A 5-star property it is not. But if that is what we had been seeking, then we could have paid the 2x 3x 4x or 5x room rate differential and stayed at another hotel with all the nice but usually unnecessary amenities. We initially stayed at the DoubleTree by Hilton Panama City in August, 2013 and then a second time in January, 2014. Although it's probably not particularly productive to compare this property to its same brand in the US, if we chose to do so, then it would stand up at least as favorably as more than 50% of the US brand. I travel throughout the 50 states and have frankly stayed in some lower-end Hilton Family properties, let alone a DoubleTree property or two. It's really all about why one selects a hotel and how it meets expectations. The DoubleTree delivered on mostly all of what we had expected.
We had decided upon not incurring the expense, hassle and liability of a rental vehicle since our plan was to primarily remain within the confines of Panama City proper. We had researched the hotel and had learned that there was a tour desk in the lobby from which we could obtain an English-speaking driver/guide at reasonable rates. This turned out to be an excellent decision. We always first seek out a Hilton Family property, and after visiting the web pages of this, as well as other non-Hilton hotels, for the price and expected product, there was no question. The DoubleTree appeared by far to be the best value. We wanted to be within reasonable walking distance of an array of restaurants, bars, shops and the water. We wanted an outdoor pool to enjoy some sun if we tired of touring. We wanted a dining and drinking option on property. We wanted to be only a short ride from most major attractions, including the Canal and Old Panama. The DoubleTree appeared to be in a good location and fit all our criteria...so we stayed there.
With few exceptions, they delivered on all counts. The rooms were nothing to write home about but were comfortable, spacious, clean and quiet. The buffet breakfast available in the hotel's restaurant was predictably DoubleTree, varied only slightly daily but was much better than average. The staff were helpful, friendly and professional to a fault. The rooftop pool/hot tub served its purpose, but it was better when the upstairs bar was open during my second stay. The singular weak service area involved the bar. How does one offer a gin or vodka tonic without tonic...or limes? I finally went to a nearby grocery store and bought small bottles of tonic which I brought down each time I wanted a drink :-) All in all, though, the DoubleTree by Hilton Panama City was a excellent value. and we hope it remains so.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Panama City - El Carmen, where a friendly staff member is waiting to greet you with a freshly baked, chocolate chip cookie. The central location of this Panama City hotel makes it ideal for business travelers and guests on vacation. Attend conferences in the financial district, or enjoy the fine Central American dining and excellent shopping centers situated within walking distance.Each spacious guest room at our Panama City hotel features a 37-inch TV, minibar, and luxurious plush-top bed with five jumbo hypo-allergenic pillows. Families on vacation can enjoy the additional space that comes with a suite. Use the complimentary high-speed internet access to stay in touch with the office or to plan your day. Accessible rooms are available for guests who require modified amenities. Relax in the rooftop pool and whirlpool, unwind in the Spa, or exercise in the fully equipped gym. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Doubletree By Hilton Panama City Hotel Panama City