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Gamboa Rainforest Resort in Gamboa, Panama
In Panama's lush Soberania National Rainforest, surrounded by the beauty of unspoiled nature is the Gamboa Rainforest Resort. Just 30 minutes from Panama City, this gorgeously appointed resort rests on the Chagres River and feels like a different world. The spacious and airy rooms, with woven wood furniture and plush white linens, provide a comfortable and luxurious stay deep in the forest. Wake up to the beautiful songs of tropical birds and enjoy the sun rising over the Chagres River from your private balcony. Or lounge on your balcony's hammock for a lusciously relaxing afternoon. At the Gamboa Rainforest Resort experiencing the wonder of the rainforest only enhances the luxuriousness of your stay.
After enjoying a hot cup of gourmet Panamanian coffee, take in the gorgeous views of the rainforest with a ride on the resort's Aerial Tram. For a relaxing morning take a stroll down the Chunga Chagres Trail and marvel in the forest as it warms to the day. Or to view some of the wonderfully curious forest residents island hop down the river on the Monkey Island Tour. If you prefer a more adventurous experience, take out a kayak for an exciting day rafting down the Chagres. For fishing enthusiasts, guided fishing trips are also available on the plentiful Gatun Lake. For a taste of Panama head to lunch at the Corotu Restaurant, offering a casual atmosphere and a Panamanian buffet. Or enjoy a refreshingly cold afternoon cocktail, and the relaxing pool, at La Cascada Pool Bar. For a fine dining experience, try head to Chagres River View restaurant, where the chef will serve his menu of the day, and an array of fine wines are available for pairing. After an afternoon in the rainforest, followed by a gourmet dinner in the evening, continue your night with the truly amazing Safari Night. On this tour you will walk through the gorgeous surroundings of the Gamboa Rainforest Resort and experience the wonder of the rainforest at night.
Location of Gamboa Rainforest Resort
Nearest Airport: PTY
Amenities for Gamboa Rainforest Resort
- General Information
- 269 Guest Rooms
- 3 Restaurants
- Pool Bar
- 2 Bars
- On-Site Amenities
- Spa on Property
- Spa Services
- Gift Shop
- Outdoor Pool
- In-Room Amenities
- Viewing Decks
- Nature Walks
- Bird Watching
- Meeting Rooms
- Business Center
- Conference Facilities
- National Park
- Nature Reserve
- Active & Adventure
Reviews for Gamboa Rainforest Resort
We stayed here for 2 nights and everything was ok... The pool, the food, the room was clean and the bed was comfy. The location is in the jungle and it was very beautiful to wake every morning to listen the song of so many birds and monkeys. I was very happy to see the sloths and the mariposa. I recommend this hotel.
The location of the resort and the views from the rooms are fantastic. Although our room was clean and bed very comfortable, the overall physical condition of the hotel is "needs work". It's showing normal wear and needs some renovation both in the rooms and public areas. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the stay and the chance to experience the rainforest -- wildlife tours and visit to an Embera village. Our hotel room was the family loft. This type of room has a large room with a comfortable king bed and large bath, plus an upstairs loft with 2 twin beds and its own bathroom. We had a terrific view of the Chagres river from a large balcony. Everyone in our group had issues with both insufficient (or no) water and lack of hot water in their bathrooms the first day. That was fixed by later the second day. Apparently the root cause was a water leak on a lower floor. Hotel staff were responsive, but it took a day to finally get the water issues fully addressed. Our room went from no hot water to no water at all before all was fixed. To control humidity in the room there was a portable dehumidifier. Nice to have (so you don't have to turn the A/C down to mega-cold), but noisy and required frequent emptying of the water. It was rather annoying when the humidifier would sound a "water tank full" alarm in the middle of the night. A minor mystery we never solved was why some electrical outlets had one of the two plugs not working. Oh well, we still had a great time.
