Alyce was indeed a very good host, the breakfasts were superb and the location is safe and convenient for the Casco Viejo area - near the Presidental Palace, good restaurants and the fish market a couple blocks away. The quibbles: We had street level rooms. Street urchins were a constant evening presence outside our street exit door, talking, leaning against our door. Our bedroom opened into the quadrangle so by closing our bedroom door the sound level was manageable but only by turning up the TV could you drown out the street noise. The property is old and quaint. What isn't quaint is the Ikea like low end press board dressers with drawers that didn't work. The room safe was locked. Repeated requests to get it opened were always cheerfully acknowledged with a promise to have Tomas take care of it; six days and it never did get opened. Speaking of Tomas, the driver and handyman, we were so impressed and grateful on our arrival when Alyce had him take us to a USA style supermarket to stock our kitchens. He drove us there and waited while we shopped - $6 per couple, very reasonable. However we were shocked at the $50 price to take us to the ferry. A trip the locals assured us would be a fourth of that price. On top of that the car broke down in the area adjacent to Casco Viejo where you are warned to never walk and the taxis roll up their windows as they speed through. We quit using Tomas and hired another local driver. Casa Sucre is still recommended but do know that there are differences in the quality of the rooms and ASK for details on any arrangements made for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Midwest Hospitality in the Middle of the Americas and a Home Cooked Breakfast to Start Your Day! Located in the historic Casco Viejo neighborhood of San Felipe, Panama, Casa Sucre Boutique Hotel is a renovated 1873 five bedroom three apartment guest house for those visiting our historic city. With its unique architectural history, picturesque buildings, cathedrals and churches, ruins, museums, varied and diverse cultures, and gourmet restaurants, guests of Casa Sucre Boutique Hotel will have the best of the city waiting just outside their door. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Sucre Boutique Hotel Panama/Panama City