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“Quiet, clean and friendly staff.” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Marparaiso
Av Cuba y 34 este, Panama City, Panama   |  
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Ranked #83 of 112 Hotels in Panama City
Ajijic, Mexico
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19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“Quiet, clean and friendly staff.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2012

I spent 2 nights here. My room cost $36/night for a single. My room was quiet, on the 4th floor, and was air conditioned, with a decent bathroom. I'm not too crazy about the neighborhood. Seems like no one picks up the trash anymore in Panama City?!
The breakfast that is included with the room consists of 2 yucky while rolls, some watered down OJ, and a cup of coffee. You can find fruit salad around the corner for $1.25 which is what I ended up doing. I had to catch a cab at 1:00 am to get the airport, and a staff member walked me down 2 blocks to get me a good cab. The front desk personnel are friendly and helpful. There are 2 computers that you insert dollar bills to get one hour of online time. The hostel I was going to stay in charges about the same for a single room without a bath...so I do believe the value is worthwhile. It's my 2nd trip to Panama City, and frankly, I hope it's the last. Not my favorite place on the planet!

Room Tip: Rooms that don't face the street are quieter. Panamanian drivers use a lot of horn.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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English first
Edmonton, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2012

Sheets weren't changed on bed, as evidenced by hairs between sheets. AC didn't work in some rooms, staff was very curt and not helpful. Information re: shuttles was not reliable. Very poor place to stay; I would not recommend it unless you're desperate.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2012

Damp, smelly, dirty, noisy rooms with leaking showers and hairs in the bed. If that sounds like your cup of tea, you'll be right at home here, if not, avoid this hotel and stay somewhere else!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Saint Augustine Beach, Florida
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2011

The airport pickup was convenient although we had to wait about 30 minutes for another party to arrive and ride in a van without air condiitoning. The room did indeed have AC, a TV, and hot water but it was dark, dank, worn, and noisy. Also, there was a leak in the bathroom so there was a puddle of water in the bathroom and part of the room. The area in which this hotel is located is very sketchy at night. There is virtually no place to have dinner if you set out by foot. However, for a few dollars you can take a taxi to the Casco Viejo district which is very nice and has a ton of dining options. The breakfast was pitiful - two COLD rolls, coffee and juice. The service is terrible - breakfast is served to you whenever they get around to it. The front desk people don't know one word of English and will not call a taxi for you. Yes, it's cheap - but you get what you pay for.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Bologna
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2011

The rooms had air con and cable TV, and free (very small) breakfast.

The rooms smelt a bit like mould from the humidity.

The staff were friendly.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2010

a single 40 watt bulb in the room, I guess so we couldn't see the dirt.... arrived late, left early to find another hotel, the Venetian, much better for the same price

  • Stayed December 2010
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2010

This hotel is a great deal ($35) again if you need a place to sleep and use the internet. They provided free transportation from the Allbrook Airport which was nice and easy. Because the price was so decent, we even just came in early morning and stored our stuff in the room while we ran a bunch of errands in the city, then were able to come back, grab our stuff and catch our next flight that same day/evening. They have a safety box which was also key.
Rooms have good TV, internet kinda faulty but worked for the most part, solid bed and clean bathroom. They provide breakfast - which is only a juice and bread but OK if you need something very light so you are not starving. However we were still hungry so we got yummy scrambled eggs and tortilla for $2.50. Worth it.
They seem well-organized and lots of families and couples where there so it felt safe and comfortable.

It's not located in the happening part of town however cab rides are only a few dollars, so by paying a cheaper price for the room, you have a few extra bucks to drive to where the action is.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Marparaiso

Address: Av Cuba y 34 este, Panama City, Panama
Location: Panama > Panama Province > Panama City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #83 of 112 Hotels in Panama City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 75
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Marparaiso Hotel Panama City
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