We stayed 3 nights here and I think overall its a nice hotel. The rooms are very nice, clean, and modern, especially for the price. The rooftop pool and hot tub are really nice with great views of the city, and there were very few people, if any, the times we went up there. The staff was also very helpful...we asked for their help in finding restaurants, stores, etc, several times and they even called a handful of places to make a reservation for us.
The downside: It did kind of seem like at times no one quite knew what was going on, though they were still friendly and helpful overall. Breakfast was not actually free, just as the other reviewers have stated, even though it says that its included on their website. Luckily we read the reviews before arriving, so we asked about it up front, and they told us we could add on breakfast at check-in for only $6 per person per day (instead of the $17), so we did that. You have to add it to every night your staying though (even if you don't plan on eating breakfast every day), but it was still cheaper to pay for an extra $6 breakfast we weren't using than to pay full price for 2 days. And they wouldn't even have mentioned that it cost extra or told us about that deal had we not asked, which is quite shady in my opinion. Thank goodness for other reviewers! The breakfast is really not that good anyway so you might want to just eat somewhere else if you have time...we had plans each morning so it was easier for us to just eat at the hotel, but be sure to add it on in the beginning and verify the price. They did bill everything correctly too. Finally, I would avoid using their taxi service...they charge WAY more than other cabs, and its really easy to get a taxi in that area for half or a third of the price.
Overall I thought this was a very nice hotel for the price, even without the breakfast included. As long as you are aware of the breakfast costs beforehand, I think you will really enjoy your stay here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The TRYP Panama Centro is located in the heart of Panama City in the upscale El Cangrejo, Bella Vista neighborhood just 15 miles from Tocumen International Airport & 250 mts from the New El Carmen Metro (Subway) Station. The convenient location of our hotel puts you within walking distance to some of Panama's best restaurants (40+ or more restaurante within 10 minutes walk), shopping and nightlife ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- TRYP Panama Centro Panama City