We arrived in the dark, hired a cab to this hotel. The cab driver was not familiar with it so make sure you have the area (el dorado), and the address handy! Expect a $25-30 cab ride from Tocuman! Prior to our arrival we emailed the hotel about transportation and they offered a driver for $32, i would suggest this for ease of arrival! Our first impression was that the area was a bit scummy, which on second look wasn't far off! We were out during the daylight and night hours and felt safe at all times despite the appearance! We booked through hotels.com weeks in advance but on arrival they did not have our reservation but gave us a room without question once we showed them our confirmation! Our room was on the 12 floor and provided some really nice views of the city and swimming pool, elevators are fast and sound like slot machines! Swimming pool is in a separate building but we weren't there long enough to utilize it:( Rooms are very spacious and plain, with a small kitchenette. Only mirror in the room is in the bathroom where it's really small! Water pressure good and hot showers if wanted! Fast wifi everywhere in hotel, TV worked well, channels mostly in Spanish! Hotel was quiet, doors let some noise in but walls and windows seem sound proof! Beds are comfortable with lots of comfy pillows! Linens are clean, lacking face and hand towels. Continental breakfast was your typical north american foods, fresh fruit, toast, French toast, pancakes, scrambled eggs with a Panamanian meat dish! Coffee was strong and yummy! The hotel is in a small plaza with a bunch of failing businesses which is a shame because the plaza has huge potential. There are a couple of restaurants around the hotel that look respectable, Lenos and Carlo and TGIF, otherwise there are several Chinese restaurants to choose from and a chic pizza place! Lots of choices within a few blocks including McDonalds! For independence there is a Super 99 grocery store a block away with everything you would ever need! If your adventurous you could walk downtown via the main road, Ricardo J. Alfaro Way, in 45 minutes, pretty good eye opener of what the city is like! Otherwise there are local buses, red devil's, that run up and down this main road all day, price unknown! Other local attractions in the area is the El Dorado Mall....mostly a local shopping center, very interesting and fun, and 5 minutes by cab is the Albrook Mall (North American shops) and Albrook Airport, domestic flights with Air Panama! All in all, this hotel has easy access to downtown, Marina's and airports! All in all, this is not a bad hotel as a short stay place to get your bearings, downtown can get very busy and this spot is a good alternative to that hustle and bustle!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Central Park Hotel Casino & Spa features first-class services and modern facilities, spacious and comfortable rooms, with options of Superior, Deluxe and Junior Suite full equipt with kitchenette (microwave, coffe maker and mini fridge, dining table, working desk, safe box, balconies with Panama City Views and Metropolitan Park Views. Other Facilities: outdoor pool, lobby bar, restaurant, meeting rooms, casino, Spa, front desk and security 24 hours.Central Park Hotel Casino & Spa Central Park Hotel give you the best option for executives and travellers who want to be in Symphony between business, nature, and pleasure. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Central Park Hotel Panama/Panama City