- Reviews: 4212
Doubletree by Hilton: Newer hotel in the Cangrejo area
I booked the Doubletree after seeing quite a few good reviews on Trip Advisor and the price couldn't be beat, $119+ 7% tax on booking.com. From reading the reviews it seems like this hotel was remodeled in November 2011, I'm not sure what it used to be but I don't think it was a Doubletree. On check in they hand you a warm chocolate chip cookie, check in was smooth and our room was ready.
The hotel does have a pool on the roof, but it's very small with no shaded areas. There's also a whirlpool and nearby there's an exercise room with some treadmills, elliptical machines and free weights.
I liked the location of the hotel, it was close to many restaurants including Tinajas and a few blocks from a Rey supermarket, walking distance to the restaurants along Via Argentina like El Trapiche. It's across the street from El Carmen church, the bells start at 6am and are a little loud, we were on the church side so maybe the non church side is a little quieter. There's construction going on nearby for the new metro line, it made it a little less convenient to walk around but I didn't hear noise from it in our room
We were in room 225 on the 2nd floor on the church side of the hotel. The room was large and nicely decorated, the bed comfortable. There's a work desk, flat screen TV with a handful of channels including HBO and a small refrigerator/mini bar. There's an in room safe and ironing board in the closet.
The bathroom had a shower, plenty of hot water and good water pressure. Toiletries included soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion plus they had a sign stating that they could provide anything you had forgotten. Portable hair dryer in the bathroom.
Wifi was free in the room which is always a plus and usually an extra charge at most business hotels.
My only real complaint about the hotel is that the staff doesn't seem to be well trained yet, perhaps because it's a newer hotel. The room wasn't always restocked properly, they never seemed to be able to tell us where anything was, couldn't locate the hotel on a map, couldn't tell us where to find postage stamps, weren't quite sure how to check us out. We finally got frustrated and headed to the Marriott and asked their concierege when we couldn't get ours to answer any questions and the nearby Crowne Plaza helped us with our postage issues.
There is a tour desk in the hotel but the trip we booked with them ended up just being a driver and not a guide and there were additional costs that we weren't advised of.
- Reviews: 1
Casa Areka: Casa Areka, relaxing hostel in Panama City
I loved this chill, relaxed hostel in Punta Pacifica. It has free wifi, and since the owners are just starting out, even though you pay hostel rates, you often get the room to yourself, which is nice! Cleanliness is really important to me - and this hostel is spotless! I felt just like a friend had given me a room to stay for the night, which coming from a long bacpacking trip, is an amazing relief. The owner, Waldy, is super nice, and goes out of his way to make you feel welcome. He even let me use his cell phone charger, because I had forgotten mine.
I have been to a lot of other hostels in Panama because I come to the city frequently for work, and this is by far the most comfortable and relaxing - I definitely recommend it for the business traveler, and for backpackers ready to recharge for the next segment of their journey.
-hot water (most of the time)
- actual comfy beds, not the hostel dorm cheap type
- really easy to get to, near the Super 99 in Punta Pacifica, so you can just say to the taxi driver, Super 99 in Punta Pacifica, and walk around the corner
- Reviews: 1
canal house: sweet, intimate hotel
This is a romantic kind of place. They went out of their way to make us feel comfortable in Panama City, even to the point of walking us to restaurants when we went out. We enjoyed the hotel and the old quarter.
Great location. Very stylish and comfortable living room. Old world charm throughout.
- Reviews: 169
Building Cangrejo 507: Apartment Rental
High rise apartment building with rooftop pool (no chairs) in good, safe and central city location. Two bedroom, 3 bath, washer/dryer, brand new construction (Sept. 2008) and spotless. Local contact will pick you up at the airport for $30. Enrique will help out at the drop of a hat. Anything you need. We had trouble with the Wi Fi and he drove over to help us. Check in is 3 p.m. and check out is 1 p.m.
Luis Gonzalez Nelson is the leasing agent based out of Silver Springs, MD.
You must go through the www.vrbo.com website listed below.
- Reviews: 4
Canal Inn: Good Location - Pleasant Place
We stayed here in a large bedroom (3 beds) plus a one bedroom. It's nicely furnished, clean, and comes with a great breakfast (eggs, Panamanian tortilla, juice). The location is good: half way between Casco Viejo (San Felipe) and the Panama Canal.
Franz, the owner, is very friendly and most helpful. The hotel has a small swimming pool and lush landscaping.
- Reviews: 1
La Estancia: Awesome Customer Service
The owner is directly involved in the hotel and takes great pride in making things right. I work in the travel industry and have never seen such good customer service. Throughout our stay the staff was going out of their way to take care of us.
Despite their best effort they screwed up. However the way they handled it was incredible. We had scheduled transportation to the airport through for 5:00 AM through them. The transportation never showed up and we missed our flight for that day. I made reservations for a more expensive hotel near the airport for that day with plans to leave the next day. When the owner got in that morning he was deeply sorry. He said he would pay for our next nights stay at another hotel and pay for our transportation there. He said this is the first time this has happened.
What I really admired was that he took the blame for this. He could have blamed it on the transportation company but instead he took responsiblity. He fetl very bad about the situation and wanted to make it right.
I would not let this mistake deter you from staying there. Things can go wrong at any hotel and I do not feel this mistake was the norm.
The location is much nicer than downtown. Lots of trees and a view off the hillside. You do have to call a taxi to get anywhere but it is better than being downtown which is crowded and noisy.
