About This Listing
Private guestroom in our Huge Bright Airy Secure Apartment with a Spacious Covered and Gated Balcony.This is a true hidden-gem and great value. Located in a great centric location (El Cangrejo) Ideal for casual tourists or a business traveler.
The room has a full bed and a private bathroom. It is small by many standards, 7ft x 9 ft, (closet and bathroom not included in measurement) but is COMPLETE! --Ceiling fan, air conditioner. throw rug, 36" panel tv, cable tv,remote conrol, strong WiFi signal, private bathroom, full length mirror and a closet. (This room is a favorite of several of our return and longer stay guests).
There is a small glass shelf to place personal items like wallets, keys, etc and a bed lamp clipped to the headboard.
We installed the air conditioning unit in the window aperature; so the only window is really via the adjacent bathroom. The big plus is that this room is as cool and as dark and as quiet as the guest chooses.
The apartment is almost 3,000 sqft, (280mt2) and has 5 bedrooms, a large kitchen, complete laundry room with deep sink, 3 bathrooms, and a large dining room and salon area that opens into a very large balcony
great vantage point to watch the bustling activity near the Universidad Inter-Americana in the day and experience the contrasting serenity at night as you can sit as if part of the canopy of trees that line the tranquil street below and highlight the scenic view of the stoic campus of the Universidad de Panama.
This room is best suited for a single traveler or a couple that enjoys being close to one another.
Guests are welcome to full use of our complete gourmet kitchen, stainless steel appliances, laundry machines, balcony, BBQ, etc.
There is plenty of private and personal storage (and mental) space for your exclusive use--the apartment is almost 2200 square feet (200mt2).
Interaction with Guests
We are committed to delivering our guests Clean Simple Fresh rooms in a safe, comfortable, tolerant casual setting. Our secondary goal is to enable our guesrs to settle in and orient themeselves so they can freely and completely enjoy Panama City. We offer various additional services to guests such as airport transfers and city tours. We also host guests aboard our 33 ft catamaran Aryil Irijah moored in the San Blas Islands.
This all said....we are about as busy as most of our guests….and like most of our guests we come and go. We each keep our smartphones nearby so we are usually pretty accessible for any issues or concerns.
We have a proven and reliable network of local contacts that are available to help us if we are out of the immediate area and not physically able to address a concern.
We maintain a hot-line phone on the balcony for guests to reach us 24hours.
We have prepared an interactive (thus evolving) guidebook to serve as a stand alone resource for our guests in terms of sites, transportation, restaurants, and recommendations of things to do. It is written with our own words, perspective and thoughts as a 10 year epatriot living Panama City shares our recommendations, concerns, and ‘top picks’. We provide detailed turn by turn directions.
This guide also contains information to general and specific guest concerns: automated teller machines, toilet paper, towels, linen, Check out. Lockout instructions. t/v Remote control troubleshooting, wifi re-setting instructions; Use of the laundry room. etc
Our neighborhood is Cangrejo. It is a triangle shaped ‘barrio” bound by Avenida Manuel Batista Espinosa, Via Argentina, and Via Espana. The Church of Carmen (Iglesia del Carmen) marks the intersection of Via Espana and Manuel Batista Espinosa (we are on Manuel Batista Espinosa) and also marks the name change from Manuel Batisita to Federico Boyd Boulevard . Via Argentina dead-ends into Manuel Batista Espinosa on one end and dead-ends into Via Espana on the other.
There is a gas station called Puma (co-located with Super 7 convenience store) where Via Argentina terminates at Manuel Batista Espinosa and there is Café “Don Blas” where Via Argentina terminates into Via Espana.
Via Argentina has over 25 restaurants and bars alone on the 1 km long road. This are is filled with internet cafes, restaurants, traveler services and the artisan shops to cater to the cosmopolitan residence.
A quick left and a quick right going the other way and you are steps away from a 24 hour activities and services. International Supermarket., Casino. outdoor cafes and pubs, pizzerias, McDonalds, and quality international restaurants for every budget and many different tastes.
A 10 minute walk puts you on Balboa avenue and the paved coastal walkway/bike way Cinta Costera…a spectacular scenic eperience. It is literally a 5 kilometer municipal park that presents the best of Panama City you can walk run bike or sit en route to the Fish Market and Casco Antiguo along the way.
For the most part, wherever you walk in this neighborhood you will be within sight and sound of a policeman or private security guard.
