$75 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Apr 28, 2015 Check-out: May 1, 2015

Melia Panama Canal

4 stars
View map of Old School of Americas - Gatun Lake, Residencial Espinar, Colon,

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
3.2
out of 5
31 reviews
excellent vacation!

second time staying here and I love it! wonderful pool and free kayaks! I would stay here again! See full review

  • TRAPICIO
  • Mar 2, 2015
Perfect Hotel

Perfect Hotel, food, location, people, rate - everything about it, will certainly come back. See full review

  • Mimitoon
  • Jul 4, 2014
Luxe hotel near Panama Canal with pool, health club and massages

Situated on a peninsula on Gatun Lake, near the city of Colon and the region's Free Trade Zone, the Melia Panama Canal is a luxurious, modern property stocked with creature comforts. Amenities range from a business center, massage treatments, laundry and babysitting services and a gift shop brimming with local crafts. The property has its own heliport and offers guided tours of local attractions as well as bird-watching and fishing excursions.

Highlights
  • On-site heliport
  • All rooms feature views of the pool or Gatun Lake
  • Two restaurants, one with themed dining nights
  • Swimming pool and health club
  • 24-hour rooms service
Rooms

All 310 guest rooms at the tony Melia Panama Canal have one king or two twin beds awash in tropical hues. Amenities include air conditioning, cable TVs, in-room safes and direct-dial telephones. Elegant private bathrooms feature bathtubs, cosmetic mirror and hair-dryers. High-speed Internet access is included. Executive rooms are oversized and offer views of Gatun Lake or the pool.

Dining

The intimate, secret-feeling Melia Panama Canal has two restaurants, one casual with buffet and a la carte offerings that trot the globe. Wednesdays, for example, feature Panamanian faves, while tacos and margaritas take center stage on Tuesdays. Its companion, a casual steakhouse, serves imported cuts of meat. Craving privacy? 24-hour room service is available as well.

Recreation

Pool and piano bars are on site, and tours to local attractions or bird-watching or fishing excursions can be arranged. Additionally, the Melia Panama Canal houses a pool and health club, plus massage services. Beyond the property, visitors can explore the area's treasury of historic sites, plus ecological tours, sport fishing and beyond. Other available activities on site include boat ride and fishing on Gatun Lake, visit to Indian Island Village as well as tennis court and basketball court.

Transportation
  • Tocumen International Airport (37.3 mi/60 km)
Attractions
  • Free Trade Zone (3.7 m/5.9 km)
  • Gatun Locks (4.1 mi/6.6 km)
  • Fort San Lorenzo (8.5 mi/13.7 km)
Business
  • Event space at Hernando Colon Convention Center for up to 800 people
  • Audiovisual equipment
  • High-speed Internet access

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Melia Panama Canal Rooms

STANDARD DELUXE LAKE VIEW
Room offers 1 King or 2 Twin beds along with a magnificent lake view, are all equipped with Air conditioned, cable TV, safe, two telephones with direct dialing, computer data port, elegant bathrooms with hair dryers and cosmetic mirror.
STANDARD DELUXE LAKE VIEW
King or 2 Twin beds along with a magnificent lake view,luxuriously furnished, business style desk, are all equipped wit Air conditioned, cable TV, safe, two telephones with direct dialing, computer data port, elegant bathrooms with special amenities, hair dryers and cosmetic mirror.
STANDARD DELUXE POOL VIEW
Room offers 1 King or 2 Twin beds along with a magnificent pool view, are all equipped wit Air conditioned, cable TV, safe, two telephones with direct dialing, computer data port, elegant bathrooms with hair dryers and cosmetic mirror.
STANDARD EXECUTIVE POOL VIEW
Room offers 1 King or 2 Twin beds along with a magnificent pool view,luxuriously furnished,business style desk, are all equipped wit Air conditioned, cable TV, safe, two telephones with direct dialing, computer data port, elegant bathrooms with special amenities, hair dryers and cosmetic mirror.
Deluxe Room All Inclusive
Open bar of national drinks from 11:00 h to 23:00 h in bars where applicable.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet at Restaurant Miraflores, Snack menu in Pool or Lobby Bar (at designated hours)
+Live music (Friday and Saturday)
+zumba classes (Saturday & Sunday)**
+One hour of free kayak. Use of facilities.
+Access pass + roundtrip transfer to Free Zone, Colon, Panama
+Free wifi

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Concierge
Elevators
Activities
Outdoor pool
Fitness center or spa
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
Room service
Services
Business center
Laundry service
In-Room Safe
Tour desk
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Conference facilities
Doctor on call
Gift shop
Internet
WiFi
Parking
Free parking
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

Meeting facilities

Meeting Info
Conference Center with meeting rooms for up to 800 persons.

