I have stayed at Santana on three separate occasions en route to Bocas del Toro, or returning. As others have noted, if you are looking for something cheap, basic and clean in an interesting area, Santana is just fine. The staff are friendly and helpful, and there are always lots of young people coming and going, which gives the place a youthful and fun atmosphere. The immediate area does look a bit dubious, but I have never had a problem. There are lots of police around, but you may feel safer walking as a group or taking a taxi - the hotel will call a reputable one for you. However, I walk everywhere in Casco by myself and have never had an issue.
If I were looking for a place to spend several days, I would want a hotel with more amenities, but for an overnight stay between Tocumen and Albrook (or vice versa), Santana is my choice and the place I recommend to friends and family. You just need to have realistic expectations for a place that costs less than $50 per night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Brand new hotel; clean and trendy, 24 hour reception and security, great service for only 29.00$ a night ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Santana Panama/Panama City