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“Great place for layover flights” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Discovery
Ranked #106 of 116 Hotels in Panama City
San Francisco, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great place for layover flights”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2012

I had a 20 hour layover in Panama on my way to Ecuador. At the airport I saw a gentleman offering free shuttle service to hotel discovery and it was reasonably priced $27 compared to others that where $60+. The hotel is near the banking district. The rooms have AC and I was glad because right now its very humid and hot regardless the hour. I took opportunity and booked a tour of the panama canal from them and enjoyed my layover. Only thing is that there is no wifi, and I wouldnt recomend walking late at night around that area. Keep in mind, a taxi ride each way from airport to city is 30 bucks each way. Free shuttles

Room Tip: ask to be first floor. elevator to slow
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    2 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 bubbles
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Papeete
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97 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2011

Stayed here recently and for the price, it is a really great deal. The tv did not have good reception though and I could not work out why the airconditioning did not work the second night. The main switch is by reception and you have to make sure it is ON.

Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
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2 Thank MonoFelizPanama
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Trinidad
Level Contributor
19 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2011

Pros about the Hotel: This hotel offer you a nightly rate of $ 25.00 US per night once payed for in cash, if you book online the rate is much more. Hotel Discovery is located in a central location in Panama City close to Shopping Malls and the Financial Hub.Taxis to almost everywhere is easily accessible and cost between 2-3 dollars. The hotel also provides free daily transport to Albrook Mall and a free Airport Shuttle leaving the hotel (3) three times a day at 5.00am, 8.00am and 2.00pm. Free Wifi is available which has good signal. There is a nearby Park to indulge in Panamanian culture added to which local food vendors are just a block away.Multicentro Mall is also approximately (20) twenty minutes walk. In the unlikely case of a medical emergency there is a major hospital a block away....all in all in terms of location its great....the necessary precautions should be exercised just like anywhere else in the world, however Police Officers can be seen patrolling the streets at any given time.

Cons: The hotel staff dont speak English so if you cant speak the local languague then you may be in trouble. One staff member (Yvette) try to speak english, she really tries but she is not there all day.The hotel dont have a restaurant however they offer you coffee, juice and toast on a morning for breakfast.There is no room service or cleaning offered at this hotel,so if you staying there for (5) five days then you have the same sheet and towels for the duration of your stay. They dont have large towels so you'd have to use the (2) two small ones in the bath. The linens on the bed are simple,no blanket included depending on the room. AC in some rooms malfunction as I had to change rooms twice.The lighting in the rooms are also poor. Some of the bathrooms has no glass shower,they have some dingy looking plastic shower curtain.There is no panoramic view of the city from your room. If you're travelling solo and want company in your room... its not allowed.

In conclusion if you on a tight budget then this hotel would be fine for a night or two,if you can afford to pay more than go elsewhere.....Panama City offers you a lot of options.

PS: Thanx Yvette for your kind assistance in trying to speak English and guidance on places to visit and things to do whilst in Panama.

Andy
Trinidad.

Room Tip: Not a leisure hotel....okay to spend a night or two.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank ASC_360
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La Rochelle, France
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18 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2011

Don't take care of reception state (being repaired)
Rooms are good and one of the cheapest price in Panama city (25$ for one night one person with free transportation to the airport)
+ : tv, hot shower, free wifi, FREE TRANSPORTATION TO THE AIRPORT
- : no restaurant

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank UnusedUsername
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Bridgetown, Barbados
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2010

Cons: There was hair in the shower drain. Overall felt unclean and cheap. The only other clients were men, some holding their belongings in garbage bags. When we got their the restaurant was closed for renovations so we had to use the one at the hotel across the street where we were heckled to buy DVD's and for spare change by various people coming off the street. That restaurant does not open on Sundays. No fridge.

Pros: Free airport pick up and free transfers to Albrook Mall. Free wireless internet.

In our hunt for Sunday breakfast we came upon a hotel called San Remo which was a couple blocks away. After checking out the rooms we decided to move there. For a similar price we had a room which was small, but clean, comfortable and actually looked like a hotel suite. The restaurant food was great and the staff was very nice and helpful. No free transfers, but taxis abound and are very cheap.

All in all this area is in the heart of the city. We wanted to do some shopping and it was a central location for that. Neither hotels had swimming pools.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2010

I book these hotel online nice pictures pool big nice room..its all fake no indoor pool they dont have pool the rooms are soo old the air condation smel bad.old the bed is realy hard.like wood..they charge online $45..at the desk its only $25..we change the next day..for $25 you could get something nice and renovaded dow the street..no breakfast or pool ..we end up staying at the Costa inn..not a 5 star but had a pool ..nice breakfast bufet..and free shutle to aeroport..the restaurant..was very good..and afortable..for about $55 a day..

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank teresinha
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Property: Hotel Discovery
Address: Avenida Justo Arosemena & Ecuador Street, Panama City 0816, Panama
Location: Panama > Panama Province > Panama City
Amenities:
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #106 of 116 Hotels in Panama City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Discovery 2.5*
Number of rooms: 85
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