For our first night, we stayed in one of the basic rooms, and it didn't work for us at all. Although the price was very cheap ($65 in cash), and the room was very clean, the bed was only a full size bed, there was no refrigerator, the bathroom was very small, and the floors are all tile, plus there are no extra blankets or pillows or even extra towels. So, in other words, if you're a single person and you don't need a refrigerator, the cheapest room may be fine. For me, my husband, and our 13 month daughter...it didn't work too well. Usually while traveling I make a "bed" for her on the (carpeted) floor with blankets and a couple pillows to keep her from rolling into things; that was totally impractical since the floors were so hard and there were no blankets or pillows. So, instead, all three of us--sweaty from moving around the airport/city with our luggage--shared the little bed.
The next day we arranged to switch to a suite ($90ish cash) for our other couple nights that we had planned to stay in Panama City. That worked a lot better for us. There was still a hard floor (turns out everywhere in Panama has hard floors because of all the rain), BUT the suite had a small couch that I was able to barricade with our luggage to make a bed for our daughter. It also had a king size bed, a little fridge, and a very large (not-jetted) jacuzzi tub. The view was not amazing, but not bad either; we could see some of the city from our room.
We were depending on the wifi internet for my husband's work. There is wifi internet, and even different routers for different floors...but it is not the best. It seems to work really intermittently. If you wanted to do something that required a better connection, like watching videos online, that would probably not work. It did (usually) work fine for our searches about directions or places we were going, as long as we had time to wait. We did not try using the computers downstairs, so I don't know if those are faster.
The people who worked at the front desk were very patient with our limited Spanish. They were friendly and helpful. The ladies that cleaned our room were also friendly. I talked to them one day about finding some fresh milk and we had a great conversation about goats in the Panama City region and the prevalence of goat milk in the area, etc.
We ate breakfast down at the restaurant a couple times. Honestly, I didn't think the food was amazing, but it was ok, and it was fairly inexpensive. The ladies who worked there were also friendly and patient with our limited Spanish. I had to check with them on how they prepared different items because of an allergy, and they were very helpful and cooperative about that. One thing that we all really liked was the fresh juice--especially the mixed fruit kind. That was very good (and has no sugar added, unlike most juice here).
The location is excellent. Lots of stuff nearby, and it feels really safe walking around the "el congrejo" district. We took taxis while staying at Hotel Milan: $33 from the airport to Hotel Milan, $15 to and from the Panama Canal, $2.50 to $5 to and from various places in the Panama City area (and the one time it was $5 was during a lot of traffic so we spent at least 20 mins in the taxi).
Overall, I don't know if we would stay there again. We chose it because at $65 it seemed like a really great deal...but at $90, I don't know if it was actually better than other places for that price range, and the problems with the Internet were a big deal for us since my husband was needing to work while we were there. But, if you just need one full-size bed, and you don't care about a fridge or having great Internet access, then yes, it is a great place. It is very clean and the AC works well.
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- Also Known As:
- Milan Hotel Panama City
- Hotel Milan Panama/Panama City
- Milan Panama City