Best Western Plus Panama Zen Hotel

Best Western Plus Panama Zen Hotel

Calle Gaspar Hernandez Y Via Argentina Corregimiento de Bella Vista - Sector el Cangrejo, Panama City 581 Panama
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4.5
#20 of 125 hotels in Panama City
4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4.6 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.4 of 5 bubbles
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At the Best Western Plus Panama Zen Hotel you're sure to find that little something extra. With our modern amenities and thoughtful design, the Best Western Plus Panama Zen Hotel will stand out among other hotels in Panama City,. For the business traveler, a spacious work desk and free internet access are included in all our guest rooms to ensure you don't miss a beat while you're away from the office. For extended stays, each room provides a convenient in-room mini fridge that is ideal for drinks and snacks. We also have an in-house fitness room, so you can keep up your workout routine while you're on the road. As always, the Best Western Plus Panama Zen Hotel will provide you with the superior customer service that you are used to at Best Western® Hotels & Resorts.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Taxi service
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Parking garage
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Rooftop pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Poolside bar
Rooftop bar
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Rooftop terrace
24-hour security
Non-smoking hotel
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Room service
Minibar
Flatscreen TV
Safe
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Mid-range
Modern
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish

Location

Calle Gaspar Hernandez Y Via Argentina Corregimiento de Bella Vista - Sector el Cangrejo, Panama City 581 Panama
Getting there
Good for walkers
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Grade: 85 out of 100
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martinLD1 wrote a review Jan 2020
St. Gallen, Switzerland179 contributions100 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Best Western Zen hotel was really great. Everything was basically at the level of a five star hotel and the room rate was really not high. So in terms of value for money their offer is really incredible.

The location is perfect. Right around the hotel you can find many good restaurants and we felt very safe to walk there even at night. The hotel also has a roof top bar with a small swimming pool. The view of the city from there is just amazing. I think you can find no better hotel in Panama City.

If you like to visit the Miraflores locks ask at the recpetion before because there are certain times when the ships are there.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Anne M wrote a review Jan 2020
Burnaby49 contributions37 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I was very pleased with this hotel. Our reservation included breakfast, and this made it very good value. Rooms were clean and modern. Staff were friendly and helpful. There are lots of small, very reasonably priced restaurants within a few blocks. We felt very safe walking in the area. An Uber to the Old Town cost about $5 (Uber everywhere was incredibly cheap).
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Paul T wrote a review Dec 2022
Riverton, Utah238 contributions28 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed for 15 days. Clean Rooms, Staff is very Helpful. Lots of restaurants near by to walk to and little markets if you just need small items like water and snacks. The Gym is Awesome and very Clean. The only reason I gave it a 4 stars is because the Gym should have towels so you don't walk around dripping sweat everywhere. They also run out of water a lot on their Water machine at the gym. Love the Small pool on the roof top. During my stay, they had a freak flash flood and my rental car was stranded and submerged in water in front of the hotel. An employee help me get a hold of the Rental Car Company since I don't speak much Spanish. She was awesome and a big help. Breakfast was ok with many options to choose but if you really want good breakfast, a lot of places to go within walking distance.
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Date of stay: December 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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dgcalgary wrote a review Feb 2020
Calgary, Canada61 contributions39 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here as a large group for one night and then as a smaller group for a few nights.

Overall clean hotel, nice location. Beautiful rooftop pool and seating area. For the most part staff are helpful and attentive.

However, be careful when you check out. A few in our group were incorrectly charged for consuming items from the minibar. Two situations were resolved after lengthy discussions with staff. A third member of our group was running late for the airport and just got frustrated and paid the fees even though they never touched the minibar.

Checking in also had some hiccups on both occasions. But I was able to show email confirmations from the hotel manager to resolve it.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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James B wrote a review Feb 2020
74 contributions54 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The hotel was well located in a convenient safe and central area. The room was spacious and clean, the bed was huge and comfy, the view from the room was OK. The rooftop pool and bar areas were nice, as was the restaurant area. The staff were helpful and overall the stay was excellent value for money.

