We arrived here with our nerves shot after a very stressful drive with multiple detours and getting lost multiple times (Panama doesn't believe in signs on their highway detours), and when we opened the gate to Boquete Garden Inn, I just about wept with delight and relief -- it was like entering a garden paradise, with flowers in full bloom everywhere, the sound of birds filling the air, friendly staff greeting us. I knew we'd chosen well. It just kept getting better when we saw our room, on an upper floor with a beautiful little patio outside. Soft music was playing, there were little chocolates in a bowl, and a free happy hour was starting in half an hour. The happy hour ended up being a wonderful way for guests to hang out and meet each other, and we ended up having dinner with guests we met the first night. This place seems to attract interesting, adventurous, intelligent types, so we felt like we were among kindred spirits -- not the party-hardy hostel crowd... a slightly older crowd who wants to hike and explore and learn about the area. The owners are very outgoing and show up at the happy hour to mingle, answer questions, and make sure everyone feels included. They're very socially aware and know how to get people talking.
Managers Danny and Abel are knowledgeable, helpful, and go out of their way to make sure guests have a good experience. On our last day there, our cab into town to catch the bus didn't show up, so Danny drove us himself.
While there, we did some great rainforest hikes, went on a wonderful coffee tour at Cafe Ruiz, and just soaked in the peace and beauty of the grounds. We would definitely stay here again.
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