A pretty good place to have a short stay in Panama City - particularly if you are flying in/out. One of the biggest advantages was the free minibus transfer from the international airport to the hotel. Bearing in mind it's about a 35 minute drive it's a good money saver. It goes to 3 hotels from the same chain but they are all relatively close together (NB - the Cresta Inn isn't as good as Costa having stayed at both). You can also take the minibus service to shopping malls and the bus station at certain times.
The rooftop pool isn't that big, but offers some decent views of the city skyline and is a good spot to sunbathe. Our room was very spacious and decent value. It wasn't as clean as you would expect a hotel to be though - quite a few small ants around the bathroom.
The staff were not very impressive, although this isn't confined to just this hotel in Panama. Desk staff were very surly, regardless of whether conversation was initiated in Spanish or English. They just weren't interested in their guests. Contrastingly, all the taxi drivers we came across in Panama City were extremely chatty and friendly.. maybe that pays better??
Breakfast was a buffet which varied drastically in the two days we were there (pancakes one day, some beef stew type dish the next), but with cereal and toast available. The dinner menu was fairly varied (Panamanian, past dishes, US style food..) and the food was alight. Again though, polite service with a smile just doesn't really happen.
The location is OK - fairly central but without much going on in the immediate vicinity. Best to take a taxi to restaurants or eat in the hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideal for mid executives and touristic customers, close to the entrances for the 2 highways, in a hospital and a touristic area, close to the shops and the bank area. 90 Rooms, TV sat, free WIFI, phone, AC, pool, free parking, free buffet breakfast, free airport pick up shuttle service available... Only at the exit of costums you have to go with the people of Viajes Florencia, they have orange shirts and say you have a reservation at the costa inn or please contact hotel with flight information, travel and tours agency in the lobby, restaurant 24hs. Good and well know reputation, referenced in the international guides. Manager 24hs. Free shuttles to Allbrook Mall at 11am, Free shuttles to Tocumen International Airport at special time 5am, 8am, 11am and 2pm ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Costa Panama City
- Hotel Costa Inn Panama/Panama City