Plaza Paitilla Inn
Travel Blogs from Panama City
... to lift the motor. It was quite a dance.
All this time, our boat was taking in water. Kathy and I were baling it out as fast as we could using a plastic container. As we passed villages, things started getting more remote and traditional. We learned that no other gringos had been to the end of the line for one year and that it rarely had happened. Things started getting wild. It was getting clear that our 6 hour trip was going to be an all day affair and test our resolve ...
... br> The next stop is the capital, San Jose, where we are staying in a pretty cool place, Hostel Urbano, recommended to us by fellow travellers. It is a big converted villa, American 50’s style, located east of the city center in the lively university/student district. We try to visit the National Theater on the Saturday morning but it is closed due to rehearsals, luckily for us there are still tickets for the evening performance of a classical ...
... me to go to, I imagined it to be some small plaza and I definitely found it but it was MASSIVE. Like at least 50 shops and I had to find one small money changing shop. Joy. Now this is where it all started to go a bit pear shaped again. Remember that I said I would come back to people sending me to retarded places? If you've ever read any of my blogs you'll know that this happens to me A LOT, Like the time I was trying to find a post office in Mexico for an hour. I ask people ...
... took a short rest and then headed for the Miraflores Visitor Center. Now, there it WAS busy. A very long line just for entrance. A couple folks ahead of us in line said they thought it was because of the holiday - folks had time to come out to the Visitor Center.
After standing in line for a long time (in 90+ heat - but with a breeze, so not too bad), we barely made it in for the last showing of the 10 minute ...
... dictator, is being held after returning to Panama in 2011 after twenty years in an overseas prison. There is a lot of current dredging, with a massive cutter suction dredge and miles of floating steel pipeline. Further along there is another massive dredge, this time with a deep reach excavator and barges, and a large drilling barge, with four drilling masts.
It is very hot and sunny on deck, so Dianne provides a sunscreen and drink service ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Plaza Paitilla Inn Panama City
The Plaza Paitilla offers basic accommodations at a bargain price. My room was clean, the bed was comfortable, and the hot water flowed easily. I was pretty much satisfied with that.
This hotel is nothing to brag about but for $49 it is hard to complain. The property is obviously old - a former Holiday Inn - and at one time it must have been very nice with a dance club named Genesis. The lobby is still nice with a small bar right in the lobby in front of the elevators. There is a restaurant off the lobby that serves a large buffet lunch, a la carte breakfast - didn't try it for dinner. The people at the front desk speak English and are very helpful: mailing postcards, cashing travelers checks ($150 max. per day). There is an information desk in the lobby but when there was a lady there, she was always on the phone. Behind the elevators is a decent business center with several computers you can use for $1.15 per half hour. Next to the business center a table was set up for booking tours in and outside of Panama City. The brochures were in Spanish and the woman booking the tours didn't speak English but I'm sure someone at the front desk would translate. We did a lot of walking from the hotel and felt comfortable but taxi's are cheap and the drivers very helpful.
I was vacationing in Panama with my family. When we got to the hotel our room wasn't ready, at the lobby, they told us to wait 15 minutes......2 hours later our room wasn't ready yet.
Can't beat the view for the price!!
This hotel was incredible for the $$. This was a stopover for me and I wish that I had spent my other nights here when I first arrived in Panama. I spent several nights in the famed Caesar Park hotel and pd $130 per night. It was not worth the extra $$. This hotel has very large rooms w/exceptional views (floor to ceiling windows) and is in a very good location looking out onto Balboa Ave. The hotel has recently done some renovations and they were evident but were not spectacular. Nevertheless, I will def stay here when I return!!
Good price, great view
Stayed in March for 3 days on Business. For $49 price can't be beat.
Resturant over priced, but great fresh fruit in the morning. Only 2 blocks from new mall with Casino. LOcated in Patilla district, this is mostly residential high rise condos. Great view of water if you can get the right room otherwise view of condos. Rooms seemed to be updated and were clean. Old Holiday Inn but great value. Will be returning next month.
Some book reviews I've read said this hotel had been renovated. I'm not sure when. The lobby area is pleasant enough although very dated. The elevators seem to be the newest thing in the hotel. Once you arrive to your floor, the walls are painted in what can only be described as industrial colors, with some very strange furniture that looks as though it was scavenged or picked up from the Salvation Army.
We loved this hotel. We were on a budget and at $50, this was the best deal we could find. We stayed there 3 times, though not consecutively because we were going off to Bocas del Toro, San Blas and Boquete. In fact, we ended up staying in Panama City a couple extra days and the Plaza Paitilla was full and the places we stayed at weren't nearly as nice.
Not bad value
Stayed two nights at the Plaza Paitilla Inn at the beginning of February - I agree with previous reports that the hotel is quite funky - the rooms are good, clean and have all the facilities for a bargain rate of $49.50 per night. The swimming pool area needs some attention as do some of the common areas but in general you get very good value for money. The location is convenient to the shopping centre but there seem to be no shops nearby to get any alcoholic drinks which means you rely on the (expensive) minibar or drinks from the bar. After a long day sightseeing in the heat it is nice to relax with a cold beer - but paying $2 when you know they are $0.5 elsewhere is annoying.
If you have a low budget
For $45 a night this hotel is perfect. The rooms are clean, the view is "amazing", it's location is perfect and the service is fine. If you like a funky, economic and clean place to stay...this is just what you're looking for.
For US 45 per night, we were a little worried, but a friend have had told us about the place. It´s the former Holiday Inn. Don´t expect luxury, but you find everything than a tourist needs. My wife and my 5 old year child had a good 2004 holly week memory. Friendly staff; clean and comfortable average rooms with fridge, shower and bath tub, fine towels, closet, tv cable, superb city view,well located. We could find drugstores, supermarkets, malls, restaurants, shops,etc, etc withing walking distance, cheap internet room. Nice lobby in marble and new elevators. Beware of the smoking rooms, they smell; we asked for a change and we got it inmediatly. We could choose it. US 6 for a huge buffet breakfast.