The Amador Country Inn, located at Avenidas Amador and Pelicano and the Atlantic mouth of the Panama Canal. (The Bridge of the Americas is visible from the pool and the rooms on that side of the hotel.) It is very close to the airport for intra-Panama flights. Depending on the hour, it’s a 15-minute drive/ride to downtown (to which we had no desire to return!).
Also, you can easily walk the entire Amador causeway from the hotel. The area has miles-long walking and jogging trails and a huge variety of restaurants and night spots (especially at the tip of the causeway, where the marina is located). There’s also an environmental research center and a small ecology museum that’s run under partnership with the Smithsonian Institution.
And those doing the Saturday Panama Canal passages will find that some of the small boats leave from Amador docks near this hotel (not at the oft-cited Muelle 18.)
The hotel has a lot more going for it than its great location.
The staff was efficient and amiable. The rooms were spacious, well-appointed and quiet. Of the four places we stayed in Panama, this was the only one in which there was not an odor of mold/mildew in the room.
The (included) breakfast buffet was varied, including hard-boiled eggs. The coffee was excellent. For an additional $4.50 one could have an omelet made to order or a waffle.
The pool could have been a bit longer, but was pleasant and (thankfully) lacking in pounding salsa beat (or any other kind of music, at least in the morning). That is, in contrast to many hotel pools (particularly in Latin America), one could swim to one’s own beat and think one’s own thoughts.
The room had a balcony with two chairs, a desk, a table, a stuffed chair with its own light, adequate reading lights between the two queen-sized beds, one luggage rack (sigh!), an iron and ironing board, a large-screen tv with multiple English-language channels (I watched the overtime Oakland-Baltimore AFC playoff game of 1977 on ESPN2.)
The bathroom had a shower-bath, an electrical hair-dryer, shampoo, and lotion.
Our room had a jack for high-speed Internet connection. There was also a room (labeled “Banquets”) with two terminals and more jacks for guest use. While there, I met a woman who was frustrated that her room did not have an Internet connection (for the very odd-sounding reason that it was new: I’d think that it would be the new rooms that would be supplied with connections!)
I was surprised that there was not an in-room safe. (The other hotel in which we stayed in Panama City had one–along with bedbugs…)
The restaurant overlooked the pool and the pool was at the edge of the water (the wide opening of the Canal). I heard but did not see songbirds while at the pool. What I saw (other than very pale tourists) were great-tailed grackles. As everywhere in Panama, there were “no see ’em” mosquitoes thirsty for blood. We were relieved that there were not blood-seeking insects inside the room (and did not even open the door to the balcony to risk any sneaking in).
In that it was the last morning of the trip and the first one in which we were able to sleep in, we did not explore the area, just lounged at the pool until the noon checkout time. (I have only a vague recollection of looking at the fitness center and didn’t try any of its machines.)
The rack rate for rooms facing inland was $88, those with a Canal view $95.