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“Would be fine with better room cleaning”
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La Cresta Inn
Ranked #94 of 114 Hotels in Panama City
Kelowna
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184 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Would be fine with better room cleaning”
Reviewed 23 July 2014

Appreciated the accommodation of early check in (in a.m.instead of after 3 p.m. as per Expedia reservation). Not a fan of poorly cleaned bathroom - debris/hair on floor including in shower. Front desk reception not overly friendly, mainly due to language difference. Manager speaks some English and could be more involved it seems as was only brought into picture by front desk after several efforts to communicate our reservation status - early etc. He had replied however favorably to query which we were initially unaware of due to no computer access. Otherwise, overall was fine as price acceptable and restaurant food was tasty and bed was very comfortable. Didn't try pool as was leery of cleanliness because of bathroom situation. Area has some amenities - supermarket nearby and a couple of restaurants. Airport shuttle not completely free - charged $4 for luggage (we have carry on) and for cleaning of shuttle. If bumped up bathroom cleaning would rate higher.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Naperville, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
93 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2014

This was our second time staying at La Cresta Inn. We had an overnight layover and didn't want to spend a lot of money. With its shuttle service to and from the hotel, it was very convenient. Breakfast was also included which was delicious. Actually my favorite there are the French Fries we had with a chicken sandwich the night we arrived. Reasonable and delicious. The young man at the front desk even arranged for a quick city tour for us that late afternoon that we arrived. Even though the only driver he could find at the last minute could not speak English, the driving tour was great as it allowed us to see the city in a short time.

Room Tip: Great for a reasonable day or two overnight.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
101 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2014

We stayed at this hotel in April 2013 and found it very pleasant and had to return this year on our visit to Panama. The hotel is located in a good location to walk to many locations, using Balboa Avenue, supermarket close by and their free shuttle buses to the mall and from the airport. This year a modest $2 per person fee to go back to the airport.

The staff are friendly, helpful and do speak a little more English than before, however, the hotel is showing its age and although everything worked, was clean and tidy, some updating should be looked at. Also this year the pool was well kept and enjoyable!

If ever back in Panama, we would stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Veliko Tarnovo Province, Bulgaria
Level 5 Contributor
80 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2014

There is a lot to like here, its right at the centre of Panama, easy to get a taxi/bus and the food at the hotel itself was ok, the room was cleaned every day , the air con worked well for the two weeks we spent there, a nearby riba smith supermarket and a small park close for sitting in the shade with ever so slightly less traffic noise.This is a *very* noisy location, constant traffic with hundreds of buses and the obligatory honking of horns 24/7 ,Most things in the room were well past their best, the wardrobe door was stuck and broken,likewise the rail inside,was broken. The room door itself was hit and miss if it locked or the key worked in 14 nights we had to take the key to reception 10 times as the key had stopped working, and was given an untrue story about why this was, one lift for 6 floors of rooms meant there was a wait any time you wanted to use it., if you compare this to a 2 star hotel in Europe you will get the idea. Remember to book your transport to and from the airport, in plenty of time, $2 per head in a cramped bus to the airport, the free bus from the airport to the hotel , didn't turn up so $35 had to be paid to a mad taxi driver to get us to the hotel.
There are two cresta hotels run by this group, the other, is nearby in a different street.

Room Tip: ask to see the room when you arrive, some are better than others
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cebu Island, Philippines
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2014

We stayed at La Cresta for 7 nights and it was great!! The included breakfast was much better than expected. Our room was on the top floor facing the street. It was a little noisy but the view was terrific. Teano was very helpful and gave us a really good deal. We appreciated the free shuttles to and from the airport as well as to the malls. Highly recommend this hotel if you're staying in Panama City.

Room Tip: Room 828 or 829
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Noord, null, Aruba
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2014

Never in my life have I stayed in such a mess of a hotel. Driving from the Tocumen airport to La Cresta was already a sceptical trip, especially since we passed by all the nice hotels by the water and stopped straight into the ghetto. But we tried to look past that. So after having checked in, they guided us to our room. When they opened the doors, the first things we were greeted by was a cockroach. Not to mention the unbelievably strong smell of mildew coming from the carpet in the room. We immediately asked for a new room, since we could not handle the smell. Our fellow travelers also asked for a second room, due to their extremely outdated airconditioning that barely worked. We slept that night, trying to make the best of what we got.

Being in need of a good breakfast, we thought we might give the hotel a second chance, a way to redeem themselves...... We couldn't have been more naive. After having our unbelievably unsatisfying breakfast (My highlight was the 4/10 french toast), we made a trip to Colón (Also horrible) and decided that we will not be staying in La Cresta Inn any longer. Thus booking our last 4 days elsewhere.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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new york city
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15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2013

We spent 7 nights and enjoyed every minute. The Owner.Mgr. was very helpful in what to do and see. The breakfasts were good. We did eat in the restaurant one evening and were pleased. It is located in the city with transport to and from airport. A guided tour bus ride to Old Town. Well worth the stay and will return.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Property: La Cresta Inn
Address: Via Espana, Panama City, Panama
Region: Panama > Panama Province > Panama City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#23 Spa Hotel in Panama City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — La Cresta Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 53
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