Hotel Republica

Hotel Republica

Plaza 5 de Mayo Santa Ana, Panama City 0833 Panama
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#116 of 125 hotels in Panama City
3.3 of 5 bubbles
Location
2.7 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
3.1 of 5 bubbles
Service
3.3 of 5 bubbles
Value
This 74-room hotel, renovated in 2008, is ideal for people who travel to Panama on business or for shopping. Its renovated lobby with air conditioned rooms and check-out service and 24-hour reception, safe and lift. There is a cafe, bar and restaurant on site, plus a casino where you can spend a fun night. It has conference facilities for business guests and Internet access is available in public areas. It also offers room service, laundry service and parking. we have access to Casco Viejo which is one of the most popular tourism places for visiting and getting to know the only Spain village out of Europe, all the history and culture together in one place, only at 10 minutes walking from the hotel. Come and discover the fascinating sensations that went through the minds of Ex-Presidents, Statesmen, Politicians through history at the time proudly used this hotel.
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Property amenities
Free private parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Restaurant
Casino and Gambling
Airport transportation
Conference facilities
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Secured parking
Wifi
Breakfast available
Shuttle bus service
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
Room features
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Safe
Telephone
Refrigerator
Complimentary toiletries
Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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2.5 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Budget
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish

Location

Plaza 5 de Mayo Santa Ana, Panama City 0833 Panama
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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SHADLondon wrote a review Aug 2014
London10 contributions14 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We have just returned from a trip through Central America and we started at the Stanford Hotel in Panama City. I read the reviews before we left but as usual ignored the worst and best and settled on the average and that's exactly what Stanford is. If you are travelling on a budget it's fine. OK the rooms aren't 5* but they are clean and functional. What the danger was that previous reviewers experienced we certainly didn't, maybe these idiots were wandering down the street with their iPhones and wallets on display. It's only a 10 minute walk to the old city from the hotel and next to the local bus station, a 10 minute cab ride to the main bus station and the local airport. The hotel staff were friendly and even put up with our rubbish attempts at spanish.
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Date of stay: August 2014
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Anders L wrote a review Jan 2019
Panama City, Panama8 contributions1 helpful vote
2.0 of 5 bubbles
This place has a nice lobby which will give you the impression of a nice hotel. The rooms however are not that great. If you only need a bed to sleep in it’ll do. Be aware though that this neighbourhood is not a safe one during the evening/night. We felt very unsecure in this district and actually decided to get another hotel at the other side of town.
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Bob M wrote a review Sep 2015
Redwood City61 contributions10 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Cab Driver was surprised I was staying in this neighborhood. Very local area and never did meet another American. But over 10 days and walking neighborhood every day; I never had any problems and enjoyed energy of the Plaza Cinco De Mayo neighborhood.

Casco Viejo is a $3 cab ride away or Google says a 15 minute walk. Downtown was between $5 and $10 dollars.

Room was pretty clean and freshly painted. Newer furniture. No frills at front desk and never did see restaurant or bar open. Odd towel service but that seems to be a Panama standard.

Pictures are view from my room and neighborhood.
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Date of stay: September 2015Trip type: Travelled solo
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AstuteKent wrote a review Dec 2009
Kent3 contributions9 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Bad and dangerous place! Rooms with no fresh air and surprise surprise – no windows are opening! We found: noisy old conditioners, old and stinky bedspreads, old hard with no shape at all pillows, bathroom with missing and broken tiles. Ceilings were stained with brown horrible stains from bad leeks. Restaurant was open only few hours in the morning, food was ok, but we were waiting for ever to be served. The price was too high for the food we ate.
We stayed for a week and booked for another 3 days after a week in Taboga Island just because we couldn’t find any other available hotel in Panama city, before fly home to United Kingdom. Second stay was just a nightmare as our room was rubbed just after arrival! We left only for 15 min to grab something to eat from the corner shop. We are convinced burglary was set up. Police was called, but it was waste of time...There are cameras and we saw on the record 2 men walking into our room gust after we left and leaving after few minutes with our staff with no rush or worry. We lost our money and expensive personal belongings, including my husband documents. Rest of stay was only stress and worries as we spent all our time in embassy, police station etc.
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Date of stay: December 2009
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Metira C wrote a review Feb 2017
New York City, New York163 contributions37 helpful votes
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
If I had read the reviews here, I probably didn't make it to this hotel. I booked the hotel tru booking.com and the reviews there wasn't this bad. The price I booked was $35 a night. I can go cheaper booking hostel in old town but I didn't want to share bathroom with anybody and I didn't want to stay in the heart of the city because I didn't want to pay more for transportation. So this hotel is perfect for me.