- Reviews: 1009
Residencial Turistico Volcan-low budget
Residencial Turistico Volcan is a low budget hotel, one of many on the same street. These cheap hotels are usually booked up but you can find a room as they are so many in the same place. Rooms are clean and well kept with private bathrooms, fans or aircon and cable TV. Rooms upstairs are brighter and more quiet.. You can also use the swimming pool of next door Covadonga hotel.
Prices are 12$ for 1 person to 20$ for 2
- Reviews: 1009
Residencial El Paraiso-low budget
This a low budget hotel but it is clean with spacious rooms, private bathrooms and hot water. There is cable TV and airconditioning. Ask for a room on the 3rd floor because they are very quiet. On the ground floor rooms are noisy as the hotel works by the hour, too, and it is really busy...There is a private parking and the location is good as it is near an internet and telephone center, a big super market, and many banks.
Rooms cost 20$ for 2 persons.
- Reviews: 2
Casa Las Americas: Great place to stay in Panama City
We were in Panama City for a week earlier this month, and had a fabulous experience at Casa Las Americas. The furnishings are all brand new and we really enjoyed the room we stayed in, the Orchid room. The service was excellent -- Lina was very friendly and knowledgeable about the city and gave us some really good recommendations for restaurants (the delicious $12 steak at Jimmy's was our favorite). The breakfasts were actual meals and she even prepared a couple of lunches for us, too. And in an area where hotels can be very expensive, the price was really good with an average at $70/night. We really felt at home here. We found it at www.casalasamericas.com. Highly recommended!
The service was really personalized. It was definitely family friendly.
- Reviews: 2
Casa Las Americas: Great Bed and Breakfast in Panama City
Hi..I tried to write a review of a great little Bed and Breakfast I stayed at.but I dpon't know if it took..anyway.its new and very nice with 3 large bedrooms... Not on Ave Balboa but it's off Via Veneto..very close to the casino resorts and restaurants and shopping..anyway, the host Lina was great and made me feel very at home..the rates are low for Panama..the prices there have doubled over last few years..the furnishings are very new ..anyway, I loved it and will go back..www.casalasamericas.com
Great personal service and very good location..close to everything ofr the business traveler or tourist. Very knowledgeable and helpful host and great breakfasts.
- Reviews: 9
no problem. my pleasure to help you out. also if you need a taxi driver to transport or help in reservations here in panama let me know i could help out. also i would suggest to make a call at the hotels before you travel to these places so you could check and see if they have availabilty.
- Reviews: 9
where to stay expensive to inexpensive hotels
what tip of hotel you looking for? fancy expensive or an inexpencive hotel.
here are the list of the expencive hotels which you can look up online InterContinental Miramar
Ceasar Park,Riande Continental,Marriott,The Executive,Plaza Paitilla Inn,Crowne Plaza,El Panama.
inexpencive hotels. Hotel via españa,hotel Roma,bella vista,. there are more but ill have to remember if you want more info contact me
- Reviews: 195
Apartment in Bella vistal area of Panama city.: Apartment Bella Vista area
this is the apartment I rented for a week in the Bella Vista area of Panama city.
It is on the 14th floor it has 2 beds and 2 full bathrooms with sink,shower and toliet and a maids bathroom,electric stove,microwave,fridge freezer and washer and dryer and ironing board and a small safe bolted to floor. also a computer with wireless internet that worked fast.
Its on the top floor of the 14th floor. 24 hour securty guard at entrance. Great view of the city from the large windows.
I wished it had a hot tub or a bathtub with water jets in it.
- Reviews: 338
La Estancia: La Estancia B&B, Jungle in the City
We stayed at La Estancia in April of 2006 for two nights upon arrival in Panama City and again for two nights in May upon our return from the Chiriqui highlands, before flying home. We paid about $55/night which included breakfast for a room on the upper floor with a balcony and view of the Bridge of the Americas. Room was small, very clean, furnishings relatively new, with A/C. No TV is available. We had an unshared bath but it was across the hall from our room. Some rooms have bath attached. Breakfast was buffet style and included hot entrees cooked to order. We both enjoyed it. Staff was friendly and most helpful. The owners, Tammy and Gustavo are quite personable and interesting to chat with also. Free high speed Internet is available, however there is only one PC. There is a fairly large library in one of the numerous sitting rooms. Very quiet and peaceful setting, it's hard to believe your actually in such a large city as Panama City. We found La Estancia to be a very low key, pleasant experience.
This B&B is a remodeled military building from the days of the US control over the Panama Canal Zone. Cerro Anconl is presently a nature preserve and there is pleasant hiking up to the top (about 25 minutes) with numerous small animal and bird sightings possible along the way. At the top is a magnificent 360 degree view of the city including Casco Viejo, the Causway, and the canal. We particularly enjoyed watching the wild monkeys and birds in the trees next to the dining balcony at breakfast time. Bananas are hung out on nearby trees by the staff each morning for the monkeys to enjoy.
If you wish to be in 'the thick of it' in the city, then La Estancia is not for you. If you would rather be away from the crowds and noise, in a wooded jungle setting and yet only a 10 minute ride from many of the citys main attractions, including Casco Viejo, the Causeway and Albrook Mall, then this may be the ideal spot.
- Reviews: 9
El Ejecutivo: Clean and functional
Great location in Cangrejo, close to nightclubs on calle Uraguay and walking distance to the Via Veneto Casino.
The rooms are a bit dated (much like a college dorm room), but clean and functional. The staff is wonderful and is very attentive to every need.
The in room internet costs $6 per day, and you must be able to log into their site from your browser before logging on to the net. Unfortunately, my business computer requires net access first before logging in. Thus, I couldn't access. There is wireless in the lobby, no password page required.
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