Hotel Colon (Casco Viejo)

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.



The grand lobby is still in pretty good shape.
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


  • No room service