Riande Granada Urban Hotel
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- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Drycleaning onsite
- Meeting rooms/conference facilities
- Minbar in room
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... and he had no problems. In the afternoon and evenings latin music would be blasting from someones apartment, neighbours and kids would be sitting outside their buildings talking, it had a fantastic real neighbourhood feel to it.
Just one block away from our apartment there was a six story five star hotel, and from that point there was a mixture of beautifully renovated buildings beside empty dilapidated ones...which would no doubt be on some property developers hit list. On ...
... shops selling Panama hats. We were warned against venturing any further west to the adjoining favela of El Chorillo due to the gang-fighting taking place there, a point our taxi-driver made clear by miming us two walking followed by us each being shot, complete with pow-pow sound effects. Point taken! Casco Viejo was fun to walk around, though, and once we'd taken pictures of the buildings and skyline, eaten frozen yogurt, drunk a few beers and bought a Panama hat we ...
... that one skewer lasted a solid 15 minutes) but the real highlight was the city itself. It's after 10:30 at night and there are hundreds of cars still pouring into the Old Town, valet touts chasing down drivers and selling (presumably) parking spaces. You'd have to pay me a whole lotta money to drive a car here! We followed the car blockade to the "happening" spots, enjoyed listening to some street musicians (music blares on every street, giving everything a hopped up ...
... Central) American. One can never be sure what is open or when it will be opened. Time is always an approximation.
Panama City is a city of contrasts. The Trump Tower is in an area referred to as Punta Pacifica. The housing here caters to the many expats working for the financial sector in this tax free zone. Children are shuttled home from the many private schools nearby. The adjacent shopping ...
... car, so maybe David is a bit late. Besides, it's Island Time. Ok. We decided that if he didn't show by 7:30 we would walk the 25 minutes to town as the boat was supposed to leave by 8am.
This whole thing was a little fishy. David seemed confident that we would be able to find a room on the island, even though we did not call ahead, and seemed equally confident that he or "another boat" would come get us the next day - ahhh, for another $25 per person, making this ...