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Hotel Restaurant Anachoreo
Ranked #3 of 5 Santa Fe B&B and Inns
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10 reviews
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“An amazing few days!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2013

Sineth & Marnix are a lovely couple who have a gorgeous little B&B. It is very clean, beautiful, relaxing and they use fresh produce from the garden for their cooking. The included brekkie and Cambodian dinner at additional cost is the best food we've had in Panama. I would definitely recommend this place!

Make sure you book in for a one hour massage for only $15 at the property and also head over to Maria y Chon's farm for an organic lunch and tour of their property.

Thanks for the awesome experience!

Eva and Katie (Germany and Australia).

  • Stayed November 2013
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Thank KatieMoggy
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Anachoreo, Owner at Hotel Restaurant Anachoreo, responded to this review, November 29, 2013
You girls where great too. Will you get back up here later on in your travels? Good luck with your Spanish and take care!
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2013

We chose to spend a couple of nights in Santa Fé on our recent trip around Panama as an alternative to visiting Boquete, which would have taken us a long way out of our way. We found the hotel pretty well signposted, just out of the town and down a short dirt road, which our rental car had no problem negotiating. The building is stately, with a large central hall containing the bar/restaurant and the rooms in wings at either side. Each of the simply-furnished and spacious, high-ceilinged rooms is on a veranda facing out across a wide valley and into the mountains beyond, with a hammock out front to sit in and enjoy the views. We spent hours sitting there and watching the birds, the fireflies, and the lightning on the other side of the mountains.

The food is outstanding, certainly the best we ate in Panama, and as much of it as possible is home-grown by the owners in the gardens around the hotel.

A really wonderful place.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Anachoreo, Owner at Hotel Restaurant Anachoreo, responded to this review, November 29, 2013
Thank you David, you do us great honour. I tend to avoid the hammocks myself as they are way too addictive. Cheers!
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Venice, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

We stayed for four nights, and, even during the off season, received a warm welcome. Both breakfasts and dinners were delicious (best spring rolls and curry ever!) and very enjoyable while looking over the mountains. Seating is available inside and outside, and we chose the view outside whether we were eating or relaxing. Their garden is amazing and filled with both fruits, vegetables and flowers. Marnix was extremely helpful directing us to the local hiking areas as well as assisting with where to go in town for information. Santa Fe is a small, quaint town and we loved getting away from everything.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Anachoreo, Manager at Hotel Restaurant Anachoreo, responded to this review, October 25, 2013
Thank you guys, you were such a great couple. I'll drink a smoothie to your health & happiness!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2013

This is a small and fairly new hotel outside the town of Santa Fe de Veraguas. I think there were 4 or 5 rooms, all facing the vista across the valley. Ridiculously scenic. I'm not a hammock person, but I did sit on the veranda just staring at the mountains w/ a cool beverage in the evenings. For those so inclined, there are hammocks. The garden is coming in nicely, and provides produce for the meals. Speaking of, breakfast was very good. Dinner at the onsite restaurant was also excellent--the only Cambodian restaurant in all of Panama, I'm told. And an excellent one at that. Sadly our schedule was such that they weren't serving dinner the day we arrived (Tues), so next time we'll have to make sure to adjust the schedule accordingly.

Our room was quite spacious, w/ a queen bed and a bunkbed. The bathroom was lovely as well. Fresh flowers were provided in the room. We didn't have occasion to use the bunkbed but the main bed was comfy. Wifi was strong. Water pressure good. Everything very clean.

The owners have a friend who gives an excellent Thai massage, for only $15 an hour! They can arrange an appointment for you--she comes to the hotel. You should definitely do it.

There's a dog and cat on the premises, but they aren't allowed into the rooms. I'm badly allergic and didn't have any problem. They will stop by to say hello, and will accept scritches from those who are inclined.

The owners are very nice, and speak excellent English. And probably several other languages as well; certainly Spanish and Dutch and Cambodian. We had a guide w/ us, so didn't need them to help us get around, but Marnix certainly seemed like he would be able to direct guests to the best birdwatching or whathaveyou.

Lest you think the place was completely perfect ;-), I found it a little dark in the room at night when trying to find things in the suitcase. Could use an additional lamp. But we had flashlights w/ us for night birding, so I survived. :)

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Anachoreo, Owner at Hotel Restaurant Anachoreo, responded to this review, September 4, 2013
Thank you for such a nice review! Great to see high school friends still travelling together many years later. I hope you enjoyed the birding too. Say hi to Ken.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2013

Just stayed for 3 nights here and it was just great. My gf and I arrived late and in the dark, we woke up in the morning with a stunning view of the surrounding mountains and their very nicely maintained gardens.

The rooms are expansive, simple, and clean. The bathrooms are also big, clean and have really nice mosaic work on the showers.

The owners/chefs/tour guides/real estate agents are nice, helpful, and really knowledgable of the Santa Fe area.

If you haven't had good food in a long time and love Asian cuisine this is the place to be, simply amazing Cambodian food!

A must go if staying in Santa Fe.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Anachoreo, Owner at Hotel Restaurant Anachoreo, responded to this review, July 24, 2013
Thanks Dan, happy travellers make us happy ;) Perhaps see you again one day?
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Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2013

Sineth and Marnix' hospitality at Anachoreo was like family, after a lot of travel time they made sure we felt right at home. Anachoreo not only provides an affordable place to stay, but great Cambodian food and a spectacular view of the mountains over their hortaliza. The hotel has just the right amount of comfort and convenience to still keep that friendly hostel feel. Sineth's cooking is just out of this world and she makes a mean Malibu mango punch too! Rooms are comfortable and spacious with a standard issued hammock right outside your door. Marnix can draw a mean map of the town and put you in contact with any of the local attractions.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank LuisValentin15
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Anachoreo, Owner at Hotel Restaurant Anachoreo, responded to this review, July 12, 2013
Dear Luis & Lynn,

It is not often we meet travellers who do so much for developing tourism besides simply spending a few nights. What can I say, pictures, blogposts, stories - wow. Hopefully Chon and Maria will pass by so I can show them to. It will also help on my project of making an inventory of activities in this area. All the best on your travels!
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Rockwall, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

It's not every day you get to eat gourmet Cambodian (similar to Thai) and sip a Duvel in the foothills of the Cordillera Central looking out over the valley as the sun goes down. The only negative, if you consider it to be one, is that Anachoreo can be a little hard to find. Check their website for detailed driving instructions, and have a vehicle with some clearance.

Loved every minute!

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Anachoreo, Owner at Hotel Restaurant Anachoreo, responded to this review, April 16, 2013
Thanks Nathan, we had a great time too. Say hi to Melissa and we're looking forward to your next visit!
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Property: Hotel Restaurant Anachoreo
Address: Past the Bus Terminal | Left at T-junction, first road to your right, Santa Fe 0921, Panama
Location: Panama > Veraguas Province > Santa Fe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Fe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Anachoreo in Santa Fe Panama combines the luxury of a hotel with the home feeling of a family-run B&B. Relax yourself in one of our suites and experience fine dining in the only Cambodian restaurant in Central America. We guarantee you a relaxing and enjoyable stay. ... more   less 
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Hotel Restaurant Anachoreo Panama/Santa Fe

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