4.0 out of 5

"This is our second time at this hotel. Rooms are large and very comfortable with a beautiful view of the river and rainforest. The hammock at the ba ... " More

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Hotel Description

A family-friendly stay in Gamboa awaits you at Gamboa Rainforest Resort. You'll be 20.9 km (13 mi) from Miraflores Locks and 29.8 km (18.5 mi) from Metropolitan Cathedral of Panama. Highlights at this hotel include 3 restaurants, a full-service spa, and an outdoor swimming pool.

LCD TVs with cable channels are featured in all 166 rooms, and you can enjoy free WiFi, free wired Internet, and sitting areas. Minibars provide refreshments, and 24-hour room service is also available. Nice touches to enhance your stay include free toiletries and Egyptian cotton sheets. Coffee/tea makers, in-room childcare, and safes are also available.

A day of pampering at Sensory Spa by Clarins can include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, body wraps, and body scrubs along with access to the sauna. At the hotel's own poolside bar or bar/lounge, you can enjoy a drink. Enjoy the marina, 24-hour fitness center, lazy river, and outdoor tennis court. 2756 square feet (256 square meters) of event facilities include conference space, and other business amenities include a business center. Other amenities include free WiFi in public areas, a Turkish bath/hammam, and a sauna. Buffet breakfast is available. There's also the convenience of free self parking.

With a stay at this 3.5-star Gamboa hotel, you'll be 32.2 km (20 mi) from Bridge of the Americas.

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed, Garden View

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
$180 per night

Deluxe Room, River View

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Family Suite, 2 Bedrooms, Lake View

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Gamboa Rainforest Resort ratings based on 21 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
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4 out of 5

Rainforest hotel

Pros: Rooms and gym was surprising well equipped.
Cons: Dining options and ambience . Although it's beautiful location something is missing.
Location: Tours, Panama Canal and miraflores locks.
This is our second time at this hotel. Rooms are large and very comfortable with a beautiful view of the river and rainforest. The hammock at the balcony is a plus . Dining options have improved but do not expect a high end resort quality or service. Staff was very nice and the tours and Panama Canal locks are definitely worth seeing.

Posted by , from miami on Nov 27, 2016

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5 out of 5
My wife and I plan to book another nights stay in the near future

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016

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1 out of 5

This resort made us feel we were in a tourist trap.

Pros: Free breakfast, Quiet
Cons: Nothing close
We stayed three nights. The highlight of the resort is it's scenic view of the Chagras River. The breakfast buffet was nice but eating lunch & dinner we were overcharged for everything; example a lemonade w/too much ice was $4.00 & a local beer was $3.50., dinner @ Gamboa is $20x3=60$ at least for a couple. The food choices catered to Europeans & Canadians. There was no choice of Panama's traditional food. Furthermore, the tours were not more than an hour long - Aerial Tram, River Boat tour, Embera Indian Village tour which seemed staged.....when we returned from our tours there was the pool & not much else to do. There is "zero atmosphere". .Gamboa Resort provides no transportation off of their premises. To leave the resort one has to take a taxi that charges 80$ round trip. The Gamboa Resort is good for conventions, & weddings, maybe even a day trip, but not for people who want to experience the culture, food, music & most of all the friendly people of Panama.

Posted by , from Ventura, CA, USA on Sep 12, 2012

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5 out of 5

Hotel personnel were very friendly and courteous

Pros: Quiet
Food was excellent. Great opportunity to visit native villages. Their villages and inhabitants have the same traditions as before the discovery of the New World.

Posted by , from Guaynabo, P.R. on Feb 7, 2011

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4 out of 5

One night only

Unless you can sit for hours identifying bird calls this is a one night thing. Hike around t yourself just up the canal you'll find a road to observation tower worth * $ but must take a car..at hotel aerial tour and night boat ride fill up g Fast but r worth it. Guest services terrible! Wait stAff rude! Pool nice but nothing else to do!! Discoteque closed! Food mediocre.

Posted by on Jan 1, 2011

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5 out of 5

recent vacation

our first ever visit to gamboa rainforest resort was very enjoyable . the staff was exceptionally helpful from the front desk to the maintenance staff which was prompt and courteous in fixing a door handle. the grounds are pristine and the quiet ambience of the property with the variety of wildlife from birds to monkeys and the tours offered provide enough activity and then the relaxing hammock on the porch offered the getaway from it all experience that my wife and i thoroughly enjoyed and will again cause us a return trip.

Posted by on Oct 23, 2010

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5 out of 5

The Gamboa Review

I am 8 years old. I liked the Gamboa Resort. I liked the pool because it was big with really cold water. The tours are fun. I liked the night tour the most because we saw the biggest rodent in the world. You need bug spray for the tours!

Posted by on Jul 6, 2010

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1 out of 5

Gamboa Rainforest Resort-Never Again

We were very excited about our stay here. At first everything was great, but we soon discovered rusty sinks, no light covers, & cracked paint in our bathroom.( I took pictures). I could have lived with this. But from the start of our stay we were treated like third class guests. We had lunch in one of their restaurants. We were told it would cost $ * for two buffets. It came out to $*. We left, and a couple of hours later a man was hunting us down demanding we pay the full balance right there. I was horrified. I told him I would go to my room and give him cash. When I called the front desk to reconfirm the amount, the desk attendant hung up on me! While this resort has beautiful grounds, and a world class location, I would never recommend it. You should also know that most of the eco exibits cost extra money to see, so be prepared.

