something cheap, relatively safe, relatively clean. Under $30/night. If you're looking for just a place to stay because you're pretty much going to be out and about all day, then this is a good choice.
Your Best Option in Panama Since 2004Knowing the needs of the modern tourist, we created the Cibeles Hotel that meets the criteria of our guests; low costs and quality. Located on Avenida Ecuador, we are on the shores of Panama Bay and only three blocks from Central Avenue.Our location allows the guest to access the recreation area of the city of Panama called the coastal strip, which is the visitor can enjoy outdoor activities such as walking, jogging, skating, or simply cool off with the spectacular views of the Bay of Panama, also offers recreational attractions.Close to our location is the complex Monument Casco Antiguo, which is declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.Please Note:Check In: 06.00amCheck Out: 14.00 pmCash and credit cards accepted as payment upon arrival Cancellation policy 3 days; late cancellations and now shows will be charged the amount of the first night.
Please Note:Check In: 06.00amCheck Out: 14.00 pmCash and credit cards accepted as payment upon arrival Cancellation policy 3 days; late cancellations and now shows will be charged the amount of the first night.
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something cheap, relatively safe, relatively clean. Under $30/night. If you're looking for just a place to stay because you're pretty much going to be out and about all day, then this is a good choice. There are also a ton of other little hotels like this one within the block some are even a little bit cheaper and seem just as nice.
The hotel is located in a place that's not as dangerous of an areas as it looks. Though by US standards, we'd consider it a ghetto. It's not far from a children's hospital. Lots of street vendors selling food out there. I wouldn't suggest you buy from them, it's risky. The food taste pretty good but it's been sitting out awhile most of the time and it's often dry.
I would walk around in the middle of the night without much worry. It's pretty well lit. I mean, be cautious but don't worry too much. It's not crime-filled. There are also a lot of police officers around (don't get scared, they look like army guys with those Fidel Castro hats)
The staff at this hotel are pleasant (not overtly friendly) but as get to know them, they warm up. They're not rude.
The staff doesn't speak ANY English at all and but they're pretty patient with you when you're trying to speak their language. Remember, Panamanian Spanish is totally different than other places in terms of their accent and even some of the words they use. It may take while to get used to it.
You have to pay 10% upfront to hold the room (bring your passport when you check in) and you pay everything upfront once you arrive. They buzz you in and out of the hotel to get in or out (kind of like you're in prison but that's common in central America)
In the hallway, you're reminded how often they clean because there always seemed to be some cleaning supplies or mattresses in the middle of the halls that they never managed to pick up. It smells clean, no smoking is allowed. You always see the staff working all the time so you know they're not just sitting on their butt.
Panamanian people in general like to work. They're not lazy which is refreshing compared to many Ticos in Costa Rica where the opposite is true.
They have absolutely ZERO elevators so if you're on the 4th floor, then you have to walk all the way up there.
The weird thing is you have to leave your hotel key with them every time you leave the building, which reminded me of asking my parents if it was okay to go. Gets to be a little bit obnoxious.
The room size was comfortable. I only saw one bug on the wall, a small one. There was a (noisy) air conditioning. But thank you, Jesus because you're going to need it. It is HOT in Panama. It's no more humid than other places in central America though. Everyone has a little sweat towel they bring with them. Join the crowd and get one too.
They'll clean the room when you ask them to. They're not going to just come into your room and clean it without asking you first which I preferred.
The rooms do have WIFI access but be sure to ask them for it when first check in. Each floor has a different WIFI code.
The food in Panama is much better than Costa Rica but it's not great. It is however, reasonably priced compared to the U.S.
Taxis are very easy to get, all hours of the day in this location. They don't have a meter (or seat belts) so you need to ask them ahead how much they charge. It costs about $2 for a very short trip and for a 30 minute trip about $15 if you talk to the taxi driver ahead of time. Only like 25% of the taxi drivers speak English so put on your Spanish-speaking caps.
Some are very friendly and are practically tour guides and will tell you everything, others are just very quiet.
In fact, I'd say about only 25% of Panamanians speak English, about the same as Ticos in Costa Rica.
If you like to see diversity, you'll see it in Panama. People of all shades, mostly brown to dark chocolate brown. Most are mixed with black, Native American and some European. Really nice looking people (Costa Ricas in general are beautiful too but they have flat pancake butts)
(Also, if you like macho men with big arms you'll see that here too). No one has flat butts in Panama. They're nice and round <--- just a side note.
If you have an opportunity to go to a club (or disco as they call it) It's a real treat because everyone seems to be able to dance. (If you go to Costa Rica, most of them just stand around like they're in a bar or a lecture hall)
They say they have airport transportation but it's not free. In fact, it's cheaper to grab a taxi and get it for $30 and if you have a very early flight, they won't pick you up or drop you off.
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Four floors five walk up.rooms are clean king bed comfortable,internet good, building has dirty suroundings
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