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Plaza de la Independencia, Corregimiento San Felipe, Panama City 0833 Panama
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#3 of 134 hotels in Panama City
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The hotel is located in the heart of the Casco Viejo (Spanish for Old Town) in Panama City, next to the Panama Interoceanic Canal Museum and facing the Plaza de Independencia. The Central Hotel Panamá is the hotel of choice for the most detail-oriented and sophisticated travelers who come to Panama City. The quality of the facilities and services, as well as the exquisite culinary experiences available, turn a visit to the hotel into a special memory that guests will never forget. Located opposite the Cathedral, the hotel is just steps away from the Municipal Palace, and is close to the Presidential Palace, along with other attractions in the area.
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Property amenities
Paid private parking on-site
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Walking tours
Airport transportation
Business Centre with Internet Access
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Rooftop pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Sauna
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Snack bar
Taxi service
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Hand massage
Head massage
Makeup services
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
Salon
Waxing services
Rooftop terrace
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Doorperson
Umbrella
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Minibar
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Room service
Safe
Telephone
Bottled water
Iron
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Judith F wrote a review Yesterday
Seattle, Washington87 contributions55 helpful votes
Our 2 night stay must have had (+) karma from the start, as we checked in on Lunar New Year Jan. 22, 2023. Arriving about 10 AM, a Reception fellow named Reynaldo assigned us to a suite (upgrade from a junior suite) which would be ‘available in 9 minutes.’ Yes, 9 minutes, precisely. He was accurate. Rene the bellman immediately asked our first names to commit to memory; then off we went. ROOM. Room 104 with wrap-around balcony overlooked the Square with view of the Cathedral. LR, King bed, 1.5 baths and tall windows overlooking activity on the Square. Beautifully outfitted and clean. Glass shower, spa tub, and plenty of toiletries. Excellent A/C. We had no issues w/ noise despite it being 350th anniversary of city AND Lunar New Year’s… DINING AND CUSTOMER SERVICE. Reynaldo who functions as the Concierge also arranged for 2 separate 1/2 day tours by A/C car. We weren’t up to walking tours altho a charming part of the city d/t the heat and humidity. Both tours were more than VG with English-speaking drivers/guide. Lunch is Bistro was Panamanian chicken soup w/ rice on the side (!); and empanaditas. Both got us to dinnertime in the AMS Sabor Restaurant on the 4th floor. To our surprise, there again appeared Reynaldo, but in a Chef’s coat emblazoned w/ his name: R CHEN. What? Reynaldo says his real passion is for cooking, so there he was like an apparition. We enjoyed 2 dinners of his: empanadas, clams in sauce and grilled octopus; seafood pasta, panna cotta, and some delicious wines. We were blown away by the quality and creativity of his cooking, his obvious knowledge of wines and the service in this 4th floor eatery which overlooks the city. That along with their welcoming manner and generosity made this a stay we will never forget. Wish we could have stayed longer just to be at this hotel. /x
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Room Tip: A room facing the Square for views, interior room is more quiet.
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Patty M wrote a review Apr. 2022
21 contributions14 helpful votes
Hotel's Favourite
Walk everywhere in Casco Viejo. Friendly and helpful staff. Room is small (because it's a historic hotel) but is updated superbly. Bed was very comfortable. We stayed Sat & Sun nights and there was an acoustic guitar player performing in the lobby both nights. Sunday morning breakfast had traditional Panamanian dancers too.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Response from Nora Batista, Otros at Central Hotel Panama Casco Viejo
Responded Apr. 2, 2022
Dear Patty, Thank you for choosing the Central hotel Panama during your visit to this fascinating city. It is of great pleasure to know that you had an awesome stay with us and that you enjoyed everything that we have to offer. We really hope we can welcome you again. Best Regards, Nora Batista
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Art D wrote a review Jan. 25
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Location is excellent. Front desk staff very helpful. AC, Phone, TV did not work in room at the beginning. Phone was fixed, TV partially fixed. AC not fixed. Small Rooms. No luggage holders in room, Had to ask for Hair Dryer
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Room Tip: Good location, rooms do not appear to be maintained properly
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Melissa C wrote a review Jan. 25
1 contribution1 helpful vote
we stayed at the hotel for our wedding weekend and i must say that every aspect of it has been exceptional. From the attention at reception, the spectacular rooms, the food and the hotel is a beauty. I have no complaints about the place or its staff. I would like to especially congratulate Reynaldo for all the attention he provided during our stay, Alfredo at the front desk who supported us at all times, Jose who so kindly took me by car to the church. for all of them a great recognition for his excellent work, all 100/10
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Nancy F wrote a review Jan. 14
4 contributions2 helpful votes
The hotel rooms were excellent and the staff were so kind and helpful. Staying in the old city was charming. I would highly recommend this hotel. I went with a group of 7 and everyone was so pleased.
