Where to Stay During My Upcoming Trip to Panama?

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My trip to Panama City, Panama is quickly approaching, so I think it is time to make lodging arrangements. I typically book flights first and then wait until later to book hotels. I have been looking at five properties in Panama City. All of the properties are within 15 minutes of the airport. Here are the hotel options so far:

The first two properties are International Hotels Group (IHG) properties. I recently celebrated my anniversary with the IHG Rewards Select credit card, so I have a free night available. The Holiday Inn Express is located near the Panama Canal, one of the places that I want to visit. I am giving some serious consideration to this property.

Holiday Inn Panama Canal

The next property is the Crowne Plaza Panama. I do not have many stays at Crowne Plaza hotels. The Crowne Plaza in New Zealand was great, while I did not care for the one in Dallas.

Crowne Plaza Panama

The next three are all Marriott properties. The first one is the Marriott Executive Apartments. The cost per night is $87, which is incredible. The apartments have 624 sq. ft. of living space. There are not any upgrades available at this property because it is an apartment. It is definitely interesting to possibly stay in a Marriott apartment.

Marriott Apartments Panama City

Next up is the Panama Marriott Hotel. The cost per night is $99. It is located in the center of the city and boasts 24-hr room service. There is a slight chance that I might upgrade, but if it anything like my other international Marriott visits, it will not be to a suite.

Panama Marriott Hotel

The last property is the Sortis Hotel, Spa and Casino. It is a member of Marriott’s Autograph Collection. The property costs $139 per night. While I have no doubt that this property is amazing, I do not know how much rest I will be getting if I stayed at a casino. Additionally, the price is significantly more than the other properties.

Sortis Hotel and Casino
Sortis Hotel and Casino

Final Word

The five properties are completely different. The Executive Apartments and the Panama Marriott are my favorites, with the Holiday Inn Express at the Panama Canal in a close third. I am always looking for something different so it will be interesting to see what I ultimately decide. No matter the choice or choices, I look forward to visiting Panama for the first time.

all images are courtesy of the respective hotels.

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