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Plaza de la Independencia, Corregimiento San Felipe, Panama City 0833 Panama
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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 06/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 06/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#2 of 133 hotels in Panama City
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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)
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Walking tours
Taxi service
Business Centre with Internet Access
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Rooftop pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Sauna
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Snack bar
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Hand massage
Head massage
Makeup services
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
Salon
Waxing services
Rooftop terrace
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Doorperson
Umbrella
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Minibar
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Room service
Safe
Telephone
Bottled water
Iron
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Landmark view
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Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Cyntia A wrote a review 21 Sep
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Stay at the this beautiful hotel in August for my brother's wedding. The rooms were lovely, the history of the place so unique. But what made the most difference for me, was the staff. We had RENE help us, and he was wonderful helping us load and unload to the cars. We were a big party, and he as patient and helpful. Not only him, but many other staff members. It is truly a charming hotel. And we had a LOVELY time.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Dear Cynthia, Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience with us and for highlighting the great job done by the staff. We are very happy to know how lovely your experience was and really hope we will have the honor to welcome you soon one more time. Best Regards, Nora Batista
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Patty M wrote a review Apr 2022
21 contributions14 helpful votes
Hotel's Favourite
Walk everywhere in Casco Viejo. Friendly and helpful staff. Room is small (because it's a historic hotel) but is updated superbly. Bed was very comfortable. We stayed Sat & Sun nights and there was an acoustic guitar player performing in the lobby both nights. Sunday morning breakfast had traditional Panamanian dancers too.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Responded 2 Apr 2022
Dear Patty, Thank you for choosing the Central hotel Panama during your visit to this fascinating city. It is of great pleasure to know that you had an awesome stay with us and that you enjoyed everything that we have to offer. We really hope we can welcome you again. Best Regards, Nora Batista
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Eddie R wrote a review 19 Sep
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My husband and I were guests at the Central Panama Hotel this past Monday & Tuesday 9/12 and 9/13. This was the last 2 days of our honeymoon & we were advised by friends who had just made a visit to Panama City — that the Central was the BEST hotel in Panama City. We were having a wonderful stay until Tuesday evening when there was a very loud, and very late party/event in the lobby of the hotel. At no point were were given any notice that a late, raging party would be happening. Not when we booked, not when we checked-in. When we called the front desk to see when the party was ending (we had hoped to have a restful night’s stay) — we were told '10 or 10:30, maybe 11?’ This was after we’d been calling repeatedly — including to try to order room service. The front desk staff we extremely rude. We asked for a manager to which we were told that there wasn’t one — and that we would receive a phone call from the manager the next morning between 8AM-9AM. We never received a phone call from a manager. Upon going to check out — we asked for a manager — and to inquire about receiving a refund for our very unrestful night. Alfredo Duncan, the supervisor on duty, told us that he was aware of our phone call complaint. We asked for a refund, and he told us he was able to to do so. In fact, he was very rude saying that ‘events are what we do, we shouldn’t have to tell you if you’re not a part of the event’ and we were given your email addresses. At no point did Alfredo even apologize that we had had a poor experience. We have yet to have any follow-up from the hotel about our request for a refund of our Tuesday stay. We are frequent travelers & stayed at amazing hotels across the world and never had such a horrible experience or be treated so rudely.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Responded 4 days ago
Dear Eddie, First of all, we would like to thank you for sharing your experience with us which is valuable for the hotel and for every guest who reads it. We are sorry you had to go through all the above explained. We are certain you had high expectations before arriving at the Central Hotel Panama Casco Viejo and more because you were celebrating your honeymoon. There might be events going on at the hotel, but as you said it is important to communicate this to all guests once they arrive and give a solution for the noise because every guest is highly important to us. Regarding the customer service received, we offer you our more sincere apologies. As you may see, we do have several great reviews which outstand our customer service from all our staff. Therefore, there are not enough words to apologize for what happened to you. However, we will certainly evaluate your comment, so we can learn from it and improve in all possible areas. We really hope you can give us another opportunity, so we can make your experience the best you will ever have. Sincerely, Nora Batista
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Valerie S wrote a review 17 Sep
Paso Robles, California28 contributions
The real positive this hotel has going for it is location. The location really can't be beat if you are looking to spend a lot of time in Casco Viejo, which we were. However, there are a few things that I was not fond of. First the food for the buffet breakfast is horrible, like barely edible. I read this on other reviews so my expectations were realistic going in. Better off eating breakfast elsewhere. Unido Cafe was our favorite and a close walk. Second was the 24 hour gym located directly above our room. Make sure you specifically say you do not want room 135 or 136 or you too will be woken through out the night by people dropping weights and playing loud music. I tried to tell the guy that checked us in about how horribly loud people were all night and he just said "ok". They did not offer to switch us into a different room or even offer us earplugs, they simply did not seem to care about it. so we spent 6 nights being woken up at crazy hours by gym goers (who is working out at 3am?!?). The pool has a beautiful view but it is not super kid friendly and the deck around the pool is scorching hot. The staff was mostly friendly with greetings on entry and exit but Alfredo at the front desk was the real star. He was the nicest and most attentive of the bunch. If you need something during your stay, go to Alfredo! Overall, I am torn as to whether or not I would stay here again. The location is so good, but the hotel was lacking. Hopefully they make some improvements.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Room Tip: DO not let them put you in room 135 or 136 (under the 24 hour gym)
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Helen M wrote a review 14 Sep
Atlanta, Georgia1 contribution
I enjoyed a burger and a beer while waiting between appointments in the area. The staff was very kind and helpful - I highly recommend a stay at Central Hotel Panamá and be sure to learn the amazing history of this beautiful landmark!
