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Gamboa Rainforest Reserve

Corregimiento de Cristobal, Colon, IA 5, Gamboa 7338 Panama
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Updated 02/11/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 02/11/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


Deep in the heart of the Panamanian rainforest lies the completely unique Gamboa Rainforest Resort. This magnificent destination rests where the scenic Chagres River meets the Panama Canal and is the only resort property in the area. Few places on earth offer such an amazing natural experience while providing an unsurpassed level of luxury. Escape the noise and hectic pace of everyday life and surround yourself with the tranquility of the mystical Soberania National Forest. Here, just a short 30-minute ride from Panama City, on 340 acres overlooking the stunning Panama Canal, you can commune with nature in a pristine environment where explorers and pirates once tread. Our Panama Tours offer an exhilarating variety of jungle adventures such as an aerial tram, guided boat tours, fishing expeditions, and much more. Our tours are designed to show you wildlife in its natural setting amidst the colorful splendor of the jungle flora.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Children's television networks
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Kids' meals
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
Walking tours
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids club
Kids pool
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Photo copier / fax In business centre
Facial treatments
Full body massage
Head massage
Steam room
24-hour security
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Interconnected rooms available
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Private balcony
Room service
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Hair dryer
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Room types
Landmark view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Norwegian
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Russelll1 wrote a review 15 May
Miami, Florida18 contributions14 helpful votes
We booked a family loft all-inclusive room through oferta simple as a weekend getaway from Panama City for our daughter’s birthday. After the long tedious check-in process with one employee handling an entire line, we got to our room to find that the loft looked like it hadn’t been touched in a year. It was hot (No a/c), and there were spiderwebs hanging from the light fixtures. The worst part: both twin beds covered in dead flies, lizard poop, and pieces of hair.Furthermore, the widow was detached from the window frame- just hanging opened. As I was trying to call the front desk to get someone up to change the bedding and do a cleaning of the loft (to no avail- they are understaffed and don’t answer the phone), I watched out the window as my husband was helping our 2 daughters ages 2 and 7 into the hammock on the balcony. They weigh about 70 lbs combined. No sooner had they laid down that the hammock crashed to the ground. Our two year-old landed on the back of her head and 7 year old hurt her back. Both were hurt and in tears. Because I was unable to reach anyone on the phone, I headed to the front desk, only to wait in line 20 minutes, crying toddler in arms, to speak to the front desk worker about getting the loft cleaned, broken window, broken a/c, broken hammock. He said he would make a note and send someone. Returned to room to change for pool, waited for someone to show up, but no one did. Headed to pool and stopped by front desk again to remind them. The pool looked amazing in the pictures, so we were looking forward to it. However, more disappointment. I was hoping to order a mixed drink at the bar, but couldn’t bring myself to drink anything other than bottled water for fear of contracting dysentery, based on the lack of cleanliness at the pool bar. About 50 flies swarmed in and around the blender. Furthermore, no clean towels were available. Dirty towels and styrofoam cups littered the entire pool area. After about an hour of continually requesting clean towels, with the assurance from the bar tender that they were on their way, my husband went back up to the front desk to hunt some down. The final blow of the pool experience was that there were large chunks of algae floating in the pool. At first I thought they were giant hair balls, but after a few brushed by my legs and feet, I realized it was algae. Naturally, upon returning from the pool, the room had not been touched by housekeeping. My husband went back to the front desk again to remind them about the issues in our room. Finally, a repairman came as we were in the room showering and getting ready for dinner. He taped the window back into the frame, and a housekeeper changed the bedding. By the time we went to bed we were seriously debating returning home for the night. We should have because no one slept well with the a/c going in and out, dehumidifier beeping through the night, and the constant feeling of tiny bugs biting my feet and legs under the sheets. Save your money and just stay home. This place is run-down, understaffed, and down right filthy. (And I didn’t even mention the low quality of the food.)
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled
Beach Bird wrote a review Apr 2022
18 contributions11 helpful votes
The Gamboa Rainforest Reserve was surely an idyllic lush compound with beautiful gardens, great hiking and bike paths, an awesome glimpse into nature, up close views of animal. and breathtaking views.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled
Betsabe Q wrote a review Apr 2022
Amsterdam, The Netherlands6 contributions
The view and location of the resort is amazing. The rooms are old but comfy. If you don’t like nature and animals don’t come here. This is a place to relax and enjoy nature. We had bats in our balcony and in the hall. The tours are nice, there is a lot to do during the day. In the evening Troy can do a night safari. I hope all other facilities open again like the family club.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Shine76 wrote a review Apr 2022
Vancouver, Canada40 contributions30 helpful votes
Booked onLine as our family of 3 wanted to be surrounded by nature. Pictures online looks beautiful but as others have commented, this resort has fallen apart due to lack of care and maintenance. Pros: great location Cons: dirty room, mold can be found, lights, door to balcony and phone not working or broken, mold throughout hotel, pool had pieces falling and peeling and floating around, algae growing in various parts of pool, bed broken and uncomfortable: made loud noise with every movement, food and staff inconsistent (some were decent while other times crap). Hotel only has one section opened to guests but as we had to walk through other buildings to get to pool you can really see how they have let this resort go. For the high price we paid, we did not find it worth the cost. There are other hotels also located in this forest that might be a better option. Also keep in mind once you’re here there is no transportation out except through a travel agency that charges 3 to 4 times more than Uber and taxi. Also we got the breakfast deal and had to leave early on our last day. Reception gave us a list where we check the food we wanted them to pack for box breakfast to go. We picked a few items, what we got was a simple sandwich and an apple. No one was up at that time so we couldn’t do anything. Not worth the cost we paid. Honestly, for what the hotel was charging, I would say look elsewhere. I spent most of the time making sure our 5 year old son didn’t touch most things due to the uncleanliness and health hazards.
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Date of stay: April 2022
bernardo g wrote a review Apr 2022
4 contributions
The resort is an amazing experience and a "must do" when in Panama; the views, wildlife, staff all made it memorable and unique. I will return on my next visit and make sure that I share with family and friends.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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US$104 - US$122 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gamboa Rainforest Reserve
Which popular attractions are close to Gamboa Rainforest Reserve?
Nearby attractions include Soberania National Park (6.3 km), Panama Rainforest Discovery Center (3.8 km), and Asociación Panamericana para la Conservación (0.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Gamboa Rainforest Reserve?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Gamboa Rainforest Reserve?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Gamboa Rainforest Reserve?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Gamboa Rainforest Reserve?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Gamboa Rainforest Reserve?
Conveniently located restaurants include Restaurante Los Lagartos, El Corotu, and Monkey Lobby Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Gamboa Rainforest Reserve?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Gamboa Rainforest Reserve?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Gamboa Rainforest Reserve?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Gamboa Rainforest Reserve offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.