Posted by on Aug 20, 2009

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4 out of 5

Really Beautiful!

We were in Panama City for the first leg of the trip. If you don't speak spanish... don't go... The Gamboa Resort was quite beautiful and all the staff spoke enough english fo us to get by. They had lots of activiites and GREAT sangria. Compared to the rest of Panama the meals were pretty pricey. All in all it was a decent deal and a good time.

Posted by on Aug 5, 2009

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4 out of 5

A Tropical retreat

Beautiful setting along a river abutting the Panama Canal. Many activities available both day and night to help explore the rainforest and learn about the Canal and the sorrounding National park. Monkeys and Sloths can be discovered with little effort around the grounds and along the river or with a quick visit to the pipeline road area. The Charges river and sorrounding forests boast many species of colorful and song producing birds.Turtles, lizards and the world's largest rodent are all there for your pleasure. A comfortable breeze always seemed to accompany the warm days and nights. The stars were vivid due to the lack of light pollution. A joy to just sit back and take in. Less then a hour from Panama City. Restaurant fair and staff friendly. Speaking some Spanish is helpful. Enjoyed the pool but it closed at sundown. Our room with twin bed loft fit our family perfect. If you want a river jungle experience, just minutes from the Panama canal this is the place.

Posted by on Mar 2, 2009

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Renovations + Closures

The property is closed in June.

Property Features

Gamboa Rainforest Resort offers its guests a full-service spa, a marina, and an outdoor tennis court. There are 3 restaurants on site. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include a swim-up bar and a bar/lounge. A computer station is on site and WiFi is free in public spaces. A business center and meeting rooms are available. Event space at this hotel measures 2756 square feet (256 square meters) and includes conference space. An outdoor pool, a children's pool, and a 24-hour fitness center are also featured at the family-friendly Gamboa Rainforest Resort. Free self parking is available. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this 3.5-star Gamboa hotel.

  • 166 guestrooms or units
  • 7 levels
  • 3 buildings
  • 3 dining venues
  • 6 conference rooms
  • 2756 sq ft of conference space
  • 256 sq m of conference space
  • Built in 1999
  • Bar by the pool
  • Swim-up bar
  • Bar or lounge
  • Childcare (surcharge)
  • Umbrellas for the pool
  • Business facilities
  • Conference space
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gift shop
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • Smoking in designated areas

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Free WiFi
  • Children's pool
  • Lazy river
  • Outdoor tennis court
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free long-term parking , Free self parking


  • Airport: Panama City (PTY-Tocumen Intl.) (50.9 km / 31.6 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking and extended parking

Room Amenities

Gamboa Rainforest Resort offers 166 air-conditioned accommodations, which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature minibars and safes. Accommodations offer separate sitting areas. Beds feature Egyptian cotton sheets. LCD televisions come with premium cable channels. Bathrooms include showers, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. This Gamboa hotel provides complimentary wired and wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and irons/ironing boards. A nightly turndown service is provided and housekeeping is offered daily.

  • Sitting area
  • Minibar
  • In-room dining (24 hours)
  • LCD television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Coffee maker
  • Egyptian cotton linens
  • Shower
  • Cribs (free)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Nightly turndown service
  • Childcare in room (surcharge)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Exterior corridor access
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

Guests can enjoy buffet breakfast for a fee.

Gamboa Rainforest Resort has 3 restaurants serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

24-hour room service is available.

Nearby Activities

An outdoor tennis court and a marina are featured at the hotel. An outdoor pool and a children's pool are on site. Other recreational amenities include a lazy river, a sauna, and a 24-hour fitness center. The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Game drive on site
  • Fishing on site
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Boat tours on site
  • Hiking/biking trails on site
  • Kayaking on site
  • Motor boating on site

Spa Services

Sensory Spa by Clarins has 3 treatment rooms. Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, Swedish massages, and massages. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy and hydrotherapy. The spa is equipped with a sauna, a spa tub, a steam room, and Turkish bath/hammam. The spa is open daily. Children under 18 years old are not allowed in the spa without adult supervision. Guests under 18 years old are not allowed in the spa.

  • Number of treatment rooms 3
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Body wraps
  • Body treatments
  • Body scrubs
  • Facial treatments
  • Aromatherapy treatments
  • Hydrotherapy treatments
  • Hot stone massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Swedish massage
  • Sauna in spa
  • Spa tub in spa
  • Steam room in spa
  • Minimum age to access spa is 18
  • Massages


If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 2 children 12 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • No pets allowed


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

Government-issued photo identification and a 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.

  • 24-hour check-in
  • Cash Deposit Required


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Deposit: PAB 100 per stay

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

Hotel Names

  • Gamboa Rainforest
  • Gamboa Rainforest Resort
  • Gamboa Resort
  • Rainforest Resort
  • Rainforest Resort Gamboa
  • Resort Rainforest
  • Gamboa Rain Forest Resort
  • Gamboa Rainforest Hotel Gamboa

You should know

  • Reservations are needed for massage services and spa treatments. For reservations, contact the hotel before arrival using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Up to 2 children 12 years old and younger stay free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.