Dos Mares

Dos Mares

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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Mid-range
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Restaurant
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Wifi
Rooftop pool
Outdoor pool
Shuttle bus service
Room features
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
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Safe

Location

Avenida Peru Con Calle 30, Panama City Panama
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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DDakota wrote a review Mar 2010
Wilmot
3.0 of 5 bubbles
These guys have a good restaurant, the hotel is not the last wonder, but it's clean. and cheap-. There are recepcionists who speaks english and can help you to get a shuttle from other hotel, dn't ask me, they picked us up on time and they brough to other hotel to get in people there and went to the airport. I would come back, yeah, why not?
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Date of stay: December 2009
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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srcsingr wrote a review Aug 2012
Boca Raton, FL
3.0 of 5 bubbles
On my first (and maybe last) trip to Panama, I was disappointed in the hotel we had made reservations for four of the ten nights we were gone. While we were not looking for first class accommodations, these were more sub-par than we had planned for. It was not dirty, the beds were fine, there was hot water, and the air conditioning worked. Those are the positives. BUT it was pretty run down, you had to watch your hands as you opened doors due to poor construction that could cause you to smash your knuckles, and the front desk people were not very helpful. There were almost no restaurants in walking distance, and none that were good. The service we had at the restaurant next door was awful, BUT the servers and service at the breakfast were wonderful - friendly, quick, and simple, but filling and good food & coffee. The a.c. was loud as it cycled on and off all night, and the street sounds loud all night. We would not go back there at all. It kind of equals our opinion about the city as a whole.
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Date of stay: July 2012
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Choose a different hotel - go to Boquete - NICE city
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JSalomonCuracao wrote a review Apr 2012
Curaçao
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We were placed in this hotel by the organization which invited us to the city supposedly because of budgetary reasons. But in my opinion filthy bathrooms and terraces and the very unfriendly service half the staff provided can never be excused in the hotel business because of low prices. The A/C window unit, made so many noise during the nights that I stayed their that it woke me up.
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Date of stay: March 2012
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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BStoneMoore wrote a review Aug 2012
Dallas, Texas
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We made reservations thru Hotels.com, and won't be making that mistake again. We arrived by taxi from airport (at a price 5 times higher than was originally quoted), only to find that the hotel claimed to have no record of our reservations.
We spent an hour in the lobby trying to find other accommodations (with no assistance from the vacant-eyed front desk girls), while watching hotel guests (residents?) parading in and out....Party Music was loud from nearby nightclubs, many of the "Guests" seemed to be working girls, and many of the "occupants" seemed clearly to be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. The neighborhood was rough, edgy, and frightening to our children. The attached restaurant seemed to be the type place people go when the bars close (if they ever close in this particular neighborhood).
I kept an advertising brochure for this hotel, just for the comic irony. It advertises itself as a family friendly budget hotel, and might one day be just that, if they can push out the drug dealers and hookers.
This is not a good place for a family to stay.
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Date of stay: August 2012
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Davin wrote a review Apr 2013
Toronto, Canada
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Spent 7 days at this hotel. I think some of the reviews here might give this place a bad reputation, so I felt the need to weigh in on my honest experience. I travelled here alone, and in the past I've spent my vacations on all-inclusive style resorts rated 4 stars or higher. I truly enjoyed my time spent at Hotel Dos Mares though, and here's why:
The staff are friendly and happy to serve you. Even though I only spoke about 20 words or so of Spanish upon arrival, this was not a barrier as the staff knows at least basic English. I got a great room on the 7th floor. Be warned, when the pool is open and staffed, they will play loud music. I didn't mind because most of my time in this beautiful country was spent OUTSIDE of the hotel room, but if you are someone who camps in the room this may bother you. Pool closes at 12 midnight anyways so it shouldnt bother you too much.

Great: The bed was comfy, I slept like a baby.
The air conditioning, contrary to other reviews, worked perfectly. All of the settings worked (fan, high cool, low cool, medium cool, various temperatures, etc.) Kept the room a very cool and liveable temperature.
The shower size was HUGE! Probably twice the size of the average shower in most North American hotels, if not more. Hot water was also there.
Price: I paid only 44usd a night, a steal in my opinion.
Restaurant downstairs was both cheap and of decent quality. There is also an outdoor patio that you can enjoy. Waitstaff in the restaurant can be a little slow, especially during breakfast (which was fairly average). If you are paying (dinner or lunch), go up to the counter and pay when you're ready rather than waiting at your table for a bill to show up.
There is wi-fi access all over the hotel, at decent speeds.
There is security outside of the hotel, so I felt fairly safe.
Taxis are camped outside of the hotel, so you can always get a ride upon leaving. Make sure you don't pay more than 3-5usd for a cab ride to anywhere in the city, some will try to rip you off. If they dont give you a good price, find another one, cab drivers are a dime a dozen.

