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“beautiful place with beautiful people”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Casa Di Pietra

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Casa Di Pietra
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“beautiful place with beautiful people”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2012

We came here as our first stop on our Honeymoon. The owner was SUCH a sweetheart, he took care of all our needs. Everyone in this little town knows each other so if you need anything, someone will hook you up. The owner got us a reservation at this amazing Chef's home. He recommended places to go and cooked an amazing Panamanian breakfast. I knew I really enjoyed the traditional tortillas of Panama and would give me extra every morning. Our room had a shared balcony, and I work at Central Park zoo - stepping out on the balcony, I would see birds and animals that we have on exhibit! How awesome that was! It is within walking distance of many places, being that it is such a small town. We got here on Good Friday and the town was an AMAZING spectacle- I have never seen a parade like they had, we are not religious, but it was really amazing to see an entire town gather on the streets and march in honor of their religious beliefs. Our room was comfy, it was cool enough at night that AC was not necessary and we have zero complaints, what a pleasant stay!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2012

It has been five months since we stayed at Don Luis’s lovely Casa, but its charming peace still infuses my memory. The short read is: it’s an incredible value in El Valle, rustic and resplendent, unique and unforgettable.

Casa is the kind of place where you can arrive road weary after dark, be welcomed by Luis’s son and restored by Luis’s cooking; their service – on short notice, with candlelight and breeze dancing about the table – soothes and sates. Buy a bottle of wine, bring what you don’t finish to your room (or enjoy another), and sleep deeply.

Awaken to the sounds of the jungle in the comforts of a bed and breakfast. The stone house (i.e., casa de pietra) nestled amid swaying trees and grounds well tended by friendly staff feels like home, but luxuriant. And then there is breakfast.

Don Luis takes pride in your plate, personally greets and offers you an omelet. Fresh fruit and coffee are followed by eggs so vibrantly colored one wonders whether there is cheese in them. (If so, you can’t detect it in their deliciousness.) Every meal here manages to be simple and sumptuous at once, and perfectly satisfying. As you finish, feathered friends and foreign fans flock around Casa before flying back out into the surrounding terrain. Every living thing seems to quietly, happily chirp.

Nearby are local attractions which Don Luis will help point you to (take his map with you, just return it, no problem). El Macho waterfall, a zoo where the local golden frog, jaguars, ostriches and such reside; other sightseeing, hiking and beaches are convenient to reach by vehicle. Other establishments’ restaurants and scenery are a few mountain roads away; the local coffee stand offers outdoor, sunlit seating – and in a pinch, cheese, meats and other victuals that will get you by when you’ve waited to long to head into town for dinner. (These too, Don Luis improved for us, providing us plates and personal improvements for our olives and finger foods – turning sad sundries into a magical moonlit meal, once again.)

Coming and going from Casa, bougainvillea beckons and bids you goodbye; you’re sad to leave and always happy to return. It’s the kind of place where you can come and go anonymously, never seeing anyone, or end up in a spontaneous late night discussion with the innkeeper, his brother-in-law and a playlist of songstresses and crooners whose names you swore you logged in your Blackberry but now can’t retrieve. Casa is like those songs, the magic of which you remember even if you fail to recall their artists. Don Luis paints a becoming portrait of one’s life in Panama.

Note, if you prefer plush or frequently refreshed room linens, this may not be your paradise.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2012

My husband and I had a delightful stay at Casa di Pietra. Luis and his staff were wonderfully hospitable and helpful throughout our stay. We enjoyed our cozy and clean accommodations and were even allowed to bring our small dog, a definite bonus. The garden was lovely and the Costa Rican style breakfast was delicious. We hope to return again!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2012

We stayed at Casa di Pietra in May. We had a lovely room on the second floor with windows all around and a small balcony overlooking the stunning gardens. It felt like being in our little tree house. However, what made our stay an unforgettable was the warm hospitality of Luiz. We were sad to leave and will definitely come back one day.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2012

I had a wonderful 2-night stay here in a third floor room. The property is gorgeous, with fruit trees, a small river, a pond, a coffee tree and at night there is a serenade of toads and cicadas. You can also see a number of birds and small lizards wandering through. It's very well located, on a quiet street off the central avenue. My room, which was more like a newly-built mountain cabin, had a double bed, private bathroom with hair dryer and shower, and a balcony with rocking chairs. The whole house is very clean and they also provide some soap and shampoo in the bathroom. The room does not have air conditioning, but the fan provided ample cooling. Luis was a most gracious host, very easy going, knowledgable and interesting. Breakfast was FILLING with fruit, bread, coffee, juice and whatever loveliness Luis cooks up, usually something with eggs from the his chickens, some form of meat and also a Panamanian tortilla (which is like a corn fritter). His chicken tamales are excellent. Also, Luis has a few bikes available, which was a perfect way to explore the town since I didn't have a car. Also of note is that Luis is very responsive on e-mail with regards to the reservations and he even includes a map to the house for ease. I would ABSOLUTELY recommend that all of my friends stay here. Thank you!!!

Room Tip: If you're sensative to roosters in the morning, ask for a room on the far side of the house
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2012

We had a wonderful 2 night stay at Casa di Pietra. Luis is a very sweet man and an excellent host. The property is beautiful; just off the main street through town, so everything is within walking distance (or, even better, biking distance). We stayed in a third floor room with balcony and had fun sipping on beer while gazing out at the trees while it rained. Luis offered us a bottle of wine down in the dining area and provided delightful conversation. He recommended a wonderful location for dinner and booked a reservation for us. I clipped a guard rail in the rental car, popping off a piece of the back fender, and Luis provided the help to reattach it - good as new.

If you're staying in El Valle, look no further. We would go back in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2012

We were traveling with family, including one small child and one older gentleman. Our host Luis considerately chose the placement of each room. Rooms were comfortable and like new. THe lounge/garden seating was great. Lovely atmosphere. Breakfast was amazing!! Would certainly recommend it.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Casa Di Pietra

Property: Casa Di Pietra
Address: El Gaital #46 | Casa #46, El Valle de Anton 1000, Panama
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Location: Panama > Cocle Province > El Valle de Anton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in El Valle de Anton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa Di Pietra has six comfortable suites with private balcony. Magnificent views from each room and direct contact with nature are only a few of our features. Our hotel offers accommodations for adults only because we want our guests to relax and enjoy the peace and silence that can only be found in this charming valley. Nature is all around you here. You will be able to appreciate different species of wildlife from the comfort of your room, or you can choose to go up close and see them for yourself. ... more   less 
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Casa Di Pietra Hotel El Valle De Anton
Casa Di Pietra Panama/El Valle De Anton

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