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2023 Travellers' Choice Best of the Best
La Isabela is unique in the city, combining the spaciousness of a large apartment with the full services of a luxury boutique hotel. Our suites are 2 bedroom/2 bath (1200 sq ft.) & 1 bedroom/1bath (1000 sq ft.). Services include everything from a driver to massage. La Isabela is a restored 19th C. building located in the heart of Casco Viejo (the old historic city).
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Paid private parking on-site
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast available
Airport transportation
Massage
Baggage storage
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Wifi
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun terrace
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Allergy-free room
Air conditioning
Additional bathroom
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Private balcony
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Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Mr J wrote a review Apr 11
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We spent our last night in Panama at La Isabela Suites and weren’t disappointed. We stayed in the Hotel Columbia annex overlooking Plaza Bolivar. The apartment was spacious, comfortable and well appointed. Jose was brilliant on checking us in and helping with our bags and as we had an early morning tour and an evening flight allowed us a late check out at 4pm with no extra charge or fuss which made our last day so much easier and comfortable. Highly recommend.
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Roving537147 wrote a review Jul 2022
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Wonderful stay! Suites are so spacious and location is great for walking to nearby restaurants. Staff was superb and always helpful. We were in the 2 bedroom suites and Casco Viejo was so lively, it was enjoyable to see lots of people enjoying all the nightlife. What a gem! We will definitely stay here again.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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castriker888 wrote a review Apr 6
Orinda, California959 contributions283 helpful votes
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We spent a couple of nights in Panama City prior to embarking on a cruise. We wanted to stay in Casa Viejo (aka Casa Antiguo) to experience the charm of the old city. Picked La Isabela Suites due to their excellent reviews. We were glad we did as the location was exactly what we were looking for, the suite was gorgeous, and the service second to none. Even though we booked (direct via their website) about a month ahead of time, there was only one room left — a deluxe executive suite in the Annex. That was not surprising since this is a tiny operation. I believe there are only six suites in the main building and two in the Annex. Communications beforehand were excellent. Andres, the General Manager, coordinated everything with us via email. This included our private airport pickup (with fair warning about potential airport terminal confusion due to the opening of Terminal 2), a fruit and wine basket we wanted (only $35), and private transportation to the cruise terminal in Colon. He also sent us a list of restaurant recommendations and assisted us in making reservations. The main building and Annex are about a 10 minute walk from one another. Andres had our driver Gabriel (who is excellent) drop us off directly at the Annex and he met us there for check-in and briefed us on all we needed to know. He carried our luggage up to the room and mapped out local breakfast restaurants and pastry shops for us. As a former apartments, the two-story suites in the Annex are huge. There is a full kitchen (stocked with complimentary bottled water, milk, and coffee — both Nespresso capsules and regular ground coffee), half-bath, living room, and dining area on the first floor. A private patio with French doors and stained glass accents opens up to Plaza Bolivar and the lovely San Jose's Church on the other side of the Plaza. A large bedroom with sitting area, desk, and full bath are upstairs with an equally impressive view of the Plaza. Granite and marble are used throughout the suite. The WiFi signal is very strong. i got ~12 Mbps download, and 4.5 upload. Andres had warned us ahead of time that there could be music in the Plaza at night (local restaurant has seating and entertainment on the Plaza) and offered us a full refund if we wanted to move someplace else to avoid the noise. We didn’t mind and in fact enjoyed the singer and relaxing guitar music our first night, a Thursday. The second night’s music (Friday) was totally different — provided by a DJ. Wasn’t really our taste, but we were okay and had actually brought ear plugs in case needed, based on Andres’ warning. Apparently, most, if not all, the plazas in the old city have music at night. Our only concern about the unit was that there was no bannister along the stairway inside the apartment. Again, Andres told us he would give us a full refund if we wanted to move elsewhere to avoid the stairs. I felt we could manage so he brought our suitcases upstairs for us. The stairs were a bit scary for my wife, so I escorted her up and down. Andres and his coworkers provide amazing service. There is no lobby like in a large hotel, so they come to you whenever you need anything. You can call them using the phones in the suite, or contact them via WhatsApp or email (or cell phone if you have local service). We had booked an independent tour of the Canal Locks and the City. Andres spoke to the tour operator ahead of time to make sure his guide would know where to meet us at the Annex. Andres also sent his coworker there at pickup time to make sure everything went smoothly. When we wanted to change the reservation time of one of our dinners, I simply asked his coworker and confirmed with Andres by WhatsApp that they were able to make the change. If you are looking for a nice alternative to a large corporate hotel, La Isabela is a great choice!
