Sheraton Panama City
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Welcome to Panama! After a four-hour flight from Grand Cayman (which we were sad to see behind our tail, let me tell you), we landed at Tocumen Airport. Our pre-arranged handlers were right there waiting for us, customs was so easy to clear that they didn't even check my passport, and I am now at the lovely Sheraton Hotel right downtown, feeling a …
We did things in the right order, it seems. Spent the cloudy day yesterday out walking around, spent the sunny day today getting a tan by the pool.
Other than that, one last fine breakfast delivered to my room, and likely a nice dinner tonight somewhere (maybe the hotel, maybe the restaurant next door), today will be end of our fine stays …
It was hot today. Thankfully, it remained overcast all day long, but it was still hot. Drenching, shirt-stuck-to-my-back, wish-they-had-air-conditioning-in-here kind of hot.
And we decided to go out touring! Well, it could have been worse. It could have been sunny.
But really, it was a great day. After what is becoming the …
This morning had to be the most frustrating one of this trip so far. I had been instructed to remove a part of our camera and ship it back to Canada for repair, at the manufacturers. So, we just have to go to the plane, unplug the box (which is no larger than a shoebox), take it to FedEx, and ship it. Right?
Our airport …
Honestly, there is so little to report from today, that I don't even have any new photos to upload. Well, okay, I took a couple of the two big blue-and-gold macaws in a large cage outside near the pool. I'll upload them when I have more than just that.
Today was a sleep-late, do-nothing, didn't-even-leave-the-hotel kind of day. We planned …
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sheraton Panama City
Like a lot of other folks, I'd say this 5-star hotel would be a 4-star in other parts of the world. However, I really enjoyed its amenities--nice gym (important to me), good concierges, clean room, and a really good restaurant that wasn't overpriced.
Elegant but not stuffy
I had stayed at this hotel before when it was a Marriott brand. This hotel has a great view of the city and the lobby is very inviting. A wonderful band was playing or maybe it was a small "Fiesta" in the lobby upon our arrival and the painting across from the registration desk was incredible.
The food is excellant and the price was very affordable. We received an upgrade and it was worth the request. The casino in the hotel is the best little casino I have ever been to period! We will return to this favorite spot in Panama City. The staff was great and service was outstanding. The kids loved the pool and the grounds were well kept.
I wish that I would have consulted this site before I booked this hotel! It is not in a convenient location and not worth the $ that I pd. I pd extra to be on the club floor and that had some redeeming factors but, that's it. The concierge in the club was very helpful in giving out information and the breakfast and tidbits in the eve were okay. I requested a room higher up for the view but the windows were so dirty you could barely enjoy any view!! IMO this is NOT what I would consider a 5* hotel. I'd give it 4*s at the most and that's because of the size of the rooms, casino, shops, tennis court, etc.
Caesar Park Hotel
Had a Wonderful time in Panama-Caesars-we (husband andI) Loved the pool,gym,casino,bar-lounge. The staff were great-a busier hotel-but if you like people-thats a good thing. Rooms are fine-couldn't complain. We also stayed at Intercontintal-Marrimar. (thought we would get a variety to see which is better). Even though the staff were wxcellent at IM - we just felt more comfortable and more well rounded at Caesars.
We spent a week at Tropic Star (a fishing lodge) By far - First Class opperation. If you ever feel like bill fishing- run.
Although it's a perfectly satisfactory lodging in some respects, the Caesar Park can't be described as a luxury hotel, and certainly not a 5-star one. Consider what your priorities are before booking this hotel. The rooms are large enough, and clean, but the furniture in ours was chipped and tacky. The decor throughout the hotel is second-rate. Service is spotty. Although the poolside bar and grill had waiters in attendance, none ever offered us a menu or asked for a drink order. On the plus side, the pool is nice, and set in a pretty garden. We had some excellent food at the hotel restaurants. If your main requirements for a hotel are reasonable comfort, good food, and a pool, then you might not be disappointed with the Caesar Park. But if you value elegance, quality, and a high level of service, stay at the Bristol. For a few dollars more, it's easily five times better.
Checked in mid-day - next to construction and the sound of a vibrating drill. The walls are paper thin, the bathrooms poorly lit. You can hear your neighbors' every move. the breakfast buffet is typical panamanian food, heavy on the sauces and meats, and light on tropical fruits. The help in the lobby is over-staffed, with their hands out all the time. Best advice is to avoid this place if you can.
My family stayed at the Caesar Park in December for four days. We came because of the great tennis facilities and we were not disappointed. This is the only place to stay in Panama City if you like to play tennis. There are three lighted courts (and the lights worked very well - which is not true of some of the other hotels with tennis courts in the city). The court surface looked new - again elsewhere we have seen very worn surfaces. It was easy to book courts - we played morning and evening, and we met several local players as there is a small club that uses the courts.
Overcharged my credit card
I stayed at this hotel in March 2004 and I was disgusted that 8 months after leaving the hotel they debited my credit card for a further charge $340.50 for a telephone call. I am disputing this and if it is not resoved I will not stay at any Caesar Park hotels again.
We recently stayed at the Ceasar Park Hotel after reading that it was a five star hotel that visiting diplomats have stayed at. We were very disappointed. The public areas - lobby, restaurants, pool are nice but the rooms (we stayed in two different rooms) were equvialent to a Hampton or Drury Inn in the states. This isn't bad if you plan on staying and paying for a budget room, but very disappointing if you planned on staying at a luxury hotel. The rooms were small, the linens, towels and bath products were very basic and average in quality. I would not stay here again unless the rate was very low - $45 or $50 per night (rather than $100). The location is also farther out from the city center than we would have liked. One positive note is that all of the restuarant food was delicious and well prepared.
Comfy and well-located
We stayed at the Caesar Park in Panama City last December...at first glimpse, our room furniture looked a little worn, and the shower plumbing worked slowly...but many amenities at the Caesar Park made up for it, particularly the level of service, and the beautiful grounds.
Our daughter was charmed by the tropical grotto, with a mini-zoo and play area. We enjoyed drinks by the pool, and music and dancing in the casino nightly. We found great food within walking distance of the hotel...just ask the doorman for suggestions. (Word of warning...never assume that pedestrians have the right of way in Panama, even if they would in the U.S.) Our memories of the Caesar Park are of luxury and comfort.