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Hotel Deville Review in Panama City

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Written by Madeline Schuler   
Thursday, 04 September 2008 01:00
Together with a friend, we stayed in Hotel Deville for 4 days. This came as one of the highly recommended Panama City boutique hotels. It is located at the heart of the city's banking area and just steps away from the finest restaurants, galleries, and other businesses. The area is safe and quite. We were told this was to be a perfect base for exploring life in Panama City, day and night. The hotel's architecture was classy and somewhat French-inspired. Overall, I'd consider the place lovely, comfortable and functional enough for most corporate travelers. The decorations are conservative and some might find it less vibrant or modern looking, but it was fine with us. The lobby was cozy and elegant: the feel of old-world...maybe Panama?

After we arrived we were warmly welcomed by the staff. The bellhops immediately took care of our luggage which is always a nice feeling. They surely seemed dedicated to their jobs: prompt and courteous. English-speaking front-desk staffers were friendly and impeccably dressed. All personnel were helpful; they even arranged a taxi to and from the airport at a very reasonable rate in addition to giving us directions around town and ideas/information on different local attractions. They were all polite but rather aloof and not intrusive. Our idea of the perfect hotel staffer.

The air conditioned rooms were clean, well furnished, properly maintained and came with a large living room. There was also a large bathroom which was kept spotless, with marble countertops and oversized shower rooms. Soakers like us requested a suite with a tub because not all rooms have them apparantly.

Alarm radio, data port, real crystal glasses in mini-bars (how fancy), in-room safe and coffeemaker are also offered. There are slippers and bath robes laid out on the bed. The room lacked natural light due to tiny soundproofed windows but it was compensated by the abundance of lamps. Rest assured, no pun intended, you'll get a good sleep. In fact, the overall experience was far more than we expected. They also have a continuous, inexpensive room service which we enjoyed...heavily. (Smoke-free rooms are also available if you don't like tobacco).

The hotel's breakfast buffet was quite good which is also included in the price. We usually searched near the hotel for other options during dinner, although a restaurant called Ten Bistro is attached to the hotel (but with its own entrance), is really nice. Their food is excellent. It is a great dining opportunity and relatively inexpensive compared to what we're used to. The original theme of the restaurant was to have all dishes under $10, but that might have been in 1961. Our dinner for two was around $100.

The downside is there's no bar (besides the small one in the Ten Bistro restaurant) and amusement and health facilities are similarly absent. Their business center which has three computers, a printer/copier, and business access, is open 24 hours but who wants to hang out there all day?

The Hotel Deville in Panama City, overall was an enchanting hotel. It will surely satisfy both business and leisure travelers and we'd certainly go back again.

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written by RObertWall , September 04, 2008
Great review Madeline. We have stayed at the Deville before and your accounts are dead on. You've hit the nail on the head and we look forward to more of your reviews!
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