This hotel is in a fantastic location, close ot the City but one with nature. Great opportunities to explore the rainforest or relax by the pool. It's location and layout are unique. The food at the restaurant (when they do buffets) is excellent with good variety. Unfortunately, it's all dragged down by looking worn both in rooms and around the building. Toilets out of service; shutters hanging loose, give a general impression of a gem slowly fading. The main issue though was the staff service level. With some exceptions, the staff simply did not provide the service you would expect from a place like this. There is no sense of belonging here; everyone minds their turf. For example, room cleaners are present every day but room service trays lay outside on the walkways for days without anyone of staff picking them up or arranging for this to be done. The pool wasn't always manned, and when not, the towels are prepared in the morning. They do run out, and however we tried, we could not get them to be replaced. This really shows everyone minds their own corner of the hotel but does not work to make the hotel all it can be. The service in the restaurant was what will make us cry (and laugh) most though. The staff have no sense of anticipation when it comes to the need of customers. It's hard work getting attention for coffee or tea, but to make things worse, they will fill one cup and then walk off despite the rest of the table trying to attract their attention in every possible way. And, I make no joke (though it's funny!), once when we asked again for the rest of the table, the waiter managed to again fill one more cup and walk away again! They are examples, but really serve as an illustration of the general service level provided. A pity, such a potential gem is dissapointed by a seeming lack of investment in maintenance and staffing. It could be so, so much better! (And needs to be at the pricing levels).
SelcalMcI - Hilversum, The Netherlands
We stayed for a week in mid April. The employees were more than helpful with anything we needed. We saw tons of wildlife including monkeys, sloths, toucans, and many more. The pool was beautiful and the drinks were cold. Our room was nice and clean. The food was ok, not great. The reason to come here is the location which is incredible. Every morning I went on to the balcony and listened to hundreds of birds and howler monkeys. It was a great way to start every day. If you like seeing wildlife in their natural habitat this is the place to go.
Tony S - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
I stayed at Gamboa Rainforest Resort in late April this year (2018). This was my second vacation here and I love the place! The setting is beautiful and tranquil, overlooking the Chagres River (which is more like a small lake here) with beautiful green hills rising behind the water. My room was on the fourth floor, which gives you the best view of the lake. I love the large private balcony with large hammock and patio furniture. I spent many an hour in the humid afternoons rocking in the hammock with a book and a rum and coke. The room is large and clean with a small fridge and a safe. Housekeeping was good enough for me, although I don't think they changed everything every single day. My only complaint was that the room was too cold (22 degrees). I tried to get someone to adjust the air conditioning, and someone did come to the room and fiddle about but there was no change to the temperature. It was cold enough that I had to use the duvet at night. Not a huge problem as I didn't really spend any time in the room during the day, but I would have preferred a temperature around 26 or 27 degrees. The buffet here is wonderful. I came a little late in the season, so for my last few days at the hotel, there were not enough rooms occupied to justify the buffet, and we had to order a la carte. The food was still good but of course without the magnificent choice and variety of the buffet. My last night I had to eat in the Monkey Bar where I had a delicious hamburger and French fries--not my first choice for dinner, but good enough. Lunch buffet is often held in an open air restaurant at the marina a short walk down the river from the hotel. They provide shuttle buses if you don't want to walk. This restaurant overlooks a marshy area where you can watch birds and turtles in the marsh while you eat. It's lovely. I find my functional Spanish comes in very handy, as apart from the front desk staff, few staff can communicate well in English. For me, this is a plus because I get to practise my Spanish! I found the staff, for the most part, to be friendly and helpful. The pool is large and beautiful and since I was there the last week of April, I often had it almost to myself. I enjoyed Sheila, the resident pool cat. I named her last year as she apparently didn't have a name. The staff remembered me and were still calling her Sheila! Of course, the best thing about Gamboa Resort for me are the nearby birding opportunities--the walk to the tram is productive and there are a number of trails through the jungle. I also saw a number of animals, including monkeys, sloths, coatimundi, and various lizards including a Jesus Christ lizard (very impressive) and an anoli lizard (who puffs out his chest in a big orange balloon!) For me, Gamboa Resort offers the perfect vacation. I'm going again next year for sure!
Bugsy24897 - Toronto, Canada