I stayed a few times, on my 2 months Panama trip (9 Dec 2011- 16 Feb 2012) in hotel California. And will stay there again in the future.
Standard room with a good double bed, bath room with shower and hot water (I've stayed also with a belgian friend who lives in Panama and also with another family in El Dorado area while taking a Spanish course, in Panama most houses have only cold water!!), flatscreen tv with the standard international channels and WIFI in the room.
Friendly staff, specially Oneiva. She a nice lady who speaks very good English.
For those who travel with a laptop, ask for a room near the elevator along the side street (Calle 43 Este). The rooter hangs there.
The hotel has a sun terras on the roof, with some nice views over the city.
Good and safe location, when you exit the hotel and turn right into Calle 43 Este. Walk down 600m and you'll arrive at Parque Urraca and the Cinta Costera. Make a left, onto the Cinta Costera for 1200m ( passing Le Meridien and Hilton Panama) and you'll arrive at Multicentro shopping Mall. Hard Rock cafe is there, has a food court (Mc D and pizza), cinema and a lot of shops.
There's also a small shop near the hotel, at the corner of Via Espana and Calle 44.
For those who travel with a laptop, ask for a room near the elevator along the side street (Calle 43...
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