We spend only one night here. Got in at 4:30 and there was nothing to do except swim, but there were no towels. The pool is really nice and the interior of the hotel pretty. The rooms are not very nice--battered and uncomfortable. Admitedly our Spanish is poor (our fault) and the only hotel worker who spoke English recommended a restaurant in Colon, but it was impossible to find and Colon is dangerous at night so we had to go back to the Melia for food. The restaurant grudingly seated us for an expensive buffet (not quality food), but wouldn't give us drinks or wait on us in any way. A hostess asked for our room number, so we assumed they were going to charge the meal to our room, but when we went to leave, a "bouncer" stopped us and made us give them a credit card anyway. We were confused because we were afraid they were going to charge us twice, but someone came and explained our credit card wasn't certified to pay for anything but the hotel stay, so we had to pay the restaurant directly. That wasn't a problem--we were just confused. We chose this hotel over the Gamboa Resort because we thought it would provide a more authentic experience, but the other guest were part of tour groups and there wasn't much to do. So I recommend you go to Gamboa instread.!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the shores of Lake Gatún surrounded by lush, tropical vegetation, in the city of Colón (Panama), and a short distance from the Free Trade Zone, the Gatún locks, la Granja, the ruins of San Lorenzo and the beaches, the Meliá Panamá Canal is the best option for discovering Panamá, thanks to its beautiful natural surroundings, its comfortable and complete facilities and the quality of its services. The Meliá Panamá Canal is the perfect setting for living exciting adventure tours, ecotourism, bike rides, canopy and eco walks and hiking so you can admire the exquisite flora and fauna of this unique and idyllic corner of the world. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Melia Panama Canal Hotel Colon
- Melia Hotel Panama Canal
- Melia Hotel Colon
- Melia Panama Canal Colon