Boquete is a small mountain town in Panama’s western highlands. It’s surrounded by forests, mountains and rivers, and is one of the best places to experience nature in Panama. Travelers can hike in the Barú Volcano National Park or go rafting along the Río Chiriquí. There are several places for bird watching and even a zip-lining course (still a novelty in Panama). There are also coffee plantations and exotic gardens to visit.
Hotel Valle del Río is a short five-minute walk from the center of Boquete. This is the perfect distance, as it allows you to be both removed from the city and still access its services. The hotel’s property is lovely and green. There are lush, flowering gardens and a small river that runs along the backside of the hotel. It’s a nice place to sip coffee or read outdoors.
The hotel has single and double rooms, as well as one suite. The rooms have wooden floors and comfy, warm beds (remember, this is the highlands and it can get chilly at night). The spacious bathrooms are equipped with hot water showers, soft towels and bath amenities. Sliding glass doors open onto balconies that look over the river, forest and mountains. All rooms also come equipped with a cable TV, coffee maker, mini-fridge, in-room safe, iPod dock, and wireless Internet.
The three-bedroom suite is perfect for families or groups of friends. The master bedroom has a king-size bed and private bathroom. The second room has a king-size bed and the third room has two bunk beds and a shared bathroom. In total, the suite can sleep up to eight people. The suite is also is equipped with a living room, dining room, laundry room, balcony, and full kitchen.
The hotel’s restaurant specializes in Italian food. The menu includes a solid selection of meat, fish, pasta, pizza, seafood, and salad. There is also a wine bar that serves both alcoholic beverages and light dishes.
Hotel Valle del Río has a gym with basic exercise equipment, including a treadmill, elliptical machine, rowing machine, and weight machines. There is a small casino stocked with all sorts of fun games and a meeting room that guests can book for seminars, meetings, or other special events. It can seat up to 30 people.