Cafe Coca Cola (Casco Viejo)

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Location:Across the street from Parque Santa Ana.

Cafe Coca Cola supposedly has a lot of history behind it. Since it was around the corner from hotels that housed the Panama Canal workers, many workers used this restaurant for meals and social gatherings. If you are interested in the history of the restaurant talk to a cook named (James) and he can tell you all about it. I ate breakfast there and it was not very good. Looks like they have good deserts though.

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The breakfast needs work.
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Hotel Colon (Casco Viejo)

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Casco Viejo, Panama
Location: Corner of Calle 12 Oeste and Avenida BPrice: 6.50 US dollars shared bath
11 US dollars private bath and double bed

Hotel Colon has a lot of history to it. The hotel housed the Panama Canal workers. From the roof top you can see the ships entering the Panama Canal. The hotel is rather run down now, though you can still see how grand it use to be. But the bed was comfortable and the water still ran from the shower. The hotel is secure and staff are friendly. Nice location that you can grab a bite to eat after dark and still feel safe. Plenty of Internet cafes around.

I stayed here for a week and was pretty comfortable. The black market is nearby and the seafood market is not far.

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The grand lobby is still in pretty good shape.
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Notice military helicopter overhead. At the time a protest was going on and the word on the street was “riot.”  This picture was take from the roof of Hotel Colon. The neighborhood is very poor and certain sections you will either be robbed or shot. But don’t worry because plenty of Police around.hotelcolon5Pros:

  • Good locks
  • Good location
  • Running water
  • Most lights work

Cons:

  • No room service

Hostal Bastimento (Bastimentos Island)

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Price: 7 US dollars (single)
16 US dollars (double)

Hostal Bastimento is very laid back and they have everything you need here. Two shared kitchens, high speed Internet ($1 per hr), laundry service and comfortable accommodations. Set back on a small hill, Hostal Bastimento is surrounded by assortments of beautiful flora and exotic trees. The staff are super friendly and so are the hostal pets. Don’t be surprised if a neighboring sloth wanders in to say high.

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This is the single room with shared bath. They do offer rooms with private bath.

  • Clean
  • Secure
  • Nice kitchens
  • Friendly
  • Laundry service
  • Good location
  • Great prices
  • High speed Internet

Cons:

  • Single beds not very comfortable