Panama City is a shocker, even for someone who lives in New York. Skyscrapers are shooting up like grass, and wealth is pouring in from nearly every South American country (best not to question the source). In the midst of this financial expansion, the Courtyard Panama Multiplaza appears almost like a shy teenager huddled at the edge of the dance floor. The hotel clings to the side of a vast, surprisingly upscale shopping mall, which features many of the stores you would expect to see at a mall in the U.S., and a few luxury names that you would not expect, like Tiffany and Cartier.
Would you travel all the way to Panama City to go to a shopping mall? If the answer is yes, then this hotel may be for you. But if you're going to Panama for any other purpose (like to see the Canal), I am pretty sure you can find a better property. The hotel is relatively small, with a cramped and not very inviting lobby. The rooms are pleasantly appointed, but completely unmemorable. The first room offered to us smelled horribly of mold; the desk explained that this was a result of a problem the hotel was having with its central air conditioning system. With genuine concern and apologies, the desk manager moved us to another room that was fresh and clean. Sure enough, the room was not connected to the central air system; sadly, however, the through-the-wall unit was extremely noisy and prevented my wife and me from gaining much rest.
The food in the hotel was very satisfactory and offered an appetizing variety, especially at the buffet breakfast. Tables in the main restaurant were comfortably spaced, although I found the banquettes to be a little low for dining.
The hotel offers a small pool on the second floor. You will not be doing any Olympic training in this pool, but it did provide a nice respite from the city's heat in the late afternoon.
My wife and I enjoyed a drink in the lobby bar while reviewing our trip photos. The charming hostess offered an explanation of the local currency and gave me a few balboas as change for my twenty dollar bill--a nice souvenir, since most Panamanians deal only in U.S. dollars. Too bad the hotel's other features fall short of its very good service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Courtyard at Multiplaza Mall is the only hotel within Multiplaza complex. At Multiplaza Mall guests will find more than 350 venues such as department stores, boutiques, movie theaters, restaurants, coffee shops and the best nightlife in Panama. This hotel is located at the heart of the entertainment and business center of Panama City, next to Torre Las Americas corporate center and Punta Pacifica Hospital. Just a few minutes away from the hotel you will find Costa del Este Business Park and Tocumen Airport. Hotel amenities include room service, sushi bar, coffee shop, a fully equipped fitness center, outdoor pool and business center. Guests can enjoy a buffet or a la carte in our restaurant Pacific Grill which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. All rooms feature 40" LCD TVs, free Wi-Fi internet with streaming speed access, sound proof windows, 300-thread count Egyptian cotton linen sheets and more. The Panama Canal, Causeway of Amador, Casco Antiguo and other attractions are at your fingertips when you stay with us. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Courtyard Panama City
- Panama City Courtyard
- Courtyard Panama At Multiplaza Mall Panama City