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“Perfect for Birding” 5 of 5 stars
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Radisson Summit Hotel And Golf
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Avenida Omar Torrijos H, Panama City 0844-2014, Panama   |  
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Ranked #37 of 111 Hotels in Panama City
north carolina
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Perfect for Birding”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

My husband and I are independent birders. We rented a car for our 2 week trip to Panama City Area and other Panama locations. The grounds are lovely for birding including ponds and trails and our super spacious room overlooked the forest. At 6am it was lovely to see the mist rising over the rain forest. Shortly after the birds were moving. this location is reasonably close to the famous Canopy Tower so it shared in many of the same birds. Its incredibly close to all the famous spots-- Its an easy 15 minutes from Pipeline trail. After a sweltering hike on pipeline trail or plantation trail or a visit to the ponds, its delightful to come back to our elegant air-conditioned room, check CNN, swim in the pool and eat at the restaurants. Can't withdraw from birding? no problem-- just wander the grounds. the restaurants (really only one while we were there) were very good and offered non meat eaters a sufficient variety. the buffet breakfast was generous with an omlette bar and fresh fruit and a variety of breads and juices. We found the buffet for breakfast set up really early and managed to eat or take a carry out package for people anxious to be out and about using their binoculars. The staff was super friendly and helped us thru a problem with the car rental company. there's not much choice for outside-the-complex dining but you could drive to Gamboa Forest Resort, which we did for lunch, another fun place to watch bird life.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Barbados
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

I stayed at this hotel for 6 days attending a conference. The rooms were superb and the food was great. yes it is a distance from everywhere - a cab ride to the city will cost you US$25 and to the mall US$15 ( US$10 back!!) However in a group it is is great!! The staff are fantastic when you get to know them - Christian - the night auditor is an absolute gem!! The bar staff are friendly and helpful - they don't speak much English but they are willing to try!! I WILL be back!!

Room Tip: All the rooms are good!!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Salt Lake City, UT, USA
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162 reviews 162 reviews
57 hotel reviews
Reviews in 62 cities Reviews in 62 cities
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

The location is both good and terrible: great to be away from Cuidad Central (Panama City Central) and close to Lake Gatun and the Locks, but a pain to go to restaurants or other touristy things in the City. The drive to/from the City took 2 hours one night due to a stalled truck in the 2-lane portion and traffic... at other times, it only took 25-45 minutes.

The property is nice, rooms are spacious and look nice, though not very clean. Bathrooms are quite nice. There is a small nature trail in the back with a limited butterfly enclosure, which is good for killing 15 minutes or so. Did not try the golf or driving range. The restaurant and included breakfast was pretty good and hotel typical, though a bit limited in choice.

We got a good rate through Expedia (cheaper than Radisson.com). Available wi-fi and computers worked well.

Room Tip: For some reason, the ice makers on the floors are super loud, stay away from those.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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California
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
66 hotel reviews
Reviews in 51 cities Reviews in 51 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

The hotel is quite close by car to downtown, but far out enough that it feels like a resort. The hotel is very well decorated, bright and airy. Our view was bad (pool area and restaurant), but we didn't feel like switching rooms. The pools were very nice also. We found a frog swimming in one of the pools at night!! Service was fine. The hotel did seem rather empty, though. Overall a nice stay.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Wauchula, Florida
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Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

if you say something bad about this hotel, you will probably need to be admitted to a pschyatric hospital.
This is the best hotel in Panama, beautiful, clean, the best queen beds ever, with a lot of support in the matress, decoration the best, very modern, huge rooms, best breakfast ever, huge and beautiful swimming pool, nice receptionist, wendy night shift was very nice.
a la carte breakfast, they made us feel like kings and queens, they also have a butterfly garden and a nice golf field.
I loved the location, just 2 minutes in car from the panamerican highway, so if you want to go to any part or province of Panama, you do not get stuck in traffic in panama city, which is the worst in the country, the city of panama was 15 minutes away, city of colon in the atlantic side was less that 1 hour.
I also want to thanks all the tripadvisor for the reviews that help my family to spend a 10 days vacaton in Panama without the help of a travel agent and the waste of time and money they cause to you.
If i go to panama, i will stay again in the hotel,I was there for 6 days, august 2012.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Adrienne C, General Manager at Radisson Summit Hotel And Golf, responded to this review, August 26, 2012
Dear Guest,

On behalf of the staff at the Radisson Summit we thank you for your business and want to express how delighted we are that your stay with us was a memorable. We sincerely hope to see you again when your travels bring you back to Panama.

