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Reviewed 27 April 2018

A great place to relax and overcome jet lag. Most of the other guests were Panamanian, but we always felt more than welcome. A few staff members speak English, but when we had to rely on my very rusty Spanish, everyone was gracious and complimentary. Nature is close at hand. We took several of the excursions and saw dozens of different birds, monkeys with babies, a group of Embera who relocated from the Darien Jungle, and the ruins of several old forts. If you like being busy all the time, a 2-day stay is enough. We limited our activities to the morning or afternoon and thought a 3-day stay was about right. The menu is limited, however, they willingly met my husband's dietary preferences. WiFi is included and reasonable. Accommodations are spacious and comfortable.

Date of stay: April 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Marlys S
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ElOtroLado_Portobelo, Director Comercial at El Otro Lado, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2018

Dear Marlys,

Thank you very much for giving us a little of your valuable time sharing your experience in our property in this space.

It makes us happy to know that they spent a good time and that they discovered a little of what Portobelo and El Otro Lado have to offer

We hope you have an excellent time and that you can visit us again

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Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

This place is amazing. We went there for a long weekend and enjoyed the calm, the views, spectacular walks in the jungle, the absolutely top notch food and service and most of all, the cabins and hotel rooms are unbelievably great. Make sure to book a boat ride early on, as getting there is a bit of an adventure.

Date of stay: November 2017
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Thank Christian V
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Reviewed 16 March 2018

The location is amazing, far away from tourism and noise.
House, restaurant, pool, gardens and common spaces are so well decorated, you can see that the owner is an artist ! - and you wish you could have some of these colourful objects at home ...
The cook made excellent menus, breakfast was delicious and wine offer very good (but expensive).
The pool, the nature and the kayak trip: worthwile the mosquitos!

Room tip: we stayed at the main house, beautiful room ! - the separate houses must be amazing
Date of stay: February 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile

El Otto Lado is a beautiful secluded property across the bay from Portabello reached only by pangas. The property only holds 20 people and there were but six when we were there.

Service was prompt and always with a smile. On our anniversary, we order an expensive bottle of wine Banfi Brunello that had turned (2011). Tough climate for older wines. No argument they agreed and removed the bottle. The younger wines are generally South American and are quite good.

The rooms are lovely. We stayed in Sea House nicely appointed with local art very comfortable and a welcome respite from the heat and humidity as is the infinity pool also. Sky TV provided along with free WiFi

On the last night, we were informed of a dock workers strike that would have closed the only exit from the beach. They quickly arrange leaving the night before and provided a boutique Hotel in old Panama City and transportation.

The hikes and nature are outstanding owls, howler monkeys and true jungle. We even had howlers come visit tree by our cabin. Wonderful stay.

The highlight of the stay was meeting the owner, a Spanish lady who is a great photographer and drone pilot. We spent an entertaining hour with her and she couldn’t do enough.

On the property is an art studio and local artist work there and their art decorates the rooms.

A unique get away almost off the grid but truly isolated

Date of stay: March 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank meganephron
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Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

This is a lovely boutique hotel situated in a very private and somewhat remote setting. The hotel staff are friendly and always willing to try and help, however, service is very slow. My suspicion is the local people are still learning how to provide excellent service. The private chalet rooms are nicely decorated and very clean. The walk to the small lake is typical rainforest and you might even get to see some monkeys. I did not visit the remote beach, at $45 per person it seemed overpriced. My disappointment was the price of drinks. There was only a limited selection of very expensive wine, averaging about $16 glass for the lower priced wines.

Date of stay: January 2018
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank dougw4345
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