Panama Marriott Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Panama Marriott Hotel Panama City
Una ubicación estupenda, un buen hotel
Me hospedé en el Marriott la segunda semana de febrero. La ubicación es fantástica. Hay restaurantes de todos tipos y de precios diferents diez minutos a pie. Me encantó el café Costa Azul. Queda como cuatro minutos a pie, y hay selecciones a precios razonables para el desayuno, almuerzo, y cena. Hay un casino nuevo estilo Las Vegas, el Veneto, como diez minutos a pie o como tres minutos en taxi. Si tomas un taxi, no lo tomes desde el vestíbulo del hotel o la entrada. Sal, camina hacia la calle, y toma el taxi allí. Así puedes pagar entre 1 euro 20 y 1 euro 60 para un paseo en vez del triple de eso. El Marriott está bien situado, y es una de las mejores opciones en la ciudad. Las habitaciones son amplias, y tienen un ambiente bonito. El baño también estuvo bueno y bien equipado con productos de Neutrogena. El balneario es gratis para huéspedes, y tiene todas las comodidades que tiene el balneario de un hotel de buena calidad. Este hotel es bueno para hospedarse por negocios al igual que por placer. El personal es de buena calidad, y la limpieza fue de primera clase. La Ciudad de Panama es un lugar estupendo para visitar. Si no puedes pasar un buen rato aquí, no estás intentándolo o tienes un problema de actitud. Los panameños en general son un grupo educado, y te tratarán bien si los tratas con respeto. El Marriott es estupendo, y gozarás de la ciudad.
Increíble, pero ten cuidado con las plantas
La ubicación es estupenda, hay bufés, una pastelería, un gimnasio, y una piscina. La habitación era grande y cómoda. Por favor, por favor, por favor solicita una habitación en las plantas altas. Las fiestas los fin de semanas son ruidosas, y duran hasta las 3 a.m. La gerencia nos dio una habitación disponible para dormir el sábado en la noche, pero tal vez no tengas esa suerte. La cuarta planta definitivamente no fue lo suficientemente alta.
Great Location-Fine Hotel
Stayed at the Marriott the second week in February.
The location is fantastic. Within a ten minute walk
there were restaurants of all types and price ranges.
Loved the Costa Azul cafe. About a four minute walk
away and reasonably priced choices for
breakfast, lunch and dinner.
There is a new Vegas style casino, the Veneto about
10 minutes walk away. Or about 3 minutes by taxi.
If you do take a taxi, do NOT take it at the hotel
lobby/entrance. Walk outside and down to the street
and pick up your taxi.
This way you can pay 1.50 or 2.00 for a ride rather
than triple that.
The Marriott is well located and is one of the best
hotel choices in the city. The rooms are spacious and
have a nice feel to them. The bathroom is also fine
and well stocked with Neutrogena products.
The Spa is free to guests and has all the amenities
of a good quality hotel spa.
This hotel is good for both business and pleasure.
Good quality staff and cleaning was first rate.
Panama City is a great place to visit. If you cant
have a good time here you are not trying or have an
attitude problem. Panamanians as a whole are a polite
and friendly group and will treat you well if you
treat them respectfully.
The Marriott is great and you will enjoy the city.
Awesome but watch the floors...
Great location, buffets, pastry shop, gym and pool. The room was large and comfortable. Please, please, please ask for high floors. The weekend parties are loud and last till 3 AM. The management gave us an empty room to sleep in on Saturday night but you may not be so lucky. The 4th floor was definetely not high enough.
Even after several years, the Marriott's still a very good hotel
My family and I stayed at the Panama Marriott during the last week in October 2005. Overall, the staff is very friendly and many are bilingual. Despite arriving at 11pm on a Sunday night, our check-in went smoothly. Although there were no bellmen at that hour, the security staff (dressed in business suits, not uniforms), showed us to our room and helped us with our luggage.
The hotel offers a swimming pool and a very well-equipped gym. The gym is staffed most of the day, but you can use it 24 hours a day. The gym includes all the usual cardio equipment - rowing machine, stairmasters, stationary bicycles, and eliptical trainers - and Nautilus equipment, free weights, etc. They even offer classes on a daily basis. Needless to say, there's no waiting to use any of the equipment.
Rooms are very clean. In the room, you can find a coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, and a safe. Ice machines are on every floor so you don't need to call housekeeping or room service to get ice. The evening turn down service is really nice. Maria, our evening housekeeper, went beyond the call and made us feel really welcome.