Not so great: The neighbourhood has a shady reputation (Caledonia). That being said, my rule is to walk around the neighbourhood when the sun is up - you will be safe in the daylight. If the sun is down or about to go down, I would advise you taking a cab. Again, I had no problems walking around during the day time, and was not bothered by anybody. Even at night I was not bothered, but cab drivers warned me it might be dangerous so I will recommend a cab at night.

My room did not have much of a view. If you are someone who likes to crack open the curtains and checkout the sunset on the ocean, not all of the rooms will provide this. If it is important to you, make sure you ask at check-in, they will accomodate you.

Some nights there may be noise outside, such as cars honking horns and what not. I slept fine and I'm a somewhat picky sleeper, but be forewarned, its about the same noise-level as the Bronx (NYC) if I remember correctly.

Other: Everything is fairly accessible from the hotel via cab ride , no more than a few dollars worth. There is a casino across the street, but I didn't bother going in there (I prefer the slightly upper scale casinos near the core). There is also a great local shopping area one or two streets over, everything is super cheap. Just make sure you go there in the afternoon or early evening, you don't wanna be there when the sun goes down unless you're the brave type - people will know you're a visitor from a mile away. Just be smart and be safe.

All in all, a wonderful hotel if you aren't too picky. Everything was clean and the staff does a great job. Food in the hotel restaurant was pretty good , and cheap. I definitely enjoyed my visit, and would recommend if you're a traveller on a budget like I was. Be warned though, there was no fridge in my room, nor a closet to hang clothes, or an iron. There was a safe, but you have to pay a few bucks per night to rent it. Tons of drawers to hold your stuff though, if you plan on staying for a week like I did. I hope I covered everything :)
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Date of stay: April 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Srini V wrote a review Jan 2013
USA
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife & I stayed here during mid-December 2012. The hotel is affordable and provides free breakfast and air-conditioning (you have to ask the receptionist to turn the AC on each day when you come back to the hotel). The staff is friendly. It would help if you spoke some Spanish because the farther you are away from the posh hotel and banking district (Bella Vista, for example) the less the common folk speak English. We found that most folks of African origin speak English and it was helpful. The location (Calidonia) may not be the best looking neighborhood but if you use common sense safety practices (example do not walk in dark alleys or unlit smaller streets, be aware, etc.) you will be okay. The hotel location may be noisy since it is close to Avenida Peru which is a main thoroughfare for city buses and private buses (known locally as el diablo rojo – the red devil), however, it is close to Central Avenue (Ave. Central) which is a location of open air and sidewalk markets and shops where you can buy affordable items including fresh fruits, vegetables and other gift items. It is easy to catch the city bus on Central (if you are traveling towards the main bus terminal known as the Terminal de Albrook) or on Peru (if you are traveling towards the north and east). The fare is only 25 cents but you need to have a fare card which you can purchase at a supermarket, El Machetazo, for example, located on Central Avenue a few blocks to the south and west of 30th Street within walking distance from Dos Mares. Overall, our experience of staying at Dos Mares was pleasant. It also has a swimming pool on the roof top (8th floor) from where you can get a good view of the city.
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Date of stay: December 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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traveltr0tter wrote a review Aug 2012
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed 20 days.

Everything in reach
Bus stops,supermarket,cheap taxis ,restaurants of various grades,store on corner, street food stalls of good quality.

Air conditioning noisy but effective. Staff happy to give a room with good ocean view if you can communicate with them. Some with good English most not as hotel caters mainly to Hispanic
holiday makers .

free breakfast adequate cereal, fruit salad,eggs,sausage or pancakes with orange juive and excellent coffee.

Hotel restaurant high priced for area with surreal service.

If in a hurry it's best to go directly to cashier and order and pay her when you have finished as most locals do.

Chinese at end of street has fish and chips and steak or chicken and rice to die for at three or four dollars.

Lobster at $16 at fancy cleaner resteraunt round the corner if you want to splurge.

Jewel of the place is the roof swimming pool with majestic view of the city and the Pacific with giant ships waiting to enter the Panama Canal and the jungle stretching to Columbia on thr other side.

At weekends a little bar opens up their at night with loud Caribbean Spanish Reggae music.

Cubans , Jamaicans, Cayman Islanders, Columbians, Venezualans,Equadorians, Ukranian sailors, And the odd American or Brit all mingle with local Panamanians.

A Hotel with a strong character that I suspect folk will either love or hate .

Cheap, safe , friendly.

