We just got back from a wonderful two-week vacation in Boquete, Panama, and the highlight of our vacation was being able to stay at the gorgeous Boquete Garden Inn. We had the larger suite, which includes a lovely dining and lounging area, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom...and even a charming front porch. It was our cozy home-away-from-home and we loved it. The gardens are the Inn are amazing and we delighted in walking around the meandering paths, admiring the various plants and flowers, seeing all kinds of beautiful birds, and relaxing in the outdoor hammocks and swinging chairs.
Every evening the Inn has a Happy Hour for guests which includes complimentary beer and wine, and is a great way to meet other travelers and compare vacation stories. We met some very interesting and nice people and especially enjoyed getting to know the wonderful owners, Jason and Susan. They've done an incredible job with their hotel and they were always so friendly and helpful, along with their great staff, and we always looked forward to seeing them. They attended all of the Happy Hours and were the perfect hosts. The breakfast each morning, which is included, was a delicious selection of fresh fruit, pastries from the best local bakery, cereal and coffee/tea. For under $5, you can also have a selection of yummy egg dishes, including eggs and bacon, huevos rancheros, etc. It's served in the outdoor eating area overlooking part of the garden, and there are bird feeders nearby to watch the tropical birds as you enjoy breakfast.
The location of the Inn is perfect because it's away from the downtown area, but a very short drive (about 5 mins) or a vigorous walk (past horse pastures and very nice homes) to town. One of the staff members, Manny, was extremely helpful and gave us great suggestions on what to do and how to get there. We mainly like to try and do what the locals do when we stay somewhere, so we enjoyed eating at La Posada (beautiful back room overlooking the river, a serious bar with a stellar whiskey selection, delicious fresh trout) and having strawberries at Fresa's. We skipped the zip lining and coffee tours, but heard that they were worthwhile. Highlights for us included getting up close and personal with the monkeys and other wildlife at the Jungla, My husband held a sweet, darling Spider Monkey named Daisy who had been abused by her owners and is now thankfully in safe, loving hands. I got into some mischief with a squirrel monkey and chatted with toucans.
Unfortunately, some of our luggage was stolen at the David airport when we landed, so we weren't in the best vacation mode when we arrived at Boquete. But due to our stay at the Inn, we felt so much better and regarded it as our special refuge. We've stayed at a variety of hotels throughout the years, including the Chateau Marmont in LA, and the Boquete Garden Inn is one of the very best we've stayed at!
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