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“good place for a tight budget.”
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XS Memories
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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24 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“good place for a tight budget.”
Reviewed August 21, 2012

My girlfriend and I used this as lodging on the way to Bocas Del Toro. The owners are American Ex-pats who are fairly friendly. There is a restaurant on site, along with an outdoor swimming pool.
The rooms are less than average, but at 30$ a night i wouldn't complain. WiFi and a bunch of parrots on site

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
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17 reviews
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Reviewed July 11, 2012

Pros: close to the road, wifi, ac, hot water all work, there's a pool, price is ok (49$)
Cons: really shady resto-bar, decoration dates, mattresses are thin.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed June 4, 2012 via mobile

We stayed here for 3 nights and found it OK!Owners were v friendly and even bought us a beer!
It is overpriced in my opinion but price is based on competition and as all the other hotels in this area are well over $100 a night I can't complain!It's just that we paid $65 a night which is the most we have paid for any hotel in the whole of central America (we travelled overland from Mexico) and the shower was a dribble and the rooms were tired and in need of some TLC! The hotel also closed for 2 of the days we were there so beds weren't made and restaurant was closed!As there isnt much around the hotel this wasnt ideal but not the end of the world!
Beach is about a 20 min walk away and beautiful!

  • Stayed May 2012
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Post Falls, Idaho
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7 hotel reviews
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Reviewed March 25, 2012

We showed up to stay at XS Memories but after checking out the room, got out of there as quickly as possible. The room smelled really badly, and the sheets looked old and worn. The room was very basic to say the very least. The whole place just looked really run down and the sight of all those birds in tiny cages was really sad. I understand that these people rescued most of the birds, but if you don't like caged animals, you will not like this place. It is a long way from the beach too. It is cheap to stay there, but there is a reason for that!!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Panama City, Panama
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Reviewed February 16, 2012

It has it all, air conditioned-(works great) basic, but immaculate rooms and suites to stay in on a large property with a wonderful swimming pool, restaurant, RV park.
Walking to the beach is a fair walk, and would not be good if one couldn't walk far as returning from the beach is uphill.
After spending the day at the beautiful Santa Clara beach, it was so wonderful to walk back to XS Memories and be able to then have dinner there without even changing into clothes. The beach always make me hungry.
The restaurant sits outside on a lovely little covered patio surrounded by all kinds of tropical birds, toucans, makaws, amazing colored parrots, etc. I don't support people caging wildlife or birds of any specimen, and in this case all these lovely birds were all "cast offs" when people decided they didn't like the bird they had put in a cage. My owners of this property have "rescued" these birds from these kind of suitations. They just can't be put into the wild as they couldn't take care of themselves, having been completely dependent on their original "owners" for their food, many since they were babies. Some are loose on the property as the original "owners" clipped their wings. Sheila and Dennis (expats from the U.S.) really care for these birds. They are kind-hearted people. They are also very helpful if you have questions about Panama, or Pacific beaches area.
The food is very good, how many restaurants do you know that they hand-cut their french fries? That is the way they are the BEST !
They have daily specials and I usually chose the fresh fish, wonderful. My husband tried many items on the menu from the chicken to porK chops, all delicious and good size portions..
While we were there, a couple from the states was RV camping (with hook up) and said the hamburgers were the best they had in all of Panama.
In the Santa Clara area, this is a place you can stay very cheaply and have all you need in one stop.

Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank LN
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Barcelona, Spain
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37 hotel reviews
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Reviewed December 13, 2011

Our room was very clean, incredibly big with a nice bathroom, fan and air conditioning. It is located inside a terrain where also the owners have their house, with some cages where they keep lots of awesome parrots, guacamayas and toucans. Since here everything is good. The bad things are: the hot water was not working, you have to walk A LOT (I'd say 1.5 Km) to go to the beach and the owners don't really care too much about the guests, they have their life and don't offer you even water, coffee (meals are not included in the not-so-cheap price) or try to be nice, actually they make you feel that you are not really welcome. If you are ok with that, it's a good place to stay

  • Stayed December 2011
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Reviewed September 27, 2009

Very pleasant and clean. Ideal place to relax and enjoy very nice food. Friendly folks

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled solo
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1 Thank Search4Pleasantville
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Property: XS Memories
Address: Santa Clara, Panama
Location: Panama > Panama Province > Santa Clara
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Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Santa Clara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
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