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“Paradisiac place with an enchanting mountain”

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Villa Tavida Lodge & Spa
Ranked #1 of 5 Penonome B&B and Inns
San Antonio, Texas
1 review
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“Paradisiac place with an enchanting mountain”
Reviewed July 28, 2010

I visited this remarkably beautiful place with my wife and two children and we felt mesmerized with the magical view of this paradisiac place with an enchanting mountain. Once you arrive to "Posada Cerro La Vieja" immediately you forget about the World you left behind and the venue offers relaxation and peace. The nature that sorrounds you offers a plethora of rain forest and tropical trees, brightly colored birds and butterflies, etc. The manager treated us in a very special way during our stay at the locale making us feel like family. The manager and the front desk lady were very instrumental with all the arrangements for our meals, the spa, and visit to Tavidal waterfall. All the staff at the "Posada Cerro La Vieja" was excellent, very friendly and cooperative at all times.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Quebec
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed July 15, 2010

We stayed few nigths at this hotel, would enjoy to stay more, but we had to go. We received a very good welcome over there. The manager was very helpful, warm. When we told him we were learning spanish, He helped us a lot talking slowly, explaining things. etc. Staff members were vey nice.

The food was also very good and tastefull. And the view, from the hotel is just fantastic. We could enjoy sunset from our room or from the restaurant terrasse. There a room where kids could play games, pool, pingpong.

The waterfall is also very great. The water not cold, just refreshing as well. They charge a price, but it is fair considering that overthere there is hammocks to relax, clean and dry towels.

We really enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Panama City, Panama
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed June 30, 2010

My recent visit to this hotel was one of the best hotel experiences of my life! I went with two of my colleagues and friends. We drove "the scenic route", which I highly recommend, going through Anton's Valley (El Valle de Anton), past Chorro El Macho, left turn past Las Nubes and follow that breathtaking road through all it's ups and downs, through the low clouds, across several small rivers (4WD required) and finally we arrived to our destination, which was far more beautiful than we ever imagined.

We were informed by the hotel's front desk that the fee for visiting the waterfall was $3 per person. It sounded reasonable at the time but it was not until we arrived to the waterfall that we realized what a bargain we had received. The hotel has built a path complete with railings for a safe walk through the forest to a landing where we observed one of the most beautiful natural waterfalls that we had seen. There are benches for comfortable sitting and you can swim in the beautiful waters beneath the waterfall. The mist coming off the waterfall is charged with negative ions, the breathing of which helps the body to detoxify itself (since most toxins are positively charged, they marry together with these negative ions from the waterfall and the newlywed couple are easily flushed from the body). The area is kept immaculately clean by the hotel staff.

After swimming and lounging in and around the waterfall for about two hours, we hicked back up the path to the large gazebo that overlooks the falls. The gazebo contains a wet bar and two bathrooms, and several hammocks. We spotted some rare fruits near the hammock and we asked the hotel staff if we could pick some and taste them. The staff member was happy to help us pick the ripest ones and we delighted in the flavor that we had never before enjoyed.
We then spotted an herb garden filled with fresh basil and oregano and rosemary and several other varieties of culinary and medicinal herbs. The staff was happy to offer us a sample of each one. Just then a gentleman calmly approached and identified himself as Alfonso. He was extremely polite and kind and very humble. We would not have guessed that he was the owner of the hotel because he made no arrogant show of authority nor did he act in any way annoyed at the fact that we had only paid $3 to enjoy such a beautiful piece of paradise, built and maintained by himself and his staff. On the contrary, he offered us beverages, use of the gazebo's bathrooms and hammocks, a tour of the grounds, and best of all, a pleasant conversation in which he shared his knowledge of organic farming and best construction practices, which are both interesting topics to my colleagues and I, since we are in the same business as he. He even spoke very highly of other hotels and hotel owners in Anton's Valley.

Alfonso's staff showed us the spa at the hotel and Alfonso himself took us on a tour of the two suites near the gazebo, which overlook the waterfall. Each of these decadent suites has a private kitchen and a private shower that looks directly to the waterfall. These are my favorite hotel rooms in all of Panama! I like them even more than my own hotel!