Dining

MIRAFLORES RESTAURANT
The most varied breakfast buffet and for lunch the presentation of local and International dishes served in the buffet or a la carte.
PIANO BAR
Ensures and Intimate atmosphere, with the most varied selection of cocktails and entertainment, including live music.
Open from 5:00PM to 11:00PM
POOL BAR
Pool side bar. Open from 11:00AM to 6:00PM

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
3:00 PM
Check-out:
12:00 PM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

Ratings and reviews for Melia Panama Canal

Overall score

3.2 / 5
5.01.0
31 out of 31
Amenities:
3.3
Cleanliness:
3.7
Hotel staff:
3.6
Comfort:
3.5
Location:
3.4
Value:
3.5

61% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
TRAPICIO
Business
BARRANQUITAS
Mar 2, 2015

excellent vacation!

second time staying here and I love it! wonderful pool and free kayaks! I would stay here again!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Christine C.
Business
CHARLESTON
Jan 9, 2015

Very disappointing experience

Most disappointing hotel experience we had in Panama. Everything in this hotel is "one off" from what they advertise. Hotel location: outside the city. Do not go there if you do not have a car. You will have to drive through a series of dilapidated buildings before you reach the hotel grounds. Room: nice size, clean and ok bed but AC had 2 positions, on full blast or off. Furnishing look very tired. Would be fine in a middle of the road hotel but not at all what is described. Food: Advertizes several restaurants, actually has only 1 restaurant with buffet style only, no a la carte menu. Breakfast is $15 per person, lunch $22 and dinner $22. This is your only choice. Food quality is ok but again not at all what is advertized. Room service: nice menu but we tried to order all 3 days we were there and the only item actually available was club sandwich, nothing else, not even dessert or soda! Grounds: beautiful location by the lake, great pool but it closes at 6pm! they have a pool bar but it also closes at 6pm. all 3 days we were there we took a swim in complete darkness, no outside or inside pool lights. Noise: this is our major complaint. Our room was located right above the club with music so loud that we could not sleep at all. After multiple complaints, we asked to get another room and were told that it would not be possible until the next day. If you go to this hotel, do not accept any rooms located on the second floor (room numbers 11...). Overall, very disappointing experience, staff service is uneven at best. There aren't many options in the Colon area so you may have to stay there. Be prepared! It is not outright terrible but NOT AT ALL what is described. We would not go there again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Melia Panama Canal

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Robert G.
Business
Kelowna
Jan 9, 2015

Melia Panama Canal Stay

The overall experience was not good. The hotel appears dated and somewhat run down. The restaurant buffet was not very good and expensive for what you get. There was no complimentary water the second day. There was no extra toilet paper in the room and the hotel lobby women's washroom had no toilet paper either. In this regard, the staff was not very helpful. This is definitely not a 4 star hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
2
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Melia Panama Canal

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
DAAPP
Business
Panama City, Panama
Nov 22, 2014

Renew hotel, Old style, Not so good location

It's a Old style hotel, with new addes, It's stile in renovations, The location it's far from everything, the good point it's transportation it's cheap.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Melia Panama Canal

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Mimitoon
Business
Manchester
Jul 4, 2014

Perfect Hotel

Perfect Hotel, food, location, people, rate - everything about it, will certainly come back.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Melia Panama Canal

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
janmcc
Business
Houston, TX
Aug 22, 2013

Hotel needs updating

Its like a haunted house, Needs attention, its outdated.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: In Hotel

Great buffet

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Review of Melia Panama Canal

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Hugo Tobias
Business
Panama
Jul 22, 2013

Is Not a 4 Starts Hotel

Like I read in othe comment. This is a normally 3 stars hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
1
Location:
4
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Melia Panama Canal

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
kikodonna
Business
San Jose Costa RIca
Feb 13, 2013

Normal

This hotel is a nice hotel but its located a little far from free zone

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
3
Location:
2
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
alh.
Business
Panama City, Panama
Feb 13, 2013

Not so clean and bad customer service

Nice location by the lake, a bit far from the city and no signs to show the way. Room floor was greasy, dark stains on bathtub. Ask for ice and told me to go to the lobby, of course there wasn't any machine there and they sent me to 1st floor and the machine was broken. Arrived late to my room and didn't have towels, called 6 times including 3 trips to the reception's desk and after 2 1/2 hours I got the towels, at 1am. Two towels that when unfolded were all stained and dirty. Staff refused to tell me their names or the manager's name.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
1
Comfort:
2
Location:
3
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Melia Panama Canal

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
esto20
Business
Santa Barbara, California
Jul 2, 2012

Not a 4 star hotel by any means

Definitely not a 4 star hotel or an all inclusive hotel at all. Staff a little friendly at the end, felt like we had to work to get them to smile, wait I thought that is their job! My family and I were there for 8 days and not once did they greet me by name and I had to go to the store to find mint so they could make a Mojito, really? no mint at all in 8 days. I can't believe Melia put their name on this property, we stayed at other Melia's in Mexico and this was not the same experience at all. Love Panama and will probably go back but not at this hotel. I do not recommend this if what you want is to have, a fitness room, a mini bar, an iron in your room, nightly entertainment and an all inclusive experience.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3
Location:
2
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Gatun Locks, awesome experience.

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