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Our OpinionIf you are looking for adventure and wildlife rather than just a beachfront all inclusive vacation, this is a good choice. Located very close to the Panama Canal, there are a number of tours offered at the resort highlight the locate flora, fauna and wildlife. Package this resort together with the Royal Decameron to make a complete Panama vacation experience.
Nestled among the vast Soberania National Park Rainforest, on the banks of the Chagres River and Panama Canal, is the stunningly beautiful luxury hotel and resort, the Gamboa Rainforest Resort. Boasting superior facilities and surrounded by lush tropical flora, this beautiful property provides the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable holiday!
Location: Close to the Panama Canal. Approximately 5 minutes from the town of Gamboa and 60 minutes from the airport.
The resort is a large complex, with a beautiful view over the river/lagoon. Our room was very spacious, with a large and comfy bed and a nice bathroom. Aircon worked like a charm & was very quiet.The food in the resort was however a disaster. At dinner, both salmon & shrimp were overcooked and the shrimp were so bad I didn't eat it. The breakfast buffet was just as horrendous. Everything cooked or prepared by the kitchen was inedible: buffet items were either cold, or burned, or as chewy as leather (french toast). The only things that were ok were fruits & tiny yoghurts. We were quite shocked they charged ~$18 per person for this.Our stay did include 2 tours. The night safari is a ~30min drive around the complex during which the guide tries to spot animals (capybara, sloth, agouti). The morning hike was just a walk down a trail close to the main entry of the resort. These tours were ok, but not very special (i.e. what you expect when they are free).In conclusion, we had a good sleep & saw some interesting animals around, but the resort is so remote that you are stuck with the crappy food from their restaurant. If the food was at least ok, it would have been worth it, but now it feels like an overpriced hotel.
We did not stay at the resort. We arrived after a walk in the sobrenia rainforest resort. The tram tour lasted 1 hour. It includes a slow ride over the tree tops, with a tour guide that explains about the plants and animals in the region. Then we had a short walk to a tower we climbed (ramps only, no stairs!) until we arrived to the upper terrace from which you can see the Gatun lake, the river snd the forest. Beautiful!! Although it was a bit pricy - it was certainly worth while.
We stayed for 8 days at the resort. Our stay began with us having to switch rooms three times, double beds when we booked a king, AC not working, the final room the refrigerator didn't work. Some days we'd get a complete set of towels but most days we wouldn't and have to call. The iron in the room didn't work and took several calls before it was replaced. Our room has black mold all inside the bathroom and around the doors just looked at the pictures.They only have one bar, which some days they didn't open like on a Wednesday. Most nights it closed at 7 and Friday night 8. Please understand this is supposed to be a resort. There is no options other than a $40 cab ride each way. Uber is NOT an option as no one will travel that far to pick you up.The restaurant is awful at best. Mainly a poor buffet. AC rarely is working so be prepared to sweat during your meals. One evening we tried to eat in there and ordered off the menu. We ordered Ribeyes at $32 each. After placing the order they came back almost 30 minutes later and said they were out of them and also out of baked potatoes- that was the restaurant manager whom informed us. He said they would substitute tenderloin steaks and French fries which we agreed to. We had ordered our meat med rare and med. When it finally arrived they both were well done and it's was round steak not tenderloins. We couldn't and didn't eat them, they offered us another meal but now we had been there an hour and half. They took the steak off the bill but did not comp us desert, drinks, apps.Last night after being begged by the restaurant manager and the hotel assistant manager to give the restaurant a second chance we did. We asked to see the wine list which the waitress stated they didn't have one but we could order a glass of house red or house white. I told we ordered of the wine list the other night and could someone help her find it. She continued to argue with me but finally reluctantly brought the wine list. I ordered an $85 bottle of red which we had ordered there earlier in the week. She then brings the wrong wine. I asked for the list back and showed once again what we ordered. Another 5 minutes later she comes back and says they don't have it. Now we have been there almost 30 minutes and no drinks. We start to leave an the manager comes over and we explain what's going on. Ten minutes later we have the bottle which we originally ordered. The whole resort is run down and appears it hasn't seen a coat of paint in 20 years, ceiling falling down, bathrooms not working, dirty and not stocked. The trash cans by the pool were never emptied in the 8 days we were there- bugs circling the cans.Service does not exist. The bartender when on the rare occasion it's open just totally ignores you even if you are the only sitting at the bar, plan on waiting at least 30 minutes to get a drink. The restaurant is even worse. The so called concierge will make you wait a half plus with no one aware, not even look at you while they aren't doing anything. They can't help you with anything other then what they offer on site and arranging a $40-$50 can each way into the city. Our true concierge was trip advisor.
Lovely, rustic and beautiful location right on the river. Don't miss the optional tours to the Canal and the Areal Tram. Bug spray is a must here. The hammock on the balcony is a lovely way to start the day. King or 2 Queen beds and a large bathroom with excellent amenities. Would like bottles of water in the room though. Nice pool and good food. The lunch buffet was good...recommend the pineapple chicken and the grilled tomato were excellent.
Staying in a rainforest has beautiful views and Gamboa is no exception. Watching for rain over distant mountains, seeing birds and rodents around the yard and seeing the Chagres river are some of the highlightsThe big lowlight is how slow and understaffed the bar is. I saw many groups come in, sit unattended for over 30 minutes and just leave. It took my wife ten minutes standing at the bar (after sitting 20 minutes at a table) to get acknowledged. The rooms are nice with a comfy hammock on the balcony which overlooks the grounds and the river.
Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).
If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.
Items not included:
- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
- Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
- Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner
- 1 a la carte dinner/3-night stay and 3 à la carte dinners/7-night stay
- Unlimited local and selected international drinks (house wine included)
- Selected non-motorized water sports
- 150 rooms in one 5-storey building and ten 3-storey buildings
- 1 a la carte restaurant (International)
- Room service (fee)
- Spa (fee)
- Beauty salon (fee)
- Gift shop (fee)
- Internet (fee)
- Golf course nearby (fee)
- Ecological, rainforest and fishing tours (fee)
- Located in the main building
- 1 queen-size or 2 twin beds
- Ceiling fan
- Balcony or terrace
- Maximum occupancy 3 adults (or 2 adults and 2 children)
- Located a few minutes from the main building
- Same amenities as above
- 1 queen-size or 2 twin beds
- Separate bedroom with queen size bed
- Kitchenette with living area
- Full bathroom
For the Kids - Children's pool
Resort Location Map
Gamboa Rainforest ResortPanama,Panama
- Hotel Contacts
- Extra Info
Goethals Blvd. Soberania National Park, Gamboa 7338 Panama
Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.
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