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“Mixed review, but I'd be back”
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Hotel Gran David
New Orleans, Louisiana
Level 6 Contributor
125 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Mixed review, but I'd be back”
Reviewed 30 November 2013

Let's be frank here. Santiago is kind of a truck stop town. This place is a freaking oasis. That said, here are some details about our 1 night stay between bus rides. The common areas are absolutely beautiful and tranquil. The pool area is gorgeous -- hello swim-up bar! The rooms are nestled in outdoor hallways with gardens in between. Again, lovely! Our room was small (perfect for our needs), had a futon couch, tv, AC, coffee table, desk, and mini fridge. It also had a shower drain that was plugged and a sink that leaked all over the bathroom floor. On occasion, cigarette smoke wafted into our room. We also had a steady stream of tiny ants. But this is Panama. Ants happen all the time. Bonus: there is a restaurant that serves decent food. It's not gourmet. But I've got a lot of food restrictions and I still had plenty of choices on the menu. Would I stay here again? Absolutely.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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87 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 245 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2013

We decided to stop in Santiago for some visits to villages in the neighbourhood, and you can easily get to this hotel from where the Ciudad de Panamá-David coach lets you out. We hadn´t reserved and were offered an interesting price (52$ including wifi, use of a nice pool). The room was nicely decorated and it was the only time during our holiday in Panamá the shower had a good shower head!!! The restaurant is alright as well.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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McKinney, Texas
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715 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2013

I understand this is a fairly new hotel, and you can see that they had great Intensions ... But they miss on the small things. They used beautiful tile and stone for the bathroom vanity, but with the counter height vanity with a 6 inch tall sink set on the back of the counter, I had to stand on my top toes and aim just right to hit the drain when I brushed my teeth. And the shower wouldn't stay closed.

While we were there (5 nights) the pool was murky the whole time. I wouldn't consider getting in.

Towel delivery was always a surprise. Two of us shared a room, and some days we got two bath towels and one hand towel, and others we'd get a bath mat, two hand towels and one bath towel.

Never the same, never right.

Oh, and then it us was in town. Right next door. RIGHT next door. From our room we could hear EVERYTHING.

But the price was reasonalble.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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North Charleston, South Carolina
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45 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2013

Excellent choice, close to everything. Nice bar- side pool, large rooms and bathroom. Clean. Restaurant staff work hard. Close to KFC & McDonalds where we ate for value. My guess is hotel food good but pricy. Well - ran place.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Sun City, Arizona
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42 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2013

These beds were so comfortable. The room are very nice and they have a wonderful pool with swim up bar. The room are missing little things like ice bucket and full length mirror, etc... the money definately went into the mattresses.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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David, Panama
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

So, we were on our trek from Panama City heading home to David and alas the dusk was settling in before we could make it. Hence, we chose the safety of staying put versus risking the roads at night. We had a few choices in Santiago but decided on Hotel Gran David. From the road it looks very nice and honestly don't recall seeing it on our various other trips to the capital.

Apparently it was recently renovated. We checked some reviews and other then noise complaints (during the renovation I'd imagine) it seemed alright. We checked into a suite and wao was it huge! Two queen beds with a tremendous amount of space left over even after you throw in two sofas a flat screen television and a desk. Bathrooms were spotless and very nice.

While we did hear some of the noise from the Interamericana it really isn't anything different then what you'd hear while staying in the downtown of any major city.

Breakfast the next morning was very good. Of course I am partial to chocolate pancakes. :)

All in all a great stay at a good price.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Glendale, Arizona, United States
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2013

This hotel was a nice stay along the road on our travel. The hotel looks quite beautiful on first sight the rooms are missing little things like ice bucket, full length mirror, the trim would be missing from around a door not like it was broken off but as if they just had never completed the room. The staff who spoke English were quite nice. The pool area is fabulous with great food and bar. When travelling there on the weekends when hot the hotel sells day passes to the locals so you have the pool area packed with families and children, which was quite different from our first stay there the week before which was during the week and there was just a handful of people there.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Hotel Gran David
Address: Via Interamericana | By Mc Donalds, Santiago de Veraguas 0923, Panama
Region: Panama > Veraguas Province > Santiago de Veraguas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Santiago de Veraguas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Gran David 3.5*
Number of rooms: 53
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This is a classical hotel in Santiago, with the best rate and the best location! It is located right on Via Interamericana, by Mc Donald's - very easy to find and everybody knows where we are! Hotel Gran David offers the "BEST DEAL" in Santiago, it has the best price for very good rooms. We have remodeled rooms and bathrooms (new tiles), LCD, cable TV, duvet covers (we love this system because it permits our guests to sleep on a clean bed), hot water, and free wireless. Also, our restaurant is great! Our breakfasts are very famous (try our tortillas) and lunch menus at only $3.50. Super cheap!We look forward to receiving you! ... more   less 
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