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A June 2013 trip to Panama City by Mandan Lynn

Bust in the Square Photo, Panama City, Panama More Photos
Quote: Who knew Panama City has so much to offer?! This is what we ate, where we slept, and what we did -- which also all double as reasons why we're excited to go back.

Best Western Las Huacas Hotel And Suites

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Hotel | "One Night at Las Huacas"

Best Western Las Huacas Hotel And Suites Photo, Panama City, Panama
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We got to Panama City without a reservation, figuring we'd stop by the Deville, where we've stayed before and loved, and get a room there. Well, we got there and the rooms were $30 more than listed online (if I'd booked online, I would have gotten that savings). Anyway, that made it kind of high, so we set out to find a new place.Driving around the city isn't fun anyway, and when you're trying to find a hotel, it's even worse. So we parked and walked, and came across Las Huacas.The desk worker was so friendly, and the room was $80 per night -- about what the Deville would have been had we booked online. So we got the room.It was clean and spacious. The bed was no...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 4, 2013

Best Western Las Huacas Hotel And Suites
Calle 49, El Cangrejo
Panama City, Panama
507-2132222

Bust in the Square Photo, Panama City, Panama
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I'm not sure if this tour is something that happens all the time, or if it was just for this weekend, but I found out about it online and thought it would be a great opportunity for us to check out Casco Viejo. My aunt and sister were arriving in Panama that weekend, and my boyfriend and I hadn't spent much time in the city, so it would be an opportunity for all of us to get familiar with that area.As it turned out, we spent most of the early part of the day walking around Casco Viejo, anyway, so we had already seen quite a bit of it by the time we met up with the tour at 5:00pm at Tantalo.The tickets were $25 each, and I had bought them online the day before. I knew about the...Read More

Tantalo Hotel

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Hotel | "Drinks at Tantalo"

Tantalo Hotel Photo, Panama City, Panama
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We arrived at Tantalo to meet up with the photography tour we were taking later that day. The first thing you'll notice -- as we did -- is the hip vibe and trendy, creative decor, including a wire mess of lightbulbs (see the picture), a living wall, and a bathroom area so confusing that you might run into the mirror.We got there early, so we looked over the menu and for awhile thought we might end up back there for dinner -- it all looked really good. I'll update you on the food next time we're in Panama City.We realized after being there awhile that it's also a small hotel, so we're looking forward to returning for that purpose, as well. From glancing around (a wall of plants!...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 24, 2013

Tantalo Hotel
Avenida B Calle 8
Panama City
(0)262 4030

Ego y Narciso

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Restaurant | "Dinner at Ego y Narciso"

Ego y Narciso Photo, Panama City, Panama
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We had already picked out a restaurant to enjoy in Casco Viejo when a new friend recommended Ego y Narciso. He said they served Peruvian food and he highly recommended it, so we changed our plans and headed over to Plaza Bolivar to look for the yellow umbrellas.There they were on the corner. There was indoor seating, as well, but the night was gorgeous so we sat at an outdoor table. The waiter was prompt and professional, if not especially friendly.We studied the menu for quite awhile. It didn't really strike me as being Peruvian food, but my boyfriend reminded me that our friend said it was food with a Peruvian influence. Okay. Everything sounded fantastic, so who cares?...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 24, 2013

Ego y Narciso
Plaza Bolívar, calle 3ra, San Felipe
Panama City
507-262-2045

Super Gourmet

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Restaurant | "Lunch at Super Gourmet"

Super Gourmet Photo, Panama City, Panama
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We had no plan for lunch, but by luck we happened to pass this place when we were hungry and had just started asking the "Where should we eat?" question.It was well past the lunch hour, but there were still several people in there, enjoying a meal and keeping the four (at least) women behind the counter hopping around.It has a great feel, like a coffee shop the way coffee shops were before the big coffee chains kind of ruined it -- and indeed it does serve excellent Panamanian coffee, juices, smoothies, and more.The menu is written on a chalkboard and includes breakfast all day! I was tempted by their variety of English muffin sandwiches, and my sister went for the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 24, 2013

Super Gourmet
Avenida A, Between Calle 6 And Calle 7
Panama
(0)212 3487

Panama Canal

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Attraction | "Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal"

Panama Canal Photo, Panama City, Panama
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The Panama Canal is, of course, a must-do while you're in Panama, so we took advantage of my aunt and sister being here to see it ourselves, as well.We took a cab from our hotel to the Miraflores Locks and visitor's center. It cost $20 and took about 20-30 minutes. Our driver asked if we wanted him to wait -- that seemed strange, since we didn't know how long it would take. We took his card in case we needed to call him, but when we left there were drivers there who took us back. They weren't in official yellow cabs, but our way-home driver was in a uniform shirt (don't know what it said, but there were other guys waiting at the bottom of the stairs in the same shirt) and he charged us the...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 24, 2013

Panama Canal
Connects Atlantic Ocean via Caribbean Sea to Pacific Ocean
Isthmus of Panama
272 3165

La Rana Dorada

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Restaurant | "Break From the Heat at La Rana Dorada"

La Rana Dorada Photo, Panama City, Panama
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We stopped in La Rana Dorada because it was the first watering hole we saw as we approached Casco Viejo after we had walked all the way from the Financial District along the Cinta Costera. We would have been happy with a little restaurant or even a convenience store, but my boyfriend was over the moon when he saw it was a little brewery.We sat down and the waitress immediately brought us a sample of each of their four beers. I liked the dark one, with its hints of chocolate, but not enough to order a full pint -- as you may know from reading other journals, I'm not much of a beer drinker. So my aunt, sister, and I ordered a pitched of white sangria. It came with melon, pineapple, and appl...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 24, 2013

La Rana Dorada
Local 1 (frente A La Cabeza De Einstein), Vía Argentina 20
Panama City
(0)269 2989

Beirut

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Restaurant | "Lunch at Beirut"

Beirut Photo, Panama City, Panama
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I've been itching to visit this restaurant ever since I heard about it, and we finally got the opportunity. It didn't disappoint.We went for lunch on a Saturday, so it wasn't nearly as busy as it was, say, the night before when passed by. It's a huge restaurant, with lots of indoor and outdoor seating. We opted for indoors since they were working on the sign with loud tools when we happened to be there -- but it was totally peaceful inside.The place is beautifully decorated, and we enjoyed a booth-like table (I sat on the couch-like side). We were at a loss at first about what we should order. My aunt and sister don't know Spanish at all, and the menu is too large to translate ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 24, 2013

Beirut
Calle 52
Panama City
214-3815

DeVille Hotel

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Hotel | "Three Nights at the Deville Hotel"

DeVille Hotel Photo, Panama City, Panama
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We booked at the Deville for its central location and great rates (especially when comparing to some of the big hotels around us). Beside that, the rooms looked fantastic on their website, so we gave it a go.This was a smart move, and we knew it from the moment we stepped in the door.The lobby was spacious and clean, and decorated with some really cool pieces of furniture. The woman at the desk was incredibly friendly, and she spoke fluent English as well as Spanish. The valet took our car (and we didn't think about it again for three days) and we moved our stuff to the room.We decided to squeeze ourselves -- all four of us -- into one room to save a little cash, si...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 24, 2013

DeVille Hotel
Calle Beatriz y Calle 50
Panama City
507-206-3100