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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.