Radisson Hotel Panama City

, Panama City, Panama
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Avenida Balboa con Multicentro - Panama City - Panama Hotel Website | 214-3535
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Excellent for hip young people, too modern for quiet travelers

from frombaritomiami
I stayed at the Decapolis for two nights in October 2005 on a busines trip. This is a new hotel, and it shows in the cleanliness of the rooms and the brand new furniture and linens. It felt, however, a little too modern for my taste, with some sharp stark looks that were good maybe for a young, hip crowd South Beach style, rather than a Caribbean feel. the price is excellent for US standards (120 dollars per night), but I bet in Panam one can find similar accomodations for the same price. Breakfast was excellent, I did not get a chance to try the pool or the spa, or to go to the casino/mall which is linked by a walkway bridge (nice idea).
In summary, I would go there if you are young and want to enjoy the social life of the city, less if I were in a honeymoon trip or looking for a feel of the otherwise beautiful country.

Hip and modern

from Everlost
The Decapolis exceeded everyone’s expectations. We were 5 friends in our 30’s and this was the scene to be seen. The Sushi/Lobby bar is happening almost every night. Large couches with TV’s set in the tables, ask for the remote when you’re bored. We met quite a few locals that helped us out immensely when we wanted to party and when 3 of us lost their twice weekly flight to Argentina.

The pool, set in what looks like a smoke stack of a cruise ship has Lucite windows to part of the restaurant below. It’s on the 4th floor or so and has a high pressure pump for a great massage. The rooms are very good as are the beds and water pressure. At 29 floors you’re going to have a good view. There are topless Kuna Indians watching over you when you sleep. There’s a glass elevator for 14 or so floors in the atrium.

There’s a great weekend club nearby called Next and the Bodeguita on Tuesday is the place for dancing salsa. The shopping is nothing special you can find better deals in the states.

Breakfast was excellent as was the restaurant and sushi – Wine as in all Central America is pricey, but not much more than you’d spend at home. You have to walk around with your ID card to charge anything to your room so don’t leave it behind. If you’re looking for a W experience, this is the place to stay.

Average Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
I know Panama City very well and decided to stay in this hotel because of the location and because of the excellent reviews I had read, but I was very dissapointed. First, the hotel driveway entrance is small (only a small roofed area), so you need an umbrella if it's raining. The lobby is nice looking, but it is usually packed - the hotel's proximity to the casino provides for some shady characters too. I always felt like I had to watch my back and did not feel comfortable walking by myself without my husband. The rooms do not have carpeting, so they are very noisy. Also, my room had a huge picture with bare female torsos - one of the native indian Panama groups - I don't get offended easily, but I'm sorry, this is not something that I want to see when I wake up and when I go to sleep. There are only three elevators for all 29 floors - I usually planned for a good 3-5 minutes to wait for the elevator. The gym is tiny, and it seems like the room temperature was tied to that of the spa's, because it felt like it was 80 degrees in the gym. The spa is also very noisy. Housekeeping is slow - I would be gone for a couple of hours and the room would still not be made when I came back. Multicentro, the mall next to the hotel, was a great dissapointment. It contains mainly Colombian boutiques - nothing to write home about. Finally, hotel phone service is horrible - outside callers to my room were told that they were calling a cell phone, and had to leave text messages with an operator. I had to wait for about 10 rings before I got someone on the line to read me my messages. The operator once laughed when she was reading one of my messages - I asked her if she thought it was funny, and she replied I don't know with a giggle. The only nice thing I can praise about this hotel is the staff - everyone was quite nice, but so is just about everyone in Panama, so this is not enough reason for me to stay at this hotel. Next time I will stay at the Marriott, Intercontinental or Bristol.

We were in heaven

from Mandypup
We stayed at the Radisson on the last day of our 10day Panama "tour" and after 2 days at Hacienda Del Mar, so that definitely impacted this review. The hotel itself is beautiful. We stayed on a Mon night, no crowds in the lobby or bar area all that day. The room itself is quiet, restful and very modern. We were upgraded to a suite on the 26th and were very impressed with the view and the room.

The staff was efficient, and confirmed our plane reservations which turned out to be important since the flight out the next morning was delayed and they contacted us at the hotel as a result of us confirming thru the hotel.

