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Las Clementinas Hotel
Ranked #32 of 116 Hotels in Panama City
Certificate of Excellence
northamptonshire
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110 reviews
43 hotel reviews
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“Great location, full of character”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2014

The hotel is located on the edge of the Casco Viejo next to the main police station, an easy walk to anywhere in the old town. Spacious traditional apartments comfortably furnished, it captures something of the atmosphere and style of the old city. Lovely staff - relaxed and accommodating. Being on a street corner it is a little noisy perhaps at night. The restaurant and bar were excellent. The ginger lemonade with or without alcohol is a must as is the sea bass cerviche. We ate at other Tripadvisor recommended restaurants and thought les Clementinas was better.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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ConservatorioHotelsP, General Manager at Las Clementinas Hotel, responded to this review, 30 January 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write. We are so thrilled that you enjoyed our little hotel and our staff. I know each one does strive to make sure our guests are treated like family. We're thrilled to know you enjoyed your drinks as well, which I think are some of the best in town!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2014

Las Clementinas is the place to stay in Panama City. Not only for visits to the beautiful Casco Viejo, but also if you have to be elsewhere in the city. It is now much easier to get in and out of the Old Town than before and the hotel can easily be reached by car. Valet Parking is available. Once you arrived at the hotel and want to stay in Casco Viejo you do not need the car anymore. All nice bars and restaurants can be reached within a couple of minutes walking. Of course you so not have to leave the hotel. The restaurant is one of the best in town and Edward mixes the very best drinks. Mojito is highly recommended.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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ConservatorioHotelsP, General Manager at Las Clementinas Hotel, responded to this review, 28 January 2014
Dear Franz, thank you so much for your lovely review. I completely agree: Edward does make the best drinks in town! We look forward to your return. Kind regards, Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2014 via mobile

Catch this while it's still just six wonderful apartments with truly friendly and helpful management and staff. Very well thought out and maintained accommodations, fine breakfast and an excellent location for indulging in the thrill of wandering through and watching a careful and extensive revitalization of the best part of Panama City.

  • Stayed January 2014
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ConservatorioHotelsP, General Manager at Las Clementinas Hotel, responded to this review, 28 January 2014
Thank you very much! We appreciate your time in writing and are so pleased you enjoyed our hotel and our staff. Thank you!
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2014

It seems such a long time we were staying at this charming boutique hotel in Casco Viejo at the start of a long odyssey in Central America.

We stayed for four nights in Room 1 (on the first floor). There are six rooms in all at the moment (with plans to develop an adjacent building currently derelict) and with no lift access to rooms 1 and 2 is certainly the easiest and worth bearing in mind if your mobility is restricted.

The rooms are all very similar and massive in size, the sitting room is enormous with antique furniture and contains a small kitchenette with the bedroom and bathroom a little smaller but extremely comfortable - we always prefer a bath but the shower was pretty good and the water hot when needed.

All the staff were charming and helpful and the restaurant is very good compared to most of them in Casco Viejo and well worth staying in one evening for dinner. Breakfast was included for us and was also good with plenty of options.

Casco Viejo is a developing area, lots of restoration going on, Las Clementinas in on the edge of the seedy side but there is a Police Station opposite and we felt quite safe. Should we ever return to Casco Viejo we would have no hesitation in going back.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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ConservatorioHotelsP, General Manager at Las Clementinas Hotel, responded to this review, 22 January 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write your detailed review of our hotel, and of your experience with us. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us, and found both the room and the staff agreeable. We hope you return to us, next time you are in Panama!
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2014

We enjoyed our stay very much. Very roomy accommodation with nice balconies. Location is ideal for the best part of Panama City in my experience. Breakfast was nice and well-cooked, though service could be a bit slow in the otherwise nice cafe they have. Staff was very helpful and they helped us find and arrange a good solution for our visit to the Panama Canal, including a very nice boat trip on the lake of the canal (not the locks) where you can see passing container ships and tropical wildlife (monkeys; turtles; birds; jungle).

The hotel is quite expensive for Panama and I did not appreciate their charges for an airport transfer - adding 50% to the price you can get with no negotiation from any cab driver is not agreeable. And since the hotel can be difficult to find for taxi drivers (appears to be a general problem in Panama city) and the first meeting with the international airport is quite confusing (for some reason the airport is without a taxi stand for normal taxis), a competitively priced airport transfer (say USD 30) would add to the experience. As it is, they clearly make enough on the cost of the room.

The trick at Panama City international airport is to ignore the (aggressive) touts in and outside the arrival hall, and wait for a yellow cab to happen by outside the terminal (every 2-3 minutes) and then offer him USD 30 for a ride to any address in the city (look for aircon, it is hot in Panama)

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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ConservatorioHotelsP, General Manager at Las Clementinas Hotel, responded to this review, 22 January 2014
Hello and thank you so much for your very kind review of our hotel. We could not be happier that you enjoyed the experience.

A note on airport transfers: You are indeed correct that a taxi driver will transfer from the airport for $30. We usually use private transfer companies, which charge $45. We use these companies because, as I'm sure you've seen, there isn't much (if any) regulation of taxis here, and what you get in car, comfort and service can vary wildly. Most of our clients prefer to be driven in an air-conditioned, comfortable car with an English speaking driver, and companies that offer these things do charge more. We do not charge any percentage over their cost to us.

I write all this only to explain so that there isn't misunderstanding. Any guest who requests a simple tax transfer, we will be more than happy to book that as well.

Again, thank you so much for your comments!
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2014

I really liked this hotel. It is not what I would consider luxury, but it has a lot to offer. There are very few rooms, but they are huge and comfortable, with a very old world charm. The same goes for the restaurant, which is quite good. You really feel like you are in old Panama. The staff is small, but incredibly helpful. Wifi is excellent, as is the breakfast. The location was perfect for us. on the edge of the old city, and perfect for those who like to wander around. Highly recommended.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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ConservatorioHotelsP, General Manager at Las Clementinas Hotel, responded to this review, 17 January 2014
Thank you for the kind words regarding our hotel, restaurant and staff. We've never really touted ourselves as a luxury hotel, but rather, as you state, a place that's different, where you will get luxury service, and will make you feel connected and interested in the beautiful neighborhood which we call home. We are so very glad that you found us to your liking!
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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2014

Fantastic room, fantastic restaurant, and very good service. This was our first visit to Casco Viejo and I would stay here again. Our room was spacious and beautiful, with three separate balconies overlooking the bustling, reemerging neighborhood. I would recommend it without hesitation.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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ConservatorioHotelsP, General Manager at Las Clementinas Hotel, responded to this review, 17 January 2014
What a kind review! On behalf of all of us here at Las Clementinas, we couldn't be happier that you enjoyed your stay with us. The staff always smiles when we read them these lovely reviews. Thank you!
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Property: Las Clementinas Hotel
Address: Calle 11 & Avenida B, Panama City 0857, Panama
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Region: Panama > Panama Province > Panama City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Panama City
#3 Family Hotel in Panama City
#4 Business Hotel in Panama City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Las Clementinas Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
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