Best hotels and hostels in Coclé Province

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    Cabañas Potosí

    A very welcoming place and good for a peaceful sleep, American-owned Cabañas Potosí is situated about 1km southwest of the town center. The parklike grounds provide lovely views of the peaks that ring the valley, including La India Dormida. Four concrete cabins for three people each have two beds and a fridge; more expensive rooms have attached kitchen and TV. We love the multiple bird houses and feeders (10 at last count), the rancho roof made of recycled plastic bottles and the handcrafted Adirondack chairs on the front porch. Campers have level ground and a rushing stream nearby. To get here, follow Av Central west to Calle La Reforma and turn left. Cabañas Potosí is 800m to the southwest.

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    Park Eden

    A beautiful country retreat run by a North American–trained Panamanian designer and his Ecuadorian wife, this gorgeous property has two rooms and two suites, plus a two-story house with living room and kitchen. Decor is a bit Laura Ashley, with lots of powder blue, lace doilies and quilting, but the friendly couple and their gardens are simply a delight.

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    La Casa de Lourdes

    About the most luxurious place to stay in El Valle, this secluded and quiet villa counts just four rooms in total. Two of them sit above the hotel's much-acclaimed restaurant, while a larger pair occupy a cottage with a mini stone tower in the garden. The decor is country, with flower-print bedspreads and large carved-wood wardrobes. Bathrooms feature bathtubs.

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    Golden Frog Inn

    Attentive and relaxing, this deluxe Canadian-Panamanian–owned lodge with 11 very different rooms and suites is the perfect place to laze after a long day of play. Start with the swimming pool and migrate to the open-air living spaces and library. The expansive grounds include orchids and fruit trees; adjoining trails mean you can hike from right out the door. The three suites have their own kitchens, while the other guest rooms share a common one. Our favorites have always been suites 1 and 2 by the pool for their lovely terraces and hammocks, but we're now also more than partial to the three spanking new guest rooms above the library in the main building with their stunning views of the hills and surrounding countryside.

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    Los Mandarinos Boutique Spa & Hotel

    In El Valle’s lush countryside, this 70-room fortresslike property contained in four stone 'towers' is way too big to be boutique but it's sumptuous nevertheless. Winding walkways link imposing Spanish-style tile lodgings, which look slightly better at a distance. Large modern rooms are decked in finery, some with king-sized beds and stone baths. There are two pools; one is heated. Many deluxe rooms in buildings 3 and 4 have balconies; from the roof terrace you can view the peaks of Gaital and La India Dormida. The fountain-of-youth concept dominates the ritzy ‘anti-ageing’ spa, which offers sauna, steam, massage and treatments (including 'chocotherapy'). Guests are split between those making the health pilgrimage and well-heeled couples and families on vacation from Panama City.

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    Bodhi Hostel

    Looking a bit worn around the edges but still voted tops in Panama, this central hostel counts six private rooms with shared showers, and a massive, bright and airy dorm with 27 beds in triple-deck bunks. Dorms are curtained and have lockers; the artwork is by volunteers. The Buddha theme, bafflingly prevalent in Panama, is present here. The Shisha loft lounge above the lobby is full of books and is very cool, as is the 'tree' of Polaroids, which features everyone who's ever stayed at the hostel. Bicycle rentals are available for US$2/8/12 per hour/half day/full day.

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    Windmill Hostel

    A welcome addition, this American-run hostelry has 25 rooms in two buildings spread over a large grassy tract of land backed by a stream. Two dormitories have 12 beds each; the one with air-conditioning costs US$22.50. Larger doubles such as No 22 (US$88) include a separate kitchen, though there's a large common kitchen and outdoor barbecue area. Along with a pool and Jacuzzi (overlooked by a Buddha statue, of course), there's a large games room with ping-pong and pool tables, a laundry room (US$5 per load) and bikes to rent for US$10 a day.

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    Crater Valley Boutique Hotel

    Surrounded by beautifully tended gardens, Crater Valley's eight guest rooms are all different and executed with varying degrees of care. All feature stone floors, glass-brick showers and patios with hammocks. The honeymoon suite (US$230 to US$260) has a private garden and is a delight. You won't have to travel far to view wildlife: the fish and frog ponds are teeming. Prices fluctuate depending on the time of year, the day of the week and the size of the room, so it’s best to book ahead.

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    Hotel Valle Verde

    This spick-and-span property with lovely grounds and excellent valley views boasts 18 quite different (and somewhat dated) rooms with firm mattresses, leatherwork tables and spacious bathrooms. Amenities include a capacious terrace in the main building, a newly built swimming pool and a highly recommended Peruvian restaurant.

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    Residencial El Valle

    Visitors become loyalists, given the high level of service provided at this friendly motel-style lodging. The longstanding hotel has 17 clean and airy rooms and an enormous veranda with hammocks on the top floor overlooking Av Central with views to the hills. Room 4 has lovely wooden floors and two windows. Enter through the ground-floor shop.

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    Hotel Campestre

    Dating back to 1939, El Valle's oldest hotel features enormous grounds, forested walking paths, and a large and comfortable restaurant and bar. Its 20 large, tastefully decorated rooms include heavy wooden 'sleigh' beds and stone-faced bathrooms. The welcoming staff are keen to please, and day trips to the beach at Farallón are available.

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    Hotel Don Pepe

    Very central Don Pepe has 19 bright rooms (those on the top floor are best) with tiled baths, firm mattresses and craft touches. A sprawling open deck on the 3rd floor has hammocks and is great for siestas or stargazing. There's a large fridge and microwave, and on the ground floor you'll find a good Panamanian restaurant called Los Hermanos.

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    Anton Valley Hotel

    Popular with groups, this small, very central hotel packs in 16 renovated rooms that feature high-quality linens, orthopedic mattresses, minifridges, and original details such as cane beds and stonework. Some really are on the small side, and service can be a bit cavalier, considering the category. Don't get too excited about the pool – it's hardly Olympic-sized.

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    Hostal Orquídea

    How often do you get to spend the night in an orchid garden? This rather simple hostel, with two private rooms for up to four people and another two with between four and seven beds, is on the edge of the Aprovaca orchid garden and a stay overnight includes a free tour. Rooms have fans and there's a communal kitchen.

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    La Casa de Juan

    Now in a new location and run by the next generation of the same family, this scaled-down version of the legendary 'John's House' is aglow with street art, mini-mirrors and mosaics. There are two dorms with six and nine beds, five private rooms and space for camping.