Had a drink in the lobby bar, no complaints about the service but we were two of only a handful of people there at the time.

Had dinner at Fusion - 4 of the 5 courses were delicious. Skip the potstickers, but definitely have the mushroom soup and the Chinese ceasar salad (a large portion). The staff there was friendly but not top notch. They seemed a little inexperienced, were dropping silverware and served all of my appetizers (I didn't have a main course) at once instead of pacing it with my husband's main meal. But that's a minor quibble in our view.

We enjoyed our stay there very much and will definitely return.

Great location - okay hotel

from curlyloo
We booked our room online at Radisson. I was a bit concerned when making the reservations because the website did not provide any pictures of the hotel. We were able to get the AAA rate at $125/night (weekdays) and $105/night (weekends - Friday through Sunday). The room rate included daily breakfast buffet on the 3rd floor, a $25 credit at the Majestic casino (adjoining the hotel by a skybridge), a $20/day beverage credit, and a daily newspaper (if they remembered to deliver it). We only got the newspaper on two of the five days of our stay.

When we arrived, the hotel looked very modern - like a W hotel. Lots of glass and metal and bright and vivid colored walls. It's located in a busy district known as Paitillia. The location of the hotel is ideal, close to shopping (Multicentro Shopping Center), a casino, restaurants, and even a cineplex (known as Extreme Planet). If you walk over to the shopping center (just across the street), you can catch cabs for about $1.25 - $2.00 per ride to most places in Panama City. If you decide to catch a cab in front of the hotel, expect to pay at least double.

Our room had a great view - it was on the 23rd floor and had a view of the bay and skyline. However, the room, which looked fairly new, was not as well-maintained as I would have liked. The hairdryer was broken, the door to the minibar was broken, and the tub did not drain properly. Nonetheless, the hairdryer was replaced in a few hours and the tub was fixed after a few hours. However, the minibar door was not fixed. The housekeepers also ran out of coffee for the in-room coffee maker on a couple of days, but did not bother to get any until I made a specific request for it. The housekeeper did not seem to sweep/mop the floors regularly either (I noticed because there was some debris left on the floor when the hairdryer was replaced and the debris was not removed for a few days.)

FYI: The art in the room includes a photo mural of semi-nude Kuna Indians. If you're easily offended, this might not be the room for you.

A lot of light comes into the room from the ceiling to floor windows. The bathroom is separated from the bedroom with etched glass walls - the walls are etched with mola designs. It's actually very cool looking.

Getting up to the rooms can take a while. There are only 3 elevators which go to all 29 floors and one which goes up to the 14th floor. These elevators are usually slow and at least one is out of service.

The swimming pool is small. It's about three times the size of the hot tub. People eating at the 1st floor restaurant are supposed to be able to look up and see people swimming in the pool. Unfortunately, when I went to the pool, it started to rain. I didn't get a chance to really enjoy that part of the hotel.

The bar/lounge on the first floor is busy. Lots of servers standing around, but none are too eager to serve you. It's easier (and faster) if you go to the bar and order a drink directly from the bartender. Drinks are good, but a little bit pricy. Mixed drinks go for $6 and they automatically include tax and tip in the bill.

The buffet breakfast is big. There are several stations serving fresh fruit juices, fruits, cereals, yogurt, hot breakfast entrees, and pastries and bread. Service is efficient. The servers were much friendlier after our first day.

Be aware that the hotel literally nickel and dimes you on phone calls. Every local call was $.15/minute. Every local cell phone call was $.35/minute. Needless to say, these local calls added up quickly.

The location of the hotel was my favorite part of the hotel. You can get a passport for discounts at the Multicentro. However, if I were to return to Panama City, I would stay at the Bristol (still my all-time favorite hotel in Panama City) and take a cab to the Multicentro Shopping Center instead of staying at the Decapolis.

Young, energetic, social atmosphere!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I split my week trip to Panama City between the Bristol and Radisson Decapolis. These are very different hotels. They are both great in their own respects.

The first thing I noticed about the Radisson having just left the Bristol was the immediate downgraded feel of my hotel room. While it had a nice view (I paid extra for a high floor), the bedding, furniture, and materials like the floor and bathroom tiles, while a totally different style, were not anywhere in the same league. I thought for sure that I made a huge mistake and wished that I could go back to the Bristol. I decided, however, to give it a try.

