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Plaza De La Independencia Casco Viejo, Panama City 0833 Panama
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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#35 of 122 hotels in Panama City
Travellers' Choice
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)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Walking tours
Taxi service
Business Centre with Internet Access
Pool / beach towels
Rooftop pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Snack bar
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Hand massage
Head massage
Makeup services
Neck massage
Waxing services
Rooftop terrace
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Room service
Bottled water
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Landmark view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Centrally Located
Historic Hotel
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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cvtmuench wrote a review Apr 2020
Mesa, Arizona224 contributions115 helpful votes
Right across from the beautiful Cathedral and one of the main squares, walking distance to all the attractions, nice restaurant and breakfast buffets, we were here for a high profile event and all the dignitaries were all staying here, lots of security around and friendly service.
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Date of stay: January 2020
mblake wrote a review Jan 2020
Uxbridge, Massachusetts192 contributions42 helpful votes
Hotel's Favourite
My family and I traveled to Panama during the Christmas holiday! We stayed in this hotel for a total of five nights and LOVED the location! It is close to everything, including shops and amazing restaurants. The folks at the front desk and the main entrance were friendly and very helpful! Our room was beautiful with high ceilings and beautiful hardwood floors. The breakfast every morning was amazing. The drinks in the bar were very good and the roof top pool was a bonus!
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Date of stay: December 2019
7 Helpful votes
Response from CentralHotelPanama, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Central Hotel Panama
Responded 5 Feb 2020
Thank you for your great comment and for choosing the Central Hotel during your stay with your family in Panama City. We are gratefully pleased to know that your stay was pleasant and that your expectations were fulfilled with our personnel. We hope we can welcome you again on your next visit. Sincerely, Nora Batista
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Ronald D wrote a review Apr 2020
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom632 contributions160 helpful votes
Located on the central plaza of the old town opposite the cathedral. Charming old comfortable rooms finished to an excellent standard. Lovely reception area, Very substantial breakfast offering a wide selection of fresh fruits. Staff are very informative and keen to be of service, which we found nice.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Room Tip: Rooms on the top floors provide excellent viewing over the city.
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2 Helpful votes
ChristianEveline2020 wrote a review Mar 2020
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This hotel is wonderfully located in front of the Cathedral. We enjoyed the comfortable and quiet room, The large breakfast buffet offers a wide range of dishes. We also apreciated the service, the comfortabe lobby and bar
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Date of stay: March 2020
2 Helpful votes
Response from Angelica Cusatti, Propietario at Central Hotel Panama
Responded 19 Mar 2020
Dear guest, We highly appreciate that you chose the Central Hotel for your stay and that you shared your comment with all of us. It is good to know you had a great stay with us and that you enjoyed everything we have to offer. We hope you can come back very soon. Sincerely, Nora Batista
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Liz H wrote a review Mar 2020
Toronto, Canada2 contributions2 helpful votes
My husband and I vacationed two weeks in Panama, from Feb 19 – March 4, 2020. We explored the country, visiting Panama City, Santa Catalina, Boquette, Bocas del Toro and San Blas islands owned by Guna Yala. There are a lot of options for hotels in Panama City. We were fortunate to have chosen to stay at the Central Hotel Panama for our 3 nights in the old city. We would highly recommend this hotel for its exceptional service, great value, aesthetically beautiful ambience and its convenient location in Casco Viejo. The service is friendly and personable and the staff went above and beyond to assist us. I had the unfortunate situation of losing my cell phone and my husband’s phone got drenched on the boat ride to San Blas. It was a rough day! However, the hotel staff spoke English much better than our Spanish and were so helpful in assisting us with bookings, phone calls and computer use to allow us to re-organize due to our technology loss. As an added bonus we were served a complimentary glass of wine and a bottle of rum to sooth our nerves. We cannot thank the hotel staff enough for their hospitality and would like to make a special shout out to Reynaldo and Gretel for their kindness. I loved the hotel’s historic French architecture and beautiful lobby. The main attraction is a stunning wooden winding staircase with a lovely atrium, sitting area and restaurant on the main level. Our room was small, just like you would expect from an historic building, but clean and comfortable with a regular sized bathroom. We enjoyed our balcony overlooking a street in the old city. Our room was perfect for us but there are larger suites available of course. They served a hot and cold breakfast buffet, which was included in our room rate. The gym was adequately equipped and the rooftop pool has a spectacular view of the old city and the modern skyline in the distance. We were provided excellent recommendations for restaurants in the area. If you go to Panama City, you must stay at this charming hotel!
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Date of stay: February 2020
Room Tip: Get a room with a balcony for a view!
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2 Helpful votes
Response from Angelica Cusatti, Propietario at Central Hotel Panama
Responded 19 Mar 2020
Dear guest, It is such a pleasure to read your fabulous experience not only in Panama but also in The Central Hotel. Thank you very much for taking the time to detail your experience like that. It is an honor for us to welcome every single guest that chooses to stay at our charming hotel. As you have said, this hotel is very antique and its rooms have different sizes, so we appreciate that you understand that. Also, thank you very much for letting us know how Reynaldo and Gretel assisted you. We will congratulate them for this great comment for sure. As a traveler you never know what could happen, in this case you lost your phone and your husband's phone was damaged, but what it is important is that you were very well assisted by our staff. We hope you can recommend us and please come back any time. Sincerely, Nora Batista
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US$137 - US$263 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Central Hotel Panama
Which popular attractions are close to Central Hotel Panama?
Nearby attractions include Casco Viejo (0.2 km), Panama Bar Crawl (0.4 km), and Iglesia de la Merced (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Central Hotel Panama?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Central Hotel Panama?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Central Hotel Panama?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Central Hotel Panama?
Yes, paid private parking on-site and paid public parking nearby are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Central Hotel Panama?
Conveniently located restaurants include Santa Rita Casco Viejo, Lessep's Bistro Café, and Fonda Lo Que Hay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Central Hotel Panama?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Central Hotel Panama?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Central Hotel Panama 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?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Central Hotel Panama?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Capilla San Jose (8.2 km), Plaza de Francia (11.0 km), and Panamá Viejo (8.0 km).