96.0% Based on 106 reviews TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 out of 5

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Hotel Description

A stay in Portobelo awaits you at El Otro Lado, a recipient of the prestigious Conde Nast Hot List award in 2016. You'll be 0.9 km (0.5 mi) from Blanca Beach. Highlights at this lodge include a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, and free continental breakfast.

All 7 rooms feature LED TVs with cable channels, and you can enjoy free WiFi, balconies or patios, and ceiling fans. Additionally, room service, safes, and desks are available.

A day of pampering can include massages and mani/pedis. Plus you'll find free WiFi in public areas, a terrace, and a garden. Free breakfast is available daily between 7 AM and 10 AM. There's also the convenience of free self parking.

Sights near this 4-star Portobelo lodge include Fuerte Santiago and Fuerte San Fernando.

Suite (2 Casa Grande)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
$525 per night

House (Forest)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

House ( Sea )

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

House (Spirit)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

House ( Sun )

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Suite (3 Casa Grande)

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

96.0% of guests recommend out of 106 reviews

Excellent 85
Good 15
Average 5
Poor 1
Terrible 0
Value <span>4.5</span> out of 5
Rooms <span>5.0</span> out of 5
Cleanliness <span>5.0</span> out of 5
Service <span>4.5</span> out of 5

Property Features

There's a restaurant on site. Free breakfast is served daily. WiFi is free in public spaces. An outdoor pool, spa services, and a terrace are also featured at El Otro Lado. Free self parking is available. This 4-star Portobelo lodge is smoke free.

  • 7 guestrooms or units
  • Continental breakfast (free)
  • Dining venue
  • Childcare (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Front-desk safe
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Free WiFi
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
  • Babysitting or childcare


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking


  • Airport: Panama City (PTY-Tocumen Intl.)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

El Otro Lado offers 7 air-conditioned accommodations with safes and complimentary toiletries. Rooms open to balconies or patios. 32-inch LED televisions come with cable channels. Bathrooms include showers. This Portobelo lodge provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Private balcony or patio
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • LED television
  • Cable channels
  • Shower
  • Cribs (surcharge)
  • Rollaway beds (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Desk
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Ensuite bathroom

Food & Drink

Guests are served free continental breakfast daily from 7 AM to 10 AM.

El Otro Lado has a restaurant on site.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the lodge include an outdoor pool. The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby

Spa Services

  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Massages

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 4 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Special check-in instructions:

There is no front desk at this property. To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation.


  • Check-out by 1 PM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available.


  • Pets and service animals are not allowed at El Otro Lado


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

  • No pets or service animals allowed


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Cribs (infant beds) are available for an additional fee
  • Rollaway beds are available for an additional fee

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • El Otro Lado
  • El Otro Lado Hotel
  • El Otro Lado Hotel Portobelo
  • El Otro Lado Portobelo
  • El Otro Lado Panama/Portobelo
  • El Otro Lado Lodge Portobelo
  • El Otro Lado Lodge

You should know

  • Pets and service animals are not allowed on site.

Awards & Affiliations

  • El Otro Lado is listed in the 2016 Condé Nast Traveler Hot List.
  • The property is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World.