Where to stay in Panama City

What is the best area to stay in Panama City?

Panama City is the most cosmopolitan capital in Central America, where many worlds coexist and different cultures can be experienced. The Panama skyline is one that boasts a familiar and tremendous array of high-rise buildings and at the foot of these structures is a vibrant and exciting city life that can be seen throughout day and night.


The Panamanians are exceptionally friendly and always want to help, which lays the foundations as you can view the magnificent Panama Canal along with various other amazing attractions, which make for an extra special holiday.


The best area to stay in the city of Panama is the downtown area as it has all the tourist amenities covered including some of the most luxurious hotels, a brilliant choice of restaurants and is the main shopping area as well as being extremely close to major attractions. It is the ideal location for travellers, tourists and business travellers as you are in the safest neighbourhood to stay in and you don’t have to go too far to see the best of what the city has to offer and with an exciting nightlife close by, you are in the prime area for really experiencing the city’s authenticity.

Hotel   Avg price
Hotel Terranova
Calle República de Uruguay
41€ - 44$
Hotel Tower House Suites
Calle 51 Este
55€ - 59$
Holiday Inn Express Panama
Calle 53 Este
76€ - 81$
Hotel   Avg price
The Executive Hotel
Avenida Aquilino de la Guardia
65€ - 70$
AC Hotel by Marriott Panama City
Calle Ricardo Arias 14
84€ - 90$
Hotel   Avg price
Global Hotel Panama
Calle 54 Este
72€ - 77$
Riu Plaza Panamá
Calle 50
77€ - 82$


On the map, which shows the most convenient area to stay in Panama City, you can see a selection of some of the best located hotels.



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Other areas to stay in Panama City



marbella Panama CityMarbella is another highly-praised neighbourhood that has decent views of the bay and is located right in the heart of the city, which makes it a perfect place to stay in as it is a safe area too. You will notice a lot of the architecture is of Spanish Colonial times and there are many interesting winding streets that are home to numerous bars, clubs, hotels and shops.


If you like to feel that you are part of a community then Marbella is one of the best as there are many residential houses that have local pubs and community shops with most people in the neighbourhood knowing each other. There are also a few museums, gardens, parks and cinemas with excellent connections to the rest of the city.



Hotels in Marbella




Casco Viejo

casco viejo Panama CityThis is Panama’s historic quarter, which is an exceptionally charming and important area of the city to stay in, as there are a number of narrow streets that are home to many buildings that have been influenced by Spain, Italy and France. It is a splendid and safe neighbourhood to walk around and feels like you have been teleported back to 19th century Europe though renovation is becoming increasingly popular.


There are numerous government buildings, cathedrals, museums, churches, art galleries to explore as well as plenty of theatres and concerts to check out. For the best restaurants, pubs, clubs, shops and hotels, the recommended areas are the Plaza de la Independencia or Avenida Central.



Hotels in Casco Viejo





CalidoniaCalidonia is a trendy, popular part of Panama City to stay and if you enjoy shopping, opt for a hotel close to Avenida Balboa and Uruguay Street. Another popular shopping area is Multiplaza Pacific Mall. There is plenty else to see while you are in Calidonia including the National Science Museum.


Getting around is easy with the MetroBus and MetroRail services. Cinta Costera – the coastal area – and the Causeway, are within easy reach and a fun way to explore is to rent a bike as there are bike lanes.



Hotels in Calidonia