"My wife and I spent a week in this property and highly recommend it. The location in Casco Viejo right by the presidential palace is the best in Panama. Steps away are many great dining, entertainment and historical venues. And if you are the type who is concerned about safety in an unfamiliar environment, you won't worry here. Casco Viejo has 'Tourist Police' liberally assigned at virtually every corner. Many police are stationed around the Presidential Palace, and consequently adjacent to this lodging. You couldn't find a much safer environment.
The apartment itself is spacious, with large rooms, high ceilings and old world charm. It is well equipped and furnished to match the era of the architecture, it was delightful.
The proprietor was very helpful with everything we asked, and even helped us work around a medical problem I had at the time.
Be sure and explore all of Casco Viejo and walk the Cinta Costera to downtown Panama City. That was fabulous. Also not to be missed is the Mercado de Mariscos (seafood market) adjacent to Casco Viejo. There are many restaurants/seafood stands surrounding the market, serving the freshest possible catch. You can get a nice cup of excellent ceviche for $2.50 and the became a lunchtime staple for me. Go through the seafood market to select from freshest possible catch straight off the boat and get your dinner items to take back to the apartment and cook. Prices are about virtually nothing compared to what we pay in Florida. Corvina (they say it is Sea Bass) costs $2.50 per pound. About 10% of what we pay for Sea Bass here and it was excellent.
If you are feeling a little more adventurous, go to the Mercada de Abastos in Curundu (a $2 taxi ride) for fresh fruits and veggies straight from the farm at prices comparably cheap to the seafood market."
Guest: Richard A.
Date of Stay: September 2015
Review Submitted: October 19, 2015