I spent last week in Panama City, I learned a lot and I will share the highlights of my education over the next days. For today I just want to suggest some places to those visiting the Capital.
My hotel of choice was the Milan in El Cangrego, it has been my hotel of choice for more than seven years. When I first stayed there in 2006 it cost $25 a night, now seven plus years later the same room is $70, but with the mid week jubilado discount it is $35 plus tax. The Milan gives the discount without any argument and if you are not a jubilado ask about a discount for cash, they usually give 25%. The hotel is well located in a bust tourist district, but on a quiet street. They have a good in house restaurant with breakfast costing about $3.50. This is a link to their website, LINK.
I enjoyed several restaurants but one that stands out was Los Anos Loco, The crazy years. I went there with a group of regulars and we had both exceptional food and service. The restaurant is Argentine and is frequented by many of Panama’s political movers and shakers. After eating there I can under why, the beef was excellent. They offer beef from Panama, the USA and surprisingly Argentina. They even have Kosher beef offerings, something I saw in several upper crust restaurants in Panama City this trip.
My dinner was the low end of the menu, $16 for a Panamanian Filete including a salad bar and it was exceptional. It was only beaten by a filete prepared by a friend at Coronado over the weekend. I highly recommend Los Anos Locos.
One final comment about getting there. Since my seven year old Rexton is showing signs of distress I rented a car from Victor at Value Rent a Car across from Alto Dorado Market. They made it easy and priced the car at a very reasonable rate for a week.
I spent five days learning about politics in Panama and although most of us cannot vote here all of us are affected by politics here so I am going to try to educate about the political system over the next days.