Archipielgo Las perlas, Panama
"We wish we had booked for two weeks."
Posted by: Meg_Canada on Mar 1, 2004
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"We wish we had booked for two weeks."
Meg_Canada on Mar 1, 2004 >
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Visited on: Mar, 2004 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
233 people found this review helpful
We recently stayed at the Contadora Resort and we very pleased. We landed in Panama City and were directed to where the small plane would be leaving from. We were on the second plane and by just after 3 pm we were landing on Contadora. Our luggage was taken to the hotel and we walked the short distance to our hotel. Check in was quick and painless, very low key. Our room was clean and we were pleased to have a ocean view room. The food was good, not fancy, but a good selection at each meal. One night we ate out by the pool and the roast beef was as good as any I have had here (better than some actually). Another evening there was a BBQ and the selection was great!! No complaints on the food!! The drinks were also very good, just remember that after midnight you pay for the drinks.
The beachs were great, we spent the mornings on the nude beach, the walk is the only drawback but it is well worth it. You have to time your trips with the tides (which I found fasinating) and actually the nude beach is better at low tide than the beach in front of the hotel.
The hotel was very clean, they were working on upgrading different areas. I loved the statues of parrots, fish, dolphins that were throughout the hotel patio area. The tables in the dining room were also very attractive with glass tops and wooden "stump" like bases with birds painted on them.
The hotel does need some work, I can see where some people who have written on this site were unhappy with their rooms if it was in the older area unrenovated area of the hotel. The hotel is improving and as the money continues to come in from the Survivor series I am sure more changes will occur.
The staff were very friendly, several of them would sit with us for meals, when we left one actually gave us small presents!!
We rented ATV's one day and toured the island, it doesn't take long it is a small place. We saw the tribal council location for the survivor series, which was kinda neat as the walkways give a great view over the water. We also hired a local fisherman for a boat trip around the island and over to the island where survivor was filmed, they were still filming the French version.
We would stay again at this resort, the weather was perfect, hot and sunny, the beaches wonderful, the food great and the place clean............just remember it is not a four star so don't look for all kinds of "extras" but if you are going to relax and unwind it is a great spot. We wish we had booked for two weeks, the five hour flight from Toronto really shortens a week stay.
"Hotel Contadora Resort is not a good place"
Michelle_Contadora on Feb 1, 2004 >
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Visited on: Feb, 2004 | Leisure | With Group
242 people found this review helpful
The Contadora Resort and Casino was by far the most horrible hotel or travel experience I have ever had. My girlfriend and I stayed there for New Year's 2004 and found the service, the accommodations and the food to be awful. See the worst reviews posted here, and believe them. It is that bad and WORSE. WE travel a fair amount and have stayed in a wide array of hotels, motels and resorts and this was worse than camping on the streets.
Upon arrival, we were left to cart our own bags into the madness that was the dark and dank lobby. There, we had to wait almost two hours -- being pointedly ignored by the staff -- to be checked in to the hotel - at which point we were given an unrenovated room in a decrepit building (#13). The room didnít even match our reservation (double instead of king, but that was the least of our worries). Our room had a big hole in the wall, the curtains were falling off the sliding glass door which wouldn't open, the bathroom light didn't work, but we could still see the rust colored water pouring out of the sink (when water was running). The Contadora's linens were dingy, and when we went back to the front desk to see if we could change to a room that more closely matched the $200/night king that we had reserved we continued to be ignored. Eventually a manager promised to make up for it the next night of our stay -- but never actually offered us anything and was conveniently "unavailable" for the remaining two days of our visit. The food at the Contadora was of poor quality and the service throughout our stay was rude - not just to us, but to all the guests we observed regardless of race, creed or language. Eventually, (after being brushed off five times and told to return later) we were given a double room in one of the "renovated" buildings. While this room at least had functioning fixtures, it was not worth the rate quoted and it did not corresponded to the reservation we had made. It was an average room, at best. Because of the holidays and the nature of being on a small island we were unable to leave early, although we did go to the lovely Punta Galeon for meals to escape the scary food and unpleasant staff.
