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Via Espana & Calle 43, Panama City Panama
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#78 of 133 hotels in Panama City
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Looking for a place to stay in Panama City? Then look no further than Hotel California, a budget friendly hotel that brings the best of Panama City to your doorstep.

The rooms offer air conditioning, and getting online is possible, as free wifi is available, allowing you to rest and refresh with ease.

Hotel California features 24 hour front desk and baggage storage. In addition, as a valued Hotel California guest, you can enjoy a pool with a view and an on-site restaurant that are available on-site. Guests arriving by vehicle have access to free parking.

While staying at Hotel California, visitors can check out Plaza Bolivar (1.3 mi) and Habla Ya Spanish for Travelers - Day Classes (1.4 mi), some of Panama City's top attractions.

Travellers looking to enjoy some shrimp can head to Mercado de Mariscos, Restaurante Tinajas, or El Trapiche. Otherwise, you may want to check out a Thai restaurant such as Chin Chin, Sukhi, or NacionSushi.

Panama City is also home to Palacio de las Garzas, a popular government building that is not too far from Hotel California.

We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at Hotel California as you experience everything Panama City has to offer.

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Property amenities
Secured parking
Free internet
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Children's television networks
Airport transportation
Baggage storage
Wifi
Hot bath
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Restaurant
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
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Air conditioning
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish

