I am a US citizen and hold a Panamanian resident card. I regularly stay at the Castilla for value price, security, and a peaceful atmosphere.
As mentioned many times before the Castilla has clean rooms,
although they are bit small if you are travelling with a companion.
For those who are somewhat physically challenged, you need to be
aware that there is no elevator. There are no first floor rooms that I could observe. But the front desk staff will muscle your bags to your room on the second or third floor.
There is a good buffet to the left of the Castilla as you exit.
For those that want to meet a bunch of resident americans &canadians
travel 200 feet to the right as you exit the Castilla. There you will see the Ibis Hotel. Go up the streetside staircase to the second floor.
You will find a bar owned by Peter, a canadian, who has the best happy hour and regular drink prices in town. The bar has a great view
to watch the locals in the city park across the street.More