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Hotel El Panama Hotel 0 star
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The El Panama Hotel is an institution, as it is the very first hotel built in Panama City. A bit of a labyrinth to begin with, this hotel, with its typically 70's architecture, has the advantage of being able to offer a great deal of services right in the centre of the city.

This hotel review is a translation of the French version published on our French site Easyvoyage.com.

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    Location 9.61 /10

    El Panama is 30 minutes from Panama City International Airport. Surrounded by numerous shops and restaurants, it is located in the city centre of Panama City, not far from Veneto road.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    The 330 rooms, including 84 junior suites, are distributed over the 7 floors of a large building with lifts, and the "cabanas", which have balconies and gardens. The latter are only standard rooms. Through the bay windows, holidaymakers can enjoy the view of the commercial banking centre, El Carmen Church, or even the Pacific Ocean in the distance. Lacking in originality, the well-presented large rooms emanate peace and harmony due to their pastel colours (white and light blue), and wooden furniture. Extremely functional and tiled, they are equipped with firm bedding, a television with 50 channels, a direct telephone line, individual air conditioning, a radio alarm, a free safe, a tea/coffee-making kit, an iron and an ironing board. The decent bathrooms have either a bath or a shower, a hairdryer, and numerous hospitality products...

    Overview 7.70 /10

    With its opening in 1952 and its renovation in 2008, the El Panama hotel is the oldest hotel in the capital. It is a spacious complex of several buildings with one or seven floors, and it is incorporated into the skyscraper landscape. On the ground floor, in the bend of wide corridors, visitors can find boutiques, numerous facilities, an elongated lobby opposite several lifts, and even an extremely large casino. For the moment, the atmosphere is a little old-fashioned and gloomy, but little by little the hotel is going to be renovated from top to bottom. The work should be completed by 2010. Outside, in the centre of a large rectangular area, there is an enormous lagoon swimming pool with a section for children. From here, you can admire the towers of the El Carmen Church, which just stand out. Well, some trees and lawn to enliven the place a bit, protected on two sides by two long buildings of one floor (the "cabanas") where some of the hotel rooms are placed side by side.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    Open 24/7, the main hotel restaurant offers a buffet from 6:00 am to 11:00 am, from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm, and then from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm (with a weekly themed evening). The rest of the time, it is possible to order courses a la carte (pizza, Italian dishes, sandwiches, Caribbean specialities). In this spacious, elongated and secluded area, guests have a view overlooking the swimming pool due to the very large bay windows. Even though the venue and the decoration are particularly characterless, the choice of food is well presented and the quality is there! Hot dishes (7 at lunch-time), numerous salads, and no less than 9 desserts: everything makes you want to taste and eat! Outside and opposite the venue, there is a large barbecue that is also managed by the French chef.

    To know

    The complete renovation of the hotel should be finished by 2010.

    Accommodation Advice:
    If possible, try to get a "cabanas" room in order to benefit from a more charming environment, rapid access to the swimming pool, and different facilities offered by El Panama! Moreover, they come to the same price as the other standard rooms.


    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, jet ski, canoe, fitness, sports

    • Animals allowed
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room


    • In the city centre
    • Everything is nearby
    • The large rooms
    • Many facilities
    • A large casino


    • The architecture
    • Renovation up until 2010.
    • Very little vegetation

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