Travel Blogs from Panama City
Yesterday, I took a one hour flight from Nicaragua to Panama. I only have one full day in Panama City so I had to start early. My (2nd hotel) was in the old town of Casco Viejo. This is really a charming town that is in process of going from slums to a high rent district. There are quite a few sites to see here including an old city wall, churches …
This is a continuation from the same day as we were busy acting like tourists. After hitting up canal, I took Kay to see my favourite, and underrated attraction; Panama Viejo.
The remains of these buildings where were constructed in 1519, suffered various attacks and fires over the years but none so sever as the assault by Welsh Pirate Sir Henry Morgan in 1671. Henry Morgan is considered a hero ...
... provided a bed in an air-conditioned dorm since our windowless, airless private double was stifling.
By the time Sarah had flushed that quick, expensive burger out of her system and into the Pacific it was after dark, so we only had time for a short stroll around the Old Town area that our hostel was in, which is being renovated and rebuilt at an impressive rate – our hostel was only accessible by ...
... of well marked trails. Upon entering the park we came across two rodent looking creatures, which we were later to discover were in fact Central American Agoutis. On we wandered, passing on a few people along the way (birders...). A nice way to spend a few hours, albeit a few very muggy and hot hours! We even saw our very first 'proper' toucan (the only ones we have seen previously were the little toucan that look nothing like toucan sam!). We also stumbled upon a little pond that ...
... guise of information were for paintings, diamonds and other jewelry.
Another disappointment was the restaurant food. It was good for the first couple of days, but after that was pretty hit and miss. Some meals were excellent, others very ordinary. You’d read the menu, with descriptions as you’d expect anywhere in the world –e.g. moussaka, sabayon, but what you got quite often bore no resemblance to the description. Standard was ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Bristol Panama Panama City
This place is fabulous
the service was fabulous. room service food was very yummy and cheap. must do:take a bubble bath in the tub and order the panamanian breakfast. ritz carleton luxury and then some.
The Bristol was the twelfth hotel I've stayed at in as many weeks and undoubtedly one of the best. If I don't like somewhere I'll pack up and go but in a whole week in Panama never once thought of moving.....
I split my week trip to Panama City between the Bristol and Radisson Decapolis in order to try both. I realized that these are very different hotels. They are both great in their own respects.
Excellent for short stay
This is an excellent hotel with good service and clean rooms. If it had a pool I would have stayed for two weeks. The restaurant is one of the best in the city.
Excellent. Helpful staff. Great restaurant. They recommended a wonderful driver and guide, Roberto Cedeno, who showed us the city.
A beautiful retreat
We just returned from Panama, and found The Bristol a beautiful, quiet retreat from the noise and heat of Panama City. Everything about it speaks of luxury, quality, and elegance, from the lovely furnishings to the very attentive, professional staff. It's a 5-star hotel in a smaller package, and at much less cost.
Classy, quiet and well-appointed with lots of marble, mahogany, art, and orchids...a true value for $125 a night. The bathrooms are luxurious with high-quality amenities (the creamy coco-butter soap was a delight!) and the beds were firm with fluffy feather duvets and pillows.
Very elegant, well appointed hotel. Beautiful rooms and modern bathroom with huge tub. Exceptional staff. Great location.
Only complaint...the walls are very thin. We heard the 5:45 am wakeup call in the room next door. We heard everything, including a screaming child.
If you want an excellent tour of the city, I suggest hiring Carlos Aleman [--] (cell). My husband and I actually hired him for two full days of sightseeing. Carlos is very knowlegable and speaks excellent english. Highly recommend.
Classy & Elegant!
Stayed at The Bristol this past September. Boutique-like hotel. Excellent service (minor Invoice error that was adjusted very quickly and professionally), staff was courteous, very helpful and friendly! Nice restaurant - ask for 'sandwich' menu if 'lighter' dining is desired...(garden room for breakfast was lovely) and live music in lounge was very enjoyable after a long day...would highly recommend!!! Sometimes just staying at the 'right' place can make a perfect and lasting impression of a first time visit ....
Elegence,service & location
Mid-sized,classy hotel in the heart of the business district!I've stayed here multiple times after trying numerous other venues in the city,the staff is consistently friendly and responsive to your needs... provides a great business center, wireless internet, daily U.S. newspapers, great bar and restaurant...plus chocolates on your pillow...what else is there!