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“Casco Viejo gem!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Canal House

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Canal House
Ranked #36 of 85 Panama City B&B and Inns
Ashland, Oregon
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31 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Casco Viejo gem!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2012

We spent 2 nights at this tastefully renovated bed and breakfast in the heart of Casco Viejo. We arrived late after a long day on a Panama Canal transit to find the central area of the Casco, as the locals call it, closed to vehicle traffic due to the Jazz Festival that weekend. We were dropped off at Las Clementinas restaurant, which is also owned by the same group. Marvin at Las Clementinas personally escorted us through the crowds to Canal House and got us settled into our suite. The evening staff at Canal House was welcoming, but their English is limited if you can't speak Spanish. Our suite was spacious, the bed was very comfortable and all rooms now have iPads for guest use with their free WiFi. Our suite had a comfortable living room with satellite TV, as well as another flat screen TV in the bedroom. Breakfast is served in the dining/living room area, with contemporary furnishings. They will serve breakfast early if needed, but they usually start around 8 a.m. Guests have a choice of menu items that are prepared especially for you. The inn is staffed 24 hours a day, so guests don't have a front key, but that wasn't a problem at all. Canal House's location makes it the perfect starting point to explore this section of Panama City that is undergoing renovation to historic buildings. It's within an easy walk to many historic sites and wonderful restaurants for lunch and dinner.

Room Tip: Since this is a historic building, there is no elevator. Be prepared to walk several flights of sta...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Boston, Massachusetts
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65 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2012

This is a 3-room hotel in the heart of Panama City's funky and wonderful Casco Viejo neighborhood. I stayed at the Canal House only one night, but I really liked it. The set-up is somewhat unusual - a lot of public space for just 3 rooms, and you have to ring the bell to get into the building (but they always opened the door pretty quickly).

I had a large and comfortable suite, very nicely furnished. No outside windows, but you do get light from skylights and such. Breakfast was terrific, and the staff is nice. Not cheap by any means, but seems in line with the other Casco Viejo places.

Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
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Allentown
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166 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2012

We stayed just one night in the Miraflores Suite in the Canal House in January 2012. The location and the service make this property one of the best in Casco Viejo. The wrap around balcony allows you to observe all the activity in the area including the construction during the day and the nightlife as well. The number of buildings undergoing renovation is remarkable. Although there are plenty of buildings in ruin with people squatting in them, the transformation going on in Casco Viejo is impressive. Despite this we never felt unsafe or threatened at any time. In three years this area of town will be spectacular. In the mean time if you are willing to tolerate a bit of trash here and there along with the sounds of construction during the day, you will be rewarded with many cute bars, shops and historic churches. The Panamanians were all very friendly and helpful. Although the staff in the day time were fairly fluent in English, the night staff are not quite as proficient. They offered a very good breakfast in the morning in the common area on the first floor. The Miraflores suite was very spacious with a huge bathroom and shower. The one drawback was that the hot water was not quite as hot as it could have been. The house iPad and free wifi were a nice feature. We can't wait to return.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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New York
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18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2012

Canal house and las Clementinas are run by the same people, both are excellent. Canal house has 3 rooms we rented the whole place for our fsmily for a night. Las Clementinas has more rooms. Rooms are fabulous. Both are in renovated old buildings so if you need elevators this is not for you. I love the old city. It is safe, interesting, authentic and has some fabulous restaurants. Parts of the old city are still slum, it is in transition but you are totally safe, as a woman I walk alone at night in there and feel absolutely safe. I prefer to stay in here than in panama city itself, it has soul. Making bookings via email or on line can be slow, you are better off calling them. I go to panama often. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Speak to the staff, they are very helpful. The smallest room in the canal house can be noisy if the...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2012

This is a really excellent place. We stayed in the Miraflores suite, which is massive and spotless. They provide complimentary wi-fi (sadly all too rare) and an ipad in the room for guest use. Finding English-speaking staff is a bit of an issue but the Spanish-speaking ladies couldn't be more patient and accommodating. Bear in mind that this is a b&b rather than a full-service hotel (so no concierge, elevator or gym for example), and you won't be disappointed. It's obviously smack bang in the middle of Casco Viejo so getting around the area is easy.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Memphis
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359 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2012

We stayed in the large Mira Flores suite of the Canal House and loved it. The staff were very friendly, responsive and accommodating. The rooms each had their own AC units, the bathroom was huge, the dressing area is nice and the upstairs nook is a bonus. The TV is a little small given how far away it is from the bed. The common area is a nice touch and breakfast to order every morning is a great way to start the day. My only complaint is that the neighbors partied long into the night and were spread out in the street in front of the hotel. There was not much to be done about this and when that building is bought and renovated this problem will go away. Hopefully soon.

Room Tip: Sleep quality poor only due to the neighbor's blasting their music in the streets late into the...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2012

I have no idea what people are talking about with all the positivity. I never write reviews and am compelled to do so on this account. The staff was completely incompetent, and unprofessional. We had to ask for every little detail, from a key to soap, to towels, etc.
The miscommunication was absurd, from check in to booking a tour.
The block is miserable. It neighbors a very large squatter dwelling, whom were blasting music all night long. And it's way too expensive!
So, stay away!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Canal House

Property: Canal House
Address: Calle 5a y Avenida A | Casco Antiguo, Panama City 0857, Panama
Region: Panama > Panama Province > Panama City
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #36 of 85 B&Bs / Inns in Panama City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Canal House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Also Known As:
Canal House Hotel Panama City
Canal House Panama/Panama City

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