Travel Blogs from Panama City
We begin our adventure and cannot believe our wedding is already over. Although we are sad, it was a day of such happiness and joy that we are in awe of all those who came to celebrate us.
Our flight is set to leave Dulles at 10am so it's another early morning for us. Our bags are packed and seemingly do not feel too much over the thirty …
We kept the plan loose this trip because traveling with a 4 year old and a 17 moth old seemed like enough work for two parents. With our usual mix of chaos and organization we got packed up while only forgetting a few small items. We even arrived at the airport hotel well before midnight. With two flights ahead of us the next …
With rain pouring down we decided it might be best to head back to Panama City. We changed our lodging to be at a funky backpacker place with a beautiful garden complete with an in house parrot. It also came with the required backpacker weirdoes including a guy from southern U.S. who wouldn't reveal where he was from other to say that he had lived …
We are back tonight in Panama City, having left the Bocas del Toro monsoons behind. After the very eventful bus ride to Bocas with washed out roads and a protest demonstration, we spent two days in off and on torrential downpours in Bocas, the "on" times occurring during our boat tours and beach trip. Our Hotel Angela there left a lot to be desired …
This will be quick to update you on the journey. We got back from San Blas yesterday morning after waiting till our 6:45 a.m. flight came at 8:30. San Blas and the Kuna were a highlight of the trip. We got picked up at the airport and taken to Yandup, an island within sight of Playon Chico, the village, where the airport was. The place was a coral …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsLa Estancia Panama City
Quaint little place that wants nothing but comfort and satisfaction from their visitors. Although its not 5 five accommodations, it was worth the stay!
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Historical Traveler Reviews La Estancia Panama City
A Hidden Gem above the City!
Read the reviews on this site and booked here for our stay in Panama City. We chose well!!! Only minutes from the city, high above the noise of the hustle and bustle of Panama City on Ancon Hill, this B & B is a wonderful respite. The staff encourage the squirrel monkeys with their wee little old man faces by hanging bananas outside the breakfast balconies. These little monkeys were just feet from where we were eating. Also encouraged were smaller animals on the ground (an entire family of them), toucans (we saw 2), pretty tiny little birds; along with green translucent colored hummingbirds and a crooked beak hawk. Each breakfast was a delight to watch the wildlife. At night the Bridge of Americas all lit up is seen from the same balconies.
There are several large common areas, there is no shortage of little nooks to read in, or check your e-mail at the computer there for your use. Snacks are available all the time.
The breakfast has wonderful fresh seasonal fruit; juice, toasts; and the staff will make you eggs or pancakes also if you want them. The whole place was immaculate which I appreciate so much; and the rooms were quiet!!
The owners were away when we visited but we had a great time visiting with Linda and Helmut who have been innsitting and doing a very good job of it! They were very helpful and informative about the city and Panama itself; offering places to see that we hadn't thought of. We are back home now, but thinking of the wonderful time we had here and missing the wildlife that exists off that balcony and how at home and at peace we felt here!! We can't wait to go back again!
The Best place in all of Panama City!
We just came back from another wonderful trip to Panama. The first time I went in 2004 I stayed at La Estancia in Panama City and made up my mind right then that I had to bring my husband to Panama and to definitely stay at La Estancia.
We have been traveling since 1983 and this is the first time I have ever written a review but the atmosphere, attention, food and just complete good times at La Estancia compels me to share this excellent place with anyone and everyone!
First, Tammy and Gustavo are the most helpful, knowledgeable and approachable hosts I have ever experienced. All you have to do is ask. From places to visit, restaurants, tours, real estate: anything you might want to explore.
Secondly, the accommodations are some of the best I have ever stayed at: anywhere! The first time I chose a double person room. It was perfect. Clean, light, airy with fan and air conditioning. But another couple kept raving about their one bedroom suite. Now I see why. This visit I asked for the suite. Roomy, clean and so comfortable you would think you were home. And only $75 with a luscious and filling breakfast. Go to their website and check it all out.
Thirdly, the staff and facilities are without equal. Everyone is friendly and helpful. The communal living areas are made for conversation with others or you can chose to sit on one of the two balconies and enjoy the wildlife alone. And trust me as a long time biologist and birder, you will be in heaven.
If you visit Panama, you must make La Estancia your home base. I plan to and I have already. If we are so lucky as to relocate, all of my visiting friends and family will indeed be booked at the La Estancia!
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A Nature-Lover's Paradise in the City
We were much more interested in seeing nature and the countryside than spending much time in Panama City. We researched many hotels in books and on the Internet and decided on La Estancia whenever we came through Panama City. We couldn't have made a better choice and will definately come back again. Tammy and Gustavo were welcoming, informative and very accomodating. They even held on to our luggage for a few days while we explored San Blas, and offered us breakfast when we picked our bags up, even though we weren't staying there that night!
