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Hotel El Porvenir

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Isla el Porvenir Kuna Yala KunaYala, 0834-02496 Panama
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Brigitte G wrote a review Jul 2013
Framingham, Massachusetts18 contributions15 helpful votes
I stayed at hotel Porvenier for 3 days, booked it through the Happy Landing Travel agency in Panama City. We knew that things are very different from our lifestyle,it`s the land of the Kuna people. We arrived out of the season so no noise from neighbours or planes. Everyday we made boatrides to very very beautiful islands, on some we were the only ones (with a Kuna family) and others with more tourists. 2 times we visited a Kuna village which was very interesting. The food was very good -3 homecooked meals with fresh fish. The room was o.k. not dirty but very rustic. Private cold water showers and toilet, bring a moskito net for the bed. Electricity is there at night. Backpacker of well-rounded traveller will apreciate this accomondation. We drove with a car (only 4 wheel
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Date of stay: July 2013
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bettyIllinois wrote a review Feb 2013
Pedasi, Panama457 contributions217 helpful votes
 The hotel boat transported more  people than there were life jackets on board.  All baggage is placed under a plastic tarp and be warned that if sea is rough or the tide is high you will get wet and those on the sides and in the front will be drenched.   We were shocked with the poor conditions of the place.  There was a washed up boat refrigerator near the landing and discarded plastic bottles.  There are different bed arrangements in the rooms and though the rooms are not very clean and the bathroom shower head is a pipe of cold water there are private bathrooms.  The walls are 3/4 brick with braided palms on the upper which does not filter the light or noise from adjoining rooms.  Try to get an end room if possible therefore you have only 1 neighbor.  The sheets are very old
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Date of stay: January 2013
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Hackney13 wrote a review Jan 2013
London68 contributions64 helpful votes
Having sailed from Cartagena and arrived on the morning of 31st Dec with no accommodation booked, we were left with no option but to stay at Hotel El Porvenir it seemed. Our yacht captain booked us and our four fellow sailing companions (2 Dutch ladies and a German couple) into a bungalow each. Bungalow is a generous description of a room akin to a prison cell with 3 beds (admittedly 2 of which had mosquito nets) and a "bathroom" in the corner which was effectively a battered sink, a rickety toilet and high mounted cold water tap in one section of the room with only a shutter separating it from the sleeping area - if you don't know your travelling partner intimately, you soon will! But the real slap in the face was the service, or lack thereof, from the Kuna owner. We might
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Date of stay: December 2012
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PLPKN wrote a review Jul 2012
Mexico, Missouri159 contributions135 helpful votes
The first thing you have to remember about San Blas is that it is expensive! At this place, we paid USD50 per night, per person. This included 3 meals a day, accomodation, and transport to a random island for the day. Food: was fine for one day - but then you realise that it is the SAME dish for every meal. So if you are planning on spending more than 2 days here, maybe go smowhere else. The food is acceptable; nothing more. (I think you might be able to pay more to get a lobster dinner - if you like lobster, definitely do this!). It surpised me that beers and wine were no more expensive than they were in Panama City. Accomodation: was a much lower standard than a lot of places we've been to throughout central america. But it was clean, and comfortable. Day trips: were fairly
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Date of stay: July 2012
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jk_actually wrote a review Jan 2012
New York City, New York10 contributions15 helpful votes
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In all fairness, this is neither a terrible nor a great place to stay. There is a better place on the other side of the island called Cabanas Nan Gabayai which is cheaper ($25/night vs $50, but it doesn’t include meals or boat so it probably comes to about the same) that is right on the water, very scenic, quiet, peaceful, and relaxing. (More on Nan Gabayai toward the end of this review.) El Porvenir is relatively cheap and much prettier than the neighboring native islands, which are shanty towns with outhouses over the water and naked children playing in dirt. Which is not to say El Porvenir is beautiful necessarily—there’s more trash around than there should be, and the water’s cloudy with debris and not great for swimming. Put it this way—it’s pretty if you know where to
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Date of stay: December 2011
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PRICE RANGE
US$227 - US$248 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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PanamaGuna Yala RegionSan Blas Islands
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