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Patty's Casitas
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Englewood, Colorado, United States
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“Truly lovely”
Reviewed 9 August 2012

We were recommended this Bed and Breakfast, Patty's Casitas, and we were not sure what we would encounter. It was truly lovely however, one of the nicest B&B's we have even stayed in (which is saying a lot as we usually prefer B&B's over hotels). The condo was beautifully appointed and the personal touch of having coffee in the refrigerator, ready to be brewed was outstanding. We loved the location of the Casco condo as it was in the beautiful part of the 'old heritage city' of Panama. It could not have been better but it was as after meeting Patty and Rudy, and following their personal recommendations as to good restaurants and places to visit it was the best four days ever. Oh, and make sure you use Rudy as your tour guide in and out of the city as he is incredible and knows the best tours of interest. Icing on the cake, a great driver.

Room Tip: Not only was it impeccably clean but it was just beautiful. Quiet, yet in the heart of it all.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 11 July 2012

This is my second time staying at a Patty's Casitas property and I was as pleased this time as the last. The apartment is clean, stylish, full of all of the amenities necessary to make you feel comfortable yet allow you to feel as if you're on vacation, in a special place. The location is right at the beginning of the Amador Causeway, allowing you to have ready access to the Causeway's attractions. Taxis come by all the time so getting to other parts of the city are just an easy step outside your door. My boyfriend and I loved the view. You could see the glorious Panama City skyline, Casco Viejo, and the giant Panamanian flag atop Ancon Hill. We'd start our day with coffee and time admiring the view. On top of the apartment is a cozy terrace where you can see the Bridge of the Americas and the ships lining up to enter the Panama Canal.

Just like last year, Patty and Rudy took good care of us. Transfers were arranged to and from the airport so we didn't have to worry about securing them. They met us at the apartment and showed us everything. Rudy even set up my iPad for me so I could access the wifi without any problems! If either of us had a question, they were just a call/email away. The apartment is very safe and secure with a full time security guard.

We took a number of tours with Rudy's Tours. His knowledge and love of his country is evident and you can tell he really enjoys sharing Panama with visitors. We did a half day boat ride through the Canal, we took a train ride, went to Fort Lorenzo, to the Gatun Locks, did a zip line at this wonderful adventure company where we were served dinner with food farmed on site and a fruit juice that none of us could get enough of, and we also visited the Embera where my boyfriend got a temporary tattoo and I bought hand crafted earrings that I'm wearing right now. We loved all of our excursions and keep debating over which one we liked best.

I'm already talking to Patty about a girlfriend's trip in their loft in Casco Viejo and honestly can't imagine staying anywhere besides one of the Patty's Casitas properties.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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PattysCasitas2006, Owner at Patty's Casitas, responded to this review, 7 September 2012
We enjoyed so much having you back and this time with your Hubby...I know you are planning your next trip with girl-friends to stay at the 2 bedroom loft in Casco Viejo and can't wait to meet up again...we both have enjoyed having you a second time.

Muchas gracias for the wonderful review and looking forward to welcoming you again...soon! There are still some sighseeing left for you to do with Rudy;-)

Patty & Rudy
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 2 July 2012

After lots of reading and looking for suitable accommodations, my husband and I decided to stay at one of Patty & Rudy's condos located on the Amador Causeway for one week in June 2012. Patty and Rudy personally greeted us at the airport. Our flight arrived late in the evening but they were there eager to help and share information. Patty even had a packed breakfast ready for us in the fridge for the morning. Both are very gracious and thoughtful people. The condo is absolutely marvelous, clean, tastefully decorated, air conditioned, elevator access and internet connected. A mini grocery store is only a 10 minute walk away. We booked four different tours with Rudy and thoroughly enjoyed each trip. Rudy is a wealth of information and efficiently organized the time very well. We can tell he is well respected by the Embera tribe at our delightful village visit. We communicated mainly in English, but my husband was completely thrilled that he could practice his Spanish with everyone we met. Our trip to Panama was made very memorable.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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Reviewed 21 June 2012

My husband and I stayed at Patty's B&B in Bella Vista when we first arrived. Patty and Rudy are excellent hosts. They arranged for us to be met at the airport, welcomed us with cool drinks and shared all kinds of information with us. We loved wandering the neighborhood and visiting the restaurants that they suggested. On our second day, Rudy took us on a city tour including many facts about Panama's history. Patty and Rudy are such gracious people, we couldn't have asked for a better introduction to Panama.

