We stayed at Magnolia Inn for 3 days as soon as we arrived for our first trip to Panama just before Christmas. Casco Viejo was a perfect place to wander and get the feel of the history and culture of Panama. (The downtown city centre is fantastic but not pedestrian friendly and somewhat overpowering at first.)
We started each morning at he Super Gourmet Restaurant...a fabulous restaurant for breakfast just off Cathedral Square. Morning walks to explore the area followed by picnic lunches in the room (3C) enjoying great views over the city. Room was comfortable even though the shower and bathroom were a little rough around the edges. Friends stayed in room 2C and loved the room (better bathroom) even though there was no view. Wonderful location and friendly, helpful staff. It was great to be able to slip 'home' to escape the heat of midday and then venture out again in the late afternoon.
Only disappointment was that the floodlights for the Cathedral shine right in the main window at night. We had to close the curtains of one main window and couldn't enjoy the evening views. Not sure if any thing can be done about this because the lights on the Cathedral are beautiful when you are in the square.
Night life is vibrant and rooftop bars provide spectacular vistas over the downtown core.
Casco Viejo is a wonderful place...our 3 days were full and we're so glad we didn't have to settle for the typical 'flyby' 1/2 day tour of the area.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Magnolia Inn Panama/Panama City