I am not a hotel reviewer, no white gloves above the door, but when I need to travel from Boquete to Panama City I need to stay in a hotel, so I have tried many. This trip is starting in the Executive Hotel it was recommended by a friend. The Executive is well located walking distance from the restaurants of Calle Uruguay and the tourist district of El Congrejo. It is clean, well attended and seems to cater to business people from around the world.
The rooms are nice but not elegant. They include a complete but mediocre breakfast, something not included in many hotels. They have wired internet in the rooms, be sure to ask for the login and password at the desk. The Executive also has a nice restaurant, bar and outside seating area.
I booked from their website, the rate was $85 a night and I thought when I arrived I would receive the pensionado discount making it a very reasonable $42.50, I was wrong. They did not refuse the discount, they pointed to their lobby sign which showed a rack rate of $165 and offered me the discount from that rate. This is becoming a common ruse with hotels in Panama City. An inflated rack rate and a higher than value real rate. The executive is worth $85 a night, apparently $80 if you book through Expedia.com, but I have been spoiled by real discounts on tariffs so next time another hotel for me.
The Decapolis with the pensionado discount is only a little more expensive and includes $20 in prepaid bar billing making it a far better value on the high end.