$170 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Dec 21, 2014 Check-out: Dec 22, 2014

Gamboa Rainforest Resort

4 stars
Gamboa, Colon, Panama,
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.9
out of 5
9 reviews
great experience

Beautiful resort. Pool, rooms and view are gorgeous. Food is okay. Lots of activities. We did not... See full review

  • jenpoll
  • Feb 21, 2014
Food is ok.

We always have a good time. Recommend room service. See full review

  • Cruzenmac
  • Aug 2, 2014
Posh resort secluded in tranquil Panama rainforest
Gamboa Rainforest Resort welcomes leisure travelers to posh accommodations secluded in the heart of Panama rainforest. At this resort, holidaymakers can enjoy a myriad of recreational activities like sightseeing while riding an aerial tram at the forest, bird watching at Pipeline Road, fishing at the Panama Canal or kayaking/sailing at Chagres River. Vacationers also take refreshing dips in La Cascada pool or have a relaxing treatment at Sensory Spa by Clarins on site. The resort also offers fitness center, library, tennis courts and marina with fishing boats and kayaks.

Patrons at Panama resort relish authentic local dishes and international cuisines at The Corotu, Chagres River View or at Los Lagartos on site. Enjoy the night at Monkey Lobby Bar that features lively Capibara Discotheque music or have cocktails at Cascadas Pool Bar. This resort provides gift shop, airport shuttle (fees apply), concierge, parking, laundry and Wi-Fi access at the lobby and reception. A business center and indoor and outdoor conference venues are also available on site.
3 Reasons To Stay
  • Monkey Lobby Bar with lively Capibara Discotheque music
  • La Cascada pool
  • Sensory Spa by Clarins
Gamboa Rainforest Resort Rooms
All 166 elegantly furnished rooms and suites at Gamboa Rainforest Resort have tasteful coastal interior designs and modern conveniences like Wi-Fi access (fees apply), air conditioning, cable LCD TV, mini bar, tea/coffeemaker, work desk, couch, safe and en suite bathroom. All units feature a private balcony with hammock, where guests can take in the beautiful panoramic views of Panama Canal and Chagres River.
Things to Do
  • Gaillard Cut (2.9 mi/4.7 km)
  • Soberania National Park (4 mi/6.5 km)
  • Centenario Bridge (7.3 mi/11.7 km)
  • Barro Colorado (10.4 mi/16.7 km)
  • Miraflores Locks (11 mi/17.6 km)
  • Estadio Nacional Rod Carew (11.4 mi/18.4 km)
  • Explore Museum (12.7 mi/20.4 km)
  • Metropolitan Nature Park (13.5 mi/21.8 km)
  • Anthropological Museum Reina Torres de Arauz (13.7 mi/22 km)
  • Albrook Shopping Mall (13.8 mi/22.3 km)

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Gamboa Rainforest Resort Rooms

Deluxe Room
Deluxe River View offers one king or two queen beds with air conditioning, alarm clock, balcony / terrace, bathrobe, bathroom amenities, cable / satellite TV, color TV, disabled facilities, en-suite / private bathroom, hairdryer, internet access, iron / ironing board, mini bar, non-smoking rooms, radio, room service, safe in room, tea and coffee making facilities, telephone, valet service, and voice mail.

You can relax in the large comfortable hammock and patio furniture on the private balcony while you enjoy the breathtaking view of the Charges River and the rain-forest of Soberania National Park..

The Deluxe River View Rooms offer a larger area, with either two double beds or one king bed. The bathroom has more space and was thought of with stunning and exquisite detail.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Concierge
Elevators
Activities
Outdoor pool
Fitness center or spa
Fitness Center
Spa
Tennis
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
24 hour room service
Services
Business center
Laundry service
Childcare Service
In-Room Safe
Tour desk
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Barber/Beauty shop
Conference facilities
Doctor on call
Gift shop
Internet
WiFi
Parking
Free parking
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

Nearby points of interest

  • Miraflores Locks: 11.1 mi
  • San Jose Church: 14.8 mi
  • Panama History Museum: 14.8 mi

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (9)

Ratings and reviews for Gamboa Rainforest Resort

Overall score

3.9 / 5
5.01.0
9 out of 9
Amenities:
3.8
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3.9
Room comfort:
4.2
Location:
4.8
Value:
3.7

100% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Cruzenmac
Business
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Aug 2, 2014

Food is ok.

We always have a good time. Recommend room service.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Rain4est l0vr
Business
Gamboa, Panama
Jun 25, 2014

Hot and Cold

Enjoyed my stay at this hotel. was beautiful area with interesting tours and great breakfast. buffet was pricey. However there is an option to choose the cold or hot half for a lower price. The aquarium, butterfly house, etc etc have gone wayyy down in quality and way up in price during the last 10 years.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
jenpoll
Business
Massachusetts
Feb 21, 2014

great experience

Beautiful resort. Pool, rooms and view are gorgeous. Food is okay. Lots of activities. We did not love the lake tour. Not enough time going slow to point out nature. That's my only complaint.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
OHSara
Business
Ohio
Feb 20, 2014

