Los Establos Boutique Hotel
What We Love
- A traditional Panamanian drink upon arrival, full American breakfast daily from 7 to 10 a.m. and daily afternoon coffee and cocktails from 4 to 6 p.m. are included in the Jetsetter rate
- Relaxed fairytale setting on a coffee plantation, with the Barú volcano and frequent rainbow sightings
- Choice location near Boquete, a welcoming town filled with flowers and friendly residents
What To Know
- Currently no pool, spa or restaurant; a spa is set to open in July, a restaurant in September
- Occasional strong winds in this mountainous setting
- Car rentals strongly recommended; the nearest restaurant is a five-minute drive down a steep, windy road
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Originally built as a fancy stable, this boutique hacienda still celebrates all things equine — think bronze horse statuettes, a cowhide rug, and rooms named for the former barn residents (Combita, Rosita and more). Wrought iron, regal columns and colonial arches abound, as do tasteful furnishings picked up around South and Central America, including an impressive snakewood dining set carved by hand in Argentina.
Bed & Bath
Separate from the main hotel, three Deluxe Coffee Cottages are hidden among wildflowers and coffee plants. The design embraces nature: Dark wood furnishings blend with shiny apricot duvets, and private balconies face the verdant hillside. Upgrade to a Deluxe Suite for gorgeous vaulted, wood-paneled ceilings, enormous windows and dainty sitting rooms. All bathrooms have double sinks and powerful showers.
What this hotel currently lacks in common amenities — no pool, restaurant or spa — it makes up for with unexpected delights. A stroll in the manicured gardens past umbrella plants, hydrangeas and dahlias brings guests to a treehouse that will eventually be a restaurant. For now, though, a small, kindly kitchen staff prepares a free breakfast of local tropical fruits and rich coffee from the hotel’s plantation, along with delectable eggs, pancakes and french toast.
How to Get There
My husband and I just returned from an incredible five-day vacation at Los Establos Boutique Hotel in Boquete, Panama. The staff oozes hospitality. Each one was warm, and eager to assist - or just chat a bit about life in Boquete. The grounds are beautiful, the rooms comfortable and lovely, the food and drink just right. My husband sat on the patio each morning with his coffee and watched the sunrise reveal the gardens and the mountains. Work-related stress just melted away. It was the best vacation we've had in two years.
The daily excursions introduced us to how much Panama has to offer. We toured a coffee plantation and did a deep dive into the art and science of growing and brewing my favorite way to start the morning. The wonderful Layla helped us book a 4x4 and driver to take us to the top of Baru volcano; the morning was clear and, at 11,300 ft elevation, we were lucky to see the Pacific and the Caribbean. The day of white-water rafting was a blast. During a morning birding hike along the Pipeline Trail, we spotted 24 different species of birds and learned so much about the area's flora and fauna - and it wasn't even prime birding season! The visit to the bee farm and the honey tasting experience was an unexpected surprise. Foodies NEED to do this one!
We had such a great time that we are eager to return.
My wife and I and 3 friends spent 5 days in Boquete at Los Establos. We all agreed it was one of the best travel experiences we have ever had. We toured a coffee plantation, a bee and honey and butterfly operation and hiked in the hanging bridges area. All were educational and very enjoyable. We also enjoyed spending time shopping, eating and meeting many friendly residents of Boquete. Food at Los Establos was great, accommodations were wonderful but the best part of our time at Los Establos was the staff. They could not have been more gracious and helpful. We truly feel we made friends who will be friends forever.
Hello! I just got back from Boquete a week ago. (there were 4 couples on our trip) And like many - this trip was purchased through auction and we did not know what to expect. Well ...we were very pleasantly surprised!! First and foremost - the hotel and staff are 5 stars!! They were so accommodating and delightful!! While the entire staff was absolutely wonderful -I must mention Monseratt by name because she stood out for me as such an amazing person!! She was warm and helpful and while a friend and I chose to stay at the hotel and skip zip lining that day, she took the time to chat with us about the culture and people of Panama/Boquete including the Indian tribes in the area. It was such a great conversation! in addition, the food is AMAZING and the rooms are beautiful and clean. While some excursions are better than others - they all are a great experience!! My only suggestion was that lounge chairs are needed on the porch so you can grab a book and blanket and put your feet up! :) - and I think they are working on that and also putting in a pool! We also went into town many times to walk around/see the sites and go to the local brewery or to the market which is held every Tuesday. I loved walking around and seeing Boquete- what a beautiful place!!! If you are looking for a vacation that is not a beach trip but more an adventure - this is for you! It does rain or as they say mist a lot - so bring a raincoat!
We stayed at Hotel Los Establos for 5 nights in September 2018 on a gift certificate that we bought at a charity auction. Would absolutely do it again. The organization that runs Los Establos is top notch and knows how to organize a vacation experience that is high quality and no stress for the guests. Number 1 is the staff, including Monserrath at the bar and restaurant and Josefina and Layla at the front desk. Every request was met with a smile and their best effort. Happy hour was our second favorite thing, allowing us to bond with the other guests. The food was high quality and gave us lots of choice. We wish there had been more choices to try local food. Our hotel room was beautiful, relaxing and clean. We did a tour activity every day and enjoyed them all: coffee tour, Lost Waterfall hike, zip lining and a second hike to the south of Boquete. The included activities were fun, interesting and of good value. I didn't see the need to pay extra for different activities. One note is that you need to choose your activity early the day before. We did purchase massages (hot stone), which were very relaxing, but I didn't think they were worth the cost. Recommend taking the hotel transfer from David. We didn't have a car and didn't need it. We did the walk up the very steep hill from Boquete back to the hotel, in the rain one day and took taxis at a low cost the rest of the time. The wifi is okay. An outdoor pool would be a good addition. Loved this trip. Hoping to see the staff at Los Establos again real soon!
This was a vacation unlike most that we take. It was in a rainforest/coffee plantation. WE are so accustomed to beach resorts.
However I must say this was truly one of my all-time favorites.
The staff was probably the most important factor in the experience.
Friendly, efficient, fun, helpful in every way. I just can't commend them enough.
The food was amazing and so fresh and beautifully presented.
Yes.. it did rain everyday but.. the beautiful sunny mornings and the views made it all A-OK!!!
I would visit here again without hesitation!!!