Had I been forced to give a review during my first hour of my first day, the hotel was going to get two stars. I couldn't believe the reviews on this site would have steered me wrong like that. My opinion, however, of the hotel changed over the following days. As a result, I would consider staying here again.

The biggest factors that changed my opinion were the following: excellent service, great pool area with great drinks, nice spa (I had a superb massage), great place to meet others, great party atmosphere, young and energetic, new, great location, a lot nearby, and nice complementary breakfast buffet. As a young, single person, I thought the Radisson was far more happening than the Bristol. Also, it is not to say that the rooms were bad or of poor quality, they were just average to slightly above average. Also, I must note that I prefer traditional decor (Bristol) to ultra modern or Asian infusion like at the Radisson. That was a factor as well.

I wish I could have had the Bristol room and restaurant with the rest of the Radisson! I did not try the restaurant at the Radisson, because it was so much more expensive than the local restaurants like the Bristol or Reno's where I knew I could get great food at a great price. If I wanted to pay the prices at the Radisson restaurant, I would have gone to New York City or San Francisco.

Ill be back for sure! Unbelievable!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I recently returned from a wonderful stay at the Radisson Decapolis in Panama City, Panama. It had everything… great food, comfortable rooms, shopping and an incredible nightlife. And the casino...!

I was impressed with the level of service and overall appearance of the hotel. Without a doubt one of the finest hotels I’ve ever seen in Latin America... a pleasant surprise. I was also impressed with the business center. It was first rate, and pretty reasonable… another surprise.

The staff was excellent! From our chambermaid to the bar staff we were given the VIP treatment. The kind of service you’d expect from a 5-star hotel without the 5-star price tag. By the end of the week I had made a dozen new friends.

I would recommend this hotel to anyone! Unbelievable!



Boston, Massachusetts

was looking for a hotel not a club!

from trespequitas
Over all it is a nice hotel to stay at, but if you're there during the weekend you may want to look into whether you want a hotel feeling or a club feeling. The Decapolis Lobby is meshed together with the hotels Sushi Bar and on Friday's and Saturday nights, there are about 400 party-goer's in the smoke filled lobby with loud music, if you are checking in at this time you have to scream over the music for hotel personnel to hear you. The Hotel is definetly not kid friendly, since the lobby doubles as a bar, you cannot sit in the lobby with your kids ever, even in the morning, you are asked to go sit in a set of chairs in the first floor. The hotel staff tries to be nice but they make alot of mistakes, mixing up reservations, not informing you on certain hotel services.
On the positive side, the rooms are very comfortable, big with beautiful views of the city, the higher the floor the better.
The location of the hotel is really good very close to major shopping areas, and the old city.
I was a little disappointed with the hotel considering it had such brilliant reviews and that it was considered a five star hotel, having stayed at real five star hotels in the past this one doesn't even come close.

– the place to go.

from A TripAdvisor Member
Radisson Decapolis – the place to go.
We spent the first week in July 2005 at this hotel as a World of Vacation all inclusive package deal.

The Hotel:
In my view, this hotel is a 5 star hotel not a 4 star as World of Vacation lists.
You can not compare this hotel to 4 star hotels in Cuba or the Dominican Republic.
The Radisson Decapolis is one of the best if not the best in Panama. Fusion restaurant and Victor the manager’s service was a dream come true. Girls like Yasury and all the others make your stay very enjoyable. The service was excellent – hard to believe that one can do better in Toronto.

The choice of food is excellent. There was a buffet at lunch plus menu items that included sushi, salmon and much more. As an all inclusive traveler you do not have all the choices in the restaurant but almost all of them. If you chose an item not on the all inclusive menu you can get a discount. The buffet breakfast is excellent with all kind of fruits (strawberries, grapes, and pineapples), serials, cold cuts etc.
Also as an all inclusive customer you have local drinks included – if you desire something special be prepared to pay for it.