My only complaint was a saga with the food. Long story short my wife and I ordered two veggie burgers for dinner at the restaurant. At first only one came, they'd misunderstood that we wanted two, so they started preparing the second. Because we were hungry, we cut my wife's in half and both started eating it. Immediately we were both like "this is beef!" The burger was supposed to be a fake meat kind, so at first I thought maybe it was the most realistic fake meat burger I'd ever tasted! But no, we debated it and it was beef. I complained to the staff and they were ADAMANT it was veggie burger, in the end I had to ask them to bring me the packaging the burger came from, and when they did, sure enough it was a 100% beef burger. In their defense the packaging was in English for some reason, they'd become confused by the term "no animal by-products" on the packaging (in the context of "no hormones, no GMO" etc) but when I typed it into google translate for them the penny dropped. Less in their defense the ingredients clearly listed "100% beef". The manager did come and apologise, but the upshot seems to be that they've been feeding vegetarians a beefburger for who knows how long!! I kind of see the funny side, but I've not eaten meat in years and even that one bite upset my stomach, so it was far from ideal. Disappointing for a large hotel chain like that. Doesn't give me much faith they could deal with allergens for example, so beware of that.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: It can be noisey higher up because your nearer the rooftop bar (plays music, open until the early...
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kyliebrown1 wrote a review Jan 2020
Soldotna, Alaska188 contributions124 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
pretty disappointed with the hotel from check in. orbitz somehow didn’t have my boyfriends name on the room and they said he wouldn’t be able to stay in the room without paying 22 usd a night extra. doesnt make sense considering we’ve been traveling together for a month so idno how his name wasn’t on there. the hotel is already expensive in my opinion for what you get. was pretty annoyed because we had no choice. didn’t understand why 1 person had to pay 22 extra dollars for the room. not like we had 3-4 people in the room only 2. breakfast is a bust, everthing was cold. it’s buffet style and stuff is in warmer so i thought but nope. all cold. so not worth the money at all. the room is spacious and we had to have two twin beds, they didn’t try to accommodate for a king or queen for us. wifi sucks in the rooms. only works well at the pool and restaurant. pool is nice but small, the space gets filled up quick if you aren’t one of the first ones out there. came out at 930 and all chairs were taken. the area it’s located has restaurants and such but just seems too hectic. i loved casco viejo so this part of town sucks in comparison. also reviews said it was close to the airport, uhh it’s not. it’s like 30-40 min uber ride away. thought we were saving time by being here instead of casco viejo. but casco viejo to the airport was quicker. so overall pretty disappointed by the stay here. wouldn’t stay here again, would 100% stay in the casco viejo district for the price we ended up paying
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Date of stay: January 2020
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deborah b wrote a review Aug 2022
Bountiful, Utah11 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This hotel was outstanding in every way. The breakfast buffet was free and it offered more choices than I have seen anywhere I have traveled in the world. I was completely impressed with the exceptional food that was offered each morning. The staff was professional and friendly everywhere in this hotel. The rooms were clean and we slept very comfortably. It was very quiet at night. Our room have a balcony and there was a rooftop pool with a very large lounging area above it with great views. There is a park adjacent to the hotel around the corner and walking distance to some great restaurants with good Panamanian food.
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Date of stay: July 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Kevin S wrote a review Apr 2022
Pontypridd, United Kingdom6,607 contributions1,075 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
A very good 3* choice. Efficient check in. Room comfortable with tea and coffee facilities, safe, fridge with mini bar with a poor view. For one night I wasn't bothered..
Arranging to leave most our luggage for 4 nights for a San Blas trip was met with a positive response and a breakfast box was offered for the early start. On return breakfast was not up to normal standards 3* Buffett. A choice of cereals, chips (?), sausage in some sauce and long left fried or scrambled eggs. Quickly disappearing cheese and hams and a minor fruit selection with breasted or coffee. It just didn't feel a great choice, OK, but no better.
The hotel is situated in a district where you feel comfortable walking around with a good choice of nearby restaurants. The rooftop has a small pool, few sunbeds, but offers a decent view of the city at night.
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Date of stay: March 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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sbex76 wrote a review Jul 2021
Grand Cayman200 contributions86 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We understand we are in difficult times with the pandemic, so some leeway should be given. However, we arrived late evening and the check in man was lovely. We went to our room and the card did not work to power the room, so no lights or ac. We called the receptionist who came to check and after agreeing that it was broken informed us the only room he had for the night was a twin room. We were fine with that given the situation. We moved rooms to find no coffee maker so he kindly brought us one. The following day we asked re the room and were informed it was fixed, so we moved rooms back. No coffee maker again! Both rooms ac were noisy and the twin room was next to the gym. Late into the night we could hear loud voices keeping us awake.
We booked with breakfast included but were not informed it would be delivered in bags from outside. Therefore they did not know i was vegetarian. Had I known this I would have informed them in advance. In fact the food was not worth bothering with. It was cold, dry and tasteless.
Our fridge in our room didnt work so our milk turned sour.
The staff were all very friendly and helpful but the quality of service was not the best.
We won't be staying here again.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Sandra D wrote a review Jan 2020
Chicago, Illinois256 contributions83 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
They have a great staff there. Everyone from the people at the front desk, to the staff at the bar, the maid service, the breakfast staff, to the guy at the pool who cleaned up for the patrons who were slobs and didn't put their towels away were outstanding.

