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
Amazingly comprehensive holiday offering. The Inn had exceptionally high service standards with thoughtful amenities. The food was excellent. The experience resulted in a very positive memorable family vacation!
Spent a week in January, in the original part of the hotel. The room was charming with a private patio. It was one of the most relaxing weeks I have experienced. The service was personal and considerate. The views are great. Every afternoon you can meet other guests at a the included happy hour. The menu at the restaurant changed daily and the food was lovely. Be adventurous or take a nap. The choice is yours!
This was a terrific place! The grounds are gorgeous, rooms are spacious, and meals are delicious. We won this trip in a charity raffle. Food and alcohol was included and one excursion per day was also part of the package. The variety of excursions was wide - difficult hikes with stunning views to more relaxing bird watching, zip lining (a must!), coffee plantation tours, river rafting and more. Loved this trip!
Like most reviewers, we won this at a silent auction. There are additional fees that quickly diminished the "deal" you got at auction but it was still well worth it. The Inn is very clean and well run and the staff couldn't be nicer or more accommodating. All meals and alcohol are included. The breakfast and lunch menu stay the same so I was ready to move on by the time our visit ended. They do change the dinner menu nightly and I was pleasantly surprised by what they offered. The activities are all included and also a pleasant surprise. We visited the hot springs, white water rafted, bird watched and visited a private island for the day. All great fun; we went with two other couples which I highly recommend.
Like all the other reviewers we "won" our stay at a silent auction. We paid $500 for a 5 night stay for three couples. It included all meals and excursions each day. There were surcharges and taxes but all in all it was very well worth it! The inn was immaculate. The setting gorgeous. We traveled with friends who stayed in the main house. We upgraded to there newly opened rooms with king sized beds and a private balcony. While our friends were awoken at night by howling dogs and crowing roosters we did not hear a thing. Ear plugs are a must for light sleepers. The food was very good and plentiful. THe menu stays the same except for lunch and dinner specials but the kind staff was happy to take special requests. The excursions we took offered in the package deal were all great (I heard that the honey tour is not worth it but the coffee tour more fun than expected). We went white water rafting - a bit of a treacherous journey getting there and back in the tiny van but fun once on the water. I was the only one in our large group to actually fall out of the raft but luckily our skilled guide Pepito was able to pull me back into the raft before I even realized what was happening! Halfway through, we stopped on shore for lunch. The shore is very rocky and the rocks very slippery. The guides prepared a lunch of sandwiches and fruit which we ate but didn't really enjoy. I would have rather kept going than stop to eat as getting in and out of the raft was difficult for me. The trip ended with a very steep and rocky climb up to the highway where we changed out of our wet clothes in a minimart bathroom. Despite the draw backs, I'm so glad we went. The rapids were fun, the guides entertaining and helpful and we certainly made a lot of fun memories! THanks for saving me Pepito!