If you prefer the sound of nature to the noise and hustle of Panama City, La Estancia is the place for you! The B&B is located on Cerro Ancon, where a 20 minute walk up the hill offers incredible views of Panama City and Miraflores Locks. The B&B offers a snacks/drinks all day and a fabulous breakfast. We loved the gorgeous views and bird/animal watching from the balcony. The rooms were air conditioned, very clean and pleasant. Free Internet use in the common area was also a bonus.
Gustavo and Tammy provided the utmost in hospitality and service. A very clean and comfortable B&B in exquisite surroundings and handy to all Panama City has to offer.
A peaceful respite . . .
We very much enjoyed our single evening at La Estancia. Was super convenient location for us as we flew into Allbrook one day and out the next. Since we were already spending 2 other eves in the city in the banking neighborhood, it was a fun change to be in this totally residential neighborhood an easy cab ride from everything. We had one of the suites which was a deal at $75. Seemed palatial to us and was squeaky clean. Great to be able to easily do laundry there for ourselves. Also easy help yourself snacks/beer/wine. Nice view of bridge of the Americas. Fun birdwatching. And it's a great walk (20 min) up to the top of Cerro Ancon, where you have fabulous views of the city and toucan fly bys. A nice wooded paved road with no traffic at all and very few walkers - at 7am.
Friendly, comfortable and relaxing
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would definitely stay there again. Tammy and Gustavo were knowledgeable about the city, friendly, helpful and made us feel very much at home. All of our arrangements were easily made by email, and everything was taken care of without problems. Gustavo was able to arrange a birdwatching tour with an English speaking guide tailored to our specifications that my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed. We traveled everywhere in the city by taxi and spent at most $3.50 per trip which we considered quite reasonable. The rooms were clean, cheerfully decorated, and comfortable. They were kind enough to store my bulky winter coat and clothes while we traveled throughout Panama until I needed them for the trip home. I suppose if you want to be within walking distance of restaurants and downtown you might be unhappy, but we found the residential neighborhood relaxing and especially enjoyed the birdwatching and monkey watching off the private balcony.
Nice location but somewhat isolated
If you're looking for a small B&B at a quiet location, look no further. But be prepared to rent a car (and participate in crazy driving on Panamanian roads) or pay high taxi fares.
Rooms big, hardly decorated but clean.
Safe residential area with great hosts and 2 great suites
We just returned from Panama, and stayed at La Estancia for 3 nights. The owners Tammy and Gustavo are terrific - they are available and extremely knowledgable and helpful - we found it reassuring that they were took so much care to know who we were and what we needed, without being intrusive. The location, near the top of Ancon, the highest hill in Panama, is a secure residential area which served U.S. Military personel when their presence there was greater; there are two common area rooms, one which is used for breakfast (which is fantastic) - both overlook a balcony with views of the Bridge of the Americas (the balcony gives the house a tree-house kind of feel - very attractive); the area is a $3 taxi ride from everything, but is particularly close to the Allbrook airport, the bridge, and the causeway. The Allbrook Mall is one of the best in the city, and has a good restaurant (Mantra, as I recall). The only downside to the location for me (since I enjoy walking in commercial areas) was its extreme residential character, but there is a park at the top of the hill with great views of the city - most people will find this walk more than satisfactory.
We stayed in Suite #3 and one of the rooms. The suite is awesome - well worth the $75 price. It is spacious and very, very clean, with a Direct TV television and AC. The room was just that - a boring room.
If I had it to do over again, the other areas of Panama City we would consider staying in would be El Congreja, Obarrio or San Francisco. We checked out the Cesar Park in San Francisco (which locals think highly of and is close to the international ariport) and noted it was a bit more of what you would expect when visiting Panama - casino, pool, etc. It also is closer to the international airport, for what that's worth. Neighborhood seemed nice.
Home away from Home
La Estancia in the Anton Hill area of Panama City is in an excellent location for those who want to spend several days exploring the City or as a stopover point for going on to other destinations within Panama.
La Estancia which is run by Gustavo and Tammy Liu of Panoramic Panama is very clean, roomy and has the feel of a home rather than a hotel. Breakfast is included in the room rate and includes a variety of breakfast items including pancakes and eggs made to order, which you can eat on a private patio while watching birds and the resident sloth. A computer in one of the sitting room is available to all guests free of charge for internet surfing and checking e-mail. Laundry facilities are also on site.
The hosts go out of their way to insure that all your needs are attended to. They are also available after hours to answer questions, arrrange for taxis, reommend restaurants, etc. as they live onsite.
If you are looking for a room that is in a great location, is economical, clean, and has attentive hosts, I would strongly recommend La Estancia as you will not be disappointed.
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