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What a day I have had today. It started out fairly normal, and ended with 2 lessons. The first, a lesson in enjoying every minute of life, the second, a basis for the bus schedule. Ill start with the second, as it was less fun. But first, a recap of my day.
So this morning, physics at 9-11:30. My teacher was late (per usual) leading to class starting about 9:30. We did some lab work, focusing on force, tension and friction in ...
... you might show up and have to crowd in to see the boat. Definitely worth the stop.
The Amador causeway is a road that was built linking 2 islands to the mainland. It was made out of the rock pulled from the canal and served as a line of wave breaks as well as a defensive position for the US military. It was not open to tourists when the US had it but it is now. Little restaurants and small shopping places are located on the islands. they also have the boats you can buy a ...
... intricately patterned and tightly woven which makes for longer lasting and more durable wares. The tiny basket I purchased was $15! I wasn't keen on paying that much but an Embera basket is quite a suitable souvenir.
Next we traveled to Punta Culebra/Amador for views of the city as well as lunch. The service was extremely slow and I was starting to see a trend with Panama service. Next we went to a parking lot to ...
... in jeans and a jumper - I stood out good and proper!
I skipped the night out at the bar as I was too shattered but was pleased to have a good night sleep.
This morning I had a cold shower (really don't mind in this 31 degree heat!) and we get free pancakes at this place with tea and coffee. It's cook your own and my attempt was pretty poor but I'll get the hang of it!
Today.... maybe the canal!
... After Miraflores we had lunch at the fish market not far from our hostel - fillet of fish with plantain (fried banana fritters). A lazy afternoon purchasing treats for the bus etc and dinner at the pub below filled in the time before heading back to gran terminal for our overnight bus HOT TIP- you need the rapid pass for the metro to enter the terminal in which you board the bus. Stupid. Yes. Cheap. Also. 35c but it's annoying so buy before you get rejected at the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Milan Panama City
Great Location and Value
Arriving late at night without a booking in the middle of Carnaval, we did not expect to find anything, but were more than grateful to be told that yes, they had a Suite available at $49.50 per night. I had to ask again to make sure I had heard properly! On opening the door, we were amazed to find a marble and tile Palace, a bed that could sleep 8 without trouble and a sunken bath that could house the same number! The rooms and linen were spotless, the air con actually worked and if you wanted to be reminded of the real world, the Satellite TV just needed turning on - why the helpful Porters always think that the first thing you want to do is to watch TV just beats me, but they always switch it on. We liked it so much that we stayed 3 nights and then went back for 3 more! Located in the heart of everything and just across the road, the Machu Picchu Peruvian restaurant was simply the best we've ever been to anywhere - don't miss this one, we went every night!
Change out of $40 for a fabulous meal for 2 with a delightful bottle of Chilean Sauvignon Blanc included....
Don't let the price fool you. This hotel was clean, everything was new and in working condition. It has free internet access and safety deposit boxes in the room which is always a bonus. It is in walking distance to everything you need and a nice unisex salon across the street where you can get a 1 hour/$35 massage without an appointment. Go to Itsmo's Brew Pub down the street for some great beer while you are there! Cheers!
Lassen Sie sich nicht vom Preis verschaukeln. Das Hotel ist sauber, alles war neu und funktionierte einwandfrei. Kostenloser Internetzugang und Safe im Zimmer, was immer von Vorteil ist. Man kann alles bequem zu Fuß erreichen und gegenüber kann man sich bequem für eine Stunde für $35 massieren lassen (ohne Termin). Wenn Sie ein leckeres Bier genießen wollen, sollten Sie ins Itsmo's Brew Pub die Straße hinunter gehen! Prost!
Hotel Milan - Under Promised and Over Delivered
Let me start with the cons: No pool, horrid flourescent lighting through out the entire hotel, no in room clock or radio, no night lamps, strict no visitors allowed beyond the lobby/reception area, and equally strict roomkey policy.
Pros: Awesome heart of Panama City location, hot water, air conditioning, comfortable beds, great breakfast from their restaurant, free internet access, parking available, and overall friendly and helpful staff. A superbly clean hotel.
Now that I got all that out of the way, allow me to elaborate. I got there with my family and soon realized I booked the wrong type of room. I asked for a double room when I should've asked for a suite. The double room is a bare basics no frills room with a TV and double bed. Obviously not big or comfortable for a family stay. Though upgrading to a suite proved to be a bit difficult due to availability (they only have 6 suites) and perhaps an indifferently moody front desk clerk, my wife managed to find a suite available through a more pleasantly friendly clerk. The suite includes a king size bed, a jacuzzy styled tub, a small refrigerator, and one pleasantly softlight bulb... well worth the extra $12 - $15. Though their visitors and roomkeys policies are a bit encrouching on the lifestyles of vacationing single patrons who may want to invite folks to their rooms, it does make the hotel incredibly pleasant for older folks, folks with families, or people who generally want a safe and secure place to sleep.
