Balboa Inn Bed & Breakfast - Panama

Calle Cruces 2311a Balboa, Panama City, Panama (Show map)


The Balboa Inn is conveniently located close to all the attractions and a 5-minute drive from the domestic airport Albrook (PAC) Quiet & green residential situated in the "Canal zone" area is very safe and within walking distance of the Amador Causeway and a short taxi ride to Casco Viejo. The Miraflores visitor center is about 15 mins with transport. We have 2 national parks close by Ancon Hill "cerro ancon" and Metropolitan park where you can enjoy a walk see a variation of birds and most occasions sloths and monkeys. All 9 rooms feature private bathrooms, large windows, air conditioning, Wifi, satellite TV, ceiling fans and room safes. We have a huge covered terrace + big garden. The Balboa Inn and your friendly English hosts will make your stay in Panama enjoyable and affordable.

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Innkeepers: Rosie & Simon



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  • Guest room3.9
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.1
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.0

We'll be back!!

4.8 on October 05, 2013

A group of eight spent over a week at the Inn and were thoroughly impressed with Bill and Mieke and the service extended to us. We loved the breakfast, had a comfortable bed, an air conditioned room, and a refreshing shower. The little craft store on the first floor was a better value than on the street. The hosts went out of their way to make us feel comfortable - just like we would have been at home.

Panama is a 'sleeper'

4.4 on December 10, 2011

The Balboa Inn met and served all our needs! My wife and I were really pleased with our choice of staying in the Balboa area. The morning walks were a highlight. Alcon hill is in your backyard! The B&B hosts were wonderful and aimed to please. Each day we planned out day excursions or just relaxed and enjoyed the property. We stayed 5 nights; giving us a great opportunity to get a feel for the city and the surrounding area. You will not be disappointed.

An Oasis of Calm

4.6 on March 07, 2011

Date of review: Feb 24, 2011 This inn is located in a beautiful residential neighborhood that is near many of the best attractions in Panama City (the locks, Casco Viejo, Ancon Hill and others). Formerly part of a U.S. military housing complex, the neighborhood also benefits from a reliable water and sanitation system infrastructure that is lacking in many other areas of Panama City. Mornings begin with delicious fruits and breakfast cooked to order -- all complimentary -- and a host of exotic birds and animals (including the endangered agouti) darting through the lush backyard vegetation. Thor, the host and owner of Balboa Inn, is very thorough and efficient in maintaining high standards of maintenance and operation. His excellent staff (including the wonderful Melany and the personable housekeepers) are exceptionally attentive and go out of their way to help all of the guests with daily plans and arrangements. We will definitely return to Balboa Inn if ever we visit Panama City in the future.

A charming and quaint B&B

3.6 on November 19, 2010

This is a very quaint and easily accessable inn, so very close to many interesting and unique areas one would want to visit in Panama City. The staff is very knowledgeable about the area and most helpful with the trips and services that are offered locally. It made our stay in Panama City so very enjoyable and we look forward to our return.

Great value, excellent location

4.0 on December 16, 2009

This Dutch/American managed inn is a true gem. The friendliness and helpfullness of the staff (Gina & Thorwald), the beautiful and convenient location, the excellent breakfast, the cleanliness truly make the Balboa Inn our home in Panama.

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4.4 on January 30, 2009

We stayed 3 days at Balboa inn at the beginning of our 2 week stay in Panama. We had read great things on Trip Advisor and were not disappointed. Thorwald & Gina are great people and were really, really helpful in answering any questions we had about getting around in Panama City and nearby attractions. The were especially helpful in sorting out hotel stays and flight arrangements to Kuna Yala (San Blas) Our room was small but comfortable and kept spotlessly clean. The breakfast bufffet was extensive and with different daily specials each day. We never enjoyed such a quality breakfast during the rest of our stay in Panama! The neighborhood is very nice and safe with lots of trees and birds. One day we saw a group of five toucans. We felt at home straight away and that feeling stayed the same throughout our stay. Thanks for helping to make our time in Panama so memorable!

