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Aparthotel Torres de Alba
Ranked #46 of 113 Hotels in Panama City
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New York
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55 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Great Location”
Reviewed October 27, 2008

My girlfriend and I stayed here and couldn't have been more pleased. The location of the hotel is excellent and allows easy access to many restaurants which are within walking distance. The Wyndam hotel & casino is located next door and is a nice place to have a drink or two.
Our room was immaculate and had everything you could want. All utensils, pots and pans, coffee pot, blender and the washer & dryer were like new and worked great. The hotel does have a nice small pool which we saw being cleaned every day.
I would definitely advise you to negotiate with the taxi drivers and not to settle on the first price. There are no meters in the cab so they will try and overcharge you. If you ask the front desk they will tell you approximately how much a cab will cost to go where you want. We walked everywhere around the hotel including the long walk to the MultiCentro Mall and felt safe. Panama City is a budding metropolis and it definnitely shows in the amount of traffic and the constant honking of the horns! Good luck crossing the street!!
The highlight of our trip was the emebera indian village tour we went on. We used Anne through emberavillagetours.com and would defintely say that you can't go to Panama and not do this tour. She picks you up at the hotel and is with you the whole way. She is actually married to one of the members of the tribe. The embera indians were so welcoming and friendly.

  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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mroberts@mofo.com
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Reviewed August 12, 2008

I stayed three (3) nights in August. My suite was very spacious, clean and definitely provided all necessary amenities for a one-bedroom suite/apartment. Would be a great place to stay for families. MAJOR NEGATIVE: front desk staff did not follow through on check out date. During check-in I requested a specific check out date, and was told no problem. Day prior to scheduled check out I received a call asking when I was checking out. Representative stated she would call me back if there was a problem. I waited for an hour - no call. So I called to express my concern with the initial call. The representative apologized for not knowing why I did not receive a call back, and stated that there was no availability and I must check out. Seemingly, I should have been told of the nonavailability when I checked in... When I expressed my concerns, the representatives (two women) at the front desk were not very kind, and any English they spoke prior to this day - was totally forgotten....quite disappointed. Not a great experience to have when ending a vacation in Panama...

  • Liked — Location and spacious accommodations
  • Disliked — Clarity and follow-through with checkin and checkout
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 27, 2008

We enjoyed our stay at this hotel. There is a washer and dryer and full kitchen in the room. It was spacious and had all the amenities of a legitimate hotel, including a gym. It was also clean. Desk staff was friendly enough. We also booked via email because it was about $30 cheaper than talking to the hotel.

  • Liked — It was clean and had all hotel ammenities
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 4, 2008

We needed a place to stay in the El Cangrejo section of Panama City. Everything at the Apart-hotel Torres de Alba was clean and designed for the traveler to stay for weeks or months. The room rate has just risen to $119.00 plus taxes per night. The front desk staff was always friendly, often going out of their way to help us. Derek was especially great! He arranged for us to be picked up at the airport at 1:55 in the morning by a smiling English speaking careful taxi driver who charged the normal fee for that trip. Derek also went out of his way to help us on some other things. Our bedroom had two beds (could sleep 4 adults), a dresser with mirror, and a decent sized closet. Each suite has a separate air conditioner. The bathroom was large enough, featuring a "rainshower" shower head, plenty of towels, and good counter space. The living room was comfortable with a table, two couches, a couple of upholstered chairs, a TV with a pretty good selection of channels, a dinette table with chairs, and, because there were three of us, a reasonably comfortable folding bed. We found the kitchen/laundry room to be very handy. It was equipped with a blender, toaster, electric coffee maker, microwave, stove, and refrigerator, as well as enough gear to do very simple cooking. We loved having the convenience of having our own washer and dryer. Everything worked and was in good condition. Panamanians drive with their horns, so there is no getting completely away from the street noise, but with the windows closed and the air conditioner on, it wasn't too bad. Rooms at the back of the hotel are quieter than those in the front. There are two free computers for the use of the hotel guests, but printing costs 75 cents a page. The morning buffet is $12.00 per person. There is no breakfast included in the room rate. The pool is a bit small, but adequate. It is part of a rooftop patio with lounging chairs, tables with regular chairs, and bathrooms and an exercise room nearby. There is a small play area for toddlers. On the ground level of the Hotel Torres de Alba building are a laundry/ dry cleaning/ tailoring shop, a travel agency, and a store that rents computers and sells phone cards so you can stay in touch with those at home. Two typical Panamanian beauty parlors and two small markets are within a few hundred feet of the hotel, as are several restaurants. We like the Esquina Van Gogh Restaurant on the ground level (well, you do go down about three steps) at the base of the stairs leading up to the Torres de Alba lobby. The owners and staff of this restaurant speak varying levels of English, with the son being virtually fluent. The friendly hosts bring in small bands (and, when we were there, they even had folklorico dancers come in) several times a week and showcase the work of local artists on their walls. The Pomodoro is an Italian restaurant across the street. (We like to eat in their patio.)Manolo's (down the street) is reasonably good. Several fast food places (Dunkin' Donuts, Baskin Robins, Wendy's, Subway, and more) are just past the entrance to the Veneto. Mc Donald's is a few blocks away, if you have to have your Big Mac. The Veneto has a more expensive restaurant. El Trapiche, a restaurant that features Panamanian food, is about a mile away on the left side of Via Argentina (a few blocks past the park). We walk to El Trapiche, even at night. You'll pass a farmacia (phamacy) on the right side of the street on your way to El Trapiche. Another farmacia, Green's Farmacia (pharmacy), is very convenient, just past the Hotel-Casino Veneto's entrance. Some of the staff speak English. The night manager, Eric, speaks English fluently. Kuna Indian street sellers abound as you walk downhill from the hotel. (They offer molas and other handmande items that make fine souvenirs and gifts for you and your friends.) T-shirt stores, souvenir shops and other stores line the street as you head to Sprago's, on the corner of Via Espana. Sprago's is a department store that sells inexpensive items. (I can usually get a purse for $4.00-$15.00 there, so I don't even take one on the plane to Panama.) They also sell souvenirs, clothing, shoes, guayaberas, baseball caps and other hats, luggage, and more...but nothing of great quality. Sprago's is handy if you need something inexpensive. A few blocks farther down Via Espana are the more expensive stores. The Veneto and the Fiesta are casinos just across the stree from Torres de Alba. Aparthotel Torres de Alba is close to many banks, churches, optometrists, our Panamanian dentist (Doctora Gabriella Eisenmann), and just about any other business you may need. A Johns-Hopkins affiliated hospital (Hospital Punta Pacifica) is just a few miles away. It is usually pretty easy to flag down a taxi. (They will often tap their horn to "ask" you if you need a ride. They also tap their horns when they see a pretty girl, pass a friend's home, if they are approaching a busy intersection, or because they think that the other car is getting too close.) Don't catch a cab at the Veneto (or other expensive hotel) entrance unless you need a driver who possesses a special license and probably speaks a bit of English. They often charge 3 to 4 times the going rate! It is a wise idea before you enter the cab to ask each taxi driver how much he will charge to take you to your destination. The legal fare is $1.50 for destinations in the main part of the city, but that fare was established decades ago, before gas prices rose to the same prices that they have in the San Francisco Bay area. Most drivers are asking $2.00-$2.50 for most trips now. If they don't ask for that, we usually give them $0.25 -$0.50 more for gas. Trips to Amador and other outlying districts should cost more. A 10% tip is also appreciated. The front desk at Torres will call a taxi for you if you can't get one on the street. Most service personnel are tipped about 10%. Large modern shopping malls, featuring famous names, can be found at the Multi-Plaza and at the Albrook Mall. These malls are competitive with, or superior to the best malls in the U.S. The city is reknown for it's night-life. Panamanians cedrtainly know how to party! Construction is going on all over the city. The architecture of many of the new skyscrapers in Panama City is trend-setting. In Conclusion, Panama City is a vibrant city and the Torres de Alba is a good hotel in a central location (near the El Panama and some other well-known hotels). We will certainly stay in it again.

