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Canal Inn

Calle Ernesto J. Castillero, Casa # 7, La Boca-Balboa | Balboa, Panama City 02845, Panama
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Ranked #22 of 75 Panama City B&B and Inns
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015
athelas59 mille-isles, qc
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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mille-isles, qc
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We have now stayed twice at the Canal Inn, located in the Boca region of Panama City, near the canal and are planning another stay there at the end of the month. We also recommended the hotel to our kids who also stayed there recently. Host Franz simply cannot do enough to make our stays perfect - even drove us... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

A group of my friends and I stayed in this inn during our week in Panama. The owner of the hotel, Franz, is a wonderful guy. He and another worker, Maria, were extremely hospitable. The hotel was always clean and was a delightful place to stay. Breakfast in the morning was always delicious. The neighborhood of the inn was very... More 

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Feldbach, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Arriving from the wonderful and remote surf spot Santa Catalina I didn't expect much of Panama City. However, the Canal Inn owners helped me to have four great days in this thriving city. To start with, (and I guess for many people a crucial factor when deciding where to stay in a big metropolis such as PC), the Canal Inn... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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16 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

This hotel is clean and 5 mins from the domestic airport. It is perfectly acceptable for a one night stay. It lies under a bridge which is fairly noisy.The staff are very friendly and helpful. It is very near the canal so useful for seeing he canal. Other than that I think I wold describe the hotel as fairly average

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Saint Thomas, Canada
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9 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

My Rating: 3.8 Highlights: Close to domestic airport (Tocumen)-5 minute ride Lowlights: Room has small windows no real ventilation. Monkey on a chain We stayed at Canal Inn for 1 night since we had an early flight to Bocas Del Toro. (Think flight was just after 6 a.m.) Chose Canal Inn since it seemed to be the closest place to... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

When we arrived at the Canal Hotel, scenically located under the noisy Bridge of the Americas (this is scarcasm), we were given room number 5. After the check-in clerk opened the door to our room, a rush of musty and mildewed air escaped from the room seeking freshness and freedom. After stating we would preferred another room, the clerk said... More 

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Princeton, New Jersey
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34 hotel reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

We stayed two nights and had a great time. The staff is very helpful and Franz (the owner) personally greeted us for breakfast the morning after we arrived and made sure we had what we needed. This is more like a house than a hotel or B&B (and I mean that in good way). The location is good - close... More 

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Boquete, Chiriqui, Panama
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

I like to visit Panama City but I prefer to stay in the more peaceful Barrio Balboa within the former Canal Zone. Canal Inn is tucked away on a side street within sight of the Bridge of the Americas, walking distance or a short ride to the Amador Causeway, and Ancon Hill, Allbrook Mall, Allbrook bus terminal and Albrook airport,... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

As a traveler living away from home will be easy if you live a place like CANAL INN, With the personal attendance of CANAL INN Owner Mr. Fanz and great assistance from Staff , my 8 days of stay in Panama is really a wonderful experience. I highly recommend this Hotel if you are looking for natural, affordable and safety... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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9 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

I have had their business card on my desk for 10 months, meaning to put in a good word for this place in Panama City. Quiet, clean, nice people. This is my first ever comment so you can see that I was impressed.

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