Las Vegas Hotel is situated in good neighborhood and offers reasonable prices with true comfort and an friendly ambience. The prices are not rock bottom and I paid $77 a night for a large single with private bath. The rooms also come with a small refrigerator and a small kitchen sink. The Las Vegas Staff was friendly and also spoke good English. There is a modestly priced restaurant in the hotel, Caffe Pomodoro that serves many Italian pasta dishes. The hotel also has a Gym room with exercise machines and a Business Center for internet etc. Wifi access is available in the lobby and in all rooms. Just a short stop outside the hotel is the Veneto Casino. Across from the casino are internet cafes and Telephone Centers where you can make calls all over the world for low prices. Here also you will find the well known restaurant "Cafeteria Manolo".
We stayed three days in this wonderful place, owned by a Dutch lady who speaks about
5 languages and goes out of her way to please her guests. We really felt at home as the
service was great,also thanks to Arnoldo and Roger.
Reading some comments I do not understand why people said it is an isolated place.
The taxis are at the end of the street and the main road two streets below.
We walked to the top of Ancon Hill and passed La Estancia bed and breakfast. Now that facility is way up the hill and there you really depend on taxis. But not DP.
We walked to the Casco Viejo and took the bus to the Miraflores lock for 25 and 35 cents. It was fun to discover and see that a lot of things are not so organized in this country.
We would recommend Dos Palmitos to everybody and will certainly stay there again.
Dos Palmitos has excellent service. Wonderful beds and rooms decorated with taste. There are photos of the beginning of the 20th century (opening of the Canal) on the walls, nicely framed and the rooms are decorated with posters of around the same time. It is all a mixture of colonial memorabilia and modern confort. There is a guest living room with a computer and wifi. The atmosphere in the guesthouse is very laid back and the owner gives everybody a key so that they can come and go as they please. There were even fine wine glasses to use
in case we brought a bottle with us. The kitchen was for guest use only.
Price wise this place was also very reasonable compared to what we experienced down town.
We paid 90dlrs in a place that was not clean and the breakfast so so. Dos Palmitos breakfast was plentyfull and exquisitely served. The owner even got up at 4 in the morning to prepare a breakfast to go and make sure the taxi would indeed come to pick us up.
For two nights, Perla Real was the go to place for Isla Contadora. The room was well air conditioned with a comfortable bed and good shower. You can rent a golf cart to get around the island from the owner. I suggest it highly. The island is only 1.2 square miles, but it is a roller coaster of an island and it will wear you out walking in the hot sun. The breakfast is provided by a staff member and it is extra on the total for the stay ($5.50 per person).
Bill the owner could not have been nicer. He's very funny, and very accomodating. His hospitatility even made our stay much more pleasant. Just ask him if the little jelly fish are biting.
Here is my opinion of Isla Contadora. It's not for me. It really does have nice beaches in some spots, but it is a fairly boring place, with roads that need paving. Their are no bikes to rent...because the owners of the hotels want you to rent the more expensive motorized vehicles. Not too many choices for places to eat either. I will recommend two, so you can read it under restaurants. So, if you must one night will be plenty enough. If you do more than one night, I suggest taking a charted boat (40 to 50 dollars) to Casaya or Casayetta Island (1 hour boat ride) and see if you can buy some of the pearls that the natives harvest.
This restored building is in an attractive location, close to everything in Casco Veijo. The rooms are not the most spacious, but they are charming, clean, and the shower works really well.
Near the presidential palace, Casa Sucre is wonderfully situated to great restaurants and bars, and even more interesting architecture. Casco Veijo is the mini Old San Juan and Habana of central america. Go before it changes too much.
The most wonderful place on earth, or at least competing to be.
The Kuna Yala are native ameri-indians that have a fierce independant nature, shrewd business skills and so much to teach and be intrigued by. The have inhabited Colombia and Panama for centuries.
Hotel Veracruz is a 2 star hotel in the centre of Panama City. It was a good medium range hotel for some years ago, but it has deteriorated lately. I was satisfied with the service when I was there, but many people complain on Internet about unfriendly and uncaring reception staff.
Well, for US$8, you get a small quadrant with a nice sized bed and a fan. The door has a lock that can be opened by key and a bolt lock that does not align with the door frame, so, you need to pinch your bed against the door to sleep with security. Water runs out in the early morning but there is nothing wrong with an old ice cream scoop bucket wash with water, actually feels great. Get out of there, head down to Yaviza for US$20 in taxi and go where the Pan-American highway ends in Panama. Great little town, don't mind the stares. Enjoy...
We flew into Bocas Del Toro early in the morning, arriving around 9:00am. On arrival to Bahia Del Sol we met the owner, Jack. Immediately Jack made us feel like we were home. He pointed us to a good restaurant in town for breakfast and told us our room would be ready when we returned. Which it was. The house is beautiful, located right on the water with a boat deck on the back, where you can view the most spectacular sunsets on Bocas. Jack's employee "Roberto" was a delight. Roberto a native Indian provide us a insight into the Indian culture of Panama. He would assist in any matter, no matter how small it was. He was also a wealth of information about the island and where the locals went to decompress and eat.
You have the house pretty much to yourself. After breakfast Jack is out and about in town conducting business so you and the guest have the house to yourself. The house is set up in such a way that you end up hanging out with other guest.
The Hotel Don Pepe has a good central location and is good value at $25 for a spacious double room. The hotel occupies the second and third floors of an attractive Swiss chalet-style building, with a restaurant and handicrafts store below.
