A transportation hub for Panama's western Chiriqui Province, the city of David is the country's third-largest, offering some pretty good choices for Panama accommodations. Some travelers stop here for at least a night before heading on to nearby Costa Rica, and the city is a good place to base yourself for area tours. The bulk of guests at the David Panama hotels stay for a night or two before heading on to one of the Bocas del Toro hotels to the north, or one of the Boquete hotels to the near south. You may also be preparing to fly back to Panama City, thus needing a David hotel in Panama for convenience. The following David Panama hotels aim to give you some good suggestions for an agreeable place to stay when visiting this scenic region.
Gran Hotel Nacional
Recent renovations have helped to update the 55-year old Gran Hotel Nacional, which is among the top picks for David Panama hotels. Located in town, you are within walking distance to restaurants and entertainment possibilities, and the clean rooms do well to provide comfort. Luxury is hard to find in David, and the rooms are hardly 5-star, but they are nice enough for most, featuring air-conditioning, private bathrooms, plenty of hot water, quality beds, and cable TV. It can get hot in David, so the hotel pool is a plus, and you can choose from three conveniently good hotel restaurants that might be the best in the city. The grounds here are really quite nice, and there is a casino just across the street. Business travelers often find the Gran Hotel Nacional to be their best option for a David hotel in Panama, and it features a nice business center. Some room service is available, as is a handy laundry service. The rates here are fair indeed, and all in all, it's hard to beat if you're staying in the city itself.
If a really good value piques your interest, then perhaps you'll choose the Hotel Castilla for your downtown David hotel in Panama. The rooms here provide a lot of bang for your buck, offering comfortable, queen-size beds, plenty of room, private bathrooms, A/C, and cable TV. You can book a suite for added space, which is basically a larger version of the double room. The hotel restaurant serves up some good Panamanian food, as well as some international choices. Meeting with friends at the bar is always a fun way to pass some time, and if you need to get work done, there is a modest business center on-site.
Purple House Hostel
David Hotels - Purple House Hostel
If you are traveling on a tight budget, or are really just interested in a place to rest your head, you might also opt for the Purple House Hostel, which is also found in town. There are a couple private rooms you can rent here, while the others are shared. None of the rooms have private bathrooms, but some do have air-conditioning. The common areas are nice for hanging out, and you'll find a TV area and some games. Outside, there are hammocks you can relax in, and the owners here do well to make you feel at home. They have a tour desk, and can help you iron out your travel plans. There is internet service available as well, and when it's budget David Panama hotels you're after, the Purple House Hostel should surely be considered.
Las Olas Resort
Las Olas Resort
Since the city of David isn't high on attractions, some visitors like to stay at one of the David Panama hotels that are actually found outside of the city. Found at nearby Playa Barqueta, the Las Olas Resort offers nice Panama accommodations for those looking to enjoy the Chiriqui Province's Pacific Coast. This David hotel in Panama is ideal for those staying more than a day or two, and you can choose from a number of package options, including the all inclusive. There is a pretty good spa here where you can get massages and facials, and there are a number of excursions to enjoy, though most cost extra. The nearby nature reserve is an excellent place for eco-adventures, and the rates are really quite nice when you consider everything. The rooms here are pretty favorable, featuring amenities like cable TV, A/C, a coffee maker, a hair dryer, an in-room safe, and a mini-fridge. The outdoor swimming pool is nice, but the black sand beach is the main star.
Morro Negrito Surf Camp
So you want to try Panama
surfing. Well, then not far from David, the
Morro Negrito Surf Camp might just be your ideal Panama
accommodations. There are week-long packages available,
and the hotel limits its number of guests to provide an
ideal experience. Most guests here come from Panama
City, and the camp is actually located on an island a
few miles offshore. The accommodations here are
basic, providing little in the way of amenities.
It's all about the surfing, and you can enjoy lessons
and tips that are tailored to all levels of surfers.
Your meals and lessons are all part of the deal, as are
some fun side activities. Fishing is an option for
those who enjoy casting a line every now and then, and
you might find horseback riding to be the fit for you.
There is a restaurant here, as well as a bar, and in the
TV rooms, you can catch some video of yourself hanging
ten. The Morro Negrito Surf Camp is really quite
a unique choice for Panama accommodations, and perfect
for those looking for a great Central American surfing