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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Reviewed 26 February 2017

My wife and I came to Panama for the wildlife, and we weren't disappointed staying here. If you want a luxury room try the Radisson Summit (where we also stayed). It was lovely waking up in the morning with the birds and agoutis on the lawn and feeders, and really nice to feel near the jungle but safe inside our...

1Thank muttonbird2015
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Mateo's B&B is muy intersante. The lodging itself is good bang for your buck, the accommodations as simple as you need- basically a roof over your head. Now to the legend Mateo. He drove us around the town, around the Pipeline Road, and to the boat in the morn for Barro Colorado. As two Americans who know very little Spanish,...

Thank Nicole S
Reviewed 30 August 2016

We heard about the pipeline road so we decided to stay 2 nights in Gamboa, at Mateo's place. Although we explained to him we didn't understand everything he said in Spanish, he kept talking. He also drove us around, while we didn't ask for it in the first place. We are sure he was just trying to be friendly, but...

Thank Joni-Styn
Arnhem, The Netherlands
Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

Arrived quite late at night, due to bad weather -the ride from the airport took about 2,5 hours. Beatrice prepared a nice meal for me and was very sweet. Mateo seemed to be a good guy as well, but then asked me what I thought about the two Dutch girls that disappeared in Boquete. He kept telling me it was...

1Thank Ferdy_Timm
Maitland, Australia
Reviewed 23 March 2016

Previous reviewers have said almost everything there is to say, a very basic establishment with lovely hosts and heaps of birds. Don't come here if you want luxury, but if you want to pay anything less than $120 per night - there are no other options in Gamboa. We just loved our time here. If you can speak Spanish, it...

Thank Geoff_Heather
San Luis Obispo, California
Reviewed 5 March 2016

Mateo is a nice man and will drop you off at the park early in the morning. His English is very limited, alas. His wife, Beatrice, is also nice, but little English. They can phone their grandson though, and you can talk to him & his English is excellent. The rooms are okay, nothing special, but clean. The breakfast is...

1Thank Tommy O
Reviewed 15 February 2016

We agonized over what rating to give Mateo’s. He has a loyal and enthusiastic (mostly young back-packers) reviewers who love the place because it is so very different from their normal comfort zones; they can pretend they are experiencing the real Panama while at the same time getting a feeling of being close to the environment. However, like Mateo and...

2Thank Sox299
Winterthur, Switzerland
Reviewed 9 February 2016

We enjoyed the great hospitality of this sweet couple and enjoyed watching the many agouti's and birds visiting the garden. The bungalow was basic but clean. Would visit again and stay longer next time.

1Thank ksturzi
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Reviewed 24 January 2016 via mobile

We stayed one night with Beatrice & Mateo in their tiny basic backyard bungalow. They bent over backwards to please us, and their other German guest. Mateo gave us a tour of the entire town and surroundings in his a.c. car. Beatrice cooked a delicious dinner for $10 ea. and we watched the agouti's, and tropical birds come to their...

Thank rolynlummis
Bucharest, Romania
Reviewed 27 December 2015

This was a great experience! There were more animals coming through the garden than we saw during our jungle walks. The owners were very helpful and they drove us to catch our boat tour which we might have missed otherwise. They cooked a delicious dinner for us as well. It was very peaceful to just chill in the hammock and...

1Thank IKall

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
A small and quiet bed and breakfast in Gamboa, operated by Mateo and family. Like no other guest accommodations in Gamboa, the large backyard and simple cabins sit nestled next to dense rain forest and adjacent open space— where Mateo has been feeding birds, monkeys, coatis, aguitis and other friends for 15 years. The site is ideal for birdwatching and generally enjoying the nature and tranquility of Gamboa. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Mateo's B&B

Address: Calle Humberto Zarate | Casa 131A, Gamboa, Panama
Region: Panama > Colon Province > Gamboa
Price Range: $49 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
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“Ask for the house across the road - it sleeps 5 - plus mattresses on the floor.”
Geoff_Heather, 22 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Of the two on-site shacks, the one with windows overlooking the garden is by far the best. It has a double bed and is airy.”
  • An agouti - they are frequent visitors to the garden
  • Open verandah and place for breakfast - taken from the garden
Sox299, 15 Feb 2016 | Read review
“The one on the left overlooks the forest. Bring Deep Woods Off.”
StuartandDenese, 30 Aug 2015 | Read review
“The cabin closer to the tents was very nice, it has one double bed so good for couples or single travelers.”
135BradN, 5 Apr 2015 | Read review
“Two bungalow rooms are side by side. I think the one farthest from the bathroom with garden & forest on 3 sides is best. You can wake up & look out at the forest around you.”
lmmla91, 1 Apr 2014 | Read review
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