Stayed June 2008
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Reviewed May 31, 2008

As far as hotels go for under $100 in Panama City, the Aparthotel Torres de Alba is a perfect value.

I loved the spacious layout of the apartment, it adds another dimension beyond the basic hotel room.

Great location in El Cangrejo neighborhood with lots of great shopping and dining nearby. A handful of great casinos right across the street including Veneto and Fiesta. Centrally located, cab rides to most places in the city should be under $2

Includes TV with lots of cable channels and everything looked clean and fresh to me, nice pool and exercise area.

Bathrooms are a nice infusion of marble and glass with huge showerheads and fully-sanitized toilet and sink area.

Kitchens may seem dull, but they are simply typical of Latin-American style kitchens so you shouldn't be expecting an Emeril spread to cook your Noodles-In-A-Cup.

The only bad things are the street noise (Panamanians are not shy about using the horn), but this would go for most hotels in Panama City anyway. And there is currently construction going on next door, so there was a lot of pipe banging at 6 in the morning.

I would definately stay here again, it's like having your own little pad in the city. no need to be hesistant about booking this place, very comfortable accomodation!

  • Stayed May 2008, traveled on business
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Milwaukee, WI
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Reviewed May 27, 2008

It was very hard to find a good location in Panama City or a hotel that was under $200. Based on Trip Advisor reviews, we chose the Torres de Alba for our 2 night stay. Although the decor is dated, we did love the rainshower with hot water (had none in Bocas) and marble as well as the clothes dryer to remove the musty smell from our prior travels. It is a large apartment so you can pick up groceries for breakfast versus paying the $7.50 per person charge. There are restaurants and casinos nearby but we still found ourselves utilizing cabs for most of our day trips. After Bocas del Toro, only 1 day in Panama was needed to see the Canal and Amador Causeway. Beyond hikes in the Metropolitan Park and the Multicenter Mall, there wasn't much daytime activity. We toured Casco Viejo prior to dinner at Manolo Caracol, which was a good experience but not as gourmet as anticipated. Also dined at Market for a casual evening but watch for early closing hours on Sundays. Although I would stay at the Torres de Alba again, I would also considering paying more for better location and ambiance.

  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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skippylou00
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Reviewed May 18, 2008

Just want to say thanks for the reviews. We did no know what to do about hotels in Panama city so many were overpriced. Hotel de Alba is not the ritz but our room was clean, no bed bugs etc bed was actually very comfortable and the front desk man Alberto is a gem he even walked me outside down the street and took me into the little market late at night shortly after our arrival. Very pleased with them here.

  • Stayed May 2008
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Property: Aparthotel Torres de Alba
Address: Av Eusebio A Morales | y 55, El Cangrejo, Bella Vista, Panama City, Panama
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Location: Panama > Panama Province > Panama City
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Panama City
#6 Romantic Hotel in Panama City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Aparthotel Torres de Alba 3.5*
Number of rooms: 190
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Elegance, comfort and wide spaces all our suites are equipped with living room, dinning, bathroom, laundry area and kitchen; decorated with an exquisite taste high quality materials and it is designed to maximize the space to host your business meetings. ... more   less 
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