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“Great place to kick back and relax” 5 of 5 stars
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Gran Hotel Nacional
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Avenida Central | P.O. Box 378, David, Panama   |  
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Ranked #3 of 12 hotels in David
Boquete, Panama
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5 hotel reviews
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“Great place to kick back and relax”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

We decided to overnight for a mini vacation before our visa trip to Costa Rica. If you stay at the hotel, we highly recommend the 1st floor pool side suites. There are five rooms that have a very nice veranda where you can sit outside and enjoy the evening under a ceiling fan.

The Barbeque restaurant outside by the pool is great. We had the dinner for two, that ended up making four meals! (if you are local, bring a cooler).

We were there on a Saturday night and the music at the bar outside promptly ended at 10pm, allowing for a very nice nights' sleep. If you want to keep partying, head to the Casino.

The bed and pillows are fantastic, the fridge in the room is very convienent.

We will stay there again, even if we do not need to make the Costa Rica run, it was just fun getting away for a night from the highlands.

Room Tip: If you stay at the Gran Nacional, get the pool side rooms, they are worth the price. PS: comes with...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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Midland, Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

I was on a mission trip with a large group of around 20 people. Everything was cleaned and the room was nice. As an American it was frustrating to come back to your room and find that they had turned off the air conditioner but it doesn't take long for the room to cool back down. The restaurant service sucked but I think it was mostly a culture thing because the service was the same everywhere in Panama during out 8 day stay. The food was always good. One morning on the breakfast buffet there was some kind of a redish color meat that they were calling "beef"... I know it was not beef. There was beef in the container next to it... not sure if it was horse or what but I tried it and it was ok... but not beef. Someone told me that it could have been horse, but then another local told us that serving horse was illegal...so I don't know... just know it wasn't any part of a cow.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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San Salvador, El Salvador
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

Good hotel very central in a city with not much to do. The hotel is a good choice, the rooms are nice and everything worked perfect. They are clean and the beds are quite comfy. The staff and the service is good. The hotel offer a very good buffet.

  • Stayed November 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

Rooms are large and bed is great. Comfy pillows and a nice pool are. Staff is very helpful and friendly. Giving you directions and help. This town has not much to offer but the drinks are cheap accross the street at the casino.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boquete, Panama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

Pool, TV, clean rooms, air conditioning, lunch buffet daily. Convention and meeting rooms. Overall, a good choice for those caring to stay in David proper. Taxi service to and from bus station under $5.00.
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Room Tip: Secure and comfortable with helpful English speaking staff
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wilmington, NC, US
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

This hotel is a nice place with some outdated structure but superb service. Every staff member has been more than willing to help and many of them speak at least enough English to help out. Some speak great English. Everyone has been very friendly and knowledgable.

The area is generally safe and there is ample security on site. There is a casino next door and some interesting shopping only a couple blocks away.

The building itself is not an updated masterpiece but the rooms are spacious and comfortable, there is hot water... or at least really warm water, and air conditioning. There is a very nice swimming pool area and the restaurants are great with a fabulous buffet for at least breakfast and lunch.

-Helpful friendly staff, good food, pleasant location, comfortable rooms, reasonable prices.-

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Samara Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

I went to David for my visa run from Costa Rica. The Gran Hotel was recommended by a friend. The hotel is a lovely older hotel with 3 restaurants on the premise which makes it very convenient when you don't know the area. The room had a separate sitting room with a couch and desk and a mini refrigerator.

Just be aware there are only stairs in the hotel. It was an issue with my due to a bad knee.

I will also recommend The Gran to friends also that will be visiting the David area.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Gran Hotel Nacional

Address: Avenida Central | P.O. Box 378, David, Panama
Location: Panama > Chiriqui Province > David
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 12 hotels in David
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Gran Hotel Nacional 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Nacional is located in the heart of David´s banking and commercial Center, Capital of Chiriqui Province completely remodeled. Its surroundings are great to spend a good vacation with your family, also to plan the business meetings, weddings, seminars, etc.Our comfortable rooms, Jr. Suites, Pool–Side, Master Suites, are mostly furnished with two double beds, and some are equipped with king or queen sizes.There are 3 restaurants on property: the Coffee Shop serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the daily exquisite lunch-buffet, the Italian–Pizza Restaurant offers “A la carte” all day from lunch to dinner, furthermore the Gazebo, located in the small Tropical Garden, the room transforms every night to a Barbecue Restaurant with a salad-bar.For your evening activities the hotel offers “Multicinema” with 6 theater, plus Las Vegas style Casino open 24 hours.Gran Hotel Nacional, “More than a Tradition, a Chiriqui Heritage”. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Gran Hotel David
Gran Hotel Nacional Panama/David

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