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“Acceptable but barely” 2 of 5 stars
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Hotel Roma Plaza
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Avenida Justo Arosemena y Calle 33, Panama City 0816-01093, Panama   |  
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Ranked #56 of 111 Hotels in Panama City
San Francisco, California
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Acceptable but barely”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2011

We found it on the internet. It's in a tough neighborhood, nothing to walk around in. The staff is sullen and not at all helpful. Our room had a narrow window above eyelevel and the bellboy never showed us how to work the air conditioner. Wifi was only on the ground floor.

The breakfast is OK. There are easily available taxis. Overall it was adequate but we found better closer to the center of town, lower price, cleaner, less sullen staff.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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San Antonio, TX
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2010

nothing very bad to say about the place, nor anything very good. it was okay for the price. only complaint about the room was that the windows wouldn't secure very well at all. the staff didn't consider that a problem because we were on a street and on the second floor, but we didn't feel good about that anyway, to the point where we blocked the doors so that anyone entering in the night would have made a lot of noise and awakened us. the high point: breakfast. good selection, good quality, all you can eat, and fresh!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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San Diego, California
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2010

We spent our first and last nights in Panama in this hotel, the room was cheap and clean enough, but I wouldn't have wanted to spend the whole 9 days there. This is not the type of hotel you hang out by the pool, it's a good cheap home base if you plan on spending most of your time exploring the city. Some pluses were an excellent AC unit, free internet access, free breakfast and a 24 hour diner downstairs. Some minuses, the place is a little run down and nothing of interest within walking distance. The front desk was helpful arranging transportation to Colon and spoke enough English. One final tip, get the seafood soup in the diner, it is awesome.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Honolulu, HI
2 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2010

We arrived in Panama with no reservations and no Spanish. Picked Roma from a tourist guide at the airport because it was a median priced room. Far away from the airport, it was an expensive cab ride. Front desk spoke limited English, weasked for the room rate advertised in the guide. The room we got was no bigger than a closet and had no windows at all. The next day we "upgraded" to a slightly more expensive room, which for $10 more was actually quite nice, had big windows and even an mini-fridge. We have seen more than one review indicating this same situation, so we can only conclude this is the hotel's policy. Roma does have a fairly nice 24 hour cafe on the main floor, and a pool on the roof. If you are looking for a cheap, clean no-frills place to stay, go across Calle 33 from the Roma and stay at the "backpacker hotel" Vista Mar for $25 a night. We were at Vista Mar for a month and found it to be quite satisfactory for the price.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2009

We stayed for 5 nights at hotel Roma. Although our room was below average by American standards, (very small window, limited furniture, etc.) we definitely enjoyed our stay both at the hotel and in Panama City. Despite the quality of the room, the staff came in every day to clean and replace the towels. In short, if you are getting a room just to sleep and relax in from time to time, this place is wonderful.
The hotel is located in the center of the city, just a $2-3 cab ride from pretty much anywhere you want to go. The most we paid for a cab was $10 to the Panama Canal which is about a 30 min ride. This hotel is also very safe; there is an armed security guard outside at all times. If you stay here, make sure to check out the rooftop pool. Although the pool is a bit on the small side, the whole patio/pool setup is pretty nice. There is also a restaurant in the hotel that serves decent food, and you can buy bottles of liquor and wine there for reasonable prices.

  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Atascadero, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2009

This is an average hotel. Rooms are small, but clean. TV was extraordinarily small. Elevator was European type-very small. Situated in the middle of Panama City. It is far from the airport and difficult to find for any foreign traveler with a rental vehicle. This is a place where you are totally dependent on taxi service. Pluses are good buffet breakfast included in price and secure parking for vehicle.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Avenida Justo Arosemena y Calle 33, Panama City 0816-01093, Panama
Location: Panama > Panama Province > Panama City
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #56 of 111 Hotels in Panama City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Roma Plaza 3.5*
Number of rooms: 133
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Roma Plaza is located in the business center of the city, between the most popular shopping area (2 blocks away), and the Bay of Panama. 2 blocks away from the office of the Chamber of Commerce of Panama, airlines, embassies and consulates, banks, public offices, 24-hour clinic, pharmacy, beauty salons and parks. Internet lobby, free wireless, cafeteria, rain forest. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Roma Plaza Hotel
Roma Plaza Panama City
Hotel Roma Plaza Panama/Panama City

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