The Milian was a whole new experience for me and one I hope never to do again. I would have given it no stars but being clean I had to be fair. There is so much wrong with this hotel that it is difficult to start.
First Le me explain I have traveled all over the world so I am well aware of hotels but I have never stayed in a hotel where two men were not allowed to share a room! Yup! you read me right. Then god forbid you should want to take a visitor to you room. NO NO NO no visitors, Nor ironing in your room. No Pets. No reading lights and only 40 watt bulbs on the over heads so means no reading in your room. The hot water takes forever to arrive.
They have a gestapo like bell hop or someone who watches the tiny lobby as if he owned the hotel. If you don't leave you key when you leave you are in deep trouble. One of the reviews said they had King size beds but they said they didn't when I checked because I asked.
There are so many good hotels in Panama city don't be blinded by price only
I can't say enough about this hotel. I almost didn't stay because the low price scared me, but I'm glad we did. We stayed 5 nights in a suite for the price of $40. per night. Nice king size bed, walk in shower, 6ft bath tub, fridge & air-conditioning. The hotel was clean, the staff friendly and restaurant was accommodating. Free internet access & computer in the lobby was a plus and the location is within walking distance to casinos and shopping.
If you go, there is a great restaurant Machu Picchu that I would strongly recommend. Don is a great waiter, but be sure to check your bill. Also check out the Itmos, pub. Good local hangout with plenty of friendly people.
I spent my first two nights at Hotel Costa and recommend you avoid it at all costs and stay at Hotel Milan.
I am an elite card carrying member of most major US hotel chains and would take Hotel Milan over any of them located in Panama!!!!
Great bargain, well located.
Hotel Milan is a well located hotel just a few minutes walk away from all the action. Right down the street from the Veneto Casino.
You single guys will enjoy the Casino. Go and hang out at the main bar on the second floor any night after 9pm. You will be sending me messages of thanks.
The hotel is just a few years old. The rooms are basic and the
bathroom is fine for two people.
The rooms are very well taken care of every day by room service.
The hotel is modest in size and caters to people that want a nice comfortable basic room. Once again very clean.
Many restaurants within just a 5-10 minute walk. Stop a taxi out on the street and go almost anywhere within the city for $2.00.
Don't pay more or you are being cheated. Just get out of the cab and hand them the 2 bucks and just walk away.
Make your reservations direct with the hotel at the standard $30.00 per night plus 10% room tax. When making your reservation have a Spanish speaker do it for you or I wouldn't guarantee your request would be understood.
Dial 011 507 263-6130 to make your reservation (in Spanish).
Only downside to the hotel is the water temperature. Never got past warm. Sometimes was a bit too cold. However, at $30.00 you are doing ok. Just shampoo and soap up faster!
Hope this helps. I have other reviews on the two Marriotts in town also.
This is a nice place to stay
We stayed at this hotel for 2 nights in August, 2006 and highly recommend the hotel for anyone looking for a relatively inexpensive, nice place to stay. The hotel is only 1-2 years old so everything is new and clean. It is a small to midsize hotel located in the El Cangrejo district which is a nice area. You can walk to shopping, restaurants and nearby hotels that have casinos. In addition the hotel has an adjoining restaurant on the premises. We ate breakfast there and the food was adequate. We had a room for 2 with a double bed and the room was large with a sitting couch, TV with cable and a safe deposit box. We paid $33 for the room and this included the 10% tax. Of course this is off season rates and might be higher from December- May. Meals are extra. Next time we are in Panama City we will definitely stay at this place again.
Es un bonito alojamiento
Nos hospedamos en este hotel dos noches en agosto 2006 y recomiendo sumamente el hotel para cualquier persona que busque un alojamiento agradable relativamente económico. El hotel solo tiene uno o dos años, así que todo está nuevo y limpio. Es un hotel de tamaño pequeño a mediano ubicado en el distrito del Cangrejo, un área bonita. Puedes caminar a las tiendas, los restaurantes y a hoteles cercanos con casinos. Además, el hotel tiene un restaurante al lado en el establecimiento. Desayunamos allí y la comida estuvo adecuada. Teníamos una habitación para dos personas con una cama doble y la habitación era grande con un sofá, televisión con cable y una caja fuerte. Pagamos 23 euros por la habitación y esto incluía el impuesto del 10%. Por su puesto, esta es la tarifa de temporada baja y puede qeu sea más caro entre diciembre y mayo. Las comidas cuestan extra. La próxima vez que estemos en la Ciudad de Panamá, definitivamente nos volveremos a hospedar aquí.