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“Beautiful & Affordable! Finally in Casco Viejo!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Magnolia Inn

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Magnolia Inn
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Boston, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful & Affordable! Finally in Casco Viejo!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2012

Magnolia Inn is the answer to what Casco Viejo, Panama was missing for tourists. Yes, there is Luna's Castle and Hospedaje Casco Viejo but finally there is a middle range between the backpackers hostel and the super pricey luxurious hotel.

I stayed in the $90/night room on the 2nd floor with 2 queen size beds, AC, a ceiling fan, and a private bathroom (in the hallway but still private) with my parents last week. The bed was incredibly comfortable, the room was quiet, AC worked wonderfully, and the sheets and towels were super nice! We had free quick WiFi and service was pretty great!

I'm seriously going to recommend this Inn to anyone because they have rooms that range from 4 person dorm rooms w/ AC for $15/night up to the penthouse rooms for $135 a night (All a great value)!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Calgary, Canada
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53 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2012

We were very fortunate to find this gem when we were forced to go to Panama City due to the recent protests. The Inn was overflowing with travelers caught, as we were, and the owners went to every extreme to make sure everyone found a place to sleep, including putting out mattresses in the ballroom. Charie and Reg were the perfect hosts. They gave us endless amounts of great information about the City and the area for dining and sightseeing. The hotel itself is a wonderfully restored building in a great part of the City. The communal kitchen was massive and the whole experience was like going home for Christmas with all the family around!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Panama City, Panama
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57 reviews
23 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2012

I came to the Magnolia because of the Jazz Festival in Panama. I have seen many hotels in Panama - and many hostels that aren't too exciting. This place is beautiful, everyone who works there is super friendly (it's owned by an American couple), and they help you figure out your trip. In the heart of Casco Viejo, which is a gorgeous area. The hostel beds have plugs for each bunk and reading lamps. Really cool ballroom. We could walk safely to and from the jazz Fest. All around - enjoyed it!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2012

I came to Panama City for the Canal, I stayed for the night life, but I came Back for the Magnolia Inn. They offered a relaxed and comfortable place to kick back between the attractions. I was in Panama City during the recent/continuing protests against the government. This is a difficult time to be a traveler in panama, but Reggie and Charie would never turn down a stranded individual or group. Despite their "FULL" status, they would find ways to make room for the desperate people that would come to them every day. Kind people, Clean, Comfortable beds, and the best showers in Central America. I'll miss you Magnolia

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2012

This was my first visit to Panama and had uncertain expectations. The owners (Reggie and Charie) and the facility were terrific and the location was perfect. I felt welcome and comfortable immediately. I stayed in one of the penthouse rooms and enjoyed every aspect, especially the bed. Having stayed in innumerable business hotels over the last 35 years, it was real change and a nice experience to be in an interesting mix of people from all over. It's fun to be around happy people. I plan to return to Panama and while in Panama City will look no further that the Magnolia Inn for a place to stay.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2012

I found La Magnolia on Google maps as it opened so recently TripAdvisor did not even have it in the system. We stayed on the second floor of the revitalized mansion on our way in to Panama and enjoyed it so much we also stayed there on our way out. The room was very nice as was the attached bathroom. La Magnolia also offers nice dorm style hostel rooms as well as three penthouse rooms. The location is immediately behind the cathedral which is centrally located to all of Casco.

Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2012

We found this quite by accident. The sign is not up and it is hard to find on your own. It is new, has both upscale hostel facilities and really nice private rooms. It has a fully equipped kitchen, good mattresses everywhere, a lovely huge communal room, a/c in the private rooms. And best of all, really nice and helpful owners from the States. It is a remodeled older building with marble steps and floors and the upper rooms have great views of the old and new cities. A very needed addition to an interesting area of Panama City, within easy walking distance of all the old city and it's excellent restaurants and sites. Lots of really hot water in really good showers!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Magnolia Inn

Property: Magnolia Inn
Address: 8-18 Calle Boquete & Calle 8va, 111 | Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
Location: Panama > Panama Province > Panama City
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 110 Specialty Lodging in Panama City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Magnolia Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Magnolia Inn offers comfortable and spacious deluxe private rooms. Our restored French colonial mansion is full of historic character, as well as modern conveniences such as A/C, orthopedic beds, free Wi-Fi Internet, mini-fridge and safe deposit boxes. We have a total of 16 hotel rooms available, all with private bathroom, A/C and safe deposit boxes. We are a family friendly hotel and are suitable to host large groups. The building boasts stylish social areas to relax and meet fellow guests. A fully equipped kitchen and sunbathed dining room is available for all ours guests to use and coffee and tea is offered free all day. We also have a total of 38 hostel/dorm beds available with comfortable beds and A/C. Within a couple blocks from the hotel you can enjoy Casco Viejo's attractions such as the Presidential Palace, Metropolitan Cathedral, the Canal Museum, National Theater, Las Bovedas, and many others. Casco Viejo also is home to art galleries, great restaurants, and some of the city's best bars. Private car service is available for a fee, you are greeted inside Tocumen (PTY) international airport with a sign. The English speaking driver helps you with your bags and brings you to the front desk of the Magnolia Inn. Our front desk staff is fluent English, Spanish German, Dutch and Russian and will gladly help you with further planning your trip in Panama. ... more   less 
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