Pro: Excellent services. Nice room view.
Con: Nothing in particular.
Last month, Mike and I traveled to Panama for the first time where we stayed four nights in the Panama City. Since I have Diamond status with Hilton, we stayed at the Hilton Panama and Waldorf Astoria Panama where we got upgraded to a Master Suite during our stay at the Hilton Panama. We also had a chance to stay at the Radisson Decapolis Hotel which was also a nice hotel, although not as nice as the two Hilton properties we stayed at. When in Panama, you should never miss doing the Panama Canal Tour as it was definitely the highlight of our trip. Take note that they don’t have tours every day so make sure you check the availability beforehand. Our trip to Panama was one of the best trips we’ve had and having flown in Turkish Airlines business class, it couldn’t have been better!
From the airport, we took a taxi to the hotel which cost 35 USD. From the ground floor, we took the elevator to the reception located at L2 and was greeted by a friendly male receptionist named Roberto. Upon seeing that I have Diamond status, he informed us that we could do the check in either with him or in the Executive Lounge where his colleague would help us. We stayed with him and after a few minutes, we were given our room keys with an upgrade to Executive Suite. Thanks, Roberto!
Here’s a tour of the enormous Executive Suite! This room is on the 26th floor which is almost the highest floor (the highest floor is the 27th).
As you enter, you will find the dining room/kitchen in front of you.
To the left are a bathroom and toilet.
There’s a minibar to the right.
Right after the dining room is the living room.
As you enter the bedroom, the first thing you’d find is the work table.
Opposite the bed is a flat screen TV with a welcome note and my name on it.
There’s another toilet.
Then inside the wardrobe, you’d find the luggage rack, flat iron, and ironing board.
The bath products are my favorite brand, Peter Thomas Roth.
From our room, we had this fantastic view! Need I say more?
There’s a small room to the right of the reception with a dining area …
… and two armchairs with a wonderful view of Panama Bay.
To the left side of the reception is a bigger TV room.
Sushi and satay (there’s also rice and chicken curry to the left)
From the buffet, they had scrambled eggs, bacon, salmon, toast, yogurt, cereals, muffins, assorted pastries, etc. We were offered complimentary breakfast as a Hilton Diamond member or we could also take the full breakfast in the restaurant for a fee of 22USD. We opted for the breakfast in the executive lounge as we thought they had an extensive offering.
On our last night in Panama, we stayed again at the Hilton Panama and this time, we got an upgrade to their Master Suite Executive Ocean View. It has a TV room, dining room and kitchen (just like the Executive Suite) plus a private balcony. Here are some pictures and a video tour of the Master Suite during our stay.
I have to say that I am really loving how Hilton treats their Diamond members. I’ve received so many upgrades in the past, but the upgrade to the Executive Suite and Master Suite here is definitely the best upgrades we have received so far. Of course, the staff was very friendly as always. It was a nice gesture when Adrian, the guy working in the Executive Lounge called us in the room in the evening to check if everything was okay. The food offering during afternoon tea and evening cocktails in the Executive Lounge was very good. The views from the lobby bar were simply amazing. The location is ideal for vacation as well as it is close to shopping malls and is about 25-minute walk to the Panama Viejo historical district. The room had everything we could ask for and the fantastic view of Panama Bay from our room was perfect. To all the staff of Hilton Panama who made our stay in Panama even more memorable, Muchas Gracias! We hope to be back soon 😉
Born and raised in Manila, Philippines. Arthur has visited a total of 69 countries, flown 144 times in business class and 46 times in first class