El Otro Lado - Private Retreat

Bahia de Portobelo, Provincia de Colon, Panama

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  • Complimentary snorkeling equipment for the beach excursion

  • Complimentary excursion to Playa Las Huertas (1 trip per stay)

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19.5
Rating

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Ratings Breakdown

  • Rooms19
  • Public Spaces20
  • Service19
  • Overall19.5
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Most recent review:

What I liked:

El Otro Lado was one of the loveliest hotel at which we've stayed, from the decor to the natural surroundings to the food to the wonderfully accommodating manager, Jim. We couldn't have asked for a better experience!

What the hotel could do better:

Nothing, had a wonderful stay!

stacy

Stayed December 2012

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Hotel Description

Thinking of El Otro Lado, on the edge of Panama’s Portobelo National Park, as simply a hotel misses the point in a couple of ways. On the one hand, with just four units it’s got to be just about as small as a hotel can get. But on the other hand, each of those four units offers an experience that’s far, far bigger than any ordinary hotel can provide.

They’re houses, really, rather than just rooms, each one named for one of El Otro Lado’s four elements: Forest, Sea, Sun and Spirit. And while the location, on the coastal fringes of the lush rainforest, is obviously the largest part of the appeal, the colorful, well-crafted houses only enhance the experience. Light-hearted contemporary design serves as a backdrop for an eclectic collection of artworks and objets — let it never be said that there’s anything typical about El Otro Lado.

It’s a magical place simply to lounge, whether in the houses or by the infinity pool, looking out over Portobelo Bay. But it’s not as though that’s the only option. Where there’s a national park, all manner of outdoor excursions are sure to follow — not just on land but by on the water as well: from beach excursions and river tours to nature walks, snorkeling and fishing trips, and visits to cultural and historical sites.

How to get there:

El Otro Lado is located 125km (1h30m) from both Tocumen International and Albrook Airports. Transfers can be arranged for USD100 per couple, one way or USD200 round trip. Please contact CustomerService@TabletHotels.com for assistance with airport transfers.

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Hotel Criteria

  • 4 Rooms
  • Style: Contemporary Classic
  • Atmosphere: Secluded

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 24 hour gym
  • Bar
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi
  • Library
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • No pets allowed
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Spa
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Wake-up service

Need to Know

Meals Breakfast is included as part of the accommodations. Lunches and dinners are served as pre-planned, three-course meals for $32 and $38, respectively. Pets No pets. Arrival & Departure Times El Otro Lado is different because there are no formal check-in or check-out times, provided there is availability, and there is not an inconvenience to other guests. However, the recommended check-in time is after 15:00 hours and check-out is for before 13:00 hours. Capacity Each house has a maximum occupancy of two (2) persons for Sun, Forest and Sea House, or for four (4) persons in the Spirit House. Rates are the same whether there are one or two occupants. To maintain the spirit of comfort and design, rollaway beds are not provided. Mobility The design of the facility and the particular characteristics of maritime transport for access to El Otro Lado hinder the flow of people with disabilities. However, we strive to provide what is needed to ensure that this is not an impediment to their stay. Ages The private and tranquil environment of El Otro Lado, across from the open sea, was designed especially for couples. People of all ages are welcome, even children. If the invited group includes children, is your sole responsibility to provide adequate supervision. Corkage Fee We have a wine cellar of over 20 varieties, including whites, reds, rosés and sparkling wines from Italy, France, Spain, Argentina and Chile. All are served in Austrian Reidel wine crystal. Should you wish to bring your own your own wine or beverages to our private retreat, understand there is a corkage fee of $30.00. per person per day. Water With the desire to provide our guests with clean and natural water, El Otro Lado has its own water treatment plant. Every evening, during turndown service when the beds are prepared, we include a thermos of fresh, distilled water. The Gazebo restaurant kitchen also uses distilled water for cooking. Drinks served in the Gazebo and Bar use bottled water. Finally, in the minibar in your room you will find Panama Blue bottled mineral water. Suggestions El Otro Lado always welcomes suggestions for improvement and recognition for work well done. There is no obligatory service charge nor resort fee. Tipping is at your discretion. Visitors For visitors not staying at the retreat, the Gazebo Restaurant of El Otro Lado offers a lovely array of gourmet dishes that are very portobeleño. However, if a visitor would also wish to enjoy the other facilities of the retreat, there is a day use fee of $ 50.00 per person per day.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

12pm

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 24 hour gym
  • Bar
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi
  • Library
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • No pets allowed
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Spa
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Wake-up service

Need to Know

Meals Breakfast is included as part of the accommodations. Lunches and dinners are served as pre-planned, three-course meals for $32 and $38, respectively. Pets No pets. Arrival & Departure Times El Otro Lado is different because there are no formal check-in or check-out times, provided there is availability, and there is not an inconvenience to other guests. However, the recommended check-in time is after 15:00 hours and check-out is for before 13:00 hours. Capacity Each house has a maximum occupancy of two (2) persons for Sun, Forest and Sea House, or for four (4) persons in the Spirit House. Rates are the same whether there are one or two occupants. To maintain the spirit of comfort and design, rollaway beds are not provided. Mobility The design of the facility and the particular characteristics of maritime transport for access to El Otro Lado hinder the flow of people with disabilities. However, we strive to provide what is needed to ensure that this is not an impediment to their stay. Ages The private and tranquil environment of El Otro Lado, across from the open sea, was designed especially for couples. People of all ages are welcome, even children. If the invited group includes children, is your sole responsibility to provide adequate supervision. Corkage Fee We have a wine cellar of over 20 varieties, including whites, reds, rosés and sparkling wines from Italy, France, Spain, Argentina and Chile. All are served in Austrian Reidel wine crystal. Should you wish to bring your own your own wine or beverages to our private retreat, understand there is a corkage fee of $30.00. per person per day. Water With the desire to provide our guests with clean and natural water, El Otro Lado has its own water treatment plant. Every evening, during turndown service when the beds are prepared, we include a thermos of fresh, distilled water. The Gazebo restaurant kitchen also uses distilled water for cooking. Drinks served in the Gazebo and Bar use bottled water. Finally, in the minibar in your room you will find Panama Blue bottled mineral water. Suggestions El Otro Lado always welcomes suggestions for improvement and recognition for work well done. There is no obligatory service charge nor resort fee. Tipping is at your discretion. Visitors For visitors not staying at the retreat, the Gazebo Restaurant of El Otro Lado offers a lovely array of gourmet dishes that are very portobeleño. However, if a visitor would also wish to enjoy the other facilities of the retreat, there is a day use fee of $ 50.00 per person per day.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

12pm

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