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Looking for 5 star hotel in Panama City

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Looking for 5 star hotel in Panama City

We will be heading to Panama in early September for our honeymoon. We'll be traveling to Bocas Del Toro for most of the time but will be spending 2 nights in Panama City. Since this is supposed to be the trip of a lifetime, I am looking for a very high-end hotel. I think I would prefer to be close to the city so we can explore - but if the hotel is much nicer outside the city we will consider it. Thank you!!

Cindy

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1. Re: Looking for 5 star hotel in Panama City

Not really any 5 star hotels in PC, probably the best is the Marriott or the Bristol, take a look at the Bristol's reviews they seem to have some issues.

Tha Marriott is nice great service, very nice rooms but still a Marriott, I would consider it a 4 star.

The Intercontinental outside the city gets pretty good reviews, however it is a long taxi ride to get into PC.

Seeing that you are on your honeymoon, I would stay in PC, check out the Marriott, Veneto, Radisson, possibly El Panama(great pool). None are 5 star but all are pretty nice. Lots of of great restaurants and nightlife in PC, outside of the city it can be pretty dull at night, and not many dining options.

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2. Re: Looking for 5 star hotel in Panama City

Thank you. I checked out the Bristol and Marriot earlier and I think the Marriot sounds good since it has a pool. Just wasn't sure if there was anything else there that I was missing. We definitely want to take in some nightlife.

Cindy

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3. Re: Looking for 5 star hotel in Panama City

The pool is not much at the Marriott, not real big, they do have a very nice gym if you are into that.

Bristol - no pool

Veneto - nice large pool

El Panama - great pool with an outdoor bar, but he hotel probably has the worst rooms of the four.

I like the Marriott, it has a casino attached as does the El Panama and Veneto. Service is excellent,

Service at the Veneto can be spotty, and the rooms sometimes have issues.

The location of all of them are excellent, all 4 of them are located within about 4 blocks from one another.

Don't take the taxis out front of any of these hotels, walk about half a block and hail one on the street, it will save you about 50%

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4. Re: Looking for 5 star hotel in Panama City

CDY has of course given you great info and I will echo in that the El Panama is my favorite only because of the pool area and the bar. The rooms are nothing spectacular but I stayed in the executive area one time and had a butler and free drinks which for the price was so worth it. The service at the Marriott is great and the location of both of these properties can't be beat. I used to stay at the Cesar Park quite often but haven't seen much about them lately and this is a ways from the El Cangrejo area which is convenient to most of the nightlife. The Raddison at Multi-Plaza is good too but often more flight crews and business than anyone else. There's a Sheraton at the World Trade Center which I've stayed once and was very impressed. Or is it a Hilton? I forget but it was great service. The Intercon is probably the best 5-star equivalent in Panama, right on the bay, but for the money any of the others are just as good - IMHO. Congrats on your wedding and enjoy Panama it is truly a special place. Travel Safe.

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5. Re: Looking for 5 star hotel in Panama City

Here's my take on all the hotels mentioned (I used to be a director of the Caesar Park which is now a Sheraton)

Veneto: Would class this as 4-Star, smallish rooms and have had reports of items not working/breaking, new owners and now branded Wyndham Grand, best casino in town, decent pool deck and spa area. Central for nightlife and restaurants.

El Panama: Would class this a low 4-Star, the oldest large hotel in the city and it shows in the rooms and decor, really needs a major face-lift. Pool area is nice - large and open with bar and restaurant alongside. Central for nightlife and restaurants.

Marriott: 5-Star business oriented hotel, large modern rooms, pool is very small, nice gym, sports bar and okay casino next door. Central for nightlife and restaurants.

Miramar Intercontinental: 5-Star business oriented hotel, nice pool area but it gets a nasty smell from the bay at certain tides which is very obnoxious, rooms are okay but not great, super views over the bay. Also close to nightclub and restaurant area, no casino nearby.

Sheraton (ex-Caesar Park): 5-Star business oriented hotel, decent pool area, recently renovated, lots of renovations have happened since I worked there but service has dropped a lot (this from my ex-employees). Outside of central area so a taxi all the time to get to center. A few blocks from MultiPlaza Pacific which has restaurants, cinema's etc.

Bristol: 5-Star "boutique" hotel, business oriented, no pool, small gym, great restaurant. Rooms are large but a bit dated in their decor. Butler service. Central for nightlife and restaurants.

Radisson Decapolis: 4+-Star business/leisure oriented hotel, owned by same people who own Royal Decameron, smart and modern decor with decent rooms, pool area, good restaurants and the hot-spot bar for seeing and being seen on Thursday and Friday nights. Connected to Multicentro Mall and casino. Relatively central for nightlife and restaurants.

Sheraton 4-Points: 3-4 Star, business oriented hotel, a couple of blocks from the Radisson, okay medium sized rooms, pool area, casino is not yet open. Relatively central for nightlife and restaurants.

One that hasn't been mention is:

Hotel DeVille: 5-Star boutique hotel similar to the Bristol but I think the rooms are nicer, no pool, good restaurant, just a couple of blocks from the Bristol and the Marriott. Central for nightlife and restaurants.

Hope this helps,

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6. Re: Looking for 5 star hotel in Panama City

Andrew is the best advisor for Panama!! Follow his advice!! He is right on! Bristol restaurant is excellent and romantic! Have fun!

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7. Re: Looking for 5 star hotel in Panama City

Excellent advice from Borracho and Andrew, although Andrew I would disagree slightly with you on the Sheraton. I would classify it as a struggling 4 star.

(maybe they need to get you back there to run it)

I guess I would consider something like a Ritz Carlton a 5-star(not that I stay at Ritz's much).

The Sheraton in Panama reminds me of most of the Sheratons in the US. In their day they were top of the line but now most are dated, kind of living off their past glory. Have not seen the rooms at the Sheraton in PC but have been in the hotel a couple of times, seems OK, can't say much for their casino though, small and full of Blue Hairs(thats Florida slang for old ladies)

And SFgirl28 I personaly like Torres De Alba the best, about $90 night. 3 star hotel that is more like a small apartment. No restaurant/bar, but you have Pomodoro's and the Wine Bar across the street and on the other side you have the Veneto Casino, as Andrew pointed out the best and most fun of the PC casinos. I would save the coin on the hotel room stay at Torres De Alba and you will have more $ for having a great time.

But as I have stated before, doesn't really matter which of the above you stay at, PC is a great city to have fun in, friendly people, good food cheap drinks and some pretty good clubs, Panamainians like to party and they like to party late,

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8. Re: Looking for 5 star hotel in Panama City

Sorry Andrew did not read you post closely enough, it sbeen a couple of years since I have been in the Sheraton, probably before their renovations.

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9. Re: Looking for 5 star hotel in Panama City

Hi,

Just read Borracho's post and I do agree about El Panama's pool!! On his recommendation I stayed there in Jan. and May. Hotel is older but we love the pool. An oasis in a city!!!

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10. Re: Looking for 5 star hotel in Panama City

Everyone's perceptions of hotels are different depending on their needs. It all depends on what you're looking for, quiet and elegant, or close to action, etc.

Veneto is nice, but a bit tacky and definetively lots of action, not sure it would be my choice for a honeymoon, but if you like gambling, etc, thats it.

The Mariott is nice, good rooms and facilities, but small pool. It's in a "tight" spot surrounded by buildings in the banking district.

I like the Miramar Intercontinental, even with the "smells", very nice pool and facilities, great views. It's oceanfront.

The Radisson Decapolis is another good choice for the younger and "hip" crowd.