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“New Year's Eve at the El Parador”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel el Parador

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Hotel el Parador
Ranked #102 of 116 Hotels in Panama City
Corpus Christi, Texas
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11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“New Year's Eve at the El Parador”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2013

We are retired in the countryside of Panama. We decided to stay at the El Parador because they have a nice roof top pool to view the fireworks of the city on New Year's Eve. As usual, the hotel was clean and had great service and the staff was friendly.

Only problem we had is that the cleaning staff was up bright and early to clean the rooms. Not to thrilled about a knock at our door at eight in the morning. Next time we will take a sign and tape it on the door.

Overall, a cheap hotel to stay at. With our Pensionado Visa, it was only $35 after the discuento!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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Los Angeles, California
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56 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2012

This hotel, principally caters to Panamanian travellers, is of good value and great location in the El Cangrejo neighborhood. We enjoyed the nice rooftop swimming pool. The restaurant served up inexpensive meals that is decent. The interior is a bit dated. There is business center with computer. The rooms has a smell to it that tells you the furniture has not been updated for a while.

Room Tip: There were several car rental office on the same street
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Penonome, Panama
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81 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2012

This was my third stay at the El Parador, two weeks this time. The only change is that the restaurant prices have gone up a bit but they are still cheap to reasonable and the food and service are still great. Most of the staff are the same as two years ago which I take as a good sign. The first floor maid remembered me and greeted me with a hug. Again I shared a balcony with my friend who has now been living in that same room for over five years. What could be a better recommendation than that? One of the main stations for the new subway system will be only three blocks away, an easy walk.

You generally get what you pay for and this is definitely not a luxury hotel but it is still my first choice in Panama City. The location could not be better. You can walk to almost anything you might want to do. Even if you are there for an extended period, the linen is changed every day. Although many of them do not speak English, I have always found everyone, without exception, on the staff to be helpful and friendly. A smile on your face is always a great way to start. The roof is great with a nice pool with many lounge chairs and some tables and chairs. Although it is not the tallest building around, the roof has nice city views in all directions, frequently has a nice breeze, and is above most of the city noise. It is especially pleasant at night.

Directly across the street is the Machu Picchu Peruvian restaurant which has great food at reasonable prices. One block away is the Pomodoro Italian restaurant which I also highly recommend.

Recommendation: never take a taxi from in front of any hotel. If a driver knows you are staying at a hotel, the price goes up. Also, look for a taxi with its windows closed, it will probably be air conditioned.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
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Seattle
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47 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2012

stayed here for about a week. pros: quiet and clean. good location in el cangrejo district. snazzy rooftop pool with excellent city view. cons: wifi is horrible. this is common in the city. as far as wifi it's the year 2000 for them. they don't understand how important it is and when there were problems i got the standard shoulder shrug, "whats the big deal?" reaction. i've dealt with friendlier people at the Department of Motor Vehicles. incredibly there's no wifi on the rooftop and it was rather dirty and unkempt. got the impression that maybe the hotel is for sale and nobody cares? returned to panama city today and went to the Hotel Marbella and so far they're batting a 1000.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
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West Hartford, Connecticut
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2012

We were pleasantly surprised with this hotel. $65 per night including breakfast was quite a deal. The rooms were nice enough. We checked a couple of rooms to make sure we had a balcony - no view- but a balcony. Basic lodging. Beautiful rooftop pool and free wi-fi.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Miami Beach, Florida
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16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2011

I stayed in panama city from March 31 - April 3, 2011. I was somewhat worry about staying at this hotel because of the price($65 night) and some bad reviews. Overall experience was good, some staff does not speak english but they were friendly and helpful. Room was clean and had basic hotel stuff including high speed wireless internet and decent breakfast. The neighborhood is great and everything is near by. Parking garage in the hotel is little complicate to park but is free. Overall the room, location and hotel is worth the price. Is not fancy but is not hostel either.

Room Tip: Rooms on the back are quieter
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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Omar_NYC
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Montreal, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2011

Stays 4 days , in that Hotel in the Center of Panama, nice room , nice front desk personnel, room wiht balcony, air condition, free Internet , and the best of all not
expensive. GREAT VALUE

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled solo
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Property: Hotel el Parador
Address: Calle Eusebio A. Morales, Panama City, Panama
Region: Panama > Panama Province > Panama City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #102 of 116 Hotels in Panama City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel el Parador 3*
Number of rooms: 119
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