My husband and I were booked into this hotel on our "Grit and Glory" tour of the Panama Canal through Elderhostel, now Exploritas. I read the reviews and asked to be booked somewhere else - then was assured that this hotel is just fine. Well, it isn't fine.
Our first room was dank, with a window that faced a huge concrete wall. It was so large that we couldn't tell if it was day or night - sunny or raining. Everything needed to be upgraded. After complaining and being promised a different room, the staff told me they had changed their mind and we would stay in our current room. I demanded to talk to the manager, who did move us to a different room with a window. Also, this new room was next to a room being renovated, so we spent a couple hours in the afternoon listening to hammers and electric tools. Since it was pouring rain, it took this much noise and aggravation to push us out to explore around the hotel. Also, the free internet didn't work except standing under one of the wireless routers in the hall.
Hotel is located in a busy downtown area, nowhere near the much more interesting former Canal Zone or historical areas.
Walking into this hotel totally soured our feelings for the entire "Grit and Glory" tour of the Panama Canal - that we really enjoyed up until this last day. If I were recommending this tour to someone, I would strongly recommend skipping the last night in this hotel and spend the money to go back and stay somewhere interesting and acceptable - like the Amador Country Inn and Suites in the Former Canal Zone. Even if it's free, don't stay here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our Country Inn & Suites hotel on El Dorado Boulevard is located in one of the best areas of Panama City, close to the Panama Canal, US Consulate and US Embassy. You will find great dining and nightlife conveniently located near us. We are walking distance from El Dorado Mall and Cirsa Casino; and minutes away from Albrook Mall. The amenities offered include Free WiFi, Complimentary Breakfast Buffet, Business Center and Fitness center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Country Inn & Suites Panama Hotel Panama City
- Country Inn And Suites Panama
- Country Inn Panama City
- Panama City Country Inn
- Country Inn & Suites By Radisson, Panama City, Panama