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... were destined to sleep at the edge of the road until a kind man and his son pulled over and told us to hop in. We were saved and were heading back to civilization, yay. 20km down the road we broke down! The car refused to start and so we had to walk three or four kilometers in the pouring rain until we reached a bar in the middle of nowhere. The guy that run the place was just closing but he was kind enough to let us sleep the night on his porch, and ...Santa Catalina, Panama thedidgeridude
... you going) - A Panama. - Hoy? (today?) - Si. - (Something to the effect of give me $20 and get the hell out of here). And off we went. Jesse had gotten pulled over on our day apart and had had a slightly more confrontational experience, where the cop told him that his license would be suspended and his bike impounded if he wrote a ticket, but finally accepted $20 to let him off. Costa Rica is notorious for speed traps. So at this point, a brief comment ...Santiago, Panama bocalee
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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
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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.