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Hotel Santa Catalina Panama

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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
US$120*
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This hotel has everything I could ask for. A very knowledgeable and VERY friendly staff!! Great views of the ocean and only a few minute walk to a gigantic sandy beach. The owner Jon Hanna came and surfed with our group and gave us the history of how the property and hotel got started. The stay at Hotel Santa Catalina...

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Cocoa Beach, Florida
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This hotel has an amazing infinity pool overlooking the surf break. The amenities were stellar; bikes, surfboards, SUP's, kayaks, pool table, ping pong and hammocks everywhere. The staff was super cool and extremely attentive to our needs. The room was very clean, comfortable and modern. I highly recommend this hotel if you are travelling to Santa Catalina. Also food in...

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hotelsantacatalina, General Manager at Hotel Santa Catalina Panama, responded to this review

We are so thankful for your visit, and we truly appreciate you taking the time to write such an amazing and kind review for us. It is a great honor to have had the opportunity to meet you and serve you in what we like to refer as "our little slice of paradise". Thanks again for your stay with us,...

Cork, Ireland
Reviewed 6 days ago NEWvia mobile

The staff at this hotel, the food and location are all great. Highly recommend staying here. I got lost on my way, didn't get there until almost 10 pm. I called and they waited for my arrival. Above and beyond my expectations 😍! Rooms are very comfortable.

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hotelsantacatalina, General Manager at Hotel Santa Catalina Panama, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review of Hotel Santa Catalina! It is always a pleasure to serve you, and we are honored that you enjoyed the hotel and service. We look forward to your next visit! Thanks again and happy travels!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Some friends and I decided to take a surf trip in honor of a friend. We were very happy with the beautiful scenery and excellent staff. What we didn't expect was for the owner of the hotel, Jon Hanna, to go surfing with us and be so gracious and accommodating. I recommend this hotel to anyone who has an adventurous...

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hotelsantacatalina, General Manager at Hotel Santa Catalina Panama, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review of Hotel Santa Catalina! It is always a pleasure to attend such nice guests as yourselves! We look forward to your next visit! Thanks again! PS: Just to clarify, Jon is part of the hotel's management team, not the only owner.

Luang Prabang, Laos
Reviewed 1 week ago

Perfect tropical tropical setting, beautiful outlook from restaurant/bar & infinity pool over surf breaking over the rocks. Staff was very helpful in search for lost rental car key. Good restaurant service and dinner menu.

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hotelsantacatalina, General Manager at Hotel Santa Catalina Panama, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! It was a pleasure to attend you, and we hope you will return to visit us again in the near future!

Abu Dhabi
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at the Hotel Santa Catalina for 4 fabulous nights. The staff was very warm and welcoming and were able to speak english! Bonus in Panama! The room was great - very clean, nice quality linens, with a very comfortable bed with an ocean view. It was lovely and quiet in the evenings, and the air conditioning worked very...

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hotelsantacatalina, General Manager at Hotel Santa Catalina Panama, responded to this review

We are honored that you enjoyed your stay at Hotel Santa Catalina, and we thank you for your kind review of our hotel. We take great pleasure in serving guests like yourselves, and we look forward to your next visit! Thank you so much!

Dominican Republic
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are a surfer and wanna be in front of the best surf point, this is the hotel, one of the best! Confortable rooms, all with hammock out in your front door, we stay in a room with kitchen, if you dont wanna expense a lot of money in the restaurant. awesome pool with a great view.

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hotelsantacatalina, General Manager at Hotel Santa Catalina Panama, responded to this review

We are honored that you enjoyed our service and it is a pleasure to share our little slice of paradise with such a wonderful person as yourself. We greatly appreciate your review, and thank you for choosing Hotel Santa Catalina. We look forward to your next visit! Thanks again.

Reviewed 13 April 2017

I came back for my annual pilgrimage to Santa Catalina. Jon and Kenny keep improving the experience... The hotel amenities continue to be the best in town. They just added a completely new Yoga area, and a well appointed Surf Shop. But, I was most impressed with the new restaurant, Pescao! (that's pescado (fish) in Panamanian). The restaurant focuses on...