Noisy,shabby and changing as we sat there.
You have to rent a fridge if you want one but there is a corner store and 24 Hr restaurant/cafe next door but one and the hotel drinks aren't "too" much of a rip off in the heat.
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Date of stay: August 2012
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Tell them you want a room with a view the higher the better but bear in mind the higher the room...
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M0renaL0ca wrote a review Jul 2013
Puerto Armuelles, Panama
1.0 of 5 bubbles
If they want to charge American prices, they should provide American amenities. I can get a cheap motel in the States with more to offer. The air conditioner blew warm air, there is one outlet available that is 6 ft. up the wall, the toilet didn't flush, there was a desk with no chair, no toiletries, iron, trash can, coffee pot or ANYTHING! There are no hand towels or wash rags and my window faced a dark alley. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT-we selected this hotel because it offered a shuttle to the airport. Priceline fails to tell you that it is $30/person. I can't wait to return to the good ol' USA!!!
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Date of stay: July 2013
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Alejandra A, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Dos Mares
Responded Jul 4, 2013
Dear guest we are very sorry that your stay at our hotel alla not been to his liking, we are working to improve and we are currently renovating. Regarding complaints our reception facility operates 24 hours you have notified us that he did not feel comfortable in the room assigned to the higher of the likes we had we changed. Regarding Airport transfers hotel never have included in our bookings through internet. We appreciate your criticism whether positive or negative as this is what helps us to correct and improve every day to deliver the best.
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Alex A wrote a review Feb 2013
Montreal, Canada
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent 4 nights at Hotel 2 Mares. The first 3 nights happened to be while carnival was happening. We were so suprised that we could walk to the festivities in 10 min.
The staff were all very professional and helpful. All spoke english and help out with all our questions and never made us feel like we were imposing at all. So, a 10 for the staff at Dos Mares.
Conviently located to walk to Old part of the city for shopping, and casino's nearby if thats your forte. There are 2 grocery stores nearby, and lots of street vendors for quick snacks and restaurants near as well.
We went to the pool once but it was very busy due to the number of people in town for carnival. Great view from the rooftop.
Breakfast was included and there were a couple of choices. (sit down service)
If you need ice the restaurant will freely give guests ice to use in the room.
We went to San Blas islands and the hotel let us leave our luggage for free. We stayed one night after the islands as well. Good hotel!
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Date of stay: February 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Look at the rooms before taking the key. Some rooms have no windows for light.
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Faye G wrote a review Sep 2012
Spain
3.0 of 5 bubbles
If you are familiar with hotels in developing countries and are looking for a simple, clean and cheap place to stay, this was not bad. If you've never been to a developing country before, I would recommend looking for a hotel in a more touristy part of town. There are not many good restaurants nearby. Most of the people around this area were definitely locals, so if you're an out of towner, you'll feel more out of place. There really wasn't anywhere that you could walk to in general. We usually took a taxi out to find a restaurant for lunch and dinner. The breakfast was included with our stay and I was very happy with mine! I stayed at this hotel for 4 nights.

The good: great A/C, hot water in the showers, comfortable beds, clear rooms and a restaurant attached to the hotel that is open 'til late into the night, good housekeeping staff

The bad: broken window locks (in 2 rooms that I stayed in), door jambs that extended far enough to hit your knuckle, loud A/C that turned on and off through the night

Some things to note: The majority of staff that we encountered in the hotel and the restaurant did not speak much English. The door locks work, but they seemed like they would be easy to break into. However, I did leave my things in the room along with several others in my party, and nothing was stolen. The housekeeping staff, in my opinion, did a great job keeping the room neat and were nice.
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Date of stay: July 2012
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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williamgcr wrote a tip Aug 2016
Heredia, Costa Rica10 contributions6 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Doubles are nice"
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Jaki G wrote a tip Nov 2014
4 contributions7 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Must ask for a safe and refrigerater."
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wjfarr wrote a tip May 2013
Panama City, Panama1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"stay at the San Remo for low cost $36 or Veracruz for same price $50 all within 1-2 blocks of the dos mares"
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Alex A wrote a tip Feb 2013
Montreal, Canada173 contributions44 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Look at the rooms before taking the key. Some rooms have no windows for light."
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AngieWithChad wrote a tip Jan 2013
Fort McMurray, Canada142 contributions37 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Simply choose another hotel altogether - busy streets on all four sides of hotel"
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C$41 - C$45 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Dos Mares
Which popular attractions are close to Dos Mares?
Nearby attractions include Cinta Costera (0.8 km), Avenida Balboa (1.1 km), and Mercado Publico del Marisco (1.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Dos Mares?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Dos Mares?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Dos Mares?
Conveniently located restaurants include El Faro del Casco Antiguo, Calle Dragones Panama, and Tres Fuegos.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Dos Mares?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Dos Mares have airport transportation?
Yes, Dos Mares offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Dos Mares located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.5 km away from the centre of Panama City.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Dos Mares?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Dos Mares?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Museo del Canal Interoceánico de Panamá (1.7 km), Capilla San Jose (6.7 km), and Panamá Viejo (7.2 km).
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