We had a debate about hotel before visiting Panama city. The choice is between "the new" versus "the old" and we ended up choosing "the old". In exchange of high end chain, swimming pool, spa and gym, we went for the historical, characters and personal service. In this case, Las Clementinas in Casco Viejo. The whole area of old town is under a rapid and rather drastic gentrification, which renders it aesthetically uneven yet culturally exciting. Physically, maybe only 1/3 of the buildings have been renovated and they stand side by side with the collapsed, dilapidated, the neglected, the trashed. You can see the future of where this place wants to head to but more you are witnessing where it was and still is. But it is also an interesting place where boutique hotels and fabulous restaurants rise up from the historical buildings, like phoenix from ashes. Las clementinas is one of these places.
At the end, we appreciated our choices, with a little mixed feeling. By choosing a historical boutique hotel we have certainly let go of the luxuries like spa, gym and swimming pool. The rooms are all en suit one bed room apartment, extremely spacious with high ceiling and a full kitchen. The staffs are very friendly and wonderful in terms of making recommendations and reservations. Location is ideally central where we can walk to anywhere in casco viejo. Breakfast and its service are impeccable.
Now the parts that we think need improvement are the lackluster wifi service in the room. It was very weak to non-exisitng and we have to move around to find a spot to be able to connect. Also we found the water pressure very weak and the hot water lack of steam in the morning. Because of its location, it is also fairly noisy in early morning, typical of a town, but that doesn't bother us that much as we are early risers, but may be a problem if you want to sleep in. The double size bed is also pretty small for two of us. A king instead of a queen will be so much better especially given that the space is not a problem. Stairs only but we consider it as a workout so that wasn't a problem.
At the end, it is a choice that one has to make depending on what you look for in a luxury hotel and can live with or without.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic, boutique hotel located in Panama City's old quarter, Casco Viejo ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Las Clementinas Hotel Panama City
- Las Clementinas Hotel Panama/Panama City