Just outside of Volcan, Dos Rios occupies a beautiful property with a small grassy courtyard and gurgling streams (probably 2 – hence: dos rios – but I didn’t count). Our large -at the end of the corridor - second floor room featured a small balcony with chairs and nice views and a large bathroom with 2 bathrobes.
Although comfortable and suitable, there were a few detracting details. The sliding doors to the balcony were top hung leaving a nice gap of about a 1/2 inch at the bottom. For an unheated room, our windy night provided some unasked for chlly ventilation. And a warmer night might bring the bugs in. $2 for a windstrip would've fixed this. A stocked convenience bar was unnecessarily lit by a really bright fluorescent. Even though it was inside an armoire, the light penetrating through the ventilation slats required a towel to be thrown over it to dim the room. Unnecessarily annoying. Internet connection in the lobby on the house computer was $1.25/hour but the internet connection (or the computer) was so feeble as to make the effort almost worthless. It seems like these small details would be so easy to fix if one just cared enough to do so or made it a priority. Our group considered this the 80% solution because they did so much right and just failed to deal with some of the nettlesome details. It wouldn't keep me away, but then, for the price, I expected this small stuff to be resolved.
There is an onsite restaurant, but the proximity to the town of Volcan with restaurants like Italian Il Forno (run by Joe from NY formerly owner of the “Emerald Kettle” in Seattle) or the Greek Acropolis on an easy-to-navigate-in-the-dark road(by car – a bit of a trek if walking) made this option unnecessary.
For what it was and where it was Dos Rios was a little pricey but a suitable option. Just be prepared to deal with the 20% they missed.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Dos Rios Panama/Volcan