Room Tip: There is only one room, but it was wonderful, clean and comfortable.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Tampa, Florida
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Reviewed 31 May 2012

Stayed here in early May for three nights. Patty and Rudy are very organized. Casco Viejo area has lots to do and it's easy to get around Panama City by walking down to take the Hop On - Hop Off Bus. The condo had it all...great bed, hot water, a kitchen area...really a small home away from home that is tastefully decorated. And there is a washer/dryer in the building. Beautifully decorated and a good stay for the start of our trip.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 29 May 2012

We stayed for three nights in the loft apartment and three nights in the studio at Casco Viejo. Both are up two flights of stairs; no elevator. We had an excellent experience and were delighted with our choice.

Location: this location is excellent. Nice quiet road. Walking distance from everything in Casco Viejo, two seconds from a road full of taxis, nearby breakfast cafes and supermarkets, and two minutes from a scenic parade along the water for running etc. Be advised, a lot of Casco Viejo is being dug up at the moment, which detracts from its loveliness just a little, but it's still atmospheric, cool, bustling, and filled with great bars and restaurants and pretty squares.

Loft: This is an absolute delight, and great value for money. Over two floors, it is spacious, comfortable and attractive, with stylish decor which is modern but simultaneously evocative of the Casco Viejo look. Two bedrooms (one locked when we were there), two bathrooms, kitchen area with all mod cons, breakfast bar, comfortable living room area, and pretty balcony overlooking the street with a table and two chairs. The bed was huge, and there was good storage space. The wifi worked well, and they even provided a laptop, as well as a landline and mobile phone.

Studio: This is absolutely lovely, though a tiny bit disappointing after the space and slightly more updated decor of the loft. Had I not had the loft to compare it to, I'd have had no qualms in being delighted. And it was cheaper, so frankly, there's no issue. Essentially a large room, again with a massive, comfortable bed. There's no sofa here, but two fairly comfortable chairs at one end, and a little bistro dining set at the other. The balcony's just a Juliet balcony so you can't sit outside, but you can open the doors and sit at the bistro table next to it. The room is pretty and decorated stylishly. The bathroom's a little smaller and looks like it has been updated less recently than the loft, as is the kitchen, which is tucked away and feels almost like a different room in the studio. Again, all mod cons in the kitchen. And the same wifi.

Patty: She was extremely helpful, answering e-mails within minutes, and very accommodating as our plans changed around. In between staying in the loft and studio, we went to Boquete by air, which requires small bags. You can't really leave your luggage as there's no reception (it's a residential block, not an aparthotel) but Patty obligingly took our luggage to their other apartment in Amador, and had us swing by in the taxi and pick it up when we arrived back in the city. Which was a bit of a hassle, but she made it work, which wa great.

Rudi's tours: Rudi is a very pleasant guy who speaks English well, and Patty organizes trips with him for her guests. We took the city tour along with two other couples for $50 each, and were disappointed - it felt no different to paying a taxi driver to drive us around the obvious places in the city, with little history or commentary from him. At the Panama Canal, he hadn't checked in advance whether there were any boats going through - which seemed to be information freely available - and we didn't get to see any. We left halfway through the tour, as despite having only just arrived, we'd already seen most of the things he planned to show us. Of course, it might be different on tours other than the city tour.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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PattysCasitas2006, Owner at Patty's Casitas, responded to this review, 9 June 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write this detailed review…they are extremely important to us as it helps us maintain the constant quality that we thrive to give to our guests: accommodations & tours wise…by readjusting or making improvements when needed.

