Radisson Decapolis Hotel Panama City
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... rights to control the Panama Canal. It was not until 1999 that Panama regained control and became the largest fastest-growing economy in Central America. Many Panamanians receive a pension from the US government for their help in building the Canal.
It was more interesting to read about it than to see it since the canal is just too massive of a project to capture in a photograph. But besides that we had a great time in Casco Viejo.
... minute history of the canal in Spanish. When we went in the employee running the movie tried to usher us out saying it was in Spanish and our kids said, NOPE! That is why we are here! We are learning! LOVE LOVE LOVE!
I sat with my Maya and helped translate to her, Alysa sat with Elena, and Kenny sat with Max. The movie was good but the museum afterwards was way better! 4 floors of interactive museum, but we only had about 30 minutes! I spent 20 on the first ...
I haven't forgotten about this! I was in Panama from October-May but at some point just stopped writing. I'll fill this in with some good stories and details later, but for now, read about my month in Ecuador as I write it on my new trip entry: http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-blog/j eastty/6/tpod.html
... be leaving, we are pretty excited to be moving on to experience South America! Also, we got cake as a goodbye present from Gabby, which was awesome!! It was a homemade cake made with bananas, and she even brought ice cream! It was delicious! After stuffing ourselves with cake, we met Andrew at his vehicle, as he was driving us into town as a final send off from Lost and Found. Usually waiting in line to get a bus ticket isn't so exciting, but that day it turned out to be. We had felt ...
... what Panamanian machines would allow (inexplicably of course,some cards worked, some not), then off we went.
So, we land in Cuba, no reservation, zip functioning cards, too little cash, no Lonely Planet guide, no idea where we were going or how to get there, anticipating God knows what. In the airport, we spotted traveler's heaven, a tiny circular booth, empty of course, but with that glorious cursive "i" denoting informacion turista! Hallelujah! ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Radisson Decapolis Hotel Panama City
The decor was a little too "po-mo" for me. But, at least they tried. The hotel caters mostly to south and central american businessmen and most of the staff speak VERY little english. I had the all-inclusive package while staying and was impressed that it gave us the chance to order from the regular restaruant menu, (which is considered a top restaraunt in the city). We never once had to endure typical, thrid rate all-inclusive food. It ranged from steak and ceviche, to sushi and padthai. (If you're from Toronto, it is their equivalent of going to Centro) Be careful with the steak though, as there is no consistency from rare to medium. Coffee is some of the best in the world! Perfect snowy white foam on my capuccino. The service in the restaurants was top notch, very attentive and friendly. The 3 bellboys and the manager at the restaurant speak near perfect english, so go to them if you need any help or advice (one is from Detroit).
ADVICE: Do not use the hotel taxis, but walk around the bend and pick one up at multicentro or wendy's, where you'll be charged SIGNIFICANTLY less. Also, call ahead of time to book a higher floor room or a king-sized bed. It will definitely be worth it for the view and the hot tub! Food in the city is dirt cheap. Most people make about $5 US a day and the cost of living reflects it. Bring all the toiletries you need, as they are considered luxury items and cost alot more there. (i.e. tiny 200ml bottle of pantene goes for $3-4 in the pharmacies). I only wish I had bought more coffee to bring home...
Stylish but noisy!
I recently stayed 4 nights at the Decapolis on a business trip. The design of the hotel is wonderful - very modern, sort of Asian fusion. The room was stunning with etched glass panels separating the bath area from the bedroom, double platform beds, standalone closets and large white tile floors. And here's the problem - the sound carries tremendously! The first night there I thought the neighbors were "body slamming" the walls and dragging the beds around the room as the noise was extremely loud. It turns out they were closing the closet doors and moving the desk chair. Any noise in the hallway traveled as well. Otherwise the hotel and staff were great. Make sure to try the apple martinis in the bar.
