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“Cool bargain, comfortable with a Personal Touch”
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Coconut Lodge
Ranked #1 of 3 Las Cumbres B&B and Inns
Jersey City, New Jersey
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4 reviews
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“Cool bargain, comfortable with a Personal Touch”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

We decided to celebrate our wedding anniversary at a warm place not too far from New York (up to 5 hours by air) but didn't want to do the standard Caribbean places ...so after some research we chose Panama, and with the high reviews at TripAdvisor we chose to stay at the Coconut Lodge.(stayed here for 4 nights).
This is a small bed and breakfast with a personal touch and someone to look after you. Breakfast and dinner were made to order, and even took our dietary restrictions into account. (Mike used to be a chef in Canada).
We were provided with rides and trip planning information with great details on what to see.
Mike and Nancy did not miss an opportunity to make our stay with them pleasant and enjoyable. The home is in a quiet beautiful neighborhood of private homes, gated and safe. The room was great, clean, spacious and modern looking, with a local touch.
As for cost, our room was $75 a night and included a full breakfast. (A comparable stay at Panama City at a good hotel was $200+). Dinner is also a bargain at $15 per person.
Nancy and Mike's recommendation to the one day tour of the Rain Forest and Monkey Island with Captain Carl was perfect and we really enjoyed it.
Overall, we strongly recommend staying at the Coconut Lodge. We had a good time. Thank you Mike and Nancy.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Coconut L, Owner at Coconut Lodge, responded to this review, November 5, 2012
What an honor it was to host you for the celebration of your wedding anniversary. We enjoyed providing a personal touch and taking care of you. We are pleased you found our rooms to be spacious, clean, and modern looking (with a local touch). As for meals, we take pride in meeting dietary needs and taking special orders. We are thrilled you had a good time and thank you for the following statement: “we strongly recommend staying at the Coconut Lodge”. In the end, we are the ones you thank you!
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Jyvaskyla, Finland
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

I picked this place and Panama for our trip solely based on tripadvisor reviews and I'm very glad I chose Coconut lodge. Mike, Nancy and Melissa were extremely friendly and always made a huge effort to make our stay as comfortable as possible. The place is exactly as in the photos shown on their home pages. The rooms are spacy, comfortable and airconditioned. The pool is also nice. Mike is an extremely good shef. Breakfast was very good. We had dinner at the lodge every night and were never dissapointed. The dinner is very reasonably priced (15$) as it had 3 courses and complimentary drink. We also loved that all the guests that stayed there at the same time with us ate at the same time so the dinner was great time to socialize with people around the world.

The lodge is 30-60min ride from downtown depending on traffic and will cost you 20-30$. Beside the extra cost we didn't see this as a minus. Most of the taxi drivers didn't know the lodge but with little spanish I could give them directions after the first visit to the lodge as the drivers knew where Las Cumbres is, so that shouldn't be a problem neither. Altough I'd recomend getting the airport pickup from the lodge because at the airport you'll end up ripped off by the taxi companies if you don't. We loved the lodge cus it located in a safe and quiet neighbourhood and on the other hand you were much closer to the natural parks like metropolitano and soberina.

Mike and Nancy will gladly give you advise on your trips and also when to go and where to get it. I especially recomend the monkey island tour and the half day city tour. I would recommend this place to anybody. If you want a relaxing vacation without stress in a peaceful place this is your choice. You won't be dissapointed with Coconut lodge.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Coconut L, Owner at Coconut Lodge, responded to this review, November 5, 2012
We are also very glad that you chose Coconut Lodge for your holidays. You were a pleasure to host and were happy to make your stay as comfortable as possible. We are delighted you appreciated the rooms (the air-conditioning, spaciousness and comfort) as well as the variety of the multiple course meals. It was a pleasure to read that you enjoyed the opportunity to socialize with other guest during dinner. Thank you for sharing with the TripAdvisor travelling community and making the following statement: “You won't be disappointed with Coconut lodge.”
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finland
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

We stayed seven nights in this lovely place, which was everything we would expect and even more! The location is peaceful and beautiful just next to rainforest. The rooms (we stayed in two different rooms because we took a trip to San Blas between our stays) were absolutely clean and charming with beautiful decoration, comfortable bed and lots of room to our luggage. The pool and the garden were also great places to hang out between trips.

Nancy, Mike and Melissa are the friendliest hosts! We got great tips where to go and what to do in the city and nearby. We took a half-day trip to the Casco Viejo and the Canal and a full-day trip to the Monkey island, which both we definitely recommend. Mike is a great cook, and we really enjoyed the meals at the hotel, actually they were so delicious we had dinner at the hotel every night we were in the city.

When staying in the Coconut Lodge you really feel welcome: the hosts take so good care of you, you feel like staying at friends place :). If we ever go back to Panama, we'll definitely stay at the Coconut Lodge again!