Very nice relaxing place to stay

4.0 on January 28, 2009

I stayed at the Balboa in on my arrival to Panama. I had never been to Panama and as I am traveling by myself, it was comforting for me to find the driver from Balboa waiting to greet me. It was even more comforting after two days of travel to find such a nice clean place with my room being perfect. Wireless did not work in my room, but that was no problem. The next morning following a wonderful breakfast I sat out on the covered lanai and let my family know via e-mail I had arrived in Panama with no problems. Wireless worked perfectly out there.and sitting there listening to the birds was a beautiful setting. The next day Gina gave me instructions on a nice walk along the seawall. Very nice walk with wonderful directions. I then returned to Balboa where their driver took me to Albrook to catch a flight to Bocas del Toro. My stay could not have been nicer nor could the people there. I felt very welcome and right at home. I have recommended the Balboa to my son and his friends. They spent a night there and loved it. Another friend of mine will spend a night with them in a week so I've already recommended them to others and will continue to do so. I already have reservations to spend the night there again on my way back home. It will be a great way to say goodbye to Panama.

'A Treasure'

4.6 on September 21, 2008

Balboa Inn Bed & Breakfast Aug 2008 On a recent trip to Panama City Panama we stayed at our first bed and breakfast-‘The Balboa Inn’. What a treasure! While they had opened in June and were still in the remodeling stage, the rooms were very clean…..white sox walk on the floor clean. The location we liked because it was quiet. It is near the Panama Canal Administration area in a very nice residential neighborhood. While it is away from downtown, it is centrally located if you wish to visit the beaches. Image eating a nice buffet breakfast on the covered terrace. Now add listening to and watching the tropical birds. Itspoiled us. Saskia and Thorwald , your hosts, along with their staff, literally do their utmost to make your stay not only pleasant, but memorable. And the cost is very reasonable. The best way to judge any establishment is would you recommend this to others and would you come back. The answer is quite simply-Yes…yes!

Friendly helpful staff, clean airy rooms

4.2 on September 11, 2008

Enjoyed the area, close to main roads but secluded. The staff was friendly and helpful. The breakfast was good and always on time. Rooms were clean and substantial.

The Balboa Inn is a winner

4.0 on July 31, 2008

We stayed just 3 nights at the Balboa Inn but we can see Saskia & Thorwald have a winner here. The location, the big outside terrace surrounded by a beautiful garden, the Tucans and other wildlife and above all the outstanding service make it a no-brainer for us where we'll stay during our next visit to Panama.

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Rooms & Rates


Comfortable room with private bathroom, lots of natural light, ceiling fan & air conditioning, wireless Internet access, TV/Satallite and room safe, 1 queen bed ONLY Includes American breakfast

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $80 - $80


Comfortable room with private bathroom, lots of natural light, ceiling fan & air conditioning, wireless Internet access, room safe and TV/satallite. Queen + twin bed. If you need room with 2 separate beds, this is the one. Rates include American breakfast

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $85 - $85


Comfortable room with private bathroom, garden view, ceiling fan & air conditioning, wireless Internet access, TV/DVD and room safe. Equipped with 2 twin beds & one bunk bed. Includes American breakfast Great for families for groups of friends. Two twins can be combined into a king bed.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 4 Twin

Nightly Rate: $90 - $90

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3 miles

Directions to property:

We are in Balboa. Enter the street at the "Instituto Marino Mercante", continue straight, passing 5 speepbumbs. 30 Yards after the 5th, we're on your right hand side.

Area Attractions

Beach, Eco-tourism, Historical interests, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Panama Canal locks, Embara Indian village, Gatun lake fishing

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Inn Details

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Copier, Hairdryer, Radio, Secretarial services, Telephone, Washer/dryer , room safe

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Desk, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

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  • Check In:: 3 p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only We have 2 outside terraces; one is for smokers
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided Outside only
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: Limited On request
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: First two nights
  • Cancellations: see our website
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Rosie & Simon

Languages spoken

English, English, Spanish

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

We are a couple from England, Rosie from Newcastle and Simon from London. Two years ago we arrived and managed a small beach Hotel near Santa Catalina . In March 2015 we made another move, this time to Panama City and The Balboa Inn. The Inn is very quiet and most of our guests treat it as a home away from home. It is in a very convenient location for access to the bridge of the Americas and close to the city and the attractions of that there is so much to do and learn here.

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  • Time Served: 7am - 9am
  • Serving Location: covered terrace, Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Vegetarian popular restaurant, 5-minute walk away

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