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jennifer EL H. wrote a review Apr 5
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Honestly, among the best services and places I've ever been in the region. The staff is so professional, kind and attentive to details. I felt pampered in many ways. The place is also amazing, clean and well equiped. We got a beautiful upgrade and couldn't be happier. Thanks again for being so amazing and I am already looking forward in booking my next trip with you!
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Kim B wrote a review Apr 5
Los Angeles4 contributions
Great accommodation right in the heart of Casco Viejo. The suite was really comfortable and had everything we needed. The staff were very kind and helpful and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Its a great base in Panama City and we would definitely go back.
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Date of stay: April 2024
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NJFamilyAdventures wrote a review Apr 4
Ontario, Canada142 contributions74 helpful votes
La Isabela's 2-bedroom, 2-bath suite was the perfect accommodation for a family trip. The spacious living room and handy kitchen made our visit even more comfortable. The location is so convenient - quick walk to local sights. Good local chain coffee shop (Cafe Unido) a block away. Perfect location for a few nights' stay in Panama City. TIPS: Car service to/from the airport was excellent. Air conditioning and Wi-Fi were strong. Shower pressure excellent. Concierge service friendly and helpful.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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spavards wrote a review Mar 2024
Burbank, California27 contributions1 helpful vote
Wonderful personal service! I left an essential item behind and Andes made all the arrangements to get it back safely to me in the US. I am truly grateful. There was a cancellation at the other sister hotel 5 minutes away. They graciously gave me a room in the main building, which was an upgrade to 2 bedrooms, at no additional charge. The maid service was stellar, after all, she found my expensive item and turned it in. Again, very thankful!
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled solo
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Jeremiah D wrote a review Mar 2024
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La Isabela Suites offers a delightful stay in Panama City. The suites are modern, spacious, and well-equipped, providing guests with comfort and convenience. The location is fantastic, allowing easy access to the city's attractions and amenities. The staff are friendly and accommodating, ensuring a pleasant experience for visitors. Overall, La Isabela Suites is a top choice for travelers seeking a cozy and convenient stay in Panama City.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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robert f wrote a review Mar 2024
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This is a great little hotel located in lovely Casco Viejo. Quiet, spacious rooms, scrupulously clean and just up the street or around the corner from terrific restaurants and cafes and other interesting sights in this classic old quarter. Perhaps best of all are the staff - notably, Andres, Jose, and Rodrigo - who are so knowledgeable, friendly and extraordinarily helpful in myriad ways. Ask them to line up a walkabout with local guide Araminta to introduce you to the history of this fascinating neighborhood - the perfect way to begin your visit!
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Stephanie T wrote a review Mar 2024
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We stayed here for 3 nights and loved it. The customer service here is top notch, literally the best of anywhere we have ever stayed! We stayed in a suite which was a 5 minute walk from the main building- no problem at all for us. We loved the location. It was in a cool square with a nice restaurant next door that had a great menu and fantastic drinks! For dinner after a long day, we enjoyed getting takeout from another great place, also in the square, and eating on our balcony enjoying a bottle of wine, a great view of the square and listening to the music playing. The suite itself was really nice - clean, spacious and comfortable. It had everything we needed. As nice as the suite was, what really makes this place so special is the staff here. Rodrigo, Andres, and Jose went above and beyond! We had a few obstacles with our itinerary and they were so helpful with them all and just such nice, accommodating people. I still can’t get over how great they were. They stored our luggage for us when we went to San Blas for a few days and when we realized we had left a passport behind Rodrigo went through our suitcase and found it for us (upon my request of course). We loved our Panama vacation. We will be back and we will stay at La Isabela Suites again while in Panama City. Highly recommend!
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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C$203 - C$304 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about La Isabela Suites
Which popular attractions are close to La Isabela Suites?
Nearby attractions include Casco Viejo (0.03 km), Dress Like Panama (0.4 km), and Panamá Barcrawl (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at La Isabela Suites?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, airport transportation, and laundry service.
Which room amenities are available at La Isabela Suites?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at La Isabela Suites?
Guests can enjoy breakfast and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at La Isabela Suites?
Yes, paid private parking on-site is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to La Isabela Suites?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Pulpería - Casco Antiguo, Lazotea Jorge Rausch - Restaurant & Rooftop, and Restaurante El Nacional - Sabores de Panama.
Does La Isabela Suites have airport transportation?
Yes, La Isabela Suites offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at La Isabela Suites?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to La Isabela Suites?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Museo del Canal Interoceánico de Panamá (0.2 km).