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Panama Hotel

4 Bayview Street, San Rafael, CA 94901
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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Reading, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife, teenage daughter and I spent a wonderful week at the Panama Hotel. We stayed in Rosie's Room on the second floor above the restaurant patio. We all enjoyed the homey atmosphere in our suite, much more interesting than a sterile hotel room. The door opens into a living area with a small table and chairs, a flat screen... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed here for 2 nights and thought it was very nice. We were in Mimi's Bungalow; which gave us plenty of room and was very private. Close to wine country, and the city. We enjoyed our visit very much and will stay here again the next time we visit San Rafael.

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Ate at the restaurant. One of the worst dining experiences of my life. Unbelievably rude manager and staff and indifferent waiting staff. Food was just ok at best. Will never return. Overpriced as well for what you get. Much better choices in Marin County.

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We stayed at the Panama Hotel in May 2015 for two nights in room #12. We had a lovely stay - the room was good-sized and very clean, and the hotel is within walking distance of some great bars and restaurants. The only drawback for us was that service in the restaurant was hit or miss. Also, some of the... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

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
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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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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25 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 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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