If you have the chance to visit the hotel, please do so. You will not regret it. You most certainly will not forget it! It is an experience of a lifetime.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled on business
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Las Vegas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed April 22, 2010

We went there to have this wonderful adventure at this so called eco hotel. There were eight of us in two vehicles going up to the mountains to explore this so called wonderful place that a childhood friend had been talking up. He happens to be a high ranking member of the Province's Public Defender's office, along with his mother, a retired school principal, a department of education administrator, a national bank manager, family and friends.
Upon our arrival the manager started yelling at us (Not talking) not to walk around the grounds of the hotel, and so on. It was not only embarrasing but extremely humiliating for my friend who wanted this place to be a highlight of outr trip; we had been traveling all over the country. This was one of the last stops and by far the worst treatment we recaived during a week of travel.
In addition to the supreme rudeness of the hotel management, we observed local patrons being chanrged ($3 per person) for sightseeing a naturally occuring water fall and brook that the hotel clearly did not own. This is very wrong in multiple lev els because the formation is natural and they had no right to charge anyone for what is rightfully not theirs. This hotel brings nicle and diming of the guests to a new low.
Personally I do not like to see people taking advantage of guests the way this hotel clearly displayed thoughout our visit. This place was far and away the biggest disappointment we had while traveling across the wonderful country of Panama.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
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Key West, Florida
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27 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed April 16, 2010

We stayed here during the rainy season, and for two days had the place to ourselves!
Getting there was very interesting, and the location is really off-the-beaten-path. We did a lovely hike to a waterfall, and it was very cool to see the locals and how they lived.
The resort has a restaurant. It was certainly not the best food, but it did its job of nourishing us after hikes, etc. I'm a vegetarian, and they had a very acceptable tofu dish.
Since it was off-season, the spa services didn't seem as plentiful as indicated on the spa menu..although the spa location was nice, looking out at mountain scenery.

  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 225 helpful votes
Reviewed March 7, 2010

Perched overlooking a stunning vista of jungle covered hills, Posada la Vieja is a relaxed and welcome retreat.
With warm and friendly staff, comfortable rooms and good food, not to mention an excellent spa, will delight local and foreigner alike.
In the area there are a few attractions including a waterfall and organic farm, but for those just wishing to relax in the cool of the highlands, there is no better place.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Miami, Florida
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10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed April 16, 2009

I stayed at Posada La Vieja over the Easter weekend and once I got to the grounds, was taken aback. The hotel is beautiful, very clean, views are spectacular no matter where you find yourself. I especially loved that there were no phones or tvs in my room so it makes it more like a get-away and you find yourself wanting to explore of this great country (there is a rec. room with a tv, dvd player, pool table, ping pong table, books, ect, in case you prefer this type of entertainment). You also have access to free wifi in the hotel "lobby". The only complain I have is that the only restaurant in the area, the one in the hotel, has no "a la carte" menu. It is a one meal buffet style thing for lunch and dinner and if you don't like what they serve at that moment, you're stuck. The prices of the meals are $12 per person and isn't bad if you had a choice of what you want to eat, but to be forced to eat something you don't want for that price is not something I enjoy. One day I had to drive to the city of Penonome, which is about a 30 minute drive, just to be able to have find something to eat....to find choices. One night, the restaurant buffet offered spaghetti with either meatballs or chicken (I don't eat spaghetti), the other day they offered chicken in white sauce with rice. I think the hotel would highly benefit by offering choices in the only restaurant...this would make the hotel the PERFECT get-away.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Villa Tavida Lodge & Spa
Address: Chiguiri Arriba | Urbanización Tavidal, Penonome 0229, Panama (Formerly Posada Ecologica Cerro la Vieja)
Location: Panama > Cocle Province > Penonome
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Penonome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villa Tavida is a nature reserve, protected by its owners for 25 years. We are a unique hostel with 7 comfortable rooms overlooking the waterfall Tavida. Our Spa offers the visitor varied options to achieve well-being, incorporating new methods that work in the human body in an integral way. Our services are oriented to promote environmental, cultural, and economic well-being. Villa Tavida Lodge is located in the mountains of Penonomé, in the province of Coclé. The accommodations have air conditioning, flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom with toiletries. Some have a balcony and / or patio. We have free private parking. There is also a restaurant. ... more   less 
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Posada Ecologica Cerro La Vieja Hotel Penonome
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