There is a pool on the 4th floor with a bar and Jacuzzi, and a gym on the same floor. The hotel is connected to a Shopping Centre and a Casino. Do not expect nightly entertainment as in most all inclusive resorts – remember this is a hotel in central Panama City catering mostly to business people – the all inclusive part is only a small portion of this establishment. You can look for entertainment some other places.

Also you will have to get used to signing for everything you have at the bar or at the restaurant. There is no limit but it is for their tracking purposes. There is a pay mini bar in the rooms – but prices are high (my view).

The rooms are very big and clean. Our room was on the 26th floor with a fantastic view of the City and Panama Bay. The statue at Fusion restaurant represents (according to Victor) the mixture of all kinds of people – from Chinese, Blacks, Europeans and natives.

City:
We did a City Tour for $45 US per person but we feel that you can do better on your own. Do not take a taxi at Decapoliss – go around to Multicentro and get it there. At the hotel they want $6 for a trip – you’d pay $1.50 or $2.00 dollars. There is good shopping at Avenue Central – especially soccer t-shirts (good souvenirs).
Local supermarkets are cheap if you can find one.

Must see:
If you do not take the Embera Indian tour – You will miss a lot. It was a highlight of our trip. You can see a very small sample of our trip at: ----------

Another must see is the Panama Canal Zone.
Panama is becoming a place to retire for a lot of people – the cost is low – you need only about $600 a month income to get a permit to settle in Panama and a three bedroom, three bathroom house goes for a minimum of $50,000 and no property tax.
Many people settle in the North-West province “Bocas del Toro” or Boquete – low cost and good weather there; it rains a lot but no hurricanes.

Overall we were pleased with our stay – but we think that a perfect stay would be 5 days at Decapoliss and 10 days at Decameron (this kind of selection is available).

To conclude, we’d like to send our greetings to all the people who made our stay such a memorable one. We may come back some day.

Thanks
Jerry and Dee

Cool,Trendy and Young.

from airdisc
Spent the 4th of July weekend at this charming hotel.Very Unlike a traditional Radisson,more like a W Hotel.The service was prompt and friendly the staff at the hotel had a nice attitude.The rooms were super and very spacious with stunning views of the Ocean.The lobby is the proud landlord of Panama's coolest and trendiest bar,open late hours with loud trendy music.

The hotel is well located in the business district of this central american city.A cab ride to pretty much most parts of town can be bargained and had @ $4.00.

I hope to visit Panama again and would only stay at the Decapolis as most other hotels in Panama are very old world and boring.

Top Local Tips for Panama City

Cabs in Panama City: BE CAREFUL Cabs in Panama City are notorious for ripping off tourists. Be SURE to agree to a price before getting into the cab. The drivers can be very manipulative. You should never pay more than $5 one way to anywhere in the city. If they're charging more than this and advising that is the normal rate, they are lying. We were typically told $15-$20 for each destination and by asking other cabs, usually found the same destination to be $2-$3 with a different cab. You should NEVER agree to an hourly rate, it will not be cost effective or beneficial in any way as cabs are abundant in Panama City. The hourly rate ($8-$10/hr) is a scam, unless your travelling significant distances and staying less than 5mins at each location.

Taxis from the airport You might as well rent a car in Panama - it cost me more to get to Paitilla from the airport than a day's car rental. Apparently, the government has restricted access to the airport and they only allow tourismos to pick up - none of the usual local taxi drivers were there competing for our business as I expected.

Taxi ride The Radisson doesn't provide a shuttle to the airport. But if you walk round the corner towards the Sheraton, you can take advanatage of their irregular airport shuttles for $15 one-way, which is much cheaper than just flagging off a taxi. However, if you get a taxi outside a hotel, it's guaranteed to be at least $25. On arrival, head straight to the information desk and ask for a 'collectivo' / shared taxi and you'll get dropped off as you go along which will save you about $10 one-way. The cheapest way of course is to get the bus as it's only 25 cents. However, they are cramped and you probably can't see where they are anyway so may not be a good idea to catch them at the airport if you've never been to the city before, Otherwise, get out of the airport, go right and follow the road and find the bus-stop across the road going from right to left towards the city. Going from town to the airport, you can find buses which says 'Tocumen' on the window-screens along the Balboa & Calle 50

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  • Address: Avenida Balboa con Multicentro - Panama City - Panama
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