The hotel is kind of in the middle of the new town and old town but close to old town better. The walking distance is around 15-20 mins and easy to walk. It's right in front of plaza 5 de mayo. If you get lost walking back to the hotel , just say 'cinco de mayo' and people will be able to tell you directions.

Transportation: I took the bus from airport and it costed only $2 maybe(can't remember exactly sorry). You actually has to get a pre paid bus card in order to take a bus to the subway but there is nothing available for me to buy so I got help from the local to take another bus without it. Again you just keep saying 'cinco de mayo' and you will get off to the right place and be able to walk to the hotel. On the way back I tried to go by bus(direct bus to airport) too but it took to long to wait and I had no idea when it's coming so I gave up and took an uber($27). If you wanna go by bus, just make sure you have enough time to wait. The bus takes only 30mins ride but I didn't know the schedule. I also used uber to go to Miraflores lock($5). There is also wifi at the lock so you can be able to use it to call uber on the way back.

The neighborhood is very very local but safe to walk around. I walked back from old town to the hotel like 8pm and still fine. Look scary if you feel insecure to be in local non touristy area but if a solo woman like me can survive, you can do it too. There are local restaurants, street vendor foods and grocery stores around so easy to have cheap food. If you look for the luxury, business area hotel, this is 'Not' the place.

The room is cozy, big and comfortable. The ac is working great but I didn't have warm water. Since I'm from tropical country and live in NYC, I understand both sides that you don't need hot shower in hot weather but somehow once you get used to taking warm shower this will suck. It wasn't that super cold water tho but still I minus one star just for that.

All in all, you get what you paid for. Don't expect 5 star service or luxury room with business rich neighborhood area. It's very local. Still loud and lots of people walking on the street at 4 o clock in the morning but good location to walk to old town which is pretty much all the actions are over there.
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Date of stay: February 2017Trip type: Travelled solo
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Pynhead wrote a review Jan 2017
14 contributions7 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Better off staying in a hostel! Gross rusty brown water from the shower, broken toilet, electrical outlets falling out, rusty door frame, cockroach, no water in any of the coolers, questionable if the linens were clean, cigarette burn in the sheets, peeling paint, and bad neighborhood! 4 hour rates say enough about this place!
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Date of stay: December 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Oli F wrote a review Jul 2015
London, United Kingdom8 contributions3 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
This was the first stop of a round the world trip and was without a doubt the worst accommodation that we had. My partner and I were initially put in a room which, upon entering, we realised had no bed or running water, the window wouldn't open and the place was covered in bugs. We then got moved to a room with a bed which was exactly the same (other than there being a bed). We didn't sleep a wink and swiftly moved onto a local hostel the next morning, which ironically, was a lot more luxurious, cheaper and friendly.

In response to the review below, i don't think it's fair to assume people are being idiots. We didn't have any jewellery and our valuables never left our backpacks in the room.

