem is getting around during rush hour! Stay wherever you are at rush hour! We're from a city, so we're use to it, but not this bad. It took us over 1 hour to go 3 blocks! The driving in the city is hectic & you cannot leave even an inch between cars. They will push you along, cut in front of you, beep at you, etc. Or take one of the tours & let them do the driving! It’s safe to walk in most areas but you MUST know Spanish. Check out the different restaurants & shopping. If you get tired you can catch a taxi for $1. or 2. There are vendors on the streets & they are kind. Everyone in the city is willing to help. People are friendly & if you at least try to speak Spanish, they are tickled. A smile goes a long way & opened many doors for us.

On Sundays, go to El Valle up in the mountains for the open air market. You cannot buy molas anywhere cheaper. Be sure to go to El Macho water falls & the surrounding areas! They are breathtaking! If beaches are what you like, there are Pacific beaches (Playa Blanca, Coronodo, Taboga...). Take the day trip on the boat from Almador to Tabogo! It's great! We went to one of the resorts at Playa Blanca & paid to be there just for the day. Was great. Beautiful setting & great food! Then, there are Atlantic beaches: San Blas, Portabelo, Isla Grande & Bocas del Toro. Be careful in the little town of Portabelo, where the Black Jesus is. That whole area has changed. If you go on a tour bus, it's safer. Venture further out to Isla Grande & Banana Resorts. There is also a great diver hotel prior to Portabelo that has a wonderful setting! It's a hotel, sitting area, hammocks, restaurant & docs to enjoy. Great place.

Go to Gamboa, where the PCC & military officers use to live. It's now private housing & a beautiful resort, which has a tram to take you up above the jungle & see the lush lands, as well as the Chagres River, which feeds into the canal. No, we didn't see the Canal, but I've been through it on a sail boat.. it's worth the tour. Go. Or just go over it on the bridge of America's. Also see Fort Amador... fixed up, nice walking area & great views of the city at a distance. Catch the boat from here to Taboga.

But the height of our trip was to Kuna Yala (land of the Kunas), or San Blas. There are commercial hotels to go to, all run by Kunas. But I was able to hook up with a Kuna through the internet emails & he arranged the whole thing. He is the great grandson of a Kuna chief who started the Revolution with Panama in 1925 to get their freedom. He, Felix, was our guide & stayed with us all weekend at Ustupu as their guests. We lived in their village, swam with Kuna friends, ate together & had a blast. It was a first-hand experience with an indigenous group of loving Indians. The Kunas make the molas, live freely in huts & their sense of community is beyond anything I've ever experienced. It really makes you count your blessings & want less material things.

We also went to Bocas del Toro, which has beautiful waters but is in need of a face lift in the town. It shocked us because it's very trashy, they throw their trash everywhere & yet have such lovely settings around them. Many of the buildings need to come down or are being taken down. You won't need your Spanish as much here; a lot more locals know English, but they don't seem as friendly as some of the other towns we visited. There are a lot of Americans vacationing in Bocas. We stayed at Bahia Hotel right in town. Take the snorkeling trips & see the waters... get away from the town.

I lived in Panama in 1991-92 with the military & have yearned to return. It is a beautiful county & its people are some of the most humble souls I've ever been around. While there is a lot of poverty & a lot of lost dogs & cats that broke my heart, there is a lot of goodness, too. When the military were there, it seemed we didn't need to speak as much Spanish & now that they are gone... you really need to know Spanish. There were some instances that I was so glad I had practiced up before we left. I know a good bit but not enough. People are VERY willing to help.

My last comment is that when I lived there, we saw lots of wild-life. There were Amazon parrots flying everywhere, Kudamundas, tapers & an occasional macaw. We saw none of that except 2 Amazons in the morning in the city who flew out to the tall buildings to perch. I was terribly disappointed. Even in the rainforest at Gamboa, we only saw 1 sloth. Many of the wild animals are gone. Sad, very sad.

If anyone wants to contact me personally, that's fine. I'm willing to give my opinion or help, if needed. You'll love Panama. The tourism is picking up & it's as beautiful as Hawaii, where I've been twice! Enjoy & practice your Spanish!

  • Stayed May 2006
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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 #8 of 29 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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