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“Great Restaurant but Disappointing Accommodation”

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Los Mandarinos Boutique Spa & Hotel Restaurant
Fair Haven, New Jersey
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“Great Restaurant but Disappointing Accommodation”
Reviewed January 1, 2008

We stayed at Los Mandarinos in December 2007 for two nights. It is billed as the best restaurant and accomodation in El Valle.

I would say that from an accommodation perspective I hope there is better in El Valle. Our room was like something you would find in a basic Greek resort - no-frills, not very clean and uninspiring. Fortunately it is not too expensive, but after one night I wanted to check out and go elsewhere. Be warned - do not expect luxury or anything close to it.

The restaurant (Casa Lourdes) was slightly better, but still not fantastic. Again, the prices aren't too expensive, but I expected better from a restaurant billed by one of the guide books as potentially one of the best in Panama. No way. The first time I ate dinner there the food was served cold. Service is hit and miss. Breakfast was a bit of a disaster. The second time (yes, I went back) was actually much better, but still not worthy of the billing it receives. I ate better everywhere else in Panama.

Bottom line - on my next trip to El Valle I will not be staying at Los Mandarinos.

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  • Disliked — The room - cleanliness and quality
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 13, 2007

The best hotel we stayed at during our trip to Panama. El Valle is an amazing place I would like to keep as a secret. But I feel everyone visiting Panama who's into hiking and beauty should go there. The amount of GREEN shades is just amazing. The drive to El Valle is great, along with driving around looking for trails to hike on. The market is the least of what is great about this place, but the market is still fabulous.

At the hotel we had two huge rooms one for sitting the other for sleeping, plus a balcony. Clean, clean, clean. The bathroom shower is amazing. Opening all the windows to the breeze was great.

Carlos who runs the hotel was very helpful with information. The resturant connected to the hotel was wonderful. Breakfast is there and either lunch or dinner is enough to get your fill....

Stay during the week if you can at least one day. The weekend was a full house, which made it kinda noisy. But nothing to stop you from sleeping. The Thursday we were there, we were the only guests!

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  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with family
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Hermosillo, Mexico
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Reviewed March 21, 2007

We stayed in this beautiful place this week. No regrets! There's too many things to list about it, but the main ones are:
1. Location, beautiful! The Valley is worth visiting if you want to do ecotourism and relax from the fast pace of Panama City. It's a wonderful getaway. The road is not in very good shape, but the place is worth the 2 hour trip!
2. Appearance: Amazing. The place looks like a tuscan village. It looks brand new and the landscaping is very good. It's rustic in its decoration which makes it more unique. The outdoors are very nice and you can still see the mandarin trees its named after.
3. Rooms: clean, bed is very comfortable, furniture appears to be of good quality, the bathroom is decorated nicely with river rocks! and it has a nice view of the valley since the hotel is up on a hill.
4. Service: excellent! Both the day and night front desk staff -Carlos and Alcidez- are extremely friendly and accomodating. They gave us all sorts of advice about the area and places to see and things to do. They arranged our transportation from and to Panama City and we were very pleased with the driver they chose for us.
5. Food: Even better! The restaurant is called Casa de Lourdes and is owned by a different person, however is a part of the hotel and it is very beautiful, has good service and very good food! It faces the pool so it is not recommended to go for a swim, but the decoration is nice, the weiter was excellent and the food has a panamenian touch. Read the reviews from panamenians and in tourism sites and it ranks very high. It appears to be international cuisine but it has a national touch which makes it unique.
6. Price: Moderate to high, but worth every penny!

  • Liked — Location-appearance-service
  • Disliked — Somewhat difficult to get to from the city
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Los Mandarinos Boutique Spa & Hotel Restaurant
Address: Corregimiento de El Valle | Distrito de Antón, Coclé, El Valle de Anton 1001, Panama
Location: Panama > Cocle Province > El Valle de Anton
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in El Valle de Anton
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Hotel Class:4 star — Los Mandarinos Boutique Spa & Hotel Restaurant 4*
Number of rooms: 70
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