Ok, I was TDY to Howard back in the 90s and was put up here. THEN, this was THE PLACE 2 BE! FYI: I had an internship back in early 2000s and stayed here a day and with a local family for the duration of that visit. So moving on to summer 2012, I wanted to re-visit & see more of the region and NOT be required to work..(smile) I got a good rate for Hotel Panama and was excited. Albeit, it is ON a rather busy street and not close to the airport..for memories alone, it was worth it. MANY upgrades in the lobby, pool, and even the rooms have been taken. With many <totally> newer hotels nearby, HP manages to hold its own. I had a few cocktails too many (most evenings) and only made it to breakfast once. It was the normal eggs, juice, fruit.
The pool area had a really nice SWIM-UP bar in its hayday, and it still is a nice retreat, its open and airy and you can see persons in the lounge/dinner area. I found the living space still CLEAN, roomy, and comfy. Having called Hotel Panama home for 3months before....as I retired for the evening, as I heard some of the taxi horns, and looked out my window to see city sights...it took me back to days of old. The only real downside, was the reliability of the internet. If you need/want wireless, it was hard to connect..so we had to use ethernet the majority of the time.
I like a higher level room in most hotels, but here in HP, I will request a cabana on the ground floor to FULLY enjoy the breeze, pool, and ambiance. Also, they have a casino hall now attached. If you are up to it, stroll down the street to the waterway, which is a short walk 10-15min....you won't be disappointed!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the El Panama, where our luxury hotel in the cosmopolitan city of Panama provides a sublime ambiance of distinction, comfort, and Latin flair. Our location in the heart of downtown puts business travelers right where they need to be, while our comprehensive facilities and high standards of service mean that leisure time is also well spent.Our variety of luxurious accommodations in Panama City provide just the right environment you seek, from spacious guest rooms to suites, Pool Cabanas, and Deluxe Floors which include a complimentary Continental breakfast served daily, high-speed wireless Internet access, and butler service to attend to your every need. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Panama City Hotel
- El Hotel Panama City
- Hotel El Panama
- El Panama Hotel Panama City