In summary - I wouldn't usually follow the trend to rate things 'terrible' just to exaggerate my point. on here. I genuinely cannot warn you enough that this place isn't safe, it's filthy, has no running water and worst of all isn't even particularly cheap for the area considering what you can get in other local places.
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Date of stay: May 2015
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Dereck L wrote a review Nov 2018
1 contribution1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I don’t even know where to start
Good things: Staff was friendly and helpful
Things that I didn’t like: Even though it is technically close to attractions (walking distance from Casco Viejo and Cinta Costera) the place where this hotel is located doesn’t necessarily look safe. The hotel is under construction so that means they are improving however the state in which the room where I stayed was deplorable. It smelled weird, bathroom looked filthy, curtains were dirty and appliances and closet old - I was supposed to stay 2 nights and I left early the following morning. Also by the way they say they’ll serve a continental breakfast and all I got was eggs, bread and coffee -
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Date of stay: November 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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skuff-13 wrote a review Nov 2018
Miami, Florida40 contributions18 helpful votes
+1
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Horrible is just not enough to describe this place i have to stay in Panama 2 nights but for the second one i prefer to sleep in the streets and not come back in this place.
Dirty , noisy , dirty , dirty , dirty ,
NO NO for people with any kind of allergy because dust everywhere.
In the middle of prostitution houses you can imagine the surrounding.
No restaurant, no elevator, room fridge not working, 70% of lighting not working , bathroom in filthy condition whit faucets not working ,filthy walls , tv from 1918.
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Date of stay: November 2018Trip type: Travelled on business
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Colin H wrote a review Feb 2017
Manchester, United Kingdom444 contributions192 helpful votes
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
It is fair to say that previous reviews of this hotel have been mixed, to put it mildly. I stayed at the Stanford for seven nights in January 2017, booking online and paying a total of around 250 GBP, inclusive of breakfast. I thought that this represented pretty good value for money, as Panama City is not the cheapest of destinations and hotels in the Casco Viejo (Old Town) - the UNESCO World Heritage listed site which is the most interesting and attractive part of Panama City - tend to be much more expensive. On balance, I enjoyed my stay at the Stanford and found that the positives outweighed the negatives.

On arrival, I was allocated the best room in the hotel: the penthouse suite on the sixth floor. I'm not entirely sure if this was the room I'd booked or whether I was given an upgrade, but I was generally happy with my room. It had no fewer than five windows, which meant it was bright and airy. The views of the city were absolutely superb and definitely the best thing about the hotel. My bed was large and comfortable, although I suspect some guests might have found it a bit on the hard side. There was an excellent small fridge, a large flat screen TV and plenty of space for hanging clothes. The adjoining bathroom, with a 'walk-in' shower was spacious and satisfactory, although the water never really got hot. This, however, was not really an issue, with outside temperatures in the low 30s. The room and bathroom were adequately cleaned every day,

There were, however, a few negatives about the room. Internet connectivity was generally OK, but it took a very long time to upload and download items. The air conditioner in the suite was old and very noisy, although in fairness it was very effective. There were also a couple of ceiling fans, though they were less effective. Thicker curtains would have made having an afternoon nap easier. Sound-proofing could also have been improved in order to block out noise from the busy square below (the Plaza 5 de Mayo).

One major plus: I found the staff on the reception desk, most of whom spoke good English, very pleasant and helpful.

As far as the breakfasts were concerned, the food on offer was minimally adequate. The coffee, however, was completely tasteless - no more than hot liquid.

As mentioned above, the Stanford is located on a busy square, on the far side of which is a handy metro station. From there it is only one stop to the main 'bus station (Albrook), where there is also a vast shopping mall. I was advised that it was quite safe walking along the pedestrianised Avenida Central to the Casco Viejo before 2000, as it is crowded with shoppers and there are lots of security personnel on duty. After 2000, however, it is much quieter and darker and therefore less safe: on one side of the avenida is an area called Santa Ana, which I was told is very dodgy. Not a place where tourists would feel comfortable or particularly welcome.

Unfortunately, there are no decent cafes, bars or restaurants close to the hotel - just fast food joints. The nearest decent ones are in the Casco Viejo, best reached by taxi in the evening.

Basically, the Stanford is a hotel that has seen better days and is in urgent need of refurbishment. The public areas are really very shabby. I could not spot any other hotels nearby, which suggests that this is not a touristy part of town, something that might well appeal to some visitors. I personally did not mind that, as there was no shortage of 'local colour'. I would certainly stay at the Stanford again, provided that I could have the penthouse suite for more or less the same price that I paid. I did not see inside any of the other rooms, so have no idea what they are like. I am relieved that my experience of staying here was not as awful or as memorable (for all the wrong reasons) as it clearly was for other reviewers.
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Date of stay: January 2017
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Answer from Ernest R
We'll find out soon enough hahaha I play to much
Molvor asked a question Feb 2017
Costa Rica17 contributions7 helpful votes
Hello. Is it safe to walk in the hotel neighbourhood even late at night?
Answer from Dereck L
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Absolutely not
vt1 wrote a tip Apr 2016
London, United Kingdom45 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for a room on one the upper floors for a good view."
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C$29 - C$34 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
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LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
74
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