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Ivan's Bed & Breakfast Birding Lodge

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia mobile

Very disappointed! The rooms were clean, but dark and dismal. Otherwise, the bed was horrible! Very small, old, and tooo soft. The property is old and cluttered, with full ashtrays everywhere. The breakfast offered NO CHOICE, and was only served at 7:30. Cold scrambled eggs, with cold toast! Dinner was way worse, and he charged for it, $17.00 each!!! First...

Thank Mary Helen D
Newton, Massachusetts
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This comfortable house is a short walk from the Gamboa Resort. We saw lots of exotic birds just walking around town and in the resort's property. Ivan connected us with Gonzales, a very expert guide, who took us to the mythical Pipeline Road, an experience of a lifetime. Ivan serves an adequate breakfast and a simple, tasty supper, and it...

Thank Chris L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This bed and breakfast is conveniently located for birding in the small town of Gamboa about 30-40 mins walk from the beginning of the Pipeline road and about 10 mins from the Gamboa Rainforest Resort and its numerous trails. We also saw many birds on the streets near the house and at the neighbouring B and B's feeder (toucans, trogons,...

Thank JAM2012
Reviewed 16 November 2016

Ivan is a very thoughtful guy. He helped me to figure out the logistics of my trip, including arranging meals on the go and transportation. Ivan's BB is beautiful and small, and he has an amazing garden. The room was very comfortable and clean. Amenities include an awesome shower. I would recommend anyone going through Gamboa to stay there.

Thank Daniel G
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

There are moments in life that you need a break from the mundane, a separation from the smog of the city. Those moments in life where you are expiriencing yourself. Not becouse of a broken heart but rather expiriencing a crack in your soul. As tourist a majority of us are looking for that easy fix on an out of...

Thank Efrain H
Seattle, Washington
Reviewed 10 August 2016

Only had a short stay but Ivan hooked me up with an excellent guide, saw over 80 species in less than a day. Relatively close to Panama City. Room was just as described, a/c worked great. Ivan studied in the U.S. so English was perfect. I was made to felt very welcome. Short walk to Gamboa Resort. Will stay again...

1Thank C6640BUdavidw
Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

My wife Jacky and I visited my old friend Ivan's B&B and it was a wonderful time. The room was really comfortable, food was great,the company was fun.We hiked the old pipeline road looking for and finding monkeys, Tucans , sloath...It was really nice. We saw ships transiting the panama canal . we enjoyed a real Gamboa downpour!... If you...

Jefferson City, Missouri
Reviewed 25 April 2016

If you are looking for a reasonably priced clean room, good food, and buckets of information, Ivan's B&B is the place to stay. It is within walking distance (20 min) of the Ammo Dump Ponds, and the entrance to Pipeline Road. Also an easy walk to the marina and local foot trails. Ivan is a wealth of knowledge when it...

Thank JohnH1623
Rhode Island
Reviewed 13 April 2016

I've stayed at Ivan's multiple times and I've never been disappointed. It is the ideal HQ for serious Pipeline Road birding. Ivan is very accommodating and makes it easy to concentrate on nothing but the birds. The rooms are perfect, the food is fantastic and the town of Gamboa is an absolute gem. Aside from camping on Pipeline, I would...

2Thank Charles C
San Carlos, Panama
Reviewed 14 January 2016

Our group of 8 booked 4 rooms for one night in Gamboa to enjoy this very special little town and to be near the Smithsonian dock for an early morning boat trip to Barro Colorado. As we drove up to the B&B, the owner, Ivan, greeted us with a harsh admonition, "You can't park here. This is reserved for family."...

Thank birdophile

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  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Paid Wifi
  • Paid Internet
  • Free Parking
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  • Breakfast included
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Shuttle Bus Service
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Our B&B was found in 2005 and it is in the historic town of Gamboa located aprox 25 Km from Panama City. The house was built totally in wood under rustic structures in 1936 Our family operated B&B is mostly dedicated to Birding and Nature observation comprised of 4 rooms, 2 rooms located in the ground floor and 2 rooms located in the upper floor all with full privacy & comforts. Our service objective is focused on personalized attention to our guest, The historic Town of Gamboa is mainly a residential area without commercial activity . Gamboa is located within the Soberania National Park offering superb biodiversity of plants, birds, mammals and insects. Please note there are no supermarkets, restaurants, bars and /or cafe's in the residential area ... more   less 

Additional Information about Ivan's Bed & Breakfast Birding Lodge

Address: Jadwin Avenue 111, Gamboa 0043, Panama (Formerly Ivan's Bed & Breakfast)
Region: Panama > Colon Province > Gamboa
Price Range: $59 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
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“Downstairs rooms are comfortable especially for 2 couples (1 room per couple)”
 of 5 bubbles JAM2012, 26 Jan 2017 | Read review
“The double beds are pretty small for two people. The two rooms downstairs have private baths. The two upstairs rooms share a bathroom.”
 of 5 bubbles 757debbieg, 2 Jan 2016 | Read review
“Wifi is slow and I only got it outside my room. Not an issue. You're not here to Tweet!”
 of 5 bubbles 98chips, 11 Dec 2015 | Read review
“First room has best internet.”
 of 5 bubbles 547daves, 19 Nov 2015 | Read review
“Book ahead. There aren't many options in Gamboa.”
 of 5 bubbles 98chips, 27 Feb 2014 | Read review
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