Our first taste of Panama was El Congrejo. When we arrived in July we arrived at Tucomen Airport in Panama City and needed to overnight someplace. Various people recommended the Milan Hotel in El Congrejo and we stayed there. I have fallen in love with El Congrejo and want to share why. If you make a trip to Panama you now have my opinion of a place to stay.
El Congrejo is an older district full of hotels, restaurants and lot’s of activity. It is safe and a fun place to be. Bars, Casinos, Discos and lots of shopping are all with in a short walk of any of these hotels.
We have stayed in three hotels, the Milan, the Las Vegas and Torres and Alba. The Milan is rather simple and has a basic decent sized room and was a bargain at $25 a night, it is now $60 a night and no longer such a deal.
Both the Las Vegas and Torres and Alba are apartment hotels, big suites with kitchens and living rooms and are $70 to $80 a night. Be sure to ask for the best rate usually a corporate rate.
Looking from Torres and Alba at the Las Vegas Hotel and the excellent Italian restaurant run by Willie Dingleman across the street.
A view from Torres and Alba down the street toward the Veneto Casino
ClaroCom under Torres and Alba has free wifi access from 9am to 10:30pm
Manolos Cafe, one of the many Manolo’s restaurants in the city. An excellent spot for Breakfast, lunch or dinner.