In the southernmost part of Central America lies Panama, an unspoiled haven that can rival the beauty of its neighbours. The cost of living here is at par with other Central American countries, which means tourists can score good hotel deals even with a small budget.
Hotel Laguna in Bocas Town is a good value for money with its affordable and tastefully decorated rooms, which have colour televisions and orthopaedic mattresses. Big groups can book a deluxe or junior suite, which includes a kitchenette and private balcony. Guests can enjoy Italian specialties and Bocas fare in the in-house restaurant, Restaurante da Claudio.
A newly renovated hotel in downtown Chitre, Hotel Bali Panama has been welcoming guests for over 50 years with excellent facilities at very low prices. It’s a stylish hub for businessmen, offering free Internet access in the lobby and 28 rooms, a business centre, and a conference room for meetings. Panamanian cuisine and Indonesian dishes are served in the El Prado Restaurant, while the high-quality Panamanian coffee is available at the cafeteria. Just a short drive away from the hotel are attractions such as Herrera Museum, Central Park, and a baseball stadium.
Another budget accommodation in Panama is Hotel Marparaiso, an ideal place for families. It has a 24-hour Internet room, a mini store, and 75 rooms which have colour televisions with 72 international channels. It offers free airport transfers and city tour arrangements via the hotel’s tour agency.
Posada Ecologica del Cerro in Penonome delights nature lovers and budget travellers with its wide variety of plants and affordable rates. Surrounding this budget hotel is a charming garden with native and exotic trees, as well as a collection of orchids. Crossing the garden is an ecological path that features a lagoon, where tilapias and carps are abundant. Along the path is a well, home to minerals such as copper, manganese, and iron, giving the water a bluish tint. Hotel facilities include a barbecue area, games room, and a restaurant serving local and international cuisine.
Other budget-friendly Panama hotels to choose from are Posada Cerro La Vieja, Hotel Costa Inn, and Hotel Residencial Texas.