Please be warned - the Hotel Contadora Resort is not a good place.
"The worse resort my family has ever stayed at."
CarolAbbott_Contadora on Mar 1, 2003 >
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Visited on: Mar, 2003 | Leisure | Family and Kids
216 people found this review helpful
We recently travelled to Panama for our second trip and this time stayed at the Contadora Island Resort, for two weeks (Jan.31-Feb 14) instead of the Decameron (which is a fabulous resort by the way). This was the worse resort my family has ever stayed at.
- Hotel room was just barely clean, nothing spectacular about the service either. The floor was mopped maybe once or twice while we were there, and never swept up and we're tracking in sand & dirt from the beach.
- When we arrived one of the first things we noticed was the hundreds of dead bugs in the light fixture in the bathroom as well as those in the bathtub. This bathroom was so old, it was falling apart. The floor tile was crumbling ? wasn't a pleasant feeling having a piece of tile stuck in your foot. The room was re-tiled so why didn't they re-tile the bathroom.
- The next thing was cockroaches. We killed at least two to three a day ( and those are the ones we saw.) They were somehow getting in through the bathroom. All the staff did was pull out a can of raid (it didn't matter if you switched rooms, the whole place was infested, other people we met had the same problem and were located in different sections of the resort.)
- We either had a cold shower, scalding shower or no shower. You never knew what you were going to get. We had to be very careful when taking a shower or you'd end up getting burnt. The first person to take a shower that night might have cold water, then the next person would start out with maybe a cold shower & it would instantly turn to scalding hot water (this is no joke). This is when you did get water. We went a whole day during our second week, where we had absolutely no water at all (that meant no water at all - no sink, no toilet, no shower) This was through out the resort because we even went to use the lobby bathroom and it was gross ?unflushed toilets full of human waste. No one notified the guests. Then that entire second week after this, our water was shut off, all night, every night after 11:30-12:00 (again, no one ever notified guests of this). And a few times we'd be showering around 4-5pm and all of a sudden you have no more water. When you went to complain they play stupid. What upsets us the most is that we PAID for this! It was absolutely ridiculous.
- If they could post notices all over the place telling us that the power was going to off from 10am-Noon one day could they not have did the same for the water problem?
- The facilities were filthy. Garbage was never picked up. The pool areas were never swept or washed down and there was bird crap all over the pool 'decking' area and the lounge chairs, not to mention the thousands of ants (yes all right at the side of the pool). Every other resort we've been to has always had someone wash down the pool area and chairs each night or morning. The kid's pool had no water in it, but it did have a nice collection of garbage ? cups, chip bags etc. There seemed to be too many staff just walking around with clipboards, doing nothing. Maybe they should pick up a broom or mop and get cleaning.
As for Activities ? what activities, the only thing ever done that any saw was 'stretching' at the pool & once a week a walking tour of the island. Activity staff was pretty lazy compared to other places.
- Food was boring and dull but edible. We realize with being on an island that they have to import everything in, and it makes it difficult to prepare many different dishes, but we'd had enough of stale bread. The A la Carte restaurants we found we much better than the buffet one - they were quite good, especially the Italian & International.
- As for service in the restaurants, unless you were giving tips to most of the servers, you were ignored( not all of the servers did this, but a lot were).
- Personal safety was an issue. It was dangerous to walk around at night because of poor lighting, which it made it that much easier for whoever to break into 3-4 different rooms, bust open their safes and steal cash & credit cards. This all happened within the first week we were there. Anyone could have fallen into the pool and no one would see them. There is also many exposed wires and pipes in areas that are used frequently by guests.
- Overall we felt that the place was misrepresented in the World of Vacations brochure and the local rep was no help to any WOV patrons that had any compliants. You don't see any dilapidated buildings, with the roof peeling off and missing shingles do you? We realize that they are renovating some buildings but apparently we weren't in one of them. It is no more than a one star resort ? its definitely not a three. If it's a three, the Decameron is 5/6 star resort.
The main positive is that its very peaceful & quiet and the beaches are beautiful.