The food selection for room service and the cafe is somewhat limited. Nonetheless, the breakfasts and dinners in the cafe are delicious. There is a small coffee shop where you can get sandwiches, drinks, salads, and pastries to go. The sandwich prices, however, are a bit steep - especially for Panama City.
If you need to take a taxi, DON'T pick up a cab directly in front of the hotel. Walk around the block and the price will be substantially cheaper. The concierge desk provides a tariff sheet which gives you "estimated" taxi fares to various locations in Panama City. However, if you just walk a minute away, you'll save substantially. For example, the hotel says the taxi fare from the Marriott to Albrook Mall (in the Canal Zone) will cost about $12. We picked up a cab up the street and it only cost us $2 (two).
I stayed there for a week in May. I also had my wedding reception there, 125 people. The service is great, even better if you know some spanish. The food is excellent, as is the casino and pool. Cabs are plentiful, you can also walk the surrounding area with no worries for your safety at all.
Overall, I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed my stay. Most USA folks are very misinformed at what that city is all about. I had a better time there than I have had in any U.S. city, and I've been to them all.
God bless developing countries!
An eye opening experience!
We stayed at the Panama Marriott for 10 days & 9 nights in September where our 2004 PQI Conference took place. The service was absolutely the best and the staff was exceptionally courteous and ready to lend a hand. The rooms are well organized and accommodating. Also, they have cable TV, a small refrigerator with lots of goodies in it.
They have a Exercising fitness center, Pool room, Sports bar, Gift shop, Bakery/deli and a Restaurant in the hotel. The food was superb. We got a chance to eat Panamanians food, which was delicious.
In the lobby, they have a grand piano and my son, who is a musician, got a chance to show off his talent. Also my husband who think he can sing, got a chance to woo the audience with a song.
The location of the hotel is also great. You can walk in any direction to all kinds of restaurants, shops, internet cafes, and more.
Last but not least, we totally enjoyed our stay at the Panama Marriott Hotel. We will be returning to Panama soon and will definitely stay there again!
EXCELLENT BUT ONLY ON ONE SIDE OF THE BUILDING
Great hotel, everything you expect from a Marriott a at capital city.
BUT... stay out of the rooms at the side of the Bacchus dance club. Even the 16th floor "enjoys" the BOOM BOOM BOOM till 4 A.M.
The uneven numbers are to be avoided!!!
Marriott Panama Hotel - Wonderful! Fabulous! Fantastic!
I just came back from a six day vacation to Panama City. We stayed at the Panama Marriott Hotel. It was fabulous! The lobby was gorgeous with huge displays of flowers. The hotel staff was extremely pleasant and problems were resolved immediately. The rooms are spacious and the bathrooms are extra large. Guests are made to feel welcome and very safe. Security is top notch. The gym is wonderful and is bi-level with classes given every weekday evening. The Marriott offers massages/facials and I received a wonderful massage from a highly trained therapist. The pool is lovely and very quiet. The Marriott is centrally located. It is only a two minute walk from the Via Espana. Via Espana has many restaurants/supermarkets (El Rey)/stores to shop in. There is a wonderful Italian restaurant located within two blocks from the Marriott called "Jimmy's". (Order the pizza..It's great!) Overall, Panama was wonderful and I cannot wait to return to the Marriott!!
Very pleasant experience!
I stayed at the Panama Marriott for 6 nights at the end of February 2004. The service was absolutely fabulous and the staff was extremely polite and helpful. The rooms are very clean and nicely furnished. Also, the televisions in the rooms, amongst many other channels, offer FoxNews Channel and CNN.
Breakfast was included but I never made it downstairs in time to enjoy it.
The sports bar in the hotel was a very comfortable place to hang out. I'd give the food a grade of B or B-, but it's bar food.
The lobby is tastefully furnished with couches and chairs off to one side where you can have cocktails, read the paper, meet with friends, etc. There is also a bakery/deli to grab a bite, a sit down restaurant, and a gift shop.
The location of the hotel is also great. You can walk in any direction to all kinds of restaurants, shops, internet cafes, and a casino.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my stay. I am returning to Panama soon and will definitely stay there again!
One last thing, if you need a taxi, do not take the unmarked ones that work for the hotel. You will pay considerably more for it than a regular taxi you can flag or have flagged for you right out front.
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