Re: Green Gringos in David
- --- In Gringos_in_David_Panama@yahoogroups.com, keith woolford
>not bad idea/
> Umbrellas are cheap if you need them. A raincoat with a hood's
>Many thanks to everyone for the information. Beats sitting up here in
> There are lots of ATMs and a Western Union.
the States scratching our heads and just wondering.
- Any decent hotel and town has laundry service, compared to the U.S.
for a fraction of the price they will wash and iron the cloths, if
early enough same day service, no need to do it yourself, is very
affordable in Panama to go with freshly ironed and starchy cloths.
That is one of the benefits that a country like panama offers, some
people when first arrive to Panama (since we are talking about
Panama) is to make visual comparisons, a recipe for a thumbs down,
you have to spend time to discover and let the positive advantages to
sink in, the longer you stay and the more you get used to them the
more you will miss them when you get back home, those advantages are
real and valuable, that is the secret to find out, not the 10 lane
super expressway or the mega mega mall.
The traffic en la ciudad de Panama is about the worst thing I
encountered in Panama so far.
By the way is the road from Panama city to David finished yet?
--- In Gringos_in_David_Panama@yahoogroups.com, "te610blitz"
> Hi, We are travelling to David for our first Panama trip in late
> David will be our base camp as we explore Chiriqui and the Azuero.can
> Couple of questions have come up about laundry facilities and ATM
> access. Are there U.S. style laundramats or dry cleaners where we
> get our dirty stuff clean and wearable again? We are currentlyplanning
> to stay at the Gran National and the Alcala Hotel. Do they have in-we
> house cleaning services? Do the local banks have inside ATMs where
> can get access to our U.S. bank account? Are there Western Unionand
> offices in David?
> One final question. We are coming from the eastern side of the
> California Sierra Nevada mountains. I'm old enough to remember rain
> here, but we have read about this rainy season thing in Panama. Are
> they for real? Do we need umbrellas? I'm thinking we'll look like
> tourists. Well more touristy than the camera, matching Panama hats
> bermuda shorts and Moon guidebook we'll be packing. Appreciate any
> info. Hasta Luego.
- I really like the Hotel Alcala in David. Nice clean and modern rooms,
reasonable price, protected parking, internet room (extra charge),
good restaurant. I don't know what the rates are now, but when I
stayed there about four years ago it was around $20 for one person. I
still go there for lunch many times when I am in David. (I live in
Volcan and need to go to David frequently.)
--- In Gringos_in_David_Panama@yahoogroups.com, keith woolford
>del Sol in David.
> Would highly recommend the very clean and well managed Hotel Puerta
>there often for lunch.
> It's where I stayed when I was checking out the area and I return
> They have housecleaning, parking, internet and a nice dining room at
> reasonable rates....about $30, much less than the Gran National and
> with a better location than the Hotel Alcala.
> There are laundries close by where they will do your clothes for you
> Wherever you stay, have a good time, enjoy Panama and travel safe, Keith
- Puerta del Sol and the Hotel Castilla are the nicest in my opinion.
Alcala is OK, beds not as good as the Castilla, though and can be
noisy depending on which side of the hotel you are on. Hotel Iberia
is about the equivalent of the Alcala BUT it has one strong advantage:
free wireless internet. Also, if memory serves, Puerta del Sol is
the only one that has an elevator, if you have mobility issues. Both
Castilla and Puerto del Sol offer secured underground parking and the
Castilla also will store your stuff in their little storage room if
you are on a major shopping trip.
Most of these hotels will charge you from $22 to $34 for a single or
double depending on whether you get the corporate rate or the
pensionado/tercer edad rate.
The Hotel Nacional is a total waste of money unless you MUST have a
swimming pool (though when was there on my one and only occasion a
couple of years ago, the pool was extremely dirty).
My advice: Forget about dry cleaners. Don't bring stuff to Panama
that has to be dry cleaned. Stick to cotton and those new washable
drip-dri synthetics that they have in the TravelSmith catalog (if
money is no object, that stuff is pricey!) Cotton is the most
omfortable, easiest to wash and dry. Don't bring rayon or polyester
--- In Gringos_in_David_Panama@yahoogroups.com, "Dottie"
> I really like the Hotel Alcala in David. Nice clean and modern rooms,
> reasonable price, protected parking, internet room (extra charge),
> good restaurant. I don't know what the rates are now, but when I
> stayed there about four years ago it was around $20 for one person. I
> still go there for lunch many times when I am in David. (I live in
> Volcan and need to go to David frequently.)