The university, neighboring hotels and apartments, and resident embassies maintain a constant presence. Cangrejo is 18 km from the international airport and about4 km from Albrook bus terminal and Albrook domestic airport.
Walking district. It is usually quicker to walk to any destination than it is to take a cab or drive for that matter…you just might not arrive as dry.
I do not recommend guests bring a rental car or any car for that matter. There is no assigned parking available and can be cumbersome to manage for all parties.
There are about a half dozen rental car agencies around the corner. I recommend that guest who opt to rent a car to cross the bridge and eplore the interior of Panama to arrange to have a car for the specific days of travel.
(website hidden) Maps, etc as of May 2014, do not accurately reflect the multiple one-way traffic patterns and various changes to the traffic patterns resulting from the new metro system and other capitol roadway projects completed in 2014.
The subway was opened in April 2014. The Iglesia del Carmen subway stop is about 400 meters from us.
Other Things to Note
On 7 January 2015, the building administration gave notice that the elevator will be "Out of Service" indefinitely. The unit is on the 6th Floor. There is no one available to assist guest with their luggage. The price has been adjusted accordingly. This notice will remain until the status has changed.
Panama is a developing country....
Things just happen that are out of our control! Water outages. Power Outages, elevator Outages, strikes and street closings. Internet interruptions, etc.
...We do the best we can in those situations.
We maintain over 50 gallons of water in 15-gallon water tanks. The tanks are located in the large closet in the main bathroom. Also we store a rubber hose atop the tanks. We keep a bucket under the kitchen sink. We use the hose to siphon the water form the tanks to the buckets. The buckets of waster are used to evacuate the commodes until water service is restored. I would say there are water interruptions 2-3 times a year for about 8-10 hours per occurrence.
Power spikes cause the elevator to stop in Panama. I have been trapped in elevators. It lasted just moments. With a little strength open the interior doors about 3-5 inches and allowed the doors to shut again and the elevators usually work like a charm again.
In the event of a lockout situation I maintain a key in a lockbox that hangs from the metal gate door of the apartment. I keep my number printed on the back of the box along with a quarter tapped to the bottom. Please call me to get the access code to this emergency key.
Three options are available 1) by appointment 7am-4pm 2) auto check in in 24 hours (which still requires a tentative arival time) and, 3) Arrange for Monica to provide or coordinate your international airport transfer for about same price as a taxi.
If you arrive before noon and expect the the room to be available please have a reservation confirmed for the evening prior to ensure the room is available as desired.
There is no set checkout time to leave the apartment. We do ask that you release the room back to Monica by noon. If you have a late travel time welcome to remain in the common until it is time for you to go. Otherwise relax….and let yourself out when its time to go. (..and “Yes”!, you can take a shower.)
We embrace our guests and their traveling companion.
But, to be honest, we think inviting any local visitors is not in our best interest.
Please notify us in advance (no less than 2 hours is reasonable) if you intend to have a visitor, other than your travel companion, enter the unit. This includes your local contacts here that may provide your transportation.
It is expected that guests accept responsibility for their visitors and escort them 100 percent of the time that their guest may in the unit.
(..there are plenty of coffee shops to meet with lawyers, accountants, realtors, etc)
No Meals are included. In other words, we don’t provide breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
We do stockpile donated coffee, filters, and tea for guests to use until exhaustion. These drystores are located in the cabinet above the coffee machine. Help yourself!
…but that beautiful fresh fruit sitting out is probably someone else’s! Smile.
Free. Hours: 9-9. Please respect the fact that there may be guest in the room next to the laundry room,
… if you are taking advantage of using the machines please remain in the area and empty the machine as soon as the cycle is complete so that others may enjoy the thrill of clean clothes
In general, a car really isn’t a convenience in this neighborhood. Our recommendation is that you not arrive with a car requiring parking.
There is no assigned parking available for guests. Street parking is available. I’ve never had a problem when I parked my car in the street from a security perspective. Parking after 9pm is generally easy to find in the space between the sidewalk and the street to the right of the building. You can always park at the valet of the casino. Nobody will know (..or care, or that matter!)
The business center owner on the ground floor allows the public to use the 4 spots to the left as you exit the building the day his shop AFTER normal business hours. Please do not park in any of these first four during the day. 8am to 6pm are the normal hours, He is a good neighbor. Please help us continue to be good neighbors.
It is always a bad idea to park in the first three spots from the right as you exit the building. (Those in front of the vegetarian restaurant.) The owner will tow or block your car from exiting. He is not a vey kind person. He barely tolerates his customers.
