I will be in Panama right after the holidays. I had previously posted to see if anyone had info on the budget hotels off Central Ave./ Cinco de Mayo as they aren't reviewed on this site. People were kind enough to write but all suggested hotels in another neighborhood. So I will try another time. Has anyone stayed at the Hotel Ideal? Or the hi rise Doral? I understand that the area isn't very safe and will be careful at night. I would be interested if there are any hotels here that aren't "rooms by the hour' places and might be suitable for someone on a tight budget? I saw outside photos of the two hotels I mentioned, and they don't seem so bad-but I have no idea what the rooms are like or if they are just "pick up" places. Anyone know? Thanks!
PS- I also will be taking the bus from the airport (as I am light on luggage)- is there still a bus to Plaza Cinco de Mayo from the road outside the main airport?