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Hotel Contadora Resort & Hotel ---> AWFUL!

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Hotel Contadora Resort & Hotel ---> AWFUL!

We had a TRULY AWFUL time there, we could hardly wait to get off that resort.

We wrote to the tour operator and the travel agent about it 3 months ago and they STILL haven't resolved the issue, they seem to totally ignore it.

Read more about our experience at this web site:


Kirkland, Washington
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1. Re: Hotel Contadora Resort & Hotel ---> AWFUL!

Well that was truly the vacation from Hell! I hope you write this in the TripAdvisor hotel review section as well. I must say, however, of all the hotels I've heard of and checked out for our trip, this was not one I ever even ran across. Now I'm wondering if the Hacienda del Mar resort on the same island is similar. I haven't seen any reviews of that. I hope you paid by credit card and have requested a refund from the credit card company. There's no excuse for this kind of experience. We had better accomodations and service and meals in the San Blas Islands from what you've described. I am so sorry your vacation had to end on such a bad note.

Panama City, Panama
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2. Re: Hotel Contadora Resort & Hotel ---> AWFUL!

The Contadora resort has been going down hill for many years, on Contadora a better choice might be Punta Galleon...

Hacienda del Mar is a superb resort on Isla San Jose - a different island...



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3. Re: Hotel Contadora Resort & Hotel ---> AWFUL!

AllTraveller, I have also been to Panama (twice) and never even considered Contadora because of the horrible reviews. (Tripadvisor review pages are a great place to check on a resort before you book). Sorry to hear the Contadora resort seems to actually have gone down hill. We stayed at the Royal Decameron both times as you did and just loved it.

If you still have not received a reply from the tour operator you might want to consider a Small Claims Court action. That will usually get some action. Actually, they can't ignore you because if they do you will get full judgment against them. Often you will be offered coupons with a specific monetary value to be used towards a future vacation but don't think you have to accept the "opening offer" - they are usually prepared to go higher. Good luck!

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4. Re: Hotel Contadora Resort & Hotel ---> AWFUL!

Considering going to Contadora in May. Could you pls tell me more about your experience there and why you did not like the hotel ? Do you recommend another--Punta Galeon or the Hotel Contadora? How about snorkeling at Contadora---I heard there may be a lot of sharks ?


Ted Bembenek

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5. Re: Hotel Contadora Resort & Hotel ---> AWFUL!

Well I love Contadora Island

Admittedly, the Hotel Contadora is a three star hotel that offers very basic services. It is not a fancy resort.

Your video does not show the drop dead gorgeous beaches (very few people use the pools) and does not explain that because of significant rains duiring rainy season the roofs have damage every year. You do not mention the excellent restarunts on the islands like Gerard's.

From the video it seems you had great weather.

The Punta Galeon does offer superior hotel services and so does the Hacienda del Mar

The snorkelling is excellent there is much fish life. One also has the opportunity to visit the beautiful Pearl Island shown in Survivor Pearl Islands

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6. Re: Hotel Contadora Resort & Hotel ---> AWFUL!

The outdoor amenities are fine there, but the rooms really need a lot of work. We were there to start snorkeling trips and to use the beach (all of them are public on Contadora), but really liked our services, amenities, and the staff at the B&B Conatdora Island Inn.

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