The location of the hotel on the Causeway was convenient, However, the hotel does not live up to the facilities stated on its website and the photos that are included on the same website do not depict the actual scenes that I saw. It also was good that we got a ride to the hotel, the entrance to the hotel is from the parking lot area and not the Causeway, although if you are driving on the Causeway you would certainly think otherwise. Also, if you come back to the hotel from dinner, after dark, it can be a little bit intimidating if you are walking since it is not well lighted in all areas.
I was traveling with a friend and we had planned to stay for 4 nights in late January. This was the 2nd place that we were staying at in Panama and I was looking forward to staying on the Causeway. While checking in we were asked if we wanted the city view or the view facing the Marina and we chose the city view. There is an elevator that takes you to the upper floor so you don't have to carry your luggage. The room was decorated in white and aqua and seemed fairly spacious and cheery and the balcony indeed did have a lovely view of the city. But it also overlooked a parking lot with a number cars that looked junked and abandoned.
After settling in I looked for the safe deposit box and also the hairdryer that when I booked the hotel said that a hairdryer was available. What was not explained is that the safe deposit box is a square box mounted on the wall of the closet and has a key, not a combination lock and that to get the key and the hairdryer from the front desk a $5.00 deposit is required for each item which will be returned when checking out.
In the bathroom there was one very small towel rack that would only hold a hand towel and another towel rack on the glass shower door. There weren't any hooks to the wall to hang any towels so If 2 people are sharing the room the towels must either be left on the bathroom sink or thrown over the shower rod. There were only a few hangers for 2 people so hanging the towels in the closet didn't work. Also, when you wanted to take a shower, the ventilator in the bathroom made a huge racket, it was almost deafening.
Wi-fi was easy to use but it didn't always work if you wanted to sit on the balcony and just relax. If in the evening you wanted to read it was either all the overhead lights were on, they could not be adjusted, or a long, narrow light hanging from the ceiling between the beds that had insufficient light to read by.
Later, I went looking for the swimming pool and was very surprised that it did not match any of the photos on their website, it says it is a swimming pool but it looks more like a wading pool. Also, there weren't any chaise lounges spread around the "pool", they were stacked up one on top of the other and not very close to the pool. When I went to look at the washroom facilities and the shower area I was appalled at the condition both of these rooms were in. I couldn't tell if they were usable, I didn't dare turn on the water in the shower since there were exposed wires just above the shower head. In the washroom, which looked filthy, the paper towel dispenser was broken and the paint was peeling from the ceiling.
Continental breakfast was included, a small glass of orange juice, toast was just bought to the table already done so it wash't hot and it was also the smallest slice of toast I'd seen, however, the coffee was acceptable.
The hotel didn't have many staff at the front desk, sometimes there were 2 people but most often just 1 person and they seemed to be there whenever we left the hotel to go on a tour and were still there late in the afternoon.
We only stayed 3 nights at the hotel, the Ironman was taking place on the last day we were at the hotel and we didn't want to get stuck on the Causeway. However, I wasn't disappointed that we had to leave. I would not stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A unique location and the only hotel in Amador Causeway, you can view the entrance to the Panama Canal and to the City. Next to a Marina and to many tourist attractions, restaurants, duty-free shops, shopping centers. The rooms of the hotel are all ocean view and they allow the visitor the peaceful surroundings and views, but still very near the city, easy access to main natural attractions by the city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amador Ocean View Hotel Panama City
- Amador Ocean View Hotel And Suites
- Amador Ocean View Hotel & Suites Panama/Panama City