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Helen, We are happy to know you had a wonderful experience while visiting the Central Hotel Panama. It will always be a pleasure to welcome you whenever you are around the area. We really hope to have you back soon. Sincerely, Nora Batista
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NELSON G wrote a review 11 Sep
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This is by far the best hotel I have seen during years of travel. The staff provides an amazing service in where everything is arranged for you which includes; bar services, restaurant, valet parking, and most importantly amazing rooms in the middle of historical cathedral. Thank you Mr Reynaldo for arranging such amazing deal on the presidential suite along with all other services. Mr Alfredo, amazing customer service during check out.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Try to make reservations prior getting there as it books quickly.
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Dear Nelson, How wonderful is to know you had such a great stay with us at the Central Hotel Panama Casco Viejo. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about our service and also for highlighting the amazing service provided by our personnel. We hope to welcome you any time soon one more time. Sincerely, Nora Batista
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Madrigal H wrote a review 7 Sep
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Wonderful place with tons of history. First hotel in Panamá City (1874). It has its own parking garage. The hotel si so charming as the location. Casco Viejo is spectacular, you feel that you are in a movie set or something.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Response from Nora Batista, Otros at Central Hotel Panama Casco Viejo
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear guest, Thank you for sharing the experience you had at the Central Hotel Panama Casco Viejo. As you mentioned we are the very first hotel built in Panama City, so there is so much history between the walls that contain our beautiful hotel. Thank you for staying with us, and we hope we can welcome you one more time. Sincerely, Nora Batista
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Betsy wrote a review 5 Sep
Puerto Rico5 contributions3 helpful votes
Such a wonderful hotel! Staff was amazing and very hospitable. Franklin was the best! The rooms are very comfortable. There is a nice roofdeck pool that felt amazing on the hot days. Highly recommend staying here to be within walking distance to great restaurants and nightlife.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Betsy, We are very thankful because you chose us for your stay in Panama City. It is very satisfactory to know you had an excellent stay at the Central Hotel Panama. We hope you can visit us again on your next trip. Best Regards, Nora Batista
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alexxxo wrote a review 4 Sep
Bogota, Colombia1 contribution
Excellent place to enjoy a incredible gastronomic experience, the host/sommelier (Jaime) is a great person who knows exactly what you want and can guide you through a new explosion of flavors in the heart of Panamá Casco Viejo. The place, Bistro Central is cousy and have a romantic atmosphere 100% recommended, if you visit Ciudad de Panamá can’t miss the opportunity to have a great pleasure to know this place.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Easy to found and have many parking options available near the place.
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear guest, Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us. It is very satisfactory to know you had a wonderful experience at the restaurant Bistró Central. We hope to have to welcome you one more time very soon, so you enjoy even more of what we have to offer. Best Regards, Nora Batista
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Penelope T wrote a review 3 Sep
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Enjoyed a nice dinner and superb attention from Johandris for our sister’s graduation, he even brought some complimentary desserts to add to the celebration. Thanks for the great experience! Will keep coming back.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Dear Penelope, Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us. It is very satisfactory to know you had a wonderful experience at the Central Hotel Panama while enjoying dinner. We hope to welcome you one more time very soon. Best Regards, Nora Batista
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Frequently Asked Questions about Central Hotel Panama Casco Viejo
Which popular attractions are close to Central Hotel Panama Casco Viejo?
Nearby attractions include Casco Viejo (0.2 km), Dress Like Panama (0.1 km), and Panama Bar Crawl (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Central Hotel Panama Casco Viejo?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Central Hotel Panama Casco Viejo?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Central Hotel Panama Casco Viejo?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Central Hotel Panama Casco Viejo?
Yes, paid private parking on-site and paid public parking nearby are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Central Hotel Panama Casco Viejo?
Conveniently located restaurants include Santa Rita Casco Viejo, La Pulpería - Bar de Ramos Generales, and Tantalo Kitchen & Roofbar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Central Hotel Panama Casco Viejo?
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 Casco Viejo?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Central Hotel Panama Casco Viejo 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 Casco Viejo?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Central Hotel Panama Casco Viejo?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Capilla San Jose (8.2 km), Plaza de Francia (11.0 km), and Panamá Viejo (8.0 km).