Located close to the Via Espana in Panama City, the Tower House Suites are far from the minimum standard the European tourist would expect. From one disappointment to another, there is only one solution: get away from here, if there is a single bedroom left in this much in-demand capital!
This hotel review is a translation of the French version published on our French site Easyvoyage.com.
The Tower House Suites are located 30 minutes from Panama City International Airport. They are located in the business district of Panama City centre.
The hotel is just next door to the "Tinajas" restaurant, known for the quality of its Panamanian cuisine.
The Tower House Suites have quite obviously aged since their opening in 1983! This 11-storey building has certainly become shabby over time and no longer has any appealing sides, except for maybe the partial makeover of the covered and open-air reception area. With its leather sofas this is without doubt the best part of the hotel. The staff only speak Spanish, which quickly reduces any chance of discussion or complaint. There is a tiny, set-back Internet corner where guests can use the Internet (£0.71/h). On the first floor guests will find a small terrace which, with some serious renovation work, could be quite pleasant. For the time being, the place seems rather abandoned: the small rectangular swimming pool is not properly maintained, the iron chairs have no cushions and the straw hut which serves as a bar is closed! In short, the few facilities there are are in a dreadful state!
Two antiquated lifts take guests up and down the 42 bedrooms of the Tower House Suites, which consist of 10 standard, 10 doubles, 10 junior suites, 10 triples and 2 suites. The bedrooms are long and rather large and are furnished with extremely antiquated and well used miscellaneous objects and furniture. They have a 73-channel television, a telephone, air-conditioning and a small refrigerator. As far as the bathrooms concerned, they have a shower and are very cramped. The view from the windows is one of skyscrapers. It's a shame as you can see the sea in the background, but often from the stairway and not from the rooms.
To the rear of the reception, doors open into the Tower House Suites à la carte restaurant. Surprisingly, it serves Asian and Peruvian cuisine in a setting furnished in light brown. A long bar provides somewhere to have a drink before sitting down at your table. The breakfast served between 7am and 10am really is minimalist and not very appetising. A few slices of bread, butter, preserves, and a coffee machine are laid out on a table.
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