Only 7 rooms in "Premium" residential area that is safe and beautiful. Central air conditioning in dining, lounge and kitchen. Bathrooms are shared in a 2:1 ratio (1 bathroom per every 2 bedrooms). New (ecological) mini-splits in each room. Computer and WiFi high speed internet free. A few minutes walk to supermarkets, restaurants, pharmacies. A 5 minute drive to Albrook Mall and 7 minutes from the Panama Canal and museums. Only 15 minutes drive from the banking area, hotels and casinos. He speaks Spanish, English, French and Portuguese. Areropuerto shuttle service international clients with special rates.
3.6 on December 25, 2011
"Met expectations" is a good rating for me, judged against rates and local conditions. I stayed for 19 days, enjoyed it and expect to return. This is a fledgling operation with lots of good intent but modest practical hospitality experience. Albrook, as a former US base, has few access points, making it quiet and safe. The casa is a converted house of typical US Canal Zone construction. There are 6 bedrooms, 3 shared bathrooms (each with shower), a communal kitchen, two eating areas, and a living room. Some thought in fleshing out amenities still is needed but all rooms were functional and the beds comfortable. The feel is somewhat between a B&B and a hostel. Management is very friendly and responsive. The owner is multilingual but not resident. One can get by with only English by communicating through the owner. Functional Spanish or Portuguese will let you interact directly with the resident managers (lovely married couple) and access to lots of local knowledge and interesting conversation with them and other visitors. If you stay long enough it can begin to feel like a home. It is not (yet) for persons who expect all details to work smoothly all the time - of course, Panama isn't for those persons either. My personal requirements are cleanliness and quiet. The premises were cleaned thoroughly every day (except when the maid quit without notice; this happens in Panama) and noise was not a problem. The thought of fleas and barking has me hoping the owner reconsiders his intent of welcoming pets. I have stayed several times at a nearby (similarly named) hotel, for significantly more money, which gained me a private, but cramped bath. I have also stayed at a larger chain hotel near the Amador causeway (for even more money) and been unimpressed, except by the lack of personal interaction. I highly recommend Casa Albrook to anyone comfortable with adjusting to life's small twists and turns, and not needing 24h service.
City, Lakeside, Suburban, Tropical
Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, WAKE BOARDING, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Ski area, Winery
Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn, Homestay, Private Home Bed and Breakfast
BBQ grill, Board games, CD player, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Radio, Secretarial services, TV Video games, Telephone, Videos, Washer/dryer , 240 CHANNELS OF SATELLITE TV
Air conditioning, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, In-room internet, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Microwave, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi
Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Billiards, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, VISITS TO BEACHES AND MOUNTAINS, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Tennis racket rental, Video Arcade, Water sports, Whitewater Rafting
Portugues, English, French, Spanish
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