Hampton by Hilton Panama City Review
Panama is home to soo many chain hotels - it's quiet astonishing! While hotel rates aren't super expensive I discovered that Hilton Honors let's you redeem just 5,000 points for the Hampton by Hilton Panama City. What a deal since Hilton category 1 hotels are really difficult to come by. I kept my expectations low as we arrived at 9 PM from Panama City airport. The building is a high rise along a busy one-way road in one of Panama City' best neighborhoods. Check-in was amazing - the agent skipped all formalities and greeted me by name - I was not even required to present an ID or credit card! She also mentioned that we have been upgraded to a suite! Clearly it seemed someone googled their guest list that evening! We were escorted up to the 9th floor and the suite was enormous - two big regular hotel rooms that had been combined into a bedroom and living room with a huge sofa bed. Two powerful ACs cooled the steamy room down rather quickly. The bed room was the corner room of the building and came with great views over the city. The suite had two bathrooms but only one shower. Both bathrooms looked nice but they seemed to fall apart with the soap holder coming off right away and the shower coming out as trickle only. The Internet was easy to log on to but speeds were around 1 Mbit only. That's too slow for me. The room also featured an (non-branded) espresso maker which I did not dare operate. Hampton includes breakfast and while the breakfast area looked super stylish the breakfast was simple carbs only. That was typical Hilton (a far cry from the great breakfast at the Hilton Aruba) but I'd somehow hoped for more. The immediate neighborhood is one of the better neighborhoods in town. I had no trouble walking over to the 24h supermarket at night. 5,000 Hilton points is a steal and the hotel is brand new. I wish it would have better Internet and breakfast but hey for the price I was pretty happy - a good option in Panama City!