That's all I need in a hotel and this CI&S will now be my top choice in PC after this first stay. (I've also stayed frequently at a Comfort Inn near St. Andrews and the La Quinta on 23rd.)
Central: the hotel is located one block south of East 23rd Street, the main dining and shopping area in Panama City. When you're ready for the beach, head west on 23rd and you'll end up one block from the Hathaway Bridge which takes you to the beach.
Quiet: Since the hotel is not on 23rd itself, you don't hear much noise from the very busy 23rd street. Rooms are "interior."
Breakfast: a step above the usual fare at similar mid-price hotels. Possibly the weekday food is not as varied, but our Sunday morning breakfast included scrambled eggs, "Southwest"-style potatoes, fruit salad, fruit, 4 cereals, bagels, muffins, "you make 'em" Belgian waffles, 3 coffees (regular, bold, and decaf), Bigelow tea assortment, and cocoa mix.
Although I don't eat it, the oatmeal is not the packaged "instant" variety but "real" oatmeal in a big crockpot. Also, the yogurt is not single serving containers but a big bowl of plain yogurt with a variety of toppings on the side. And you don't eat on styrofoam with plastic: ceramic bowls, plates, cups, etc. as well as metal flatware. (I think all Carlson hotels are going this way.)
Hotel: Two stories. Computer in the lobby for those without a laptop. High speed access in the rooms for those with a laptop.
We had booked a King using a "Carlson Club points plus cash" option. At check-in, the clerk upgraded us to a King suite since we are Carlson Club members. The room was a "real" suite: the bedroom is separated from the rest of the room by a full floor to ceiling wall and a door. Flat panel TVs and phones in both the bedroom and the living area.
The only issue I had is that the bathroom is configured strangely. The commode is very close to the washbowl, apparently to allow more room between the commode and tub. But, the toilet paper roller is right under the washbowl. Between these two, some part of your anatomy will likely touch either the commode or the toilet paper roller when you are at the washbowl. No big deal...
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