Great location; service needs improvement

The location is excellent. Check in was easy, but we arrived late. The front desk and guest relations employees knew us by name and were usually very helpful. Check-out was also very smooth. We booked the honeymoon package, which I highly recommend. One reason was to secure I suite, which I understood were all on the top floor. Not so. The hotel is a series of buildings connected by a walkway, with most being (I think) 4 floors and the furthest one from the main building having 7 floors. The suites are located on floors 3 through 7; we were given a suite on the 3rd floor. Half-way through our 4-day stay, a suite on the 6th floor opened up and they moved us. The view really is better higher up. Neither room was musty, the layout of the suites was identical, and they had a large living room, bedroom and large bathroom. The walk from the main building to the room was not an issue. The rooms have hammocks, which were wonderful. My husband and I sat in them in the evenings, reading before dinner. Very relaxing and romantic. Our package included transfers, which were smooth. Drivers were nice, and the one that met us at the airport took us to a grocery on the way so we could pick up some wine for the room. The package also included the arial tram tour which was nice, but would likely be overpriced if paid for separately. There was a nice view from the top. The tram tour included a tour of the exhibits, which are small buildings along the walk back to the resort - butterfly house, snake house, reptile & fish house, and orchid garden. These are not open to go through on your own, and there is a fee for the tour. The exhibits were small and probably not worth the price, but interesting if you have nothing else to do. The only complaint was when we went in the snake house, one of the snakes was loose on the floor - not a small problem since it was listed as an aggressive snake! Needless to say, we left quickly. Our package included an hour massage on a boat in the lake - probably the highlight of our trip. Very relaxing, and included champagne and a fruit plate. The only problem was difficulty booking it. We were told at check-in to book through the spa, but we went by 3 times before finding someone at the desk. She told us we had to book through guest relations in the lobby. This was finally done. Issues with the room include no hot water in the shower in one room (we were later told hot was cold and cold was hot and you had to run the cold for a while before it got hot), no coffee left by the maid two days in a row, a drawer in the bathroom that fell out every time you pulled it out, and no blow dryer until requested. The package included room service for breakfast, but there was no menu and the restaurant staff spoke limited english. That did not make it easy to order. And the one day we did order, the food was wrong, and when we asked for the correct food (including coffee), the order was still wrong, and no coffee. Also, the man who brought the room service fought with us over having to pay for the food, and after several minutes of arguing with him, and him calling someone from our room phone, he acknowledged we should not be charged extra. Phones were often not answered at the front desk, and the concierge never answered the phone. The biggest thing this hotel has going for it is location, location, location. The pool was gorgeous and the grounds could have been with a little work. The buffet meals were good, and the salad bar at the buffet restaurant at dinner was outstanding. Service was very slow, and we often had to ask several times for water. Los Lagartos, on the water, is a short hike - or they can drive you down - and I highly recommend it for lunch due to the view. If service and basic maintenance were improved, this has the opportunity to be a world-class resort in a very unique setting

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
NorthwestTraveler
Business
Portland, OR
Jan 3, 2014

Good...but could be Great

Pros: * Great location, close enough to city but in the jungle and near the canal * Plenty to see and do nearby, both on the property and nearby * Some rooms have good views of canal * Truly a Destination hotel * English spoken nearly everywhere * Pleasant enough grounds * Canal cruise and free tours onsite were nice Cons: * Disorganized: you don't know what events are taking place on site * Many of the staff are disinterested/unenthusiastic * A faded hotel about 15 years past due for a renovation. * Buffet dinner was mediocre

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
would love to go back
Business
Pennsylvania
Jan 2, 2014

Rainforest!

Spectacular surroundings. Amazing views. Helpful, friendly staff. Animals abound, and you can watch and listen to them by walking onto your private balcony! We only stayed one night, but I would love to return to Gamboa for a week. Hiking, boating, relaxing, animal watching, this place has it all. The room was large and comfortable. It was a little musty, but I suspect that comes with being in the middle of a rainforest. Breakfast buffet was delicious. In the middle of nowhere, but worth the trek.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
MMM13
Business
Chicago, IL
Dec 8, 2013

Great hotel in the rainforest!

The hotel is tucked away in the rain forest. It has the perfect location for outdoor activities. The staff at the front desk spoke perfect English so check in was very easy. We were originally given a room on the 3rd floor and when we got in the room it smelled very strongly of mold and mildew. We went up to the desk and requested a different room and they gave us a room on the 6th floor and that was perfect. The view from the room is amazing. There is Wifi but only in the lobby area. The pool was huge however the pool bar was only open a few times. There is not much to do at night there so once you eat dinner, you basically go back to your room for the night. I would recommend two or three nights there max. The food is the same so it gets old after a while.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
ChazTheSpaz
Business
Lockport, Il
Nov 15, 2013

Comfortably Embedded In The Rainforest

Previous reviewers are correct when they describe the Gamboa Rainforest Resort as "tired" and in need of a coat of paint. However, the longer I stayed (we were there six nights), the more "tired" became "relaxed" and the more I realized the climate is not kind to paint. The pluses of the resort included the courteous and friendly staff, the diversity of the excursions, and the wonderful view of the Chagres River from any room above the second floor. Its isolation meant wonderful experiences with nature but it also meant visitors were reliant on the resort for everything and eventually we were destined to get tired of the menu. All in all, it was a memorable experience. Great pictures!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Roy B
Business
Bethesda MD
Mar 25, 2013

great location

location is excellent it is better to stay here than in panama city costs are high food OK but not great

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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