In this review, we will stay at the Tryp by Wyndham Panama Centro hotel in Panama City, Panama.
Booking the hotel
After a comfortable flight with Panamanian flag carrier Copa Airlines from Bogota to Panama, I found myself landside at the airport being fully ready and energised to explore the sights and sounds of the country.
Although there is a lot to see and do in Panama, my vacation days were unfortunately limited. As I would be spending a total of three full days and four nights in the country, I decided it was best just to stay in Panama City for my entire stay as besides the Panamanian capital itself there are a number of quality sights which are easy day trips from the city.
I opted to stay at the Tryp by Wyndham Panama Centro, which I chose because of its appealing rooftop pool, location in a good neighbourhood (El Cangrejo) and the proximity to a metro stop.
As there was no traffic at all on the roads this evening, my Uber from the airport to the hotel took just 30 minutes.
For my stay I booked a double room, which set me back 65 USD per night (Panama uses the American dollar as legal tender). The room rate did include buffet breakfast in the morning.
The check-in procedure was smooth and friendly and within seconds I had the keycard in my hand for my room for the next four days.
My room was large, modern, clean and well-appointed. It featured two beds, a desk and fridge. There were plenty of power sockets throughout the room, including near the beds. WiFi internet was fast and reliable during my entire stay.
The double room also featured air-conditioning, cable TV and plenty of storage space in a closet.
The bathroom was equally large and well-appointed, and featured a big shower, decent toiletries and a hairdryer. As it was perfectly clean too, I had no complaints whatsoever about the quality of my room.
Breakfast was however a mixed bunch. Although I thought the hotel did a decent job in making sure the breakfast options weren’t the same every day, I found the diversity and amount of food options to be average and food quality being equally mediocre.
I wouldn’t say it was necessarily bad, just that I expected something better. On day one I thought the breakfast options were actually quite good. Unfortunately, the options on day two were average and on day three and four of my stay even fairly poor in quantity and quality.
On the plus side, there was always fresh fruit available and the coffee was good enough to get my day started. Overall I would give the breakfast a passing grade, although it is certainly not one of the strongest points of Tryp by Wyndham Panama Centro.
I did enjoy the rooftop pool, which had great views over the area and part of the Panama skyline. Nothing beats a quick morning swim or a plunge in the pool when returning from a long day exploring the city.
Besides a swimming pool, there is also a Jacuzzi on the rooftop. There are also a number of loungers for those wanting to work on their suntan.
Overall I was certainly satisfied with my stay at Tryp by Wyndham Panama Centro. I found my room to be well-appointed, large and comfortable and thought the hotel was good value for money.
The staff was friendly and courteous at all times and the nice rooftop swimming pool is certainly a welcome facility in the warm Panamanian temperatures.
I also appreciated the location of the hotel, with a metro station just walking distance away and lots of restaurants and convenience stores found nearby in the upscale and safe El Cangrejo area.
The only downside was the fluctuating quality of the breakfast, which on some days was quite good in both quality and quantity but on other days subpar.
If I would visit Panama City another time, I would certainly not mind staying again at the Tryp by Wyndham Panama Centro if the price is right as I generally had a pleasant experience. At the same time, I would however be open for other hotels as well.
Trip report index
This article is part of the ‘A Piece of Panama With a Bit of Bogota and a Slice of San Jose‘ trip report, which consists of the following chapters:
1. Review: Air France Economy Class Bucharest to Paris (Airbus A320)
2. Review: Air France Business Lounge Paris CDG Airport Terminal 2E – Hall K
3. Review: Air France Economy Class Paris to Bogota (Boeing 787)
4. Review: Hotel Morrison 114, Bogota, Colombia
5. A Short One-Day Stopover in Bogota, Colombia
6. Review: Copa Club Bogota Airport, Colombia
7. Review: Copa Airlines Economy Class Panama to Bogota (Embraer RJ-190)
8. Review: Tryp by Wyndham Panama Centro (current chapter)
9. How to Visit the Miraflores Locks on the Panama Canal
10. Panama City and the Casco Viejo
11. A day trip to Isla Taboga – the island of flowers
12. A Panama Day Trip to the Portobelo Forts and Tropical Isla Mamay
13. Review: Copa Airlines business class lounge Panama Airport
14. Review: Copa Airlines economy class Panama to San José (Boeing 737 MAX)
15. A day in the Costa Rican capital of San José
16. Review: Santamaria VIP Lounge San José Airport
17. Review: KLM economy class San José to Amsterdam (Boeing 787)
18. Review: KLM Crown Lounge (Non-Schengen) Amsterdam Airport
19. Review: KLM economy class Amsterdam-Bucharest (Boeing 737-800)