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Hotel California
Ranked #77 of 115 Hotels in Panama City
Reviewed December 31, 2012

I got in pretty late. 11:15. The man at the front desk was so slow. He either did not want to give me a room or he was totally confused. I had a reservation. I pointed to my name in his book. Anyway, the problem was the air conditioner. It worked, but it blew out the worst mold smell. I slept a few hours, but it is tough when every breath is full of mold smell. Also, I found out later from a taxi driver that the address is in a very bad area.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 23, 2012

Stayed here a few nights whilst waiting to go to Mexico. Decent staff and receptionist answered our emails promptly. The room was ok but smelt like it had been hosed down with bleach just before we got there and wouldn´t leave. Noisy air con. The pool on the roof is worth a peek but they close it at 9:30pm, just when I was setling in wth a few beers to catch up with some notes. And of course there´s an armed guard slouching at the front door. Bit mental that.

Room Tip: The wifi router is near the elevators.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

I have stayed many times at the Hotel California since it opened. Unfortunately I will not be staying there again. I have tried to make a reservation for nearly a week for another 10 days stay but my e-mails have not been answered and i was told to ring back when I rang from Spain.

30 years ago I worked in Panama and have seen great progress since then. The only thing that is now missing from the business community is professionalism, as has been demonstrated here.

Stayed: October 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 15, 2012

I stayed a few times, on my 2 months Panama trip (9 Dec 2011- 16 Feb 2012) in hotel California. And will stay there again in the future.
Standard room with a good double bed, bath room with shower and hot water (I've stayed also with a belgian friend who lives in Panama and also with another family in El Dorado area while taking a Spanish course, in Panama most houses have only cold water!!), flatscreen tv with the standard international channels and WIFI in the room.
Friendly staff, specially Oneiva. She a nice lady who speaks very good English.

For those who travel with a laptop, ask for a room near the elevator along the side street (Calle 43 Este). The rooter hangs there.

The hotel has a sun terras on the roof, with some nice views over the city.

Good and safe location, when you exit the hotel and turn right into Calle 43 Este. Walk down 600m and you'll arrive at Parque Urraca and the Cinta Costera. Make a left, onto the Cinta Costera for 1200m ( passing Le Meridien and Hilton Panama) and you'll arrive at Multicentro shopping Mall. Hard Rock cafe is there, has a food court (Mc D and pizza), cinema and a lot of shops.

There's also a small shop near the hotel, at the corner of Via Espana and Calle 44.

Room Tip: For those who travel with a laptop, ask for a room near the elevator along the side street (Calle 43...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 15, 2012

We found this to be a very pleasant, clean, and affordable hotel for our one-night layover in Panama City. The staff were friendly and the service was great. Even though we speak Spanish, they switched easily to English when needed. Oh - and a HOT shower... wonderful. Much nicer than many hotels we have used in Central America. Tip - talk to your taxi driver from the airport about picking you up the next morning for the return trip. He was eager to do it and showed up at the hotel 30 minutes early. Great service.

Room Tip: Ask for a room not on the front street side if traffic noise is an issue for you.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 14, 2012

We stayed in California twice on our around the world journey before moving on to Columbia.
The staff was nice, the first room we stayed in was a little small, but we made it work and second room was much better appointed so it was better for us. Everything worked great and we had everything we needed, including amenities such as small pool on the rooftop with great views of Panama city skyline and workout room with basic gym equipment. Restaurant adjusent serves great basic meals, staff there weren´t super freindly, but I have heard it is common in Panama City. Restaurant has GREAT coffee.
It is located very conveniently only 15 minutes walk away from Calle Uruguay and very close to shopping areas.

Room Tip: You will hear people getting ice from the ice machine if your room is close to it. Also, rooms up fr...
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 9, 2012

Its a great deal right on Via Espana. Its walking distance from Budget rent a car , the Riba Smith ( great super market) and the real "Tailor of Panama" office is a stones throw. Nice relaxing tub on the roof to soak in and a great view of the skyline.

Room Tip: get a room in the back - front is kind of noisy but fun to watch the road.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Via Espana & Calle 43, Panama City, Panama
Location: Panama > Panama Province > Panama City
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant
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Ranked #77 of 115 Hotels in Panama City
Price Range: $31 - $44 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 60
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