Thanks Franz & Maria for your incredible hospitality and sincere generosity - Gracias Por Todos!
My husband and I found ourselves in Panama for the 2nd time in a month (for work and leisure). We weren't particularly impressed with the last place we stayed at as the general "Personality and Personal Touch" was lacking so we thought we'd try another B&B, this time in the area of Balboa. We found the Canal Inn online and liked its charming green space as well as its close proximity to the Causeway (sites + restaurants), Albrook Mall + Artisan Market (shopping) and other important amenities. We didn't know what to expect though, so we came prepared with bed sheets and towels just in case we'd have to deal with poor quality beds/showers.
To our pleasant surprise, the room we stayed in (#8) although modestly decorated, was cute, clean, and the A/C ran great. An added bonus, the shower and water pressure was GREAT too. If you've ever been a hard-core backpacker, this place has the laid back, easy-going atmosphere you cherished in your 20s plus the luxury of your own private bathroom, A/C, free wireless internet access throughout the building, and daily maid-service -- oh, and a swimming pool -- although we didn't have time to swim in it due to our busy work schedule :)
Breakfast is served from 7-10am and you can choose between North American-style breakfasts or Panamanian-style breakfast. Cold beer/Water/Soda is available round the clock (only a buck a beer); they do your laundry for you for $5 (this was awesome since we had no time to do it ourselves - kindly inquire about it in advance)
As for the "personal touch" :
In the first 3 days, my husband sprained his ankle badly and Franz and Maria offered to switch us to a room on the 1st floor if we wanted + lent me a basin & salt to make poultices for my husband's foot in our room; I also desperately needed to find some artwork for a project I was working on and Franz let me borrow 8 of his own paintings for the weekend! Franz & Maria are better than family; they'll give you the shirts off their backs to make sure you are well taken care of.
I would definitely recommend this Inn to anyone. It's perfect for traveling couples, families, & low maintenance types like myself and my husband (ex-backpackers). If you're looking for 5-star luxury high-rise resort, go elsewhere. If you're looking for personality and sincerity, the Canal Inn is lovely.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Canal - inn, our peaceful bed and breakfast guesthouse welcomes everyone. This beautiful inn is centrally located and has a lot of privacy and connected to both roads: to the north (Gamboa) and to the west (Chiriquí - Costa Rica). A place surrounded by colorful flowers, plants and birds. It is close to restaurants, train station, colonial area, shopping malls and domestic airport and of course, close to Panama Canal and Bridge of the Americas… ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Canal Hotel Panama City
- Canal Inn Panama/Panama City