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Panama Hotel

4 Bayview St, San Rafael, CA 94901-4913
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#4 of 8 hotels in San Rafael
Panama Hotel is an excellent choice for travelers visiting San Rafael, offering a boutique environment alongside many helpful amenities designed to enhance your stay. Rooms at Panama Hotel provide air conditioning, and guests can stay connected with free wifi. You can also enjoy free breakfast while staying at Panama Hotel. Need a place to park? Free parking is available at Panama Hotel. For those interested in checking out popular landmarks while visiting San Rafael, Panama Hotel is located a short distance from Marin County Civic Center (2.1 mi) and Bartolini gallery, Marin Center (2.4 mi). When you’re feeling hungry, be sure to check out Royal Thai Restaurant, Bangkok Thai Express, and Bay Thai Cuisine, which are some Thai restaurants that are popular with locals and out-of-towners alike. Best of all, Panama Hotel makes it easy to experience many great San Rafael attractions like Museum of International Propaganda and Marin History Museum, which are some popular history museums. Enjoy your stay in San Rafael!
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bar / lounge
Non-smoking hotel
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This “hotel” is actually a relatively charming old house where my quite small Somebody’s? “Safari” room at the top of the stairs was perfectly adequate for my needs. Not at all what I expected, but my family later said, “Funky, but locals love it because the people are so nice.” (They must be talking about the restaurant, because why would locals stay at the inn?) Anyway, I’m all for giving business to nice people. So I took an Uber from the airport to this distinctly residential neighborhood— located close to family, which was the reason for the visit— and checked in... at the restaurant. (?!) Not a hotel, get it? What I didn’t like so much was their 48hr cancellation policy, which means once you see what you’ve got here, you either have a fight on your hands (?) or you shrug and stay. The lady was nice, (not exactly professional, maybe, but this is a neighborhood joint, not a Four Seasons.) I was concerned about security because there is a physical key, not a card that changes with each guest, and the house where the room is located is not locked— but the patio gate is locked and the restaurant door— through which you enter to get to restaurant and the house/inn— IS locked at some point during the night. Long story short, I WISH I’d known the heater was controlled on the side of the floor vent unit, (it was so hot in there!!!) I wish there were a small room safe, and I wish I had known this is a Bed & Breakfast, not a hotel, but the small bed was cozy and the room was quiet. So if you like a charming B & B, I do recommend this place.
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I've eaten at the Panama Hotel many times and the food is great. This time I had the occasion to also stay at the hotel for two nights while I was in the area. The hotel is quirky and funky (which I expected). My room was probably one of the smallest ones, perhaps a little claustrophobic, but clean and pretty comfortable. Even though the floor in the bathroom slanted (it is a very old hotel), the bathtub/shower was fine and there were nice soap and shampoo options. There was a small kitchen with coffee maker, microwave, and fridge and even a bathrobe in the closet. Included was a very nice continental breakfast offered in the dining room to hotel guests. The parking can be somewhat of a problem because the hotel is located in a residential neighborhood. You can expect to walk a block or so after you park your car. But it's a beautiful area and the walk is very pleasant.
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Took a risk and drove out of the way from San Francisco to Chico in heavy traffic. We did not have a reservation but were there early enough that the Host was very kind to seat us. The place was packed when we left at 7:30 on a Friday Night. I've never seen a Pork Chop so big! Absolutely delicious everything and quite bargain by Marin County prices. The decor was fun and I'd like to stay at the Hotel sometime. It was all charming!
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We recently went to Marin on business and I thought we would stay at a boutique hotel. We are very big fans of the Benbow Inn in Garberville and Campovido in Hopland. Based on their website and reviews I thought that was what would await us. We checked in and the first clue should have been walking across the black indoor out door duck taped patio floor; second clue, should have been how filthy the stairs were leading up to our room. Confirmation was walking into to this porch add on where the so called sofa bed was located and then into the master bedroom where the floors were not only dirty but clearly had not been vacuumed. After a long journey we figured we could tough one night out and then find another place the for the next night. So we informed the gal working the desk that we would be checking out early. But in hind sight we should have checked out right then and there. All night this bright red light from the neon sign light up our room and even the shades could not block it out. I called to see why we were not issued a refund and I was told it was not their policy but the manager would get back to me. Four days later….no call. I would not recommend the hotel. However the restaurant was good
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I lived in San Rafael many years and love the food and ambience at the restaurant here. A real gem. My last visit, with my sister, a friend, and her five-year old, was marred by a server named Guy P. Since we had a child with us, we sat in the foyer, away from the other diners and near the front door. Guy was extremely rude to the three of us, practically slamming our wine glasses on the table and never coming back to check on us or the food. Apparently this is his habit with people who have children. I did alert the hostess because he wouldn't even bring us our check! I had to go up to the stand and get someone to bring us the check. Usually this place is great, but this server has got to go. We will not be going back.
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$76 - $174 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United StatesCaliforniaSan Rafael
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Frequently Asked Questions about Panama Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Panama Hotel?
Nearby attractions include WildCare (0.2 miles), Mission San Rafael Arcangel (0.5 miles), and San Rafael Pacifics Baseball - Albert Park (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Panama Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Panama Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Panama Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sol Food Puerto Rican Cuisine, Panama Hotel, and Cafe Arrivederci.
Is Panama Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.5 miles away from the center of San Rafael.
Are there any historical sites close to Panama Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting American Legion Log Cabin (2.2 miles), Robson-Harrington House (2.1 miles), and First American Flag Raising in San Francisco (4.4 miles).