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Grade: 75 out of 100
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2Attractionswithin 0.5 km
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tyagi wrote a review May 2022
New York City, New York388 contributions156 helpful votes
My room was satisfactory, but I booked here because the listing said fitness center and pool. The equipment in the "fitness center" didn't work. They obviously used trick photography with the pool. It was only as big as a hot hub. Impossible to swim.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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hnddog wrote a review Oct 2019
Danville, Virginia8 contributions6 helpful votes
I had a pleasant stay here. They have bilingual staff and were helpful in answering questions about the area. My room had an air conditioner in it, which is helpful due to the humidity in the city. However, the room was also by the street, so it was noisy most of the time. I couldn't get the television to work, but that was okay as I don't typically watch it. The room was pretty basic but it was clean and had an attached bathroom. I would stay here again if I return to Panama some day.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Heidi G wrote a review Sep 2019
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I don't recommend this hotel. Their restaurant opens by 11am, so you can not eat breakfast at the hotel. They have a bar/discoteca which is opened until 2am. The music is REALLY loud. I requested the front desk lady to be changed to a more quiet room in a higher floor. She said it was not possible to make the change. So my daughter, my mom and I had were not able to sleep until 2am, when finally the music stopped. Since I was not able to sleep until 2am and since I woke up by 5am because my flight to Seattle, WA was early that morning, I got a migraine due to few hours of sleep. Hotel California in Panama City, Panama is a terrible place to rest. Also, their customer service is awful.
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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AdM85 wrote a review Jun 2017
Sydney, Australia213 contributions80 helpful votes
Clean, simple, comfortable rooms with working aircon. Safe spot within walking distance of lots of restaurants about 10 mins away. Staff were very friendly. For stopovers in Panama City this is a great choice.
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Date of stay: June 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Allan L wrote a review Nov 2016
Colorado Springs, Colorado244 contributions125 helpful votes
Safe guarded parking outside, small rooms but clean with AC, internet in the lobby and the prices not too high. The location is central but not in the best part of town and on a very busy street. The attached restaurant is the best part because if you don't finish a meal, they will refrigerate it for you until your next meal!
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Date of stay: February 2016
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: all the same
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Eric M wrote a review Mar 2016
Kribi, Cameroon45 contributions18 helpful votes
We were told that it was better than where we were by cab driver. we went... If you take 2 + days rigth away it will be 38.50 instead of 44. for 1 or 2 person room. They have AC. showere very nice. Internet was not rigth but they fixed it on a sunday...but we had to make our point across that we paid and then gave us the password knowing the internet was down. They have a pool/jacuzzy ont the roof with a nice little gym. View at nigth from the roof is SPECTACULAR!!! roof and pool close at 10:30 pm. One of the day receptionist was not to friendly but all other personal was. Nice little restorant next door for 6$ breakfast. They have good coffe. did not eat lunch.
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Date of stay: March 2016
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: don't o to high. their is an elevator but it's faster and easy to go down with stair.
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TravelerMarty wrote a review May 2015
Washington DC, District of Columbia37 contributions23 helpful votes
After arriving at an unsuitable hotel, we were on our way to a hotel that we had found on Trip Advisor that was going to cost about $95/night. The taxi driver recommended checking-out Hotel California instead. We were glad we agreed to stop and look! Although it didn't include breakfast, it was just under 1/2 the cost. It had internet of varying quality. The rooms were clean with good airconditioning. The rooftop was a gem with a small cooling pool that was nice to relax in and tables and chairs that we used to eat at on several occasions. The adjacent restaurant was good and reasonably priced, the only downside was the poor quality of the servers working there. The hotel is walking distance to a number of things and is also close to a bus line and a subway stop.
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Date of stay: April 2015
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: 5th floor is quiet. The pool and gym are on the roof above you!
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Wero_nomad wrote a review Feb 2014
Wroclaw, Poland124 contributions81 helpful votes
It was our taxi driver recommendation as it resulted to be cheaper then the hostel we first visited. It is cheap and clean, at the main road where you can take a taxi from. The rooms cleaned every day. If you need any advice or tour guide, ask in the reception we were given a few nice contacts and we got a nice trip organised for lower price than it usually cost. There is a "swimmingpool" on the top but I would rather call it a jacuzzi. There is a nice Indian restaurants two streets from the hotel, a supermarket also close and 10 minutes walk from the calle Uruguay where all the party zone is. If you are on the budget and search for a clean centred place, this one is for you!
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Date of stay: February 2014
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Panamajill wrote a review Jan 2014
Bocas del Toro2 contributions4 helpful votes
We needed to be in Panama for a few days for business and Hotel California was perfect for our needs. It is centrally located in the city, near shopping and restaurants and is inexpensive, clean and friendly. There is a very nice rooftop patio with jacuzzi which is perfect for relaxing outside your room. There is good WiFi and the connected restaurant had delicious breakfast. We will return and recommend this hotel.
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Date of stay: January 2014Trip type: Travelled on business
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NomadKnight47 wrote a review Nov 2013
Pasadena, Maryland55 contributions39 helpful votes
Upon obtaining a rental car at Tocumen, i proceeded towards the hotel via "El Corredor Norte" which took me to Balboa avenue and then turned upwards. If you're lucky enough to arrive during the day, you may find parking right in front of the hotel. If not, the security guard can direct you to a parking spot where it will be watched. My reservations were recieved and was greeted by one of the most professional hotel employee there. She spoke the best English i've heard in years from a person who has yet to visit the US and provided great customer service and city directions. I got my room facing the street which led to traffic and construction noise which I personally didn't mind. I had dinner at the restaurant and had the best Jumbo garlic shrimp with fried plantains ever...naturally accompanied with the local ATLAS beer....life was good! Because I had business not only in the city but in the interior, This hotel provided a great central base from which to operate. The prices were very good, the rooms were good...I will be staying there again when i go back in March 2014!
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Date of stay: November 2013
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PRICE RANGE
$30 - $35 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
california hotel panama city
LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel California
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel California?
Nearby attractions include Crown Casino El Panama (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel California?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel California?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel California?
Yes, secured parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel California?
Conveniently located restaurants include Pronto Pizza Panama, Masala Indian Cuisine, and Arts Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hotel California?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does Hotel California have airport transportation?
Yes, Hotel California offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Hotel California located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 km away from the centre of Panama City.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hotel California?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Hotel California?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Capilla San Jose (5.6 km) and Panamá Viejo (6.3 km).