Gran Hotel Nacional

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

1 Calle Central, David, Panama, 0426-00037, PA
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83%

Satisfaction Very Good
Excellent
25%
17
Very Good
44%
30
Average
14%
10
Poor
5%
4
Terrible
10%
7

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Good For Couples
  • Families75
  • Couples75
  • Solo71
  • Business65

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Parque Cervantes, downtown David.Parque Cervantes, downtown David.

Two tower church, downtown David.Two tower church, downtown David.

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Info on Things to Do & See in David

by travelite11

We are traveling to David soon by bus and would like to know:
1 - Are taxis available at the bus station? at 10-10:30 PM?
2 - How expensive are rental cars?
3 - How is driving in David?
4 - What sites should we be sure to see in and around David?
5 - Where and what are the best restaurants in the area?
6 - Habla solo Espanol or um poco de Ingles?
We are rookies to Panama and need a little guidance but we are traveled and security minded. Any insight is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Travelite11

Re: Info on Things to Do & See in David

by walterkawano

taxis available at the bus station at 10-10:30 PM
Depending on the model: from USD$42 per day for subcompact models.
Driving in David should be safer than London, Miami or New York.
In the Chiriqui Province: Short tour at Barrio Bolivar (David's Old Quarters)Boquete, La Barqueta, Hot springs in Caldera....
Restaurants: Cuatro, El Fogon, Tambu Country, Pirates, Mostro Bistro, Restaurant at Hotel Gran Nacional... Restaurant at Hotel 'Ciudad de David', All in David City... Easy to find with a taxi driver....
Habla un poco ingles...
www.bocaswaterfrontrentals.com
www.bocasparadise.com

Re: Info on Things to Do & See in David

by travelite11

Thanks Walterkawano, this should be very helpful as it will all be 'greek' to let me! We were hoping to avoid the 4 hour wait at the bus station on our exit, but it seems they won't allow a continuation into Panama Cty once you get off in David for a few days; So we will bite the bullet this time and next time, I think we will have to spend the money and fly!

Appreciate your responses,
Travelite11

Travel Tips for David

Sunday hours

by vtdanny

Stores and restaurants open on Sundays , generally. However, most of them that open on that day operate on shorter hours.

Stores close at 5 PM mostly Sunday.We were shocked to find the bar at Hotel Iris closed for almost the whole Sunday, even a restaurant at one other hotel closed totally that day.

Plan ahead.

Internet cafe

by vtdanny

There is a bunch of internet cafe located in the area close to Hotel Puerto del sol. Usually 75 cents per hour, fast high speed connections unlike those in Costa Rica . All with AC.

Puerto Del Sol, where we spent a few nights, has its own freebee WIFI for it's guest. Free one hour per room per day.

Gran Hotel Nacional, where we also spent some time there, has it's WIFI available in the lobby, as well as it's own business centre.

Indian population

by kyoub

Several dozen Indian tribes lived in the region when the Spaniards' arrived, but only seven of these still exist today.
There is the Kuna, the Ngobe-Bbugle' (Guaymis), the Embera, the Wounaan, the Bokata, the Bribri, and the Teribe (Naso).
Some live in dwellings like in the picture, some live on a reservation. Some are farmers and others live on the sea.

The beach

by kyoub

Playa Las Lajas is 62 km from David. It is one of several palm-lined beaches along this area of the Pacific coast.
It makes a great outing for the day but there isn't much in the way of lodging nearby.
If you go during the week, you will probably have it all to yourself. We saw one lone surfer.

COFFEE

by jlpretty

WE FINALLY FOUND OUR WAY TO THE BEST COFFE FACTORY IN PANAMA. IT IS ON THE JANSON COFFEE RANCH. A BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF PROPERTY. NEXT TO THE AIRPORT...WHICH IS NOTHING EXCEPT A LANDING STRIP.
LOOK FOR IT, IT IS WELL WORTH THE TRIP.

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Address: 1 Calle Central, David, Panama, 0426-00037, PA