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Old Saturday 8th November 2014, 15:17   #1
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Accommodation in Panama

Hello.

I am looking for inexpensive but not clean accomodation in Panama (El Valle, Santa Fe, Cerro Azul).

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Old Sunday 9th November 2014, 01:47   #2
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I wrote a report about a place in El Valle we stayed in 2010:
http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=173787&page=2
We chose it partially because of the price. It was clean and comfortable.

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Old Sunday 9th November 2014, 07:22   #3
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A bit puzzled that you're looking for 'not clean' accommodation! Anyway, I stayed at this place in El Valle in April:
http://www.elvallepotosi.com/#!about_us/c1ztv
It's reasonably priced and very pleasant. You can arrange guiding through the owners if you're interested. They're also happy to taxi you around the area for a few dollars (and they'll do at 6am if you need it).

I'm not sure how easy it is to stay cheaply in Cerro Azul at the moment. The place I stayed at was good but not really cheap and it's closed now.
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Old Sunday 9th November 2014, 16:55   #4
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One of my favorites is Residencial Don Pepe. Clean, inexpensive, next to the market and the main bus station and safe.
http://hoteldonpepe.com.pa/
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One of my favorites is Residencial Don Pepe. Clean, inexpensive, next to the market and the main bus station and safe.
http://hoteldonpepe.com.pa/
Beny, from your description, this could be the same place:
http://www.hotelresidencialelvalle.com/
The owner's name at the time was Enrique Tiban.
żEs posible?

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Old Tuesday 11th November 2014, 00:22   #6
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Looks a lot like the same place I stayed. I remember it as (then) clean but unless you took one of the better rooms, with a little bit of a claustrophobic feeling to some of the rooms. If I recall correctly, a nice roof terrace available to the guests.

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Old Tuesday 11th November 2014, 11:00   #7
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The rooms were a little small; we were on the second floor with immediate access to the terrace you mention. Situated as it was, in the center of activity, I don't remember any disruptive noise during the night hours. Without a rental car, convenience to the town's amenities was important to us. For $20 we hired a taxi to take us to Cerro Gaital but walked everywhere else. Some of the nearby residential areas were nicely landscaped and enjoyable to walk through.
Not a place to stay if birding on the immediate grounds was desired. A side lot had some open grass and a few trees and shrubs but mostly city birds were seen. I tried leaving some crumbs on the railing but no birds seem to find them.

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A bit puzzled that you're looking for 'not clean' accommodation!
Sorry, typing error...
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Any news on accom at Cerro Azul now that the Ginger Houise is closed (I'm told)?

It's obviously a bit of an advantage to stay on site here..

cheers, alan
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Thanks!

So, for El Valle there seems to be much choice.

Any recommendations for Santa Fe and Cerro Azul?
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Any news on accom at Cerro Azul now that the Ginger Houise is closed (I'm told)?

It's obviously a bit of an advantage to stay on site here..

cheers, alan
There is this place:
http://www.birdersview.com/accomodations.html
I get the impression it isn't operating at the moment though. I tried to contact them when I was looking for accommodation but the form on the website didn't seem to work.

There's this vegan place, which is a bit pricy but maybe not too bad (similar to Ginger House):
http://www.onelovepanama.com/#!cerro-azul/ckw3
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Old Saturday 15th November 2014, 14:55   #12
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I am looking for inexpensive but clean accomodation in Panama (El Valle, Santa Fe, Cerro Azul).
Thank you for the recommendations! Last question: Do you need wellington boots for birding in these locations + Gamboa?
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Thank you for the recommendations! Last question: Do you need wellington boots for birding in these locations + Gamboa?
Probably not, although maybe in the wet season you might or if you want to do some 'creek walking' along Pipeline Road.
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One website I don't see mentioned very often in this forum that is our first choice for lodging when we travel is Airbnb.com. There are several places listed for Cerro Azul.

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