Accommodations: both our Casco Viejo properties have been remodeled at the same time but the studio has a more colonial feel to it and the loft a more modern one… same quality with top of the line appliances so it is just a matter of taste and of budget…the rate reflects the space;-) Might I ad that you are getting an excellent value for your money!

Tours: sorry you didn’t enjoy your “City & Canal” tour with me but there is bound to be an unhappy guest along the way through my 5 years of leading more than 1000 tours as a licensed tour guide.

Before addressing the main issue of not having seen a ship go through the Mira Flores Locks, I would like to take this opportunity to explain to our future visitors to Panama the differences of taking a taxi versus a tour guide when choosing to discover the city or nearby areas (not as a mean of transportation):
1. Accredited tour guides must have a well maintained car, usually a mini-van or 4X4 with a special plate called SET (Special Tourism Service) which means that your car goes to more detailed inspection & have a full insurance (4 times more expensive than the basic one which only covers the driver) which benefits you the guest.
2. Language barrier – very few taxi drivers speak fluent English unless you are lucky to have one that grew up in the Canal Zone with the Americans.
3. Knowledge – speaking English (or any other foreign language) does not make you an expert of the country, to get your tour guide license you do have to go through training. However, I myself, am not the typical guide that will debit an off by heart learnt script, you will still be educated on facts & dates but in a more friendly way where I’ll treat you like a visiting friend from overseas…isn’t that more fun & easier to recall than having a History teacher in front of youJ

Back to the ships: there are certain hours of the day that insure to see at least one ship, so I always make sure to wrap the tour around those times…and 99% of the times there is no issue…and calling is not a guarantee as they don’t always respond. On that particular day whilst in Casco Viejo for our lunch stop I have said twice that we would return to the locks but nonetheless you decided to abandon the group. We did go back and the other two couples (Patrick & Carol – outside tour guests + Thomas & Lesley staying at our loft) where very happy to see a big cargo panama ship. And for the side note after dropping off one of the couples at the Albrook Domestic Airport you missed our coffee break stop to taste a real authentic three times world winning Panamanian coffee;-) and where we talked about Panama’s economy, politics and real estate. This for example is not included in the tour; it was a spontaneous idea as the airport is close by to the coffee shop.

Wishing you all the best in your future travels and if you come back to Panama after 2014, I’ll take you to the new locks and make sure you see a Post-Panamax cargo ship which will carry nearly 11,000 containers compared to the actual Panamax that carries only 4,500!!!

Best Regards from Panama… Rudy
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Reviewed 8 May 2012

We were originally booked in the B&B but due to a water line problem out of Patty's control, Patty offered to move us to the Cosco Viejo Condo which was wonderful. It is a beautiful and safe part of town with old world charm. Patty's communication with us was always quick and helpful. The condo itself was beautifully maintained. In fact, after going out to Bocas de Toro, we cancelled our original reservation at a different place in Panama City and stayed at the condo again upon our return to the city. Luckily it was available the night we needed. Also, used Rudy for a couple of tours and he was very informative and did a great job. The visit to the Embara tribe was memorable. Thanks for everything.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Patty's Casitas
Address: Calle 49 | Bella Vista, Panama City, Panama
Region: Panama > Panama Province > Panama City
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 110 Speciality Lodging in Panama City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We offer top notch accommodations in the most sought out neighborhoods in the city...Bella Vista, Casco Viejo (the Colonial neighborhood - a UNESCO World Heritage Site) & the Amador famous for its Causeway at the entrance of the Panama Canal.We also have a gorgeous 1 & 2 bedroom Villa in the beautiful mountains of Capira - 50 minutes from the city...the views will take your breath away...please inquire.This is your one stop shop as we also provide airport transfers, tours with Rudy (certified tour guide), and we can welcome you in English, Spanish, French, German and Italian.We, Patty & Rudy, are 100% dedicated to our guests...let us make your Panama vacation an unforgettable one;-) ... more   less 
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