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Melissa R wrote a review Jan. 8
Lakeland, Florida2 contributions1 helpful vote
Wonderful hotel and fantastic staff! Highly recommend! Would love to come visit again soon and see more of beautiful Panama! Definitely would recommend this historic and well appointed hotel. Muchas gracias!!
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jessica Y wrote a review Dec. 2022
2 contributions1 helpful vote
This hotel is centrally located in Casco Viejo. The hotel looks historical and beautifully restored. When we checked in they offered to move us to a great room that faced into the Plaza. It’s a magical view at night with all the holiday lights! Our bathroom was also VERY large and has a shower and jacuzzi. Thank you for making our trip to Panama City more enjoyable!
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Nora Batista, Otro at Central Hotel Panama Casco Viejo
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Jessica, Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us. It is very satisfying to know you had a wonderful stay at the Central Hotel Panama Casco Viejo. We hope to have the honor of welcoming you one more time.
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Patrick H wrote a review Dec. 2022
15 contributions2 helpful votes
I had high hopes but keep lookingif you are staying in the ares. The rooms are very small and most look into the lobby with music all day long through windows that overlook the atrium. Had to have ear plugs just to take a nap. Shower over flows and one the rooms didn't have hot water. No fans mean condensation on the tiles making this place like a sauna. Really disappointed.
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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DRG500 wrote a review Dec. 2022
Redondo Beach, California2 contributions1 helpful vote
This is a beautiful hotel in casco vieja. Reynaldo is the best. He hooked us up with an amazing room overlooking the square. The service is excellent and the staff is so friendly. It’s easy to walk so many places from here and also a very easy taxi from PTY!
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Nora Batista, Otro at Central Hotel Panama Casco Viejo
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear DRG500, We are very thankful because you chose us for your stay in Panama City. It is very satisfactory to know you had an excellent stay at the Central Hotel Panama Casco Viejo. We hope you can visit us again on your next trip.
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orrdin wrote a review Dec. 2022
New York751 contributions369 helpful votes
The hotel looked really nice and had good reviews but we were really disappointed with our stay. The room seemed nice and comfy but the shower has no curtain or door and within minutes of showering the entire bathroom was flooded. Took all the towels in the room to soak up the water and make the floor less of a slipping hazard. Breakfast was also very disappointing. So yes the hotel looks lovely and the bed is comfy but the overall experience left a lot to be desired.
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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US$205 - US$286 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Central Hotel Panama
LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
135
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Frequently Asked Questions about Central Hotel Panama Casco Viejo
Which popular attractions are close to Central Hotel Panama Casco Viejo?
Nearby attractions include Casco Viejo (0.2 km), Dress Like Panama (0.1 km), and Panama Bar Crawl (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Central Hotel Panama Casco Viejo?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Central Hotel Panama Casco Viejo?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Central Hotel Panama Casco Viejo?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Central Hotel Panama Casco Viejo?
Yes, paid private parking on-site and paid public parking nearby are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Central Hotel Panama Casco Viejo?
Conveniently located restaurants include Santa Rita Casco Viejo, CasaCasco, and Lazotea Jorge Rausch - Restaurant & Rooftop.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Central Hotel Panama Casco Viejo?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Central Hotel Panama Casco Viejo have airport transportation?
Yes, Central Hotel Panama Casco Viejo offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Central Hotel Panama Casco Viejo?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Central Hotel Panama Casco Viejo offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Central Hotel Panama Casco Viejo?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.