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Gran Hotel Nacional

3.0 of 5
Avenida Central | P.O. Box 378, David, Panama
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Ranked #5 of 13 Hotels in David
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Collingwood, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

booked into the Gran Nacional on March 11. I was quoted a rate of $95 per night for March 11 and 12,and was given a price of $135 for March 13 as the David fair was in town. I agreed to those charges. I was late for my flight March 13 and in a rush and didn't stop at the... More 

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Nelson, Canada
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17 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are traveling in Central America on a budget-- save money somewhere else and stay at the Gran Nacional. Large, well lit rooms with comfy beds and great pillows. It is seventy years old a beautifully maintained. The buffet breakfast is included, the service is professional and attentive. The large television was a pleasant indulgence with a few English... More 

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Whitchurch-Stouffville, Canada
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68 reviews 68 reviews
32 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First off - the front desk speaks fluent English - always a plus! This hotel is vintage, classy, steeped with history and lovely. Hey folks...it's not the Hard Rock in Panama City but it is more than acceptable hence the 4 stars not 3. Breakfast was ample and wonderful, serve is above average and the staff attentive. The doors in... More 

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San Diego, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had to laugh at some of the negative reviews of this hotel. It's a really nice place to stop and get cleaned up, but there appear to have been some cranky guests that didn't get instantaneous service. That was not our experience; there were a couple of issues (wifi connection, reservation) that were attended to immediately and positively. The... More 

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Cabanga, Costa Rica
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

This was a surprise, after 2 nights on the road from Costa Rica in marginal places, we really needed a good nights sleep in a QUIET Hotel. I have no complaints about this hotel, nice pool, good food, breakfast included, comfortable bed, staff friendly, convenient to walk around the town and safe neighborhood.

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Dallas, Texas
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

This was my second stay at the hotel and I was disappointed. I asked for a pool-side room and the front desk said there were none available. (Did not see a single person come out of the pool-side rooms all day)! My room was dark, dank, and no internet! Had to sit out in the hallway next to a router... More 

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Panama City, Panama
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

For this second visit, this time with 2 women friends, very disappointing. Had stayed previously with my husband, and had quite positive experience, in 2012. Service has never been their strong suit but previously a few staffers were the exception and were just fine. Now the rare person is interested in true customer service. We met exactly 1 at the... More 

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Hector, New York
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

used to be a reasonable place to stay with nice pool and resturants were ok but think they may not be worth the new rate increase/ sevice is usally good but not on the phone 3 stars if you look at rooms and bathrooms coustomer for 7 years

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Cliffside park, NJ
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

I had booked the room thru expedia and was placed in room 255. The room was very clean, the AC worked well, and the shower was warm. I only spent one night on my way back home. The staff was not very friendly or welcoming, but after spending a couple of days in Red Frog Beach it was no surprise.

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Toronto, ON
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

I had a great experience at Gran Hotel Nacional. The restaurants are excellent; the free breakfast was huge! The room was very clean, and the staff very helpful. The hotel is obviously very old, but it is well kept. The movie theatre that's attached to the property and the casino across the street are both excellent. Didn't see one hooker... More 

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