The single spot immediately in front of the building exit is a free-for-all space. First come first serve. No other spots in front of the building are generally available to visitors.
Please expect to handle your own luggage. The elevator has been known to breakdown, It is about 99 percent. It breaks about once every 3-4 months. it is usually back up in a few hours or early the next morning. In the past I have always updated the site if there have been any extended elevator outages.
Guests are welcome to leave luggage in the back bathroom storage area if they plan to visit San Blas or the beach for a few days before returning to stay with us in the city or a day or so
Safety & Security
Access codes. Don’t share with anyone.
Do not answer the door for anyone.
Please notify us if you are asked to grant anyone permission to enter
Please let us know in advance if you are expecting guests.
Permitted on the balcony only. Please use the ashtray and consider others.
Guests have complete access to the kitchen and all the resources. The only stipulation is that everything that is used be cleaned, dried, and put away promptly. If you cook please wipe down the stove surfaces. Likewise for the microwave, blender, and coffee maker, toaster oven. The blender pitcher needs to be disassembled, the gasket (website hidden) assembled and put back in place. This is especially the case with the bbq grill.
Drugs and Narcotics
Please don't introduce narcotics or abuse any substances on the premises
I never actually met the hosts - only the helper. If you are looking for privacy, this is the place (but if you want to interact with your hosts, you will probably be out of luck).
The description was accurate: clean, small bedroom, big common area with balcony and kitchen and washing machine and dryer.
Negative: As one sees in the other comments, there is no elevator, so you will have to walk up six flights. You get used to it, but if you are not in shape it may be a problem.
Positive: The balcony was a big plus, especially since it includes a bird feeder; lovely to see the parrots and birds drink in the morning.
My boyfriend and I arrived into Panama City close to 1am and worried about checking in so late. As promised, we were greeted by Juan at the front of our building which made our tiring night smooth sailing. Although he couldn't speak any English, he had the keys ready and a sticky note with the Wifi password. Our room was small but clean, and the AC was a blessing to have in the city's humid and sticky air. The shower's water pressure was very weak and had only cold water! The common areas are spacious and the balcony is very nice to sit out on. Somebody came in every day to take out the trash and clear up these areas. The location of this apartment had many restaurants and little shops in walkable distance, however it was further from the touristy areas (Casco Viejo, Panama Viejo, Amador Causeway and the Panama Canal) than we had anticipated, which is our fault for not looking into. Therefore, we had to taxi for the majority of our stay in Panama City, except for the times when Juan offered to drive us to and from places for a fee, using Google Translate to communicate with us. It was very helpful that Speak Easy created a binder with recommendations for just about everything from restaurants, tourist attractions, and supermarkets to bars, free swimming pools, and casinos. Overall, we had a very nice 5-night stay with Speak Easy to end our 2 week trip traveling all around the country. Our room was very comfortable, the apartment was quiet and clean, and it was easy to communicate our questions to Juan about taxi fares, tourist attractions and transportation. Thanks Speak Easy!
Nice people and not bad for the price!
The only thing was that the aircon made quite a bit of noise.. On the other hand, having a window to open would give you the street noises. We were up on the 6th floor, so no mosquitos but there were a lot of small birds on the balcony during the day.
Anyway, we enjoyed ourselves and slept quite well during our stay. The subway is pretty close, so you have access to the entire city without too much of a hassle.
Tres bon accueil de David & Monica !
Le lieu est fort bien geré, tres propre et ou rien ne manque.
Tout ce que vous devez savoir, sur la machine à laver ou seche linge, les proximités de transport, restos, supermarchés etc... est consigné dans un classeur mis a disposition des hotes.
Transfert aéroport "maison" fiable et personnalisé ( comme pour nous, c'etait à 4h30 du matin).
Bref, vous pouvez y aller !!!
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About the Host, Speak Easy
Honest Kind Gentle Man!
Sorry Folks!... but I am just not set up to "show rooms" without a confirmed reservation. Likewise I do not exchange contact information without a confirmed reservation. Both practices are contrary to the "terms and agreement with AirBnB and have proven to be a potentially unsafe, difficult, awkward, and time consuming.
Our general experience has been that guests that take advantage of airbnb by contacting us via the system yet insist on transacting off-line of airbnb are most prone to take advantage of us as hosts.
Plus soliciting us via the airbnb messaging system to transact off-line puts our standing in jeopardy with airbnb. it would be documented in writing that we are willing participants to usurp the system.
...But I'd love to host you NO DOUBT. Smile!
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