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Review of Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar

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Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar
Ranked #35 of 116 Hotels in Panama City
Certificate of Excellence
Atlanta
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“The best hotel I have ever stayed at!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2013

If you are going to Panama City, this is the best place to stay. I have stayed in hundreds of hotels iall around the world and this one was the best. It is located in Casco Viejo, the best place to stay in town. The service and staff were excellent (especially Ladissa and Andrea). They accommodated our every need. They provide free bike rentals and free cell phone rental. They also provide free gourmet breakfast (and pack it for you if you have an early flight). The hotel is also beautiful. Every room is uniquely decorated by a Panamanian artist. The rooftop bar is also one of the best nightlife places (but you can hear the noise from you room!). It is also very affordable!

Room Tip: The only problem was that the King sized bed was put together with two beds, so it had a crack in th...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Sabrina K
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Grecia S, Guest Relations Manager at Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar, responded to this review, 5 May 2015
Dear Sabrina,

Thank you very much for all your kind comments.

We are pleased that you enjoyed our different environments at Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar, always full of art, good vibes, good service and surprises for our customers.

Hope to see you soon to continue enjoying the beautiful Panama city with us.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Boston
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16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2013

The location of this hotel is perfect. The service was wonderful (Rita at the front dest will take care of everything for you!). Our room was on the second floor and was beautifully decorated and had beautiful murals on the wall. Although we were warned it might be loud at night, we had no problem sleeping even with the bar open on the roof. The rooftop bar was wonderful, breezy and the Zen-Jito mixed drinks were addictive. This is an all around great spot!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Alysse W
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Grecia S, Guest Relations Manager at Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar, responded to this review, 5 May 2015
Dear Alysse

Thank you very much for all your kind comments.

We are pleased that you enjoyed our different environments at Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar, always full of art, good vibes, good service and surprises for our customers.

Hope to see you soon to continue enjoying the beautiful Panama city with us.
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Panama City, Panama
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11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2013

Super cool restaurant.....love the decor. Very clean....The food was delish.......the beet (vegetable) carpaccio was out of this world. The beef was cooked perfectly and very flavorful. Alittle pricey but worth it. The rooftop was not open but I peeked anyway. Looks really cool.....if traffic was not so bad in Panama City I would go more often. Casco is a great area but no parking and is under construction so the traffic is horrible! You could stay in casco without a car if you are traveling here. It will be awesome when it is completed. I did not stay at the hotel.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Dbam25
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Grecia S, Guest Relations Manager at Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar, responded to this review, 5 May 2015
Dear Dbam25,

Thank you very much for all your kind comments.

We are pleased that you enjoyed our different environments at Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar, always full of art, good vibes, good service and surprises for our customers.

Hope to see you soon to continue enjoying the beautiful Panama city with us.
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Chicago, Illinois
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9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2013

This is a decent small plates restaurant in the heart of Casco Viejo, the "old" side of Panama City. This area is the home of the government, but it is also the home of some shady areas that don't inspire confidence in one's safety after dark. Nonetheless, in the immediate areas around the restaurant, everything appears to be on the up-and-up.

The draw of this restaurant was the rooftop bar/lounge. Unfortunately, though we went for lunch and it was a beautiful day outside, the rooftop was closed because of the heat. (In the middle of Panama, you would think that everyone would be accustomed to the temperature, but alas, I don't make the rules.)

That said, the food is categorized as a "small plates" menu. To allow room for ordering more variety, we started with only 3 items: pad thai with chicken and shrimp, sea bass cakes, and mac 'n' cheese. If these are small plates, I can't imagine the size of an entree! We were thoroughly stuffed after lunch.

Pad Thai: I'm not a pad thai fan, but this was pretty good, and I've never seen the combination of both chicken and shrimp in the same dish.

Sea Bass Cakes: They weren't a "wow" flavor, but it was a decent addition to the meal.

Mac 'N' Cheese: Good. Very good. It seems that they used a white wine and cheese sauce rather than the standard over-cheesed mix you see in most casseroles. It added a surprising but delectable essence to the plate.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank OmarJovan
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New York City, New York
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2013

Loved the Tantalo - each room is individually designed to be unique and pretty large. they have a fantastic rooftop bar that was very fun on Saturday night with a DJ. It's also really conveniently located in Casco Viejo which is like a great mix of Soho and Miami with some old world architecture thrown in. Would definitely come back!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank liyin k
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Grecia S, Guest Relations Manager at Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar, responded to this review, 5 May 2015
Dear Lilyin,

Thank you very much for all your kind comments.

We are pleased that you enjoyed our different environments at Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar, always full of art, good vibes, good service and surprises for our customers.

Hope to see you soon to continue enjoying the beautiful Panama city with us.
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New York City, New York
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2013

I loved this place so much, the rooms are so cool, great location with so much to do/see in walking distance, and how convenient that the best nightlife in town is upstairs on the roof. Great service and very helpful front desk, the server guys downstairs were so sweet and the mojitos delicious.

Would recommend this to anyone (although bring earplugs if you want to sleep before 3am on a weekend, but not a huge deal if you are upstairs partaking in the fun for most of it, but beds are so amazing it was like a non issue I fell right alseep), I wanted more time here!

Room Tip: We stayed in #8 which had a balcony, think the balcony rooms are the way to go.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank sarobrts
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Grecia S, Guest Relations Manager at Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar, responded to this review, 5 May 2015
Dear Sarobrts,

Thank you very much for all your kind comments.

We are pleased that you enjoyed our different environments at Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar, always full of art, good vibes, good service and surprises for our customers.

Hope to see you soon to continue enjoying the beautiful Panama city with us.
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LA
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2013

I would not recommend this hotel to anyone. It's due entirely to the location. The hotel itself is eclectic with excellent food, but the area is terrible. People are living in the streets right outside the front door! You can reach your hand out the window and reach the residential balconies, most of which had their doors open with blaring music. I wish that I had read the reviews more carefully before we booked because it really was incredibly noisy! Also, the pictures on the web of the outside of the building aren't anything like what it really looks like! Don't step outside after dark. The police presence mentioned by several of the reviewers is because the area is not safe.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank D G
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Property: Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar
Address: Avenida B Calle 8 | Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
Phone Number:
Region: Panama > Panama Province > Panama City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Business Hotel in Panama City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our hotel is created with the mindset that we u different spaces as one commercial organism that is constantly evolving throughout the day / night. Tantalo is a 12-room hotel, a restaurant featuring a communal kitchen-style atmosphere serving shared comfort dishes influenced by ingredients from around the globe, the lively ground floor bar / lounge and finally the only public outdoor rooftop bar / lounge in Casco Viejo with incredible views. Each hotel room features individually designed custom art by different local artists ensuring that no two rooms will be the same. ... more   less 
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