I would definitely return to LCT because I think Casco Viejo is the best place to stay in Panama City and LCT offers a place that is both charming and the best place for the price in Casco Viejo.
My family (w/ 2 young children) stayed in Art Deco 1B for 3 nights. It is one of the less expensive options that LCT has. The apartment was spacious, fairly well-appointed and comfortable. Keenan, who manages LCT, was good. He loaned us a computer so we could check e-mail. He was easy to get a hold of, went out of his way to help us get cell phones, and I always felt he'd do whatever he could to make our stay a good one.
Casco Viejo was just great. Despite the reports of danger, the area that LCT apartments are in have security all over the place because they're near the Presidential Palace. You're also near the water and great restaurants. It's beautiful and rich in history. It is exciting to be in a place undergoing such restorative change. About 1/2 of the buildings are gutted and being restored. About 25% are already restored (and beatifully), and 25% are occupied and somewhat run down. The kids loved Casco Viejo and we all felt comfortable walking around at all hours.
LCT wasn't 100% perfect -- It's true that Keenan isn't a native Panamanian and I didn't feel he was someone who knows everything about Panama or even Panama City. I couldn't figure out how to work the stove. Not enough drawer space. Still, these things were relatively insignificant, especially because we had a Panamanian tour guide.
If I didn't need/want the extra bedroom and had the budget, I'd probably go to Canal House, the other boutique hotel in the Casco. However, given my needs, LCT was just perfect for us and I would return in a heartbeat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Avoid the boring chain hotels! We are a boutique fleet of luxury apartments for rent by night in the historic district of Casco Viejo, Panama City. Located just minutes from downtown, Casco Viejo is a supremely unique neighborhood. Los Cuatro Tulipanes specializes in 100% personalized service and 100% authentic travel experiences. Travelers only... ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Los Cuatro Tulipanes Hotel Panama City
- Los Cuatro Tulipanes Panama/Panama City