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New Washington Hotel
Calle 2 y Bolivar, Colon, Panama   |  
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Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Colon
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Mogadishu Shiek”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012 via mobile

I stayed here for two nights, as kind of an adventure.. what a location, right on the water, boats all around, and they gave me a corner room, but this place hasn't been upgraded since the 70's, and is near some of the worst ghettos of Colon, along the canal front running back from the hotel a few blocks south, so it really was an urban adventure, which made me think I was kind of in a mogadishu.. I remember that the entire front of the hotel, the ocean side, despite being a great place for a lovely seaside garden, was essentially paved over, like a post apocolyptic parking lot, and the pool was satisfying, but wasn't pretty by any means, and the service was kind of off, jsut a woman with a grill, who would forget what I ordered etc, and a bunch of local kids swimming in the pool.. It reminded me of the east coast of africa again and again, kind of a post colonial ruin, this nice old building, with a casino slapped on, and not an inch of work put into the back yard, but the front yard where you pulled in was actually meticulosly gardened, some guy I talekd to, again kind of a hold over of some colonial heydey (american in this case, after the french, hard to see americans as colonists, but essentially panama was ours..)... but this is not luxury, and the staff don't really know the intricacies of a top hotel or a corporate hotel, but sure enough you will sleep well by the water. I did wander I thinke ast along the coast ( directions are confusing in panama, because it kind of runs in an s that defies the whole pacific in the west atlantic on the east thing, and the canal actually runs counter to what you think the atlantic side is west of the outlet ont he pacific) but I went to the malecon/zocolo to the east, with like a big ship wshed up on this beach, and there was tons of life, people practicing drumming, fishing, lots of places to eat, but the few blcosk getting there left one wondering if they might make it or not.. also, around the corner from the hotel on the canal side, before the true ghettos, there was at least one old defensive battery I was able to jump over to and explore from the yard of the hotel...

Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
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65 hotel reviews
Reviews in 64 cities Reviews in 64 cities
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2012

The city of Colon itself is rather a mess. It is full of run down properties and poor looking people......lots of razor wire. This hotel is a bright spot and for one interested in history, architecture and 99 year old buildings, this one shouldn't be missed. The hotel has three stories. We did not stay here.....we visited, had lunch and spent some time touring around the hotel and grounds. The lobby is a time capsule.....beautiful marble floors, art on the ceilings......an interesting old reception area. There is a large formal dining room, obviously just used the previous night for a Quinciñiera....seats several hundred people....very interesting. The front is a large concrete patio facing on the Atlantic and dozens of ships anchored nearby, and with an outdoor swimming pool. The cafe was nothing special.....lunch was served quickly and friendly.....reasonable price.....construction was going on in the informal lunch area....clearly the owners are still investing in this property as a business. If you're in the are.....don't miss this throw back to the early 20th century. In Colon itself, be careful.....that's what our guide told us.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2010

A great hotel with a foreign flair & a great view,I would rather stay at a hotel such as this than the same old ho-hum like every other hotel in the US

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2009

Since my last comment on this hotel, things have changed somewhat. The food is much better, the fish especially the snapper it great....must have changed the chef!!! the pool and the pool bar still need attention... and the internet is now accessible from the rooms.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Calle 2 y Bolivar, Colon, Panama
Location: Panama > Colon Province > Colon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Colon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 124
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