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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Le Meridien Panama

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Le Meridien Panama
Ranked #10 of 116 Hotels in Panama City
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“LOVED THIS HOTEL!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2012

My husband and I stayed at this hotel several weeks ago on a pleasure trip. I highly recommend this hotel because of the service, friendly people, clean and everything you may want while staying away from home. We had a room with a view to the water and the views were very nice. Internet service was also good. While our stay we met the general manager who was very attentive and with a great personality. This is good place to stay when traveling to Panama City and I highly recommend it.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Boris D, Manager at Le Meridien Panama, responded to this review, January 9, 2013
We appreciate all your comments and the time taken to evaluate our services and property.
thank you for all your compliments and hope to have you back on the near future
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2012

The old adage that a first impression lasts a lifetime certainly came true at this property. We checked in on a Sunday evening for a week of meetings in the city. The two ladies at the front desk were far from friendly & really, almost hostile.

We were upgraded to a Gold suite (had to ask for it) which had views of the ocean. No mention of how noisy it gets on that side of the hotel starting at 5 am w/ the morning commute! If you're looking for peace & quiet, this is probably not your best choice.

The next morning, we went down for breakfast & left quite disappointed. Food on the buffet was stale, the service was lousy & they couldn't follow simple directions of how we wanted our omelets. We only made this mistake once! There's a good spot a block away called Don Blas that became our mainstay for breakfast.

The only redeeming qualities of this hotel is that it is centrally located, but again, w/ lots of noise & congestion. The gold suite was nicely appointed but the walls are paper thin. The bellmen & housekeeping staff were highlights. Front desk & servers in the restaurant...horrible.

As for the front desk & servers, it almost seemed like we were uninvited guests staying at their club. Truly like no other Starwood property I've ever visited. At checkout, there was a mistake on my bill & when I pointed it out, the woman got somewhat testy, until she realized that it was in fact an errant charge. Not even a "thank you for staying w/ us!"

Lastly, if you're counting on reliable technology, go somewhere else! Internet service was unreliable & I called up their IT folks at least five times to get me back online. Cable TV service was even down our last couple of days & when I called about it, I was told that it was down in the general area. Simply not true since all the bars in the immediate area had functioning TV's.

I'm really not sure how/why this place can call itself a Starwood cat 5 hotel. It simply falls far short of what I expect from that sort of property. Next month, I'll be trying the Riu, Trump or Hard Rock.

Room Tip: Room facing south (pacific) are VERY noisy. Not sure its any better on the other sides given the co...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Boris D, Manager at Le Meridien Panama, responded to this review, January 10, 2013
We apologize for not having met your expectations and thanks for your comments
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Clarksville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2012

This hotel is about two blocks from our office in Panama. It's nice, clean, modern, edgy and definitely a good place to stay for busines or pleasure. The beds are comfortable and make sure that you get a room that has a great view of the water. You'll see ships moored in the bay waiting for their turn to transit the Canal. The Canal, of course, is a must see when you are in Panama. The visitors' center at Miraflores Locks is the place to go. As others have noted there are good places to eat that are an easy walk from the hotel. The area is safe and you need not be concerned about walking around the neighborhood.

The buffet breakfast is included with the room and has a decent selection of eggs, pastries, fruit and cereal. Not the best buffet that you will ever find, but certainly acceptable when you consider that it is part of the room charge.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Boris D, Manager at Le Meridien Panama, responded to this review, January 9, 2013
We appreciate all your comments and the time taken to evaluate our services and property.
thank you for all your compliments and hope to have you back on the near future
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012 via mobile

***Just go and enjoy***
Is my second visit to Panama City and equally to this beautiful hotel, which is surprising to me how nice it is, from its people to its food.
This hotel, I am pleased in all my perspectives, inspires me to want to return soon.
As perhaps you already know, Le Meridien, offers perfection from it: the whole, for example in the quality of service (generally), safety, kindness and attention from your staff. A recommendation from me that assures them an option to eat in your room, serious, The Swiss cheeseburger. Mmmmm / :)
Its location on Avenida Balboa, finished look to this magnificent hotel, since it has access to the entire city, thus ease of shopping, restaurants, nightclubs and of course, not to mention others, its proximity to the old town.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Boris D, Manager at Le Meridien Panama, responded to this review, January 9, 2013
We appreciate all your comments and the time taken to evaluate our services and property.
thank you for all your compliments and hope to have you back on the near future
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012 via mobile

This is my 3rd time to this hotel! I stayed this time for 5 nights in a gold suite. It was perfect with a big bed, beatuful large marble bathroom and livingroom.

This is is a 5 star modern very clean and in the best area of panama directly on Bolba avenue! The hotel is very trendy and there are many raturants and clubs surrounding the hotel!

The staff are very friendly and accomidating.
The room service is excelente and fairly priced! When coming to Panama city this is the only hotel to stay at ! This is on my top list of hotels to stay at in central and South America!

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  • Stayed October 2012
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Boris D, Manager at Le Meridien Panama, responded to this review, January 9, 2013
We appreciate all your comments and the time taken to evaluate our services and property.
thank you for all your compliments and hope to have you back on the near future
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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2012

Very chic hotel. My room had a fantastic view of Balboa Ave and the ocean. The hotel is situated on Calle Uruguay which is in close proximity to many restaurants and bars. It's within walking distance to the Multi -centro mall which has city tour buses that frequently depart through out the day. You can get a 24 hour pass for about $29 per person.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Boris D, Manager at Le Meridien Panama, responded to this review, January 9, 2013
We appreciate all your comments and the time taken to evaluate our services and property.
thank you for all your compliments and hope to have you back on the near future
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

Just spent six days and five nights at the Hotel in Panama Great hotel and a wonderful location. The staff was extremely helpful and the General Manager Mr SaintJohn was a fantastic ambassador for Panama

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Boris D, Manager at Le Meridien Panama, responded to this review, October 31, 2012
We appreciate all your comments and the time taken to evaluate our services and property.
thank you for all your compliments and hope to have you back on the near future
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Property: Le Meridien Panama
Address: Calle Uruguay and Balboa Avenue, Panama City, Panama
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Location: Panama > Panama Province > Panama City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Spa Hotel in Panama City
#10 Luxury Hotel in Panama City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Le Meridien Panama 4*
Number of rooms: 111
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On the edge of the Bay of Panama overlooking the old and new quarters of the city, we're bounded by charming restaurants and vibrant nightlife, all within a few minutes to the financial center and corporate offices. Our design is jaw-dropping. A double high ceiling lobby features an overturned glass pyramid reflecting vibrant colors, while a black granite lobby blends with golden accents, and a prominent 46 feet high atrium featuring lively glass. ... more   less 
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