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hotelsantacatalina, General Manager at Hotel Santa Catalina Panama, responded to this review

We are truly pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Hotel Santa Catalina, and that you had a wonderful dining experience at Pescao Restaurant. We pride ourselves on providing the very best service we possibly can, and we appreciate you telling the world about it through your review. We look forward to your next visit, and thanks again for choosing...

Lafayette, Colorado
Reviewed 19 March 2017

I co-led a retreat here for one week at the beginning of March. The hotel was beautiful, comfortable and peaceful and the location is awesome - just minutes walk to the beach - a view which you could also enjoy from the infinite pool. They have an onsite restaurant/bar and we all loved the food - it was spectacular and...

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hotelsantacatalina, Director General at Hotel Santa Catalina Panama, responded to this review

We are honored that you enjoyed our service and it is a pleasure to share our little slice of paradise with such a wonderful person as yourself. We greatly appreciate your review, and thank you for choosing Hotel Santa Catalina. We look forward to your next visit! Thanks again.

Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

The hotel itself is very beautiful and well maintained with a small and cozy swimming pool . The service is good but the only minus from my experience it was the food ... we ordered a whole sea bass fried and ... it was not fresh it smelled very wired and when we told the waiter about it she immediately...

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hotelsantacatalina, General Manager at Hotel Santa Catalina Panama, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit, and we appreciate you taking the time to write a review of our hotel. We apologize for any inconvenience with the fried whole fish at our restaurant. This is the first time we have encountered a situation like this. We purchase freshly caught fish on a daily basis, however, we don't know how this particular...

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Room Service
  • Free Internet
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
Things to do
  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Internet
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  • Free Parking
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Room Service
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Babysitting
  • Breakfast Available
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Hotel Santa Catalina is an 11 room boutique beachfront hotel located directly in front of the world class surf break in Santa Catalina, Veraguas Province of Panama. The hotels location is ideal for anyone coming to Santa Catalina to surf, dive, fish or just hang out at the beach or islands. Short walking distance from all the restaurants, bars, village center and other beaches. Coiba Island and Cebaco Island is within a short boat ride from the property for diving and snorkeling activities. Santa Catalina Island is just a 10 minute paddle on Kayak or Stand-Up Paddle Board (SUP), which are both free to our guests. The hotel offers comfortable rooms with memory foam beds, 100% cotton bed linens, air conditioning, en-suite bathrooms with hot water, mini-refrigerator, cable TV, safe, and kitchenettes in the suite rooms. Our award winning ocean front "Pescao" seafood restaurant serves a hearty breakfast, lunch and dinner (not included in room rate), open every day of the week from 7 am to 10 pm. Our on-site yoga studio is also available for yoga classes. We offer free use of our Kayaks, Surfboards, Skateboards and Bicycles through our on-site surf shop (Santa Catalina Surf Shop). Massage services are also available upon request. Previously known as Kenny's Surf Camp (since 1981), in 2010 the hotel was completely re-designed and re-built, using all natural sustainable materials including stone, rock, clay tile, and local tropical hardwoods. With a blend of Spanish-Colonial and tropical architectural style, Hotel Santa Catalina Panama offers a unique look and feel with professional bilingual service staff and ideal location. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hotel Santa Catalina Panama

Address: | Route to Playa Estero. Playa Santa Catalina, Santa Catalina, Panama
Region: Panama > Veraguas Province > Santa Catalina
Price Range: €70 - €108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Santa Catalina Panama 3*
Number of rooms: 11
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  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
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“Note: Not all rooms come with coffee makers.”
natert2017, 16 Mar 2017 | Read review
“I would pick a suite!”
421amyk, 13 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Ask for suite away from the parking area, closer to the lounge and sea.”
akerstreamj, 19 Jan 2017 | Read review
“quieter rooms will be the suites.”
bluebird200868, 6 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Ask for a room with a kitchenette if you plan to stay longer”
usherMocha, 30 Dec 2016 | Read review
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