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Hotel California

Apartado 6193 Zona 5, Panama City, Panama
Hotel California
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Alicante, Spain
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39 reviews 39 reviews
29 hotel reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

It was our taxi driver recommendation as it resulted to be cheaper then the hostel we first visited. It is cheap and clean, at the main road where you can take a taxi from. The rooms cleaned every day. If you need any advice or tour guide, ask in the reception we were given a few nice contacts and we... More 

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Bocas del Toro
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

We needed to be in Panama for a few days for business and Hotel California was perfect for our needs. It is centrally located in the city, near shopping and restaurants and is inexpensive, clean and friendly. There is a very nice rooftop patio with jacuzzi which is perfect for relaxing outside your room. There is good WiFi and the... More 

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Pasadena, Maryland
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

Upon obtaining a rental car at Tocumen, i proceeded towards the hotel via "El Corredor Norte" which took me to Balboa avenue and then turned upwards. If you're lucky enough to arrive during the day, you may find parking right in front of the hotel. If not, the security guard can direct you to a parking spot where it will... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Rooms were good for the price, good A/C and cable TV. Cleaned daily and most staff were friendly. Little disappointing that the upstairs rooftop had to be closed by 10pm, this was one of the best features of the hotel. Area is a little dodgy, but common sense dictates what you should do. Overall a good place to stay.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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72 reviews 72 reviews
12 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

Stayed two different nights on the suggestion of friends who sail in Panama (had to, getting to the Atlantic side requires staying overnight to get across early in the morning). At $44/night is was well worth it. Clean rooms of reasonable size, decent shower, nice small pool on the roof, very good and cheap restaurant adjacent, free wifi. Some of... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

I got in pretty late. 11:15. The man at the front desk was so slow. He either did not want to give me a room or he was totally confused. I had a reservation. I pointed to my name in his book. Anyway, the problem was the air conditioner. It worked, but it blew out the worst mold smell. I... More 

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14 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

Stayed here a few nights whilst waiting to go to Mexico. Decent staff and receptionist answered our emails promptly. The room was ok but smelt like it had been hosed down with bleach just before we got there and wouldn´t leave. Noisy air con. The pool on the roof is worth a peek but they close it at 9:30pm, just... More 

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Alhaurin el Grande, Spain
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

I have stayed many times at the Hotel California since it opened. Unfortunately I will not be staying there again. I have tried to make a reservation for nearly a week for another 10 days stay but my e-mails have not been answered and i was told to ring back when I rang from Spain. 30 years ago I worked... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

I stayed a few times, on my 2 months Panama trip (9 Dec 2011- 16 Feb 2012) in hotel California. And will stay there again in the future. Standard room with a good double bed, bath room with shower and hot water (I've stayed also with a belgian friend who lives in Panama and also with another family in El... More 

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Tegucigalpa, Honduras
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

We found this to be a very pleasant, clean, and affordable hotel for our one-night layover in Panama City. The staff were friendly and the service was great. Even though we speak Spanish, they switched easily to English when needed. Oh - and a HOT shower... wonderful. Much nicer than many hotels we have used in Central America. Tip -... More 

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