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Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile

El Otto Lado is a beautiful secluded property across the bay from Portabello reached only by pangas. The property only holds 20 people and there were but six when we were there.

Service was prompt and always with a smile. On our anniversary, we order an expensive bottle of wine Banfi Brunello that had turned (2011). Tough climate for older wines. No argument they agreed and removed the bottle. The younger wines are generally South American and are quite good.

The rooms are lovely. We stayed in Sea House nicely appointed with local art very comfortable and a welcome respite from the heat and humidity as is the infinity pool also. Sky TV provided along with free WiFi

On the last night, we were informed of a dock workers strike that would have closed the only exit from the beach. They quickly arrange leaving the night before and provided a boutique Hotel in old Panama City and transportation.

The hikes and nature are outstanding owls, howler monkeys and true jungle. We even had howlers come visit tree by our cabin. Wonderful stay.

The highlight of the stay was meeting the owner, a Spanish lady who is a great photographer and drone pilot. We spent an entertaining hour with her and she couldn’t do enough.

On the property is an art studio and local artist work there and their art decorates the rooms.

A unique get away almost off the grid but truly isolated

Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
Thank meganephron
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Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

This is a lovely boutique hotel situated in a very private and somewhat remote setting. The hotel staff are friendly and always willing to try and help, however, service is very slow. My suspicion is the local people are still learning how to provide excellent service. The private chalet rooms are nicely decorated and very clean. The walk to the small lake is typical rainforest and you might even get to see some monkeys. I did not visit the remote beach, at $45 per person it seemed overpriced. My disappointment was the price of drinks. There was only a limited selection of very expensive wine, averaging about $16 glass for the lower priced wines.

Stayed: January 2018, travelled with family
Thank Doug W
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

As soon as you get on the boat to cross the Portobelo Bay you know you are going somewhere special.. somewhere that cannot be reach by car...or foot (unless you are up for a hike in the jungle..). Peaceful, secluded, perfect little houses with pastel colors overlooking the bay.... just amazing! Food was good, staff was super nice.
Beach, river tours, scuba diving are just a short boat ride away.
Great place.

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled with family
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Thank jccelte
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ElOtroLado_Portobelo, Director Comercial at El Otro Lado, responded to this reviewResponded 1 December 2017

Hello good afternoon.

Thank you very much in advance for take some time to write us about your experience and have given us the opportunity to receive you and try to make you feel happy in your stay with us.

I am very pleased to read that you have had a very good stay and that you enjoyed the benefits of the property and its surroundings.

Hope there is a second opportunity to be part of your adventures.

An affectionate greeting from the entire El Otro Lado team

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Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

This place is great for couples and love :-)
Behind the great place you will find jungle and a peacefull lake.
The small houses close the waterfront are colorfull and influenced by the owners artistic spirit.. you arrive by boat and if you want beach you will also go by boat..a

Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Niels Peter P
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Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

I'm a helicopter operator in Panama. I took a handsome Swiss couple to San Blas by Helicopter, to spend a day in the beaches of the Atlantic side of Panama. The weather turned really bad and it would have been too risky to cross the mountain range to fly back to the city, which is in the Pacific side of Panama. So after trying to cross the isthmus many different routes, I decided, for our safety, to spend the night at this very exquisite hotel in the historic Portobello bay and in a remarkable unharmed property. The property's only access is via a 5 minute smooth boat ride across the Portobello Bay because there is no road to this isolated and truly untouched tropical paradise. We had many mojitos and a delicious ceviche before dinner which was very good also. The rooms are amazing, a blend of local culture with as much luxury as any hotel anywhere. But the service from the local youth is what inspired me most. As a Panamanian in the tourist industry, I was extremely appreciative of the smiles from the young servers Leybis and Ileana and a property manager, Maria Chifundo. Also Luis was excellent with the drinks and early the next morning with very early check out. And great coffee. We didn't have breakfast there, because my clients had to catch a flight out Panama the next day. Our stay was spontaneous, really an emergency and it turned out to be a great experience for both my clients and I. Keep up the great work!

Stayed: August 2017, travelled on business
Thank Fernando C
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