Crowne Plaza Panama Airport Review
Leaving the Crowne Plaza Panama Airport Hotel early AM last week in a somewhat sleepy haze, I briefly wondered if I was being kidnapped. The airport shuttle, on which I was the only passenger, was headed away from the airport and wasn’t making use of any of the median lanes to do a U-turn.
Turns out the bus has to go all the way to the first major intersection to turn around which explains why the trip takes about 10 minutes though the Crowne Plaza airport hotel in Panama is within sight of the airport. Other than that slight anxiety and disappointment with the lounge I had a great stay.
The hotel is visible from the airport, but not really walking distance unless you only have a backpack and don’t mind walking on the dusty edge of a heavily trafficked road. Just use their free shuttle and don’t panic if you seem to be going past the hotel.
With a 6AM flight the next morning, the Crowne Plaza Panama Airport hotel seemed like a good choice for my second night in Panama City. And was mesmerized by the pool as soon as I walked into the spacious lobby. 🙂
I had no trouble checking in a little early and as a platinum was offered a bottle of water or a small bag of plantain chips as a welcome. No mention was made of the club lounge I had upgraded to, but when I asked about it was informed it was on the first floor and open 24 hours. (Turns out it’s definitely not worth it!)
Interestingly enough, the AARP rate was about $10 cheaper than AAA, so definitely check both before booking. And since anyone can be an AARP member, age isn’t an issue.
My 4th room was spacious and I loved that they had tile floors – both from a temperature and cleanliness perspective. The bathroom was nice, and given my cold shower at my other hotel that morning, I appreciated the instructions on which way to turn for hot water.
My room faced the new airport construction (which I liked) and the road (not as exciting), but if you’re sensitive to noise, ask for an even numbered room with a view of the pool – it might help.
Since I’d be sitting on an airplane for more than 24 hours the next day I decided to get a workout. The gym is HUGE.
Only problem is I couldn’t figure out how to turn the lights on or the loud talk radio off. But choosing a machine by the window and putting in my earphones helped.
I did make it briefly out to the pool, which is not amazing, but nice. Plenty of seating and with the exception of one guest and I had it all to myself.
Grabbed dinner at the bar which was reasonably priced for an airport hotel and offered both Panamanian and typical bar food options. I got the Mer y Tierra for $14 which was good but definitely took a while to arrive.
The room service menu is also pretty affordable, just has a much more limited selection.
Having read that my 6AM flight to Miami often left a half hour early, I played it safe with the hotel shuttle, arriving about 10 minutes before the 4AM was due to leave. I was the only guest leaving at that time, so the second I had finished checking out they brought it around just for me.
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