on March 23, 2009
Within the Panama City hotel scene, La Estancia represents a unique value at less than $100 per night. Owing to its location in a quiet and scenic residential setting in the Ancon Hill neighborhood, La Estancia attracts a large number of middle-aged travelers – including many North American expats currently residing in other parts of the country. When lounging in La Estancia’s common areas, one gets the feeling that the bed breakfast would cater many of the same people who stay at Luna’s Castle – only 20 years later in life. La Estancia is a former residence in close proximity to the Panama Canal and Allbrook airport. This affords La Estancia the distinction of providing guests with a peaceful setting against a natural backdrop no more than a short cab ride away from all the sites and activities within Panama City. The rooms at La Estancia are pleasant, simply, and airy, though a bit on the small side. Ancon Hill is full of local flora and fauna, so it is not uncommon to see a variety of rare birds right outside your window. La Estancia also has two common areas where guests can mingle, complete with two computers for use by the guests. One drawback of La Estancia’s location is that most dining options are a cab ride, albeit a short one, from the hotel. To offset this inconvenience, La Estancia provides guests a list of menus from local restaurants that deliver to the hotel, as well as a fully stocked fridge of wine and beer for guests to purchase. As a result, it’s not uncommon to find a mix of people enjoying dinner and a drink "in" on one of La Estancia’s terraces. Overall, La Estancia offers a pleasant experience for travelers who want to stay in Panama City, but at the same time, desire a refuge from the hustle and bustle of the capital city.
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