Best Regards,
Adrienne
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Washington, DC
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42 reviews 42 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

I stayed here for five days this past week. The hotel is quite isolated so unless you are only there to play golf or want to spend a lot on taxis I highly recommend renting a car. When I checked in, my room had the A/C set at 76 degrees F and it could not be adjusted down. After a maintenance man came up and couldn't fix it, I was switched to another room. Room was quite nice with free WiFi but I concur that the maids do not do the greatest job. Rings from a glass on the bar remained during my stay and some days the floor was not swept/vacuumed. The room itself was spacious with a nice view of the rain forest. Breakfast buffet is included and my only complaint is that some of the 'hot' serving platters did not appear to be heated so the food was warm at best. For example the scrambled eggs and hash brown pans were hot when brought out new but cool if they had been sitting for a while. Nonetheless, the breakfast buffet was generally quite good, with sliced fruits, cereals, juices, an omelette bar, breads, and a few 'hot' platters. The hotel is close to the Miraflores Locks museum and viewing center (5 minute drive) but unless you have a car or pay for a taxi you are a captive to the hotel. I had a car and while Panama City is difficult to navigate it can be done. I drove to Colon one day and to Portobelo another day (both on the Atlantic coast) and the drive ranged from 40 minutes to Colon to an hour to Portobelo. I had one last issue with the hotel which is as yet (4 days after I left unresolved) When I checked in I had made a reservation for 7 nights. The hotel charged my credit card for all 7 nights on check-in rather than blocking a charge. I left two days early and three seperate people told me I would be issued a credit for just over $300 to my card. This has not yet happened even after a phonecall and email saying it had been taken care of. I am sure it will be fixed but this has left a bad taste for the hotel.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Adrienne C, General Manager at Radisson Summit Hotel And Golf, responded to this review, August 23, 2012
Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for taking your time to give us your valuable feedback of you stay with us.

The deficiencies that you experienced are not in keeping with our hotel standards, and corrective measures will be taken to ensure that they do not occur again.

Please verify that you have received the credit to your account as this was performed on the 21st of August.

Again, we thank you for your stay and sincerely hope to see you at the Radisson Summit when your travels bring you back to Panama.

Best Regards,
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Calgary, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

Beautifully set in the rainforest, this hotel is extremely comfortable, clean and quiet. The staff were friendly and helpful. The complementary breakfast had a lot of variety and included omelettes made to order. The location was perfect for us as we didn't want to drive in Panama City. We were planning on driving to David and chose this hotel as it was easy to get to the highway. We did drive to the Gamboa Rainforest and to the Locks and it was no problem. All the staff were friendly and helpful, especially Franklin (the manager) and another employee (I forget her name) who went out of her way to help us with our car rental and arranged for Hertz to deliver the car to the hotel. We took advantage of the free shuttle (offered daily) to the Albrook Mall. We stayed at the hotel for 3 nights and plan to stay 1 more night before we head home. It is a bit expensive to get to the airport (around $60) but for us it was money well spent as it saved us a lot of stress driving in Panama City's busy and navigating the confusing streets, chaotic drivers, and construction. We will definitely be back!

(We hired a private driver - Antonio, email: arocha68@gmail.com - to tour the city ($25/h for 4 people) who took us to many great places while telling us about the history and culture. He always promptly responded to our emails. We were impressed by his genuineness and honesty as he wanted to show us what interested us the most. We also had him pick us up from the airport for $60 and he was waiting for us with our name on a sign even though our flight was 1 hour late.)

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Adrienne C, General Manager at Radisson Summit Hotel And Golf, responded to this review, August 17, 2012
Dear Guest,

On behalf of the staff at the Radisson Summit we thank you for your business and want to express how delighted we are that your stay with us was memorable. For future visits please keep in mind that the hotel provides an airport shuttle service at a fraction of the cost:

-From the airport to the hotel:
$35.00 for 2 guests with an additional $10 charge for every subsequent guest (excl. tax and gratuity).

-For the return trip, from the hotel to the airport:
We provide a timed shuttle service which departs at three different times 6:00 am, 3:00 pm, and 7:00 pm at a cost of $15.00 per person (excl. tax and gratuity).

Again, we thank you for your stay and sincerely hope to see you at the Radisson Summit when your travels bring you back to Panama.

Best Regards,
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Address: Avenida Omar Torrijos H, Panama City 0844-2014, Panama
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Location: Panama > Panama Province > Panama City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Panama City
#7 Family Hotel in Panama City
#9 Best Value Hotel in Panama City
#21 Luxury Hotel in Panama City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Radisson Summit Hotel And Golf 4*
Number of rooms: 103
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Radisson Summit Hotel & Golf Panama is surrounded by 160 acres of lush rainforest around the Panama Canal, and is approximately 30 minutes from downtown Panama City. Lodging at our Hotel is a quiet alternative to downtown accommodations, while still providing free shuttle service to top attractions like the Miraflores Locks and the Albrook Shopping Center, both just a short drive from our hotel’s address in the Panama City area. While visiting our Panama hotel, you’ll also have access to exceptional on-site amenities, including our professional 18-hole golf course, full American breakfast, airport transportation, free wireless Internet access, two outdoor pools and a nature trail with a butterfly exhibit. ... more   less 
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