They have decaf coffee which is rare to find in Latin America.

They have lemon facial soap and body wash...that was wonderful.
I would stay here again in a heart beat and I recommended it to my Panamanian friends for their out of town guests.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Answer from Paul T
Riverton, Utah238 contributions28 helpful votes
Bus and taxi is pretty reasonable in Panama. You can usually get to any destination in Panama City for $5 to $20, with a few exceptions. The yellow taxis that flow through the streets are easy to find. You don't even need to find them – they will find you! Every time we visit a Tourist spot like Panama Canal, you will have someone come up tp you to ask if you need a Taxi.
Answer from vivioakr
Madison, Wisconsin39 contributions9 helpful votes
Don't think there will be a party, but for sure on other hotels and restaurants around that area. You can find information about those parties by checking on those hotels like Panama hotel or the casinos
raja0503 asked a question Aug 2017
Jacksonville Beach, Florida4 contributions
Is this hotel girls friendly?
Answer from katharina z
Rheinberg, Germany82 contributions31 helpful votes
Yes It Is, i didn't have any Problems. katie
Answer from nathalie
Montpellier, France16 contributions23 helpful votes
You Can go to taboga island with ferry the cost is 20dollars et 30minutes to go...you Can take a taxi to go there It's nice for a day
Mike N wrote a tip Apr 2023
Miami, Florida2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"be flexible is Panama."
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Majo wrote a tip Mar 2023
Lima, Peru128 contributions34 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Parking available"
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skybluekid1 wrote a tip Jan 2023
Brantford, Canada290 contributions186 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Avoid the hop on hop off bus it is terrible."
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Sandra I wrote a tip Jan 2023
1 contribution2 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Take your own towels, "
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B K wrote a tip Jun 2022
Wiesbaden, Germany54 contributions9 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for a room at the end of the floor, floor noises echo."
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PRICE RANGE
₱4,598 - ₱5,471 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
PanamaPanama ProvincePanama City
NUMBER OF ROOMS
90
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Frequently Asked Questions about Best Western Plus Panama Zen Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Best Western Plus Panama Zen Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Bingo 90 (0.4 km), Next Travel (0.3 km), and Panamaroutes (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Best Western Plus Panama Zen Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a rooftop bar, free wifi, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Best Western Plus Panama Zen Hotel?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Best Western Plus Panama Zen Hotel?
Guests can enjoy a rooftop bar, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Best Western Plus Panama Zen Hotel?
Yes, free parking and a parking garage are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Best Western Plus Panama Zen Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Lucca Trattoria Moderna, Sugoi Caribbean Sushi - El Cangrejo, and La Rana Dorada.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Best Western Plus Panama Zen Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does Best Western Plus Panama Zen Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Best Western Plus Panama Zen Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Best Western Plus Panama Zen Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Museo del Canal Interoceánico de Panamá (4.3 km), Capilla San Jose (4.0 km), and Panamá Viejo (4.7 km).
Is Best Western Plus Panama Zen Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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