Room Tip: We stayed in Cafe con leche and Casa bambu, and both were equally fantastic: beautifully decorated...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Coconut L, Owner at Coconut Lodge, responded to this review, November 5, 2012
We are pleased you found our location to be peaceful and beautiful and that you could enjoy the pool. Thank you for the feedback on our rooms finding them spacious beautifully decorated and furnished with comfortable beds (orthopedic). We are glad you found the meals to be delicious. We are definitely thrilled that you will stay with us again if ever you come back to Panama.
Thank you for the following quote: “When staying in the Coconut Lodge you really feel welcome: the hosts take so good care of you, you feel like staying at friends place :).” Thank you again for being wonderful guests, a blessing to us as hosts.
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

Mike and Nancy were so accommodating. They had plenty of recommendations as to what to do in Panamá for our first time, as well as the safest and most efficient way to do it. They provided us a phone and were always able and willing to drop us off or pick us up from anywhere. This came in handy when we found ourselves in a pickle where we wouldn't have been able to hail a cab. Mike is an excellent cook, everyone was friendly, and the grounds were very well kept. I will say it is a little ways from the city and taxis often had a hard time finding the place, but I would definitely recommend it to anyone.

Room Tip: My boyfriend and I stayed in Café con Leche and enjoyed it.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Coconut L, Owner at Coconut Lodge, responded to this review, November 5, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with the TripAdvisor traveling community. We appreciate the positive comments with regards to the food, the grounds and the friendliness and our accommodating attitude. We are pleased you appreciated the access to a complimentary phone during your stay. Lastly, but most importantly, thank you for the statement: “I would definitely recommend it to anyone.” It was great to have you as guests.
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Boston
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

This is a lovely relaxing place on the outskirts of Panama city. The hosts are friendly, helpful and attentive and can arrange day trips for you to any of the popular nearby attractions. Getting to and from the city itself from Coconut Lodge is a little awkward since a lot of taxi drivers are reluctant to drive to Las Cumbras from the downtown area, but the owners offer transfers. This is worth taking into account as two trips in and out of the city (eg. cycling and a nice dinner - which requires a change of clothes) will probably set you back $100 in total. With that in mind, I would recommend staying downtown for a night to enjoy the Causeway and old town and to avoid the stress of trying to get out here after your meal, and THEN stay here as a comfortable base for day trips, away from the bustle of the city (of course, on the other hand, you won't find anything of the same standard in the downtown area for the same price).That way, you can enjoy the pool and Mike's excellent cooking and relax without having to worry that you are not based in the city itself. The food is excellent (I particularly enjoyed breakfast) and very reasonable. I must add that the best part of our trip to Panama city was spent at Coconut Lodge, and I was happy to spend 2 of our 3 days out of the city centre!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Coconut L, Owner at Coconut Lodge, responded to this review, November 5, 2012
Thank you for sharing your opinion with fellow travelers of the TripAdvisor community. We are glad you found the food to be excellent and that you were able to relax and enjoy the friendliness, helpfulness, and personal attention of your hosts. As you can imagine, we are thrilled that you found the Coconut Lodge to be the best part of your trip to Panama City, a comfortable base for day trips, away from the bustle of the city, as well as value for your traveling dollar. Thank you for the following statement: “. I must add that the best part of our trip to Panama City was spent at Coconut Lodge”. What a pleasure!
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

Amazing hotel to go in Panama. Is near Panama city, enjoy Panama!!!!. You will be in love!.
The hotel is in Las Cumbres, at 40 min from Panama city and is a perfect place to enjoy nature of Panama and to relax.

Room Tip: All the rooms are confortable and have nice view.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Coconut L, Owner at Coconut Lodge, responded to this review, November 5, 2012
Thank you so much for sharing your joy and appreciation for Coconut Lodge and Panama. As you mentioned: It “is a perfect place to enjoy nature of Panama and to relax.” We are delighted you fell in love with Coconut Lodge. You help make our life's dedication valuable and worthwhile. Thank you!
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

We stayed here with our 2 year old boy, for a few days to see the canal and Panama city.

It was very nice, with a pick up on time at Tocumen, even after our plane was delayed and didn't land till 1AM. We enjoyed the tour they provided around the canal zone and locks and other parts of town. Dinner made for us for a few nights with a special little meal for the baby. We enjoyed laying about in the lovely pool. The room and bathroom were very nicely finished.

They gave us lifts to and from town which were similar cost to the taxis, but much safer, with working seatbelts (great with the baby) and saving us the typical gringo-hussle from taxi drivers.

If you are after a relaxing place to stay for a while this is good.

Thanks Coconut Lodge!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Coconut L, Owner at Coconut Lodge, responded to this review, November 5, 2012
Thank you for sharing your opinion with the TripAdvisor community. We enjoyed hosting your family and catering to the needs of your son by preparing special meals. We are pleased you enjoyed the pool as well as the finish of the rooms and bathrooms. You say: “Thanks Coconut Lodge!” We say, "Thank You' to you!
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Property: Coconut Lodge
Address: Las Sauces, Las Cumbres, Panama City, Panama
Location: Panama > Panama Province > Panama City > Las Cumbres
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Las Cumbres
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We like to think of Coconut Lodge as a mini-resort without the crowds. With only four rooms, Coconut Lodge is an intimate and private Lodge designed to please and satisfy your every vacation need and want. Forget about work, stress, and an accelerated lifestyle. Enjoy the warm tropical breeze, laze in our pool while sipping a Pina Colada, challenge yourself to a game of tennis and enjoy life the way it is truly meant to be lived. ... more   less 
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