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Panama Hotel

4 Bayview Street, San Rafael, CA 94901
Panama Hotel
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Santa Cruz, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I'd give this hotel negative stars if I could. I was woken up after midnight by an unknown man trying to enter my room. I was startled and upset. The problem was compounded when I found that the innkeeper had given the guy a key to my room "in error". The innkeeper knew about the error but did not make... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed here in June 2014 in a "European style" room with shared bathroom. The room was at the front of the property, above the restaurant and with a little shared balcony accessible from the corridor. You couldn't hear the restaurant nor the live jazz music from inside the room which was great. We never had to queue to use... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Our visit to our San Francisco, Marin, and Sonoma favorites was wonderful, and this hotel was our central base. Excellent in-house restaurant, unique European style room, and helpful staff were why we chose to return to the Panama when my husband treated me to this birthday surprise. Easy access to the city, great places to eat all around, the DeYoung... More 

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Lincoln, Rhode Island
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98 reviews 98 reviews
12 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

My family and I enjoyed several meals at the warm and welcoming Panama Hotel. The service was friendly and accommodating. We had 2 great meals there; lunch and dinner. I enjoyed the chicken taco soup, hard rolls and coffee for lunch. For dinner I had a tasty salmon in cream sauce with vegetables, the lovely rolls with butter and a... More 

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Osoyoos, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Thank you to the folks at this great little hotel; upon arriving into the Bay area during the 6:00 pm rush , my reservation with this very attractive , quaint & clean hotel was much appreciated. The staff at the desk were friendly & inviting and happy to help with my wi-fi connection when asked. This hotel is just minutes... More 

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Indianapolis
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5 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

As an add-on to a work trip in San Francisco, I decided to spend the weekend in San Rafael. My European-style room at the Panama Hotel was perfect! Simple, cute, clean bedroom with an amazing restaurant downstairs and plenty of other options nearby. I explored trails and towns in the area and felt great coming "home" to the Panama Hotel.... More 

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Thames Ditton, United Kingdom
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86 reviews 86 reviews
27 hotel reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We were taken here by a friend who lives locally. The food was incredible and we really enjoyed the live music. Would highly recommend if you want high quality fresh food. We didn't stay at the hotel so can't review the rooms but restaurant-wise a big thumbs up.

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Central Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

My husband and I had not heard of this hotel but were given a reference by a close friend. The hotel is tucked off the main area in a residential section, but we were very impressed with the condition, cleanliness and absolute charm of this hotel. Our room was the "Garden Room" with its own private patio. Beautifully decorated and... More 

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San Rafael, California
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43 hotel reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Snuggled back in the little residential community of San Rafael hidden away from the noise downtown is a little hotel called the Panama hotel. Right next door to bagel mania. This place is so cool very rustic the rooms are nice the food is excellent and they have live music on the weekend. It's a totally great place to go... More 

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Venice, CA
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15 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

A friend of mine had a wedding here and I booked a room at the hotel so I didn't have to drive anywhere. Have to say, after seeing the photos online I was a bit skeptical about the place but I really enjoyed our stay here. Stayed in the Captains room, which is small but adequate. Had a little kitchenette... More 

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