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Marina Hotel at Shelter Bay

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10 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent three months at the marina while circumnavigating the Caribbean . We loved the location! Within 10 minutes of hiking from the marina grounds we begin seeing and hearing lots of wildlife. We saw howler monkeys on almost every hike and white faced monkeys on occasion. We were not birders at the time but we have since learned we... More 

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

Really cool to have crossed the gatun locks though! Seems to be laid back place for retired rich people, quiet atmosphere. Nice little pool (only for sleepover clients though) and beautiful boats. Seafood was okay and the name is changed to Docks.

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Richardson, Texas
1 review
Reviewed 29 February 2016

Stayed two nights and loved the relaxation. My room's private patio, overlooking the Marina, was delightful. Sat out looking at the boats, enjoying the breeze and the sun, sipping wine. Terrific! Had several meals at "The Dock" restaurant. Food and service were very good. And the option of dining outdoors was a nice bonus. Only downside comment is that the... More 

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Sydney
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Reviewed 3 September 2015 via mobile

We stayed in the Marina a few nights, John could not have been more helpful Facilities are great and a shuttle bus to Colon for provisioning are all well organized and very helpful. There wasn't a thing they couldn't help with There is a great bar/ restaurant and happy hour prices are very reasonable.

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Reviewed 18 February 2015

The Shelter Bay marina is a mile west of the seawall that marks the northern entrance to the Panama canal, near the former Ft. Sherman and across the bay from the city of Colon. Three of us spent four days here with a skipper who spent two weeks. Marina manager John Holly was particularly helpful in getting a reliable cab... More 

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Reviewed 2 January 2015 via mobile

We've been to Shelter Bay marina a bunch of times after visiting Gatun Locks with friends. We've also stayed there once for a weekend. Each time we've been delighted with the food, service and facilities. It's a hidden gem among a paucity of choice when visiting the locks, the expansion visitor centre or fort San Lorenzo further up the coast.

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

Always nice & helpful staff at Shelter Bay Marina and now additional/updated facilities since our 1st transit of the Panama Canal 4 years ago from the Pacific side. Now, my husband & I are with the World ARC's 40 boats going around the world & transiting to the Pacific and were so glad to find the following changes: remodeled &... More 

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Hartsville, South Carolina
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

Hopefully, the non-boat-going customer will consider this a thorough review. We found this place via TripAdvisor and thought the location a safe place to stay on the Atlantic Coast. The hotel does not have a reception desk, and the young man working the desk was distracted by other matters for the first 10 minutes I was there. I had a... More 

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Rockwall, Texas
1 review
Reviewed 12 February 2014

Sailed from Houston to Shelter Bay. ARC was racing around the world, so it was crowded and busy. The Marina staff was helpful and quick to respond to requests for boat travelers. Really got nicer once the 40 boats and 250 crew members headed out thru the Panama Canal. Best shower facilities in the Caribbean! Did not go upstairs to... More 

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Thank Fred S
Nashville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 7 January 2014

Shelter Bay is a fabulous hidden treasure! From March 2013 - July 2013 the managers and staff took care of my fellow colleagues and me to whatever extent we needed. The food at the restaurant was top-notch. The regular menu was fabulous, definitely the most filling gourmet food I've ever had. The daily specials were unique, well thought out and... More 

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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Wheelchair Access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Free Parking
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
As the name suggests, the Shelter Bay Marina Hoteloverlooks the picturesque Shelter Bay Marina in the old FortSherman area, at the edge of the Fort San Lorenzo NationalPark. Easily found just a few minutes’ drive after crossing theGatun Locks at the Caribbean entrance to the Panama Canal,where the jungle is our back door and the ocean our front.The Hotel offers just the right balance of peace and quiet,with an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. You canwalk around at dusk and see monkeys playing in the trees,colorful toucans flying and the most tranquil of sloths relaxingalong with the wide diversity of flora you might expect from aprimary rain forest. We are just 15 minutes from Fort SanLorenzo and walking distance from Playa Diablo. Whether it isa weekend escape to relax and enjoy the views, or acomfortable room while your yacht is being repaired, theShelter Bay Marina Hotel is right where you need it. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Marina Hotel at Shelter Bay

Address: 30 Butner St., Fort Sherman, Panama
Region: Panama > Colon Province > Fort Sherman
Price Range: $177 - $219 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Marina Hotel at Shelter Bay 3*
Number of rooms: 11
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“You definitely want a room with "Marina View".”
 of 5 bubbles JohnT620, 29 Feb 2016 | Read review
“Odd-numbered rooms face the ocean/marina. Even numbers face the parking lot.”
 of 5 bubbles wuapinmon, 23 Mar 2014 | Read review
“All rooms are upstairs. As with any foreign place, watch out for the water and that includes ice, unwashed fruits and veggies. Just stick with bottled anything, well cooked everything and wash your hands a lot!!”
 of 5 bubbles 645freds, 12 Feb 2014 | Read review
“Rooms facing the marina are best”
 of 5 bubbles jax400, 1 Dec 2013 | Read review
“Small hotel, so all rooms are the same, though the ones which front the marina (and not back parking lot) are surely the prettier rooms for sunsets and good ocean breeze.”
 of 5 bubbles 120nancyj, 12 Nov 2013 | Read review
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