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El Otro Lado

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

El Otro Lado was as wonderful as our first impression. As the boat pulled into the dock revealing this artistic paradise that had been created with such care and artistry. Our boat was waiting upon arrival at Portobelo, an unremarkable hamlet, and ushered us into our hotel with absolute ease. Our villa, Spirit House, is a cheerful and spacious two...

Thank Erich M
ElOtroLado_Portobelo, Director Comercial at El Otro Lado, responded to this review

Dear Mr. Erich, good afternoon. Receive in advance a cordial and affectionate greeting from the team of El Otro Lado - Private Retreat. I personally want to thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us on this platform. For us it is very satisfactory to read your lines and to know that you had a pleasant...

Madrid, Spain
Reviewed 10 August 2016

As the private launch crossed the bay from the charmingly laid-back and colorful town of Portobelo (on Panama's Caribbean coast and just 90 minutes drive from Panama City), the other side (el otro lado) came into view...it was love at first sight! A smiling and genuinely warm reception committee of extremely hospitable staff were there waving at us from the...

Thank Chrisinterface
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Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

"El Otro Lado" knows how to make you feel at home. The retreat's surrounding are definitely oriented for true R&R whether you decide to lay by the infinity pool and soak the Caribbean sun or participating in their boat rides to the nearby beaches like Playa Blanca. The rooms and common areas are so tastefully equipped and encompass the vibrant...

ElOtroLado_Portobelo, Director General at El Otro Lado, responded to this review

Dear UCRICMO Thank you very much for taking the time to share with us your valuable opinion and of course I also thank on behalf of the entire EOL team the trust placed in our services. I hope very soon to have him visvita on our property. My best wishes on your fascinating trips.

Reviewed 20 January 2017

I would love to give this property a 5 star rating, as it was so unique and special in many ways. The rooms and dining room are all very Avant Garde - the furnishings and art are very unusual, fun and chic. The rooms were clean. The property has a lot of potential but the service was not even close...

Thank cre8gale
Park City, Utah
Reviewed 21 December 2016

The resort consists of individual bungalows and a main house. We were in a bungalow and it was lovely. It featured a bright Caribbean vibe with no detail overlooked: filled with local art, excellent bedding, attractive furnishings. I can't imagine how the accommodation could have been nicer. And that is what makes it difficult to rate or review the property....

1Thank Deano50
Reviewed 3 October 2016

What a great place!, I have been in a lot of hotels and this one is by far, in my top 2 list. My room was beautiful, the beds/pillows were really comfortable, the details in the room were impressive! we had our own Ipod with great playlists, also great views, great lighting… everything was great! The hotel itself, is really...

Thank kissypch
Miami Beach, Florida
Reviewed 21 September 2016

El otro lado is really " another side" of Panamá, very different from the nearby historic village of Portobello. The hotel is onjy accesible by boat, and once there , everything is in exquisite taste. You can choose to stay in one of the small cottages,painted in bright colors, each one different with beautiful furniture. Native art work, even in...

Thank marujatarre
Jacksonville, Florida
Reviewed 9 July 2016

Accessible only by boat, this place was simply beautiful. Great rooms in a beautiful tropical setting, very room and comfortable. The infinity pool overlooking the bay was truly relaxing. And, the grounds are amazing - very lush, with onsite waterfalls and an old Spanish fort. This truly is an amazingly beautiful and relaxing place. I give it a rating of...

1Thank Mark E
Reviewed 29 April 2016

For the moment we arrived to this exquisite paradise, we were impressed; first, with the detail the staff welcomed us and then with everything else we got to enjoy through out our short stay. From the wonderful little cabana that was decorated with unique items and artistry to the the amazing culinary creations the chef cooked for us. Not to...

Thank Violet I
Reviewed 31 March 2016 via mobile

This trip was unchartered territory for our family of four. We are cautious about new adventures. We've been to many Caribbean destinations but never Central/South America. El Otro Lado allayed all fears, especially skeptical thoughts about past reviews. Could this place really live up to such great reviews? We arrived after a long day of travel by plane and car...

1Thank Machiklabdron

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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Beachfront
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
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  • Beachfront
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  • Pool
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  • Kitchenette
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Dry Cleaning
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
El Otro Lado is a private retreat situated in an exceptional enclave of Portobelo Bay, mixing design, culture, nature and luxury in a unique manner in order to offer its guests authentic, exclusive and custom-made experiences.Situated just over an hour from Panama City, and surrounded by the National Park of Portobelo, El Otro Lado is the perfect place to relax and disconnect while contemplating the exuberant vegetation. With views of the sea, its four exclusive houses of eclectic tropical design integrate simple details with traditional handicraft of the Atlantic Coast.A streak of truly unforgettable experiences, El Otro Lado will take you to a harmonious and dreamlike place which is equipped with all the comforts of modern life. ... more   less 

Additional Information about El Otro Lado

Address: Bahia de Portobelo, Portobelo, Panama
Region: Panama > Colon Province > Portobelo
Price Range: ₹ 31,222 - ₹ 73,714 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — El Otro Lado 3.5*
Number of rooms: 4
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Also Known As:
El Otro Lado Hotel Portobelo
El Otro Lado Panama/Portobelo
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See which rooms travellers prefer

“Cabains in front of the beach”
kissypch, 3 Oct 2016 | Read review
“You can choose one of the little cottages. I prefer those near the pool.”
marujatarre, 21 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Sea House is beautiful. Also Sun House, Spirit House, Forest House and rooms of Casa Grande.”
  • Sea House and pool
  • Sea House
  • Sea House
larissar325, 17 Feb 2016 | Read review
“Every room looks amazing, but The Spirit House felt like the absolute best. 2BR, slightly secluded from the others. Right on the water.”
Melib212, 1 Nov 2015 | Read review
“The Spirit house is delightful. See the photos we took.”
  • One of the two bathrooms of the Spirit House.
  • One of the two bedrooms of the Spirit House.
  • The kitchen (along the wall of the living room) of the Spirit House.
  • The living room of the Spirit House.
GregoryLShaw, 11 Aug 2015 | Read review
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