Our Bed & Breakfast

The Balboa Inn offers nine nicely furnished rooms. All rooms have a private bathroom with a great shower and quality European faucets, all kept spotless by our dedicated staff. The rooms also offer plenty of natural light, good ventilation, a quiet split air conditioning, ceiling fans, (wireless) Internet access, room safes and comfortable beds, not to mention a TV with DVD and SkyTV satellite service.

Adding a special and distinct touch, a local Panamanian artist has decorated each room with beautiful murals.  Comfortable beds and mattresses imported from Europe assure a good night’s sleep.

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Breakfast is served on a garden surrounded terrace. Instead of traffic you will hear the sounds of birds, maybe see some ‘neques’ (Agouti’s) and on occasion a family of toucans as there are in the trees everywhere. This area is our most popular spot both in the morning as well as the afternoon.  Guests have frequenty told us they saw more birds at the Balboa Inn then anywhere else during their trip in Panama.

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A common area has a TV, a small library and seating area.

We have 3 double rooms (1 queen bed), 5 triple rooms (queen + twin bed) and a quadruple room (4 twins).  For our European readers: a twin fits one person.

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Of course, a good Bed & Breakfast is nothing without a great staff to provide you an excellent experience.  You will find the multi-lingual, multi-national team at the Balboa Inn friendly, helpful and ready to assist you with anything you need to have an enjoyable and smooth stay, assure a great breakfast and very clean rooms.

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Update: July 2011:

New managers at the Balboa Inn
Saskia Swartz, a former KLM flight attendant and her husband Thorwald Westmaas started the Balboa Inn in 2008 to address the need for affordable yet quality accommodation in the Panama Canal area managed by friendly and helpful staff. Having worked for this fine Dutch airline for over 11 years, Mrs. Swartz knows what good service ‘looks like’ and is uniquely qualified to manage a hospitality business.

But, affter 6 years in Panama and 3 years of building a great B&B, Saskia and her husband and co-owner Thorwald Westmaas decided to return to the Netherlands to give their 3 kids (9, 9 and 11 years) access to better education and a more European upbringing.

Of course, they could not have left without finding new owners for the Balboa Inn who would continue the tradition of providing great service and care.   Luckily they did with Mieke Zevenhuizen and Bill Hamilton. Here they present themselves.

Innkeepers Mieke & Bill Hamilton,  a Dutch/British expat couple that moved from Spain to Panama


We have both lived in Spain for 30+ years. Bill is British and was working within the legal profession in the U.K. He later moved to Spain and was part owner in a restaurant for 4 years. Later worked for a large Spanish supermarket group responsible for the marketing and purchasing imported products from the U.K., Holland and Germany. Eventually I opened an office to assist ex-pats and covered a wide spectrum, from conveyancing, residencies, litigation, licenses etc.,

Mieke is Dutch and has a wide experience in administration, customer service and marketing, coupled with multilingual talents. Dutch, English, Spanish and German, a little French too. Also she has restaurant experience.

We actually both met in Spain and have family in Spain, Holland, U.K. and America.

Both of us enjoy travelling, we visited Panama and well, fell in love with it! Of course we stayed at the Balboa Inn where we met Thorwald and Saskia, the owners. We kept in touch regularly and early in 2011 were asked if we would be interested to come over and take over the running of the Inn for them. We had closed our office by then and had our house in Spain on the market, so here we are!

We have enjoyed meeting the guests from all countries, many of whom have become friends and we maintain regular contact with them. The Inn is very quiet and most of our guests treat it as a home from home. Very convenient for access to the bridge of the Americas and close to the city and the attractions of the old quarter etc., There is a wide variety of birds in the garden which all of our guests find fascinating.

We enjoy what we are doing we hope that this reflects on the personal attention that we give to everyone who stays here. We are available to assist at most times of the day particularly at breakfast in the mornings and will provide information and help with tours and recommended restaurants. We will arrange transportation and bookings also.

As at the time of writing we have been here a short time and adjusting well. We can assure everyone that our prime concern is looking after them and we look forward to your visit.