We stayed for a couple of nights and booked the DoubleTree because of its location. The check in experience was great and quick (welcome cookies make everything good!). The room itself was not very warm and welcoming: limited decoration and a very basic bathroom. The bed was comfortable, though, and the shower was nice with great water pressure. We also found the room to be very, very noisy. We heard everything that happened in the rooms on both sides of us, which suggests the walls are not that thick. If you are a light sleeper that may be an issue.
We asked about taking a cab to another part of the city one morning and were quickly connected with a driver from a transportation company that is set up in their lobby. Our trip cost twice what a yellow taxi cost during our return trip, and our return took three times as long. Also, the van we rode in was uncomfortable (the yellow taxi was actually a better experience). I don't recommend using the transportation company in the lobby; ask instead if they can call a yellow taxi if you are concerned about pricing.
The location is good and safe and is close to a metro, and we were only about 10-15 minutes away from both Panama Viejo and Casco Viejo. We walked from Casco Viejo back to the hotel one day, and aside from the heat we found it to be a beautiful, pleasant walk. Overall, this is a decent hotel, and we would recommend it with only a few reservations.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Panama City - El Carmen, where a friendly staff member is waiting to greet you with a freshly baked, chocolate chip cookie. The central location of this Panama City hotel makes it ideal for business travelers and guests on vacation. Attend conferences in the financial district, or enjoy the fine Central American dining and excellent shopping centers situated within walking distance.Each spacious guest room at our Panama City hotel features a 37-inch TV, minibar, and luxurious plush-top bed with five jumbo hypo-allergenic pillows. Families on vacation can enjoy the additional space that comes with a suite. Use the complimentary high-speed internet access to stay in touch with the office or to plan your day. Accessible rooms are available for guests who require modified amenities. Relax in the rooftop pool and whirlpool, unwind in the Spa, or exercise in the fully equipped gym. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Doubletree By Hilton Panama City Hotel Panama City