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B&B Gerald's
Reviewed 23 July 2014

Before staying at Geralds, we spent two nights in another hotel on the island that was supposed to be more luxurious. However, we enjoyed our stay at Geralds far more and it cost less. Basically everything on the island is pricey, but here you get the most for your money. However, this does affect the review. Over all the value for money on the entire island is bad. Hotels start around $100 a night , but the quality is the same as a $50/60 a night hotel in most other places.

Nevertheless, I'll give some impressions of the hotel. Rooms are, though on the dark side (especially on the lower floors), spacious and clean. The bathroom was clean aswell and you get some toiletries (in the other, more expensive hotel we didn't). One extra, in-between sized towel would have been nice. The small one was too small to dry my hair with (lady issue).
The bed was good, with a comfortable firm mattress. There's a hammock outside of every room and on the roof there's a nice terrace with tables, lounge chairs and a nice little swimming pool. This area could do with some attention though. There is what's supposed to be a bar, but that's unfinished and now being used for storage. Would be great if you could get a drink there, but even just cleaning it up a bit would make a difference.
They have various animals wandering around in the garden, some wild, some pets. Amongst the pets is a lovely dog and the sweetest deer named Mimi. Definitely a highlight for me.

We also ate here most nights and that too is the most economical option on the island. The pizza's were good, the pasta's not so much. The breakfast (only for hotel guests) is basic, but fine (don't expect good breakfasts anywhere in Central America). The wine is also fine and not crazy expensive.

Overall we had a pleasant stay, but my advice in general would be not to have to much expectations. Than you'll be pleasantly surprised instead of slightly dissapointed like us ;-)

Room Tip: I think the rooms on the upper floors are nicer (especially more day light), but I haven't seen...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 February 2014

We ate Gerald's several times (breakfast, lunch and diner) over a 5 day period, while staying at The Point. This popular restaurant has an open air setting with a bar, and is part of a small hotel/BB. It is located a short walk from The Point hotel which is on the beach (Playa Galeon) where the very arrives. It is also a very short walk from the small airport and from Playa Larga, a large, beautiful beach. The staff are friendly and Gerald, the owner, is frequently in the bar area talking with customers. The atmosphere is friendly and casual. The food is very good and is likely the best you will get on the island. I was there with my husband and two daughters (ages 14 and 24) and we all liked everything we tried. The Hunter Schnitzel was excellent as were the braised short ribs and each of the Langostino dishes. My husband really like the Langostinos in Garlic Butter (warning, this dish features whole langostinos: heads are on) and we both liked the langostinos with coconut breading and passion fruit sauce. The appetizers were great as was the flan with Bailey's for desert. Drinks were also good. Breakfast was limited to eggs (fried or scrambled), ham and cheese (on the side), fruit, bread, juice and coffee. It would be nice if more choices were available since we did get tired of eggs everyday. Cereal, pastries or waffles/pancakes/crepes etc. would be a great alternative.

The atmosphere is friendly and casual. There is a small pet deer that frequently hangs out in the garden next to the restaurant. There are hummingbirds there as well. Prices are reasonable.

Room Tip: We did not stay here; we only ate here. Rating is based on the restaurant, not the hotel.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 February 2014

I will start my review saying if someone is looking for an all inclusive experience like one gets in cabo, cancun, punta Cana, etc stop right here because you will not get that on contadora.

If you want to experience being able to take a nice walk at night and not have to worry about anything read on.

Upon arriving on the island ferry we were greeted and we took the short golf cart ride up to Gerald's. The accomadations were fine. If one is expecting hotel service at Marriott or hilton then do not go to contadora. Gerald's is located next to two excellent beaches. Probably the best beaches I have been to and most times we were the only ones on the one beach.

The food was good and for the price we got good portions. Get the spaghetti with meat sauce. The pasta was properly drained and the sauce is good. The schnitzel is another good choice. Surprisingly the seafood was a little high and is the one negative I can think

We noticed some of the other guests are repeat customers which he treats as old friends. I told Gerald I will try to be back in a couple of years

Stayed: February 2014
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Reviewed 14 January 2014

We stayed here for 5 nights. It has a great location, around 100m from the ferry & plane drop offs, you get picked up as well. It is also walking distance from the biggest beach on the Island, which is generally pretty quiet.
The rooms were spacious with comfy beds, good aircon and decent bathrooms.
Breakfast was good, choice of scrambled or fried eggs along with fruit, yoghurt and coffee.
We ate dinner and lunch several times here. It is just about the most consistent restaurant on the island for us. Wide range of dishes, including nice fresh fish, and German specialities. Good service throughout.
There is also a nice rooftop terrace with a small pool. A nice spot in the evening.
Would definitely recommend this place to stay and eat on the Island

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 December 2013 via mobile

We went there without reservation.
The owners are friendly and can tell you what to see on the island.
The room is bit overpriced, but the whole island is!
The room is okay, clean and big enough.
The restaurant is good!!!
The only thing which was not that nice was the garden around the b+b.
If they improve this the place would be even better!!!

Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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Address: Paseo Balboa, Panama Province 007, Panama
Region: Panama > Panama Province > Pearl Islands > Contadora Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Contadora Island
Price Range: €80 - €116 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — B&B Gerald's 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bed&Breakfast 100 Yards from 2 Beaches with Sundeck on the Roof with Bar, all rooms with Private Bathroom A/C, Fan, Satellite TV, Safe, Fridge and Room Service. and now new Villa Rental 2Bed Room,Living room and full Kitchen ... more   less 
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