Holiday Inn at the Panama Canal
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHoliday Inn at the Panama Canal Panama City
The main reason for choosing this hotel is, obviously, the proximity to the Panama Canal Visitor Center. The hotel was clean and comfortable, but had little in the way of amenities. We booked a canal view room and requested either Floor 5 or 6, but they didn't have any available at that time. Since we'd flown overnight and it was still somewhat early, we accepted a room on Floor 4. We wished we'd have waited until a higher room was available.
Overall, an acceptable place to stay for one or two nights.
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... Continental Divide - and has 3 levels of locks at each end. We were told it cost approximately USD400,000 for Queen Victoria to transit the Panama Canal (the fee is based on the size of ship and the number of passengers). It costs approximately double that to transit the Suez Canal - but then it is about twice as long! It took 8-9 hours to transit the Canal, mainly because it takes a long time getting through the locks. ...
... on the main road as you get into town) are on the steep cliffs above the shore the only way to get to each hotel or small cluster of hotels is via a distinct/unique path from the main road - think of spider arms. Other than in town, there are no general services on the beach side of town (bar, mini-mart, tour operators, etc), so you better hope that your hotel serves good food and has reasonably priced beer.
I would have loved to know all that before we hit town. We ...
... to the mountain vistas of Monte Verde. We spent two days hiking through more jungles and cloud forests searching for the magic tree and magic bridge (no it's not about getting high! See the pics!) - eventually finding both after some shena****ns! - before I said goodbye to them and moved on to Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean side. On the way to Puerto Viejo I caught up with even more friends (people generally all travel either north or south, so you tend to bump into the same ...
... system cranked up to 11. Think I'll check it out anyway.
The music had stopped before I'd moved on, so either the band was on a break or the punter had lapsed into unconsciousness. Continued to wander around aimlessly as planned, but still couldn't find anywhere I wanted to eat, so stopped at Vieja Havana again for a rum and coke. Looked like a college football game playing on the TV - Duke v Miami - which I watched while sipping my drink.
Walked down towards ...
... pub to watch the end of a boxing match and later ended up at a rooftop hookah lounge.
While in Casco Viejo we went to the Panama museum. It was very intriguing to learn about the nation's history as well as the Panama Canal. There is no wonder why Panama is so "Americanized." When Colombia wouldn't give the US rights to build a canal, the US decided to back Panama's move to gain independence from Colombia in 1903; in doing so the ...