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“Condoms and hair and bare wires, oh my!”
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Hotel Costa Inn
Ranked #99 of 115 Hotels in Panama City
Reviewed 17 October 2017

Wife and I stayed for a long weekend at Costa Inn. If you plan to stay here, I would say lower your expectations:

- Hair in food (breakfast and dinner)
- Hair in "clean" bed sheets
- Soiled pillow cases
- Exposed wiring @ head of bed
- Shower head missing
- Condom wrapper in swimming pool

We checked in and went to our room. Within 5 minutes we requested a room change as ours was dirty, smelled like smoke, and the door bathroom knob was falling off. The new room, while free of smoke smell, had exposed wires that were by our heads, only one outlet in the room worked (behind the TV mounted to the wall), hair on the sheets / comforter, and dirty towels in it.

The breakfast buffet was unpalatable - we had hair in nearly every type of food we chose. I guess hair loss is is a real thing in Panama. Coffee was, well, crappy hotel coffee.

I was SUPER stoked on the roof top pool, until I found a condom wrapper in it. Lost my thirst to get in the pool. Maybe it's why the pool had a murky appearance?

By in large, it seemed like the staff didn't have the time of day for us (aside from the gal who checked us in), or any of the other patrons. When they were helping us, they were short and unapologetic.

Oh, and even though we couldn't find it required anywhere, you need a reservation for the return shuttle to the airport. Or plan on spending $20 on an Uber.

But, $2.25 Balboas at the bar - I guess there is one thing about the place that was redeeming!

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  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

We stay at the Costa Inn every year in January and sometimes in May on our way in and out of the country to our sailboat.
They offer a free shuttle from the airport (generally a $25-30 taxi ride) and he return has a nominal fee. The rooms are simple, but clean. The hotel has a 24 hour restaurant for those late night arrivals and offers a free breakfast.
It's a wonderful bargain for a quick stay.
The location is not as convenient for walking, shops and restaurants as some of the other districts.

Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank svragman
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Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

Firstly, ignore any review above two stars - they've got to be fake or staying in some secret wing of the hotel which I never saw.

This is a dated, dirty basic 1 1/2 star hotel, albeit at a reasonable price of $40 per night if you book online.

The rooms are small, dated, smelly and dingy. Uncomfortable beds, with wafer thin sheets covering ancient mattresses. Terrible ceiling lighting and wall lights not working so it feels like a dungeon.

Breakfast is reasonable with good pancakes.

The rooftop pool is dated and during the rainy season was dirty.

The location is poor, a run down neighbourhood, not near anything and even as two 35 year old guys we didn't feel safe.

Avoid unless on a backpackers budget.

Stayed: July 2017
Thank Mike T
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Reviewed 26 May 2017

near to the shops
good breakfast
pickup at airport on time
drop off at airport on time for a small fee
daily transport free to mall
huge bathroom
daily roomservice
daily towels and soap
easy to get a taxi

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank desscorp
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Reviewed 19 May 2017

I like staying at Hotel Coasta Inn it is easy to get the Metro to go shopping at AlBrooks Mall, this is my Third time staying at Hotel Costa Inn,and my Fifth time going shopping in Panama and i am in my Seventy,s

  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled on business
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Thank villashalom
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Address: Av. Peru 39 Este, Panama City 0816-01510, Panama
Region: Panama > Panama Province > Panama City
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #99 of 115 Hotels in Panama City
Price Range: $43 - $60 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Costa Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideal for mid executives and touristic customers, close to the entrances for the 2 highways, in a hospital and a touristic area, close to the shops and the bank area. 90 Rooms, TV sat, free WIFI, phone, AC, pool, free parking, free buffet breakfast, free airport pick up shuttle service available... Only at the exit of costums you have to go with the people of Viajes Florencia, they have orange shirts and say you have a reservation at the costa inn or please contact hotel with flight information, travel and tours agency in the lobby, restaurant 24hs. Good and well know reputation, referenced in the international guides. Manager 24hs. Free shuttles to Allbrook Mall at 11am, Free shuttles to Tocumen International Airport at special time 5am, 8am, 11am and 2pm ... more   less 
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Hotel Costa Inn Panama/Panama City

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