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Casa del Sol
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Reviewed 9 January 2011

We were assigned the "Sunset" room which is 11' x 12' cracker box on the back of house probably built in the '60's. No sunset visible because this place is in an unremarkable jungle. Paper thin walls letting in constant road noise from endless ATV-type vehicles running up and down the adjacent dirt road at all hours. Very poor lighting for reading. Mediocre double bed and two very uncomfortable bar stools for seating, furnishings one might expect in a homeless shelter. Located more than a kilometer from the beach and necessarily renting a motorized vehicle ($45/day) makes the price of this place very poor value. Breakfast is a skimpy in-room offering of some bread and cheese or dry cereal, not worth the name.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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17  Thank Dustin51
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Reviewed 27 December 2010

we stayed in casa del sol over christmas and we enjoyed it very much.
The room (sunset) was very clean and quiet. the garden was beautifull.
Jenny who is managing it now, is very nice and helpfull. We met anke(the owner) as well and she is also very nice. The beaches are all in walking distance(from 10 to 20 min). The snorkeling and scubadiving was amazing. Thank you for the great stay

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank hil12
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Reviewed 29 October 2010

Peter's place is very simple and understated. There is nothing very 'nice' about it but it was clean and Peter could not have been more helpful.

We stayed in the room with the kitchen which was great, we were there for 4 nights and the kitchen made a big difference. We hired a golf cart which you really need to do. Casa Del Sol is too far from the beach and town to want to walk more than once a day considering the heat. You could go back and forth to Playa Executiva which is a lovely beach, but if you're trying to relax it's not that appealing. The bed was also not great and really needs to be replaced. It was a double which was not great when 1 of us is 6"4, and after 4 nights we both had sore backs. You also can't roll over without the thing sounding like it was falling apart. All of this is fine if it was cheaper, although I think air-con really puts prices up in Panama. As soon as there is air con you will pay for it regardless of room quality.

We were expecting a lot more of Isla Contadora. The island has the feeling of being a little bit past it all and some of the less frequented beaches are terribly polluted. That said, the main beaches are really nice. Punta Galeon had sewerage spilling out over their patio 2 days in a row, and when we sat on their chairs on the beach they asked us for $5 despite their being no one else around. It is also expensive and the shops stock little and poor quality fresh vegetables.

We went on a taxi boat snorkling for 2 hours which was great and I would recommend that. To give you an idea though, this cost $60 for 2 people, in Bocas Del Toro we did a 6 hour snorkling and island tour for $25 for 2 people.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank 28days
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Reviewed 17 October 2010

Peter, the owner is awesome, and the rooms are charming and very pretty. The only gripe was that it was far inland in the residential area of the island which was why the prices for rooms were so cheap but getting to the beaches and restaurants took at least a 10-minute walk. Not that big of a deal but sometimes you just want to be in the water right then and there, not trek for 10 minutes in the sun.

However, I would definitely recommend this place as a more cost-friendly alternative to the other hotels that are closer to the beaches and therefore, more expensive.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled with friends
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1  Thank nicquk2
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Reviewed 11 August 2010

My wife and I spent 3 or 4 nights at Casa del Sol. We rented the room with the kitchen; however, we probably would go for the normal room next time. There are no real grocery stores on the island so there's really no way to utilize the kitchen.

The room was very nice and the breakfast was perfect - toast, jam, cereal, eggs, coffee, etc. The owners are very pleasant - ready to help in any way that they can but mostly stay out of the way. About a week later, we actually ran into Anke in Panama City and had a few beers.

Contadora is an absolutely beautiful island. The beaches are amazing. However, it is very isolated. There are 4 restaurants - none of which are particularly good and all of which are more expensive than anywhere else in Panama. However, if you want to just relax, lay on the beach, go to bed early, etc., then it is absolutely perfect. In hindsight, we probably would not have stayed a full 4 days on account of getting restless from all of the laying around and doing nothing.

We'd definitely recommend Casa del Sol for anyone going to Contadora!!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled solo
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Thank delseroad
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