I spent one night in El Valle and stayed at this hotel. My friends and I wished we had planned for more days/nights in El Valle. It was one of the highlights of our short but incredible trip to Panama.
The hotel is conveniently located right in the middle of town on Avenida Central just steps away from the Sunday Market.
The hotel is really cozy and the decorations are beautiful. The rooms aren't anything special, but it was comfortable and extremely affordable. While we didn't make use of the communal kitchen on the 3rd floor, it was nice to know we could.
The definite highlight of this hotel is the 3rd floor terrace, covered by a roof but open on almost all sides, featuring several single person and double hammocks. After a long day of exploring Panama City (the Canal, some markets, a bit of Casco Viejo) and the 2.5 hour bus ride to El Valle, lounging in a hammock, looking at the stars, and listening to the frogs in the pond out back was an incredible way to finish off our first full day in Panama.
While most of the very friendly staff did not speak English, Enrique, the owner of the Hotel spoke fluent English and was extremely helpful in answer any questions we had about travel details, restaurants, and sites. Although check out time was posted for 11 or noon, Enrique had no problem letting us hang on to our room until about 4pm so that we could leave our belongings in the room while we explored the town, Canopy Adventure and the zoo.
A great bonus to this hotel is Monica, the pet Titi monkey that hangs out in the back. She looks kind of mean, but was an adorable little sweetheart! We fed her little pieces of fruit and even saw her riding around town on the shoulder of one of the hotel employees.
Also, the store on the first floor of the hotel is aptly known for high quality souvenirs and crafts. We were so enamored by the hammocks that we had to buy one.
- Also Known As:
- Residencial El Valle Hotel
- Hotel Residencial El Valle Panama/El Valle De Anton