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“What else would you expect for $30 for a double room for two people right in the centre of Panama City??”
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Hotel Bella Vista
Ranked #78 of 117 Hotels in Panama City
Torquay, United Kingdom
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“What else would you expect for $30 for a double room for two people right in the centre of Panama City??”
Reviewed September 2, 2012

We checked in there late at night and enjoyed our 2 night stay. It was dead cheap and with all the necessary things like air conditioning, sky TV, Wi-Fi and hot water.
It was not outstanding but much better and cheaper then other hotels in the area - $45 - $80
There is also a night bar next door, which is quite handy for the last drink on the way back from town.
Calle Uruguay is just 5 minutes in the taxi (2 - 3 dollars)
We would definitively stay there again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Toronto
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Reviewed January 2, 2012

Usually I don't write the negative reviews, but this hotel will be one of the exceptions. We spent in it 4 nights in urgent situation (we found in the Tocumen that our online reservation with other B&B was not honured - it is the subject for another review), so we didn't have possibility to make online research. The hotel is not for a long stay - as we told by other people usually it is rented on hourly basis (if you know what I mean). Our room had only two beds, TV, one bulb (very dim light) and one open niche at the entrance for clothes. No table, no chair, no bedside table, no table lamp, no closet. The washroom had only lavatory pan, smal wash-basin and shower. No space for any cosmetic of my wife and daughter, barely space for toothpaste and brush. No glass or cup. One of the beds was so squeacking, that we woked up every time as our daughter turned at night. During 4 days no one cleaned our room or settle our beds (I don't speak even about change of towels or bed linens). The cost of the room was not dirty cheap - $65/night, and this price did not included breakfast. The area around the hotel is not pleasant (we were told that it's not a good neighbourhood, though honestly we didn't feel that we are in danger). But there are dirty and ugly building and streets around. The staff don't speak English at all. Wi-Fi was very so-so (though unfortunately I could say it not only about this hotel, but almost about all hotels we stayed in Panama). At evenings we just didn't know what to do, as after the dinner we didn't want to return to our room. They were our first 4 days at Panama and definitely the trip start was very disappointing.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Shropshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 27, 2011

This was ou first night in Central America and a dreadful start. The hotel let rooms by the hour and one can imagine the reason for this with a red light outside!! The rooms were dark and dingy and the area around the hotel was dismal.

  • Stayed January 2011
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed November 28, 2010

DO NOT STAY HERE. We went to Panama for our honeymoon and chose this hotel based on reviews and was the worst decision ever. We were advised by the taxi driver this is a very unsafe place for tourist but we didn't listen. When we walked into the place it looked weird but walking into the room it just looked filthy. Tried to turn the AC on but there were no buttons and it was falling apart.

This didn't look like a hotel for travelers, I got the impression this is a place for prostitutes (which was later confirmed to us by another taxi driver). We arrived at midnight so we spent a few hours, we didn't even sleep b/c I was afraid someone would walk in and take our stuff.. definitely would not recommend to anyone. We left early to a much better place.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Newfoundland
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Reviewed April 1, 2010

$30 for double bed, cable TV, hot water, AC. Room was clean and quiet. Bed was comfortable and new. Hotel staff was friendly. WiFi available and internet access in lobby and next door. Convenient to local bus stop (right outside door) and free shuttle to/from airport ($25 dollar value). Restaurant in lobby. Area seemed safe at night, though I wouldn't wander too far towards the old city. Great Venezuelan restaurant nearby. Lobby is weird and dark and outside of hotel is a bit strange but don't let that put you off. Earlier in the week we paid $39 for a small private room in a hostel with no AC or TV. Compared to that, and even on it's own, it's a great place to stay especially for a "low-end" hotel.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Bella Vista
Address: Via Espana, Perejil No 31 a un costado del Colegio Javier, Panama City, Panama
Location: Panama > Panama Province > Panama City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Airport Transportation
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Ranked #78 of 117 Hotels in Panama City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Bella Vista 2.5*
Number of rooms: 60
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