The one thing I didn't like was that they kept young Toucans in cages in the back yard and they looked very unhappy. There is a also a Golden Tree Frog in a small fish tank, which didn't look too healthy, so it may be gone when you go there.
Hostal Boquete is a simple hostel, with basic, clean rooms. It is a Swiss chalet style building overlooking the Rio Caldera. What makes it special is the friendliness of the staff including the owner Richard, who hails from Philadelphia. He makes you feel like a family guest. He will cook barbecues for you in the evening to which you can bring your own drink, and there is a real party atmosphere. There is always free fresh coffee brewing in the lobby.
You can relax on the back porch, in a hammock, with a view of the river and mountains.
This brightly painted hostel is very well organised and is warm and pleasant! It is located in a modern and safe neighbourhood. It has very clean rooms with good mattresses. In the living there is fast Internet, cable TV and DVDs. Free coffee and tea and the use of the kitchen. The patio is the meeting place for the travellers and occasional parties... Book exchange and board games. Lockers and tourist information.
Laundry service, luggage store, Spanish lessons and no curfew! It has 24 hour service.
It offers a lot and it's my ...favourite colour!!!
Dorms cost 7,70$ and private rooms start at 20$. Get into the site to see everything.
It is better to refer to it as 'La Casa Morada' (in Spanish) when you are asking locals for directions. Buses for a lot of destinations pass just by the house. If you come by bus from Cost Rica don't go to the terminal; tell the driver to stop at the station 'Universidad Technologica', at the 'Camara de Comercio' which is the Chamber of Commerce. It is 3 blocks from the bus stop. It is also 20 minute walk from the bus terminal.
Hotel & Restaurant Boca Brava or locally called 'Frank's' is the cheapest hotel complex on the island. It is built on a raised tip of the land offering great views to the surrounding small islands . Having the shape of a ship it gives you the illusion of continuous traveling in the calm waters of the gulf. Moonlit nights are of special charm especially if you go up the central 'mast' which is actually a platform in the front part of the restaurant. We used to end up there with friends under the silvering light of the night sky engaged in endless high spirited conversations. Inevitable in such a wonderful scenery! The rooms are built on both sides of the 'ship' giving great views among the tall trees. The cheap rooms with shared bathrooms are as low as 10$ and have romantic balconies where you could spend your whole day with no complaint, if there was not so much more to do. The disadvantages are that having no other shops on the island you are at the mercy of the hotel owner, though the restaurant is not expensive and the food is quite good. And the nearest beaches are a half hour walk from the hotel though the path leading to them is through a wonderful journey in the jungle. Of course you have to go early in the morning or later in the afternoon because the heat is unbearable even in the shady parts of the path.
However being confined in the place you have the chance to make new friends as people get more sociable. I was very lucky to meet beautiful people and share unforgettable moments with my new friends. I thank them for their friendship and their open heart and I will keep them in my heart even if we never meet again. I spent 6 days there and didn't get bored for one single moment.
Our favorite dish was meat cannelloni, a superb rich and delicious plate. Our favourite moment was going up on the high 'mast' and exchange personal stories. And our favorite relax time was sitting on our balconies indulging in the beauty of nature.
The worst dish was the fish dishes; the fish always tasted old and tasteless. And my worst moment was when I got lost in the jungle in a boiling midday stroll, when I had to give up my ambition to 'explore ' the island. I never imagined it was so big for my little feet....
The hotel is usually quiet if you stay in the rooms away from the restaurant, except on the days when a party has been arranged. Local groups come and play until very late and it is mercilessly loud. The owner, Frank, has already retired and is selling the hotel with the surrounding land so his presence there is only 'decorative'.
The rooms are spacious and pleasant with good views but not especially clean. Neither are the common bathrooms for the cheap rooms. The expensive rooms are cleaned more often.
Anyway the place is good and it is worthy of a short stay. Don't come without your repellent! There are mosquitoes and very ferocious small flies called 'chitras' by locals...
There are facilities for washing your clothes.
Room prices are 10$-30$ for one person, 15$-50$ for two, depending on the room. If you stay for more than 6 days they give you the seventh free. But I think nobody can stay more, anyway....
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This is a small place in Quarry Heights, a housing area, on Ancon Hill. The road winds steeply up the hill and near the top it borders a protected area of jungle. At first we were not too impressed. The decor is plain, you could say austere. No television (not to say that is a priority) and it was necessary to hire a taxi to get to a restuarant. But it was clean, the beds were comfy and the continental breakfast included eggs and meats to order. And the all important internet access was free.The big plus was that it was half as much as hotels in town and it offered a quiet place to rest. One huge extra was the balconies where you could eat breakfast and watch the wildlife. We had a family of campuchin monkeys eating their breakfast within 10 feet of us. Many beautiful birds including toucans and a host of colorful plants. The staff was friendly and accomodating. And it was possible to arrange many tours and transportation to and from the airport.
The jungle was literally across the street. You could take a ten minute walk and you were in the midst of huge trees and thick forest.
This hotel was a great value at $139 per night including a full breakfast buffet each morning. The king size room was large with a chair and a desk with internet access. The hotel it very new. It is located adjacent to one of the largest shopping malls we have ever seen. This is saying somehing since we live in the same city as the Mall of America. Other similar hotels were over $200. If you are in Panama City, we recommend the Courtyard. June 2008
Classic old hotel that was fabulous when first built but it has definitely seen better days. Service staff was slow but friendly and the hotel interior (except the rooms) was gorgeous as was the view of the sea.
Not many other options in the area; so it was acceptable for a night.
Cool building, great views, half-assed swimming pool
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