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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
We had the most wonderful time at Los Establos. As many guest do we purchased this trip at a charity auction. This is our second trip from this group. We visited their beautiful resort on Palm Island a few years ago. The quality of the resort, amenities, and staff did not disappoint. Everything was exceptional! They pick you up on arrival at airport in David. You choose an excursion for each day often we did multiple. The meals were delicious, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The traditional Panamanian breakfast and the fresh papaya were our favorite! The evening happy hour was a blast visiting with the other guest everyone sharing their excursions. For a small charge you can add extra excursions. We enjoyed a sunrise trip to the top of the Baru Volcano and a day trip to a beautiful small island in the Pacific. The tour guides for every excursion we took were incredibly good at their jobs. They, like the hotel staff were friendly, knowledgeable, and a pleasure to meet. This was an adventure filled week! Boquete is friendly town and it’s easy to get around whether walking or readily available taxis. We highly recommend visiting this hidden gem in Panama!
This was by far my favorite vacation. The Inn was magnificent. The food was heavenly and the customer service phenomenal. The view of the mountains and lush green scenery was breathtaking. Everything was so relaxing from the spa, to just sitting on patio to all the great tours. We did zip lining, Cangliones River, island snorkeling tour, waterfalls, coffee tour and hot springs. Highlight was animal sanctuary to cuddle with sloths! Such a fun family trip. All staff great at Inn- Elias, Monserrat, Antonio, Layla and Josephina! There were others behind the scenes that we didn’t meet but everyone fantastic! Would love to return again. Thank you for a wonderful trip!
Just returned from one of the most enjoyable vacations at Los Establos. Beautiful grounds, wonderfull staff. Monserrat and Antonio were wonderful and attentive to us during our stay and made us feel comfortable and at home. Josefina, awesome at helping us with our excursions. Excursions are top knotch. Happy hours were a hoot in the living room where all guests have a chance to mingle for highly stimulating conversation. Highly recommend the birding hike, zip lining, island tour and for the coffee lovers, the coffee tour. The Los Establos team and the setting overlooking Vulcan Baru made for the perfect getaway. Totally enjoyable and highly recommended.
I bought the certificate at a schools charity auction in 2016. I paid $100 on the bid. I paid only 2000$ for the rest for 6 days and 5 nights for 3 of us. I then contacted the hotel and the family that runs the inn. They honored the certificate with not only an amazing hotel suite for me and my two college age kids but gave us daily a free cocktail event, one free massage, one free trip to hot springs in a jeep, a day of mountain trails and climbing to include gorgeous waterfalls and a great guide, Tour of the coffee plantation - what an education I got about good coffee and bad, and zip lining (17 lines -I cried the whole time- scared to death but loved it). The town is filled with ex patriots and wonderful restaurants and stores. We had a private chef at the restaurant who made incredible meals- breakfast and dinner , desserts and the coffee was the best ever- like butter going down! I call and order more each year to be sent to me. The owners son and the grandpa drove us into town in their own vehicles and we celebrated the sons birthday with him. I LOVE THESE people and their resort. It is heavenly- of which we saw double rainbows every day as if they were painted in the sky just for us!. YOU MUST GO HERE! I cannot say enough. AND the price was so fair!! In addition they drove in and met us at the small airport about 1.5 hours away . I got altitude sickness on landing and the grandpa who picked us up stopped and got me a coke! SOOO NICE! Better than my Italy trip and equal to my India trip. THANKS again to Los Establos. MUST GO THERE!
To the other 5-star reviews, I will add: the birding tours are excellent, but bring your own binoculars. Pack a swimsuit for the island tour. Most visitors do the coffee tour, which is fine, but the honey tour is also quite interesting, especially if you like botanical gardens, and butterflies. They are adding yoga with butterflies! As others have noted, the hospitality here is unrivaled.