Do The Decapolis
If you go to Panama City and do not stay at the Decapolis you made a mistake. We had a great time there. The rooms come with a very nice complimentary buffet breakfast. There is a 4th floor walkway to the newest mall in Panama which also contains a casino. The Decapolis affords you a $25 match play coupon to it. If you play stupid and ask for another they will give it to you. We easily begged one every night. The hotel is right in the heart of the city and walking distance from whatever you might require. The only knock on the place is a lack of elevator service. We were on the 28th floor and at times it was a bit of a nuisance getting there. You will enjoy the pool but it can get a little crowded in the early afternoon. Later on it is wide open. Although we had never been to Panama before this trip I would never stay anywhere else. A couple good resturants in the area I would recommend. "Jimmy" on Balboa and "Locos Anos" somewhere close by. One tip to save you a few bucks. Walk though the mall to the other side to get a cab. The cabs at the hotel door will way over charge you, but it can be worth it at times if you dont speak Espanol. Also the hotel cabs are nicer then your average city cab. If I can help you with any of your concerns about a Panama adventure feel to e-mail me at email@example.com
Also, if you are debating between the Royal Decameron and the Barcello along the coast in Falleron. The Decameron wins hands down.
Unexpected style and luxury in Panama City
This was just a lay-over stop for us on our way to Bocas, but what a way to book-end our trip. The spacious rooms, overall decor, lobby/lounge, rooftop pool and virtually every angle of this hotel is architectually interesting with a minimalist flair. Clean, modern lines, bright, poppy colors -- the hotel made us feel like we were in a boutique hotel in design-centric Europe. Don't be afraid of the sushi either -- it was surprisingly good, as were the bartenders and the staff in general. I wish the hotels in NYC were this good!
Fantastic Hotel, Fantastic People
Great Hotel, Great Food, Don't miss breakfast buffett. Business center was a tremendous help !
People very friendly and helpful. We can't wait to go back.
Decapolis Pleasant Surprise
I was so pleasantly surprised by this hotel that I decided to write a review. I wasn't expecting anything as sophisticated as this when I booked. But WOW. It is cutting edge design, but totally unpretentious. The staff is youthful but extremely profesional with out being stiff.
Food? The best Hotel fare I've had on a trip to Latin America in a dozen years. The Sushi in the lobby restaurant was as good as I've had in Brazil (the best contemprary/new style sushi)
A sure bet in Panama. I am hooked.
I was lucky enough to get a $75.00 rate at this luxuriuous hotel. The entire hotel is very modern and beautiful. Very clean, nice sushi bar at the lobby, great breakfast cafe, incredible service, etc. If you are planning to visit Panama City ...this is the place!!!!
Modern and Chic!
The Decapolis was beautiful. It was such a wonderful surprise. The hotel truly stands out as one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in. The rooms are very large, clean and have a beautiful decor. The entire hotel is very modern and the services are endless. The hotel has a great restaurant, beautiful spa, outdoor pool with bar, and a large, hip bar inside. The hotel is located in the center of the city in walking distance to the city's top restaurants, bars, and clubs. The staff is friendly and willing to extend themselves until you are satisfied with your stay. There is no doubt, the Decapolis is the best.
Everything you need inside one location!!
This is a brand new hotel. Started operating in Summer 2004. It is very modern with an eclectic decoration. This hotel is centrally located in the best part of Panama City. It's next to the banking district and nightlife venues. There is so much going on in this hotel you have enough to "not leave" the premises. It's connected to a casino and a 4 story shopping mall with restaurants and shops galore!! Including a movie theatre and a very nice restaurant strip just outside the mall in an open terrace. The hotel's restaurants are very good, I specially enjoyed the "Barcelona" with its $7.99 all-you-can eat buffet, everything was delicious and the service was excellent. The pasta chef really knows what "al dente" means. It's conveniently located next to the expressway entrance that can take you to the airport in 15 minutes. Either on business or just visiting this hotel won't dissapoint you. It is a modern hotel in a modern city, if you are looking to spend quite time next to nature then there are are other hotels closer to the Panama canal area. If you stay here, you must experience watching a movie at the Extreme Planet Cinemas, it's walking distance from the mall. For $6 you can go into the VIP sections where you can watch the movie on a leather couch, you can actually lay flat as in first class. You can order drinks, pop corn, food and even sushi from a menu!!!! (of course, this is extra charge) Highly recommended.
Love the Radisson Decapolis
I stayed at the Radisson Decapolis on June 4th for 2 nights. It is a beautiful resort. The rooms are spacious. The food was very good. It is very cosmopolitan and it is just across the street from a huge mall and casino which you can get to without going outside. There is a walkway from the 3rd floor of the hotel. The service was great and the people very friendly. I would highly recommend this hotel if you are staying in Panama City.