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Apartment - Private room · Avenida Manuel Espinosa B, Panama, Panama, Panama
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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.

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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 Space

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

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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.

Guest Access

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

The Neighborhood

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.

Getting around

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

SITUATIONS

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.

Water.
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.

Elevator.
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.

Lockout
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.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $5 / night after the first guest
Weekly Price: $175 /week
Monthly Price: $675 /month
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Cancellation: Moderate
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  • David and Monica were fantastic hosts! My girlfriend and I stayed here during a trip to Panama City for a few days. Clean house, good location, wifi. Make sure to check out their guest book! Has great tips about restaurants and other important things around the area.

    June 2014
  • Dave (the host) is a great guy, genuine and willing to help. The apartment is very comfortable and fully equipped with whatever you might need. Strategically located close to the brand new subway and many restaurants / bars etc.

    June 2014
  • We enjoyed our stay here. We found the room as advertised - full bed, large flat screen TV, air conditioning, private bath. David and Monica were wonderful hosts, very knowledgeable of the city and culture. The apartment is located close to many restaurants, clubs, shops, hotels, casinos, as well as the subway station and bus stops. We would definitely stay here again, and recommend it to our friends! Thanks, David and Monica!!

    April 2014
  • My experience at this place was not not (email hidden) host had prepared a a thick binder which he wanted his guest to read. The binder contained lots info about his life and some info on how to access near by places, like stores. It is hard to remember left and right direction when you are out. But in the binder he mentioned couple of times about the elevator breakdown and how to forcibly open the elevator door open if you get stuck. The elevator is small and old. I had specifically asked about the condition of the the elevator since I have knee problem and it would be hard for me to go down 6 floors. He never mentioned about the poor condition of the elevator. I raised this matter with him while I was there and he said " we will handle it when it happens". A guest admitted in front of him that the elevator had broken down for a day just couple weeks before. I found the place unsafe. There was propane tank in the bath room with the water heater unit facing you in the shower and the cover of the unit was loose. The propane tanks are used for dryer,kitchen and other water heaters. For my taste there were too many propane tanks used in the apartment.The dryer vent was left dangling in the apartment. One other guest gave me some basic information about the city with a comment that she had to find it hard way over few days since the host was not easily forthcoming with the information. I will never stay this place again.

    March 2014
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    Response from Speak Easy:

    Throughout the pre booking process Shamsh asked very pointed questions about several of the listings. He specifically asked the state of the elevator in one of the listings. i responded that the building for that unit had a new elevator installed last year. however Shamsh ultimately requested to book a totally different room in a totally different building...he never asked anything about the elevator in this other building. .. i would have told him if asked that the elevator is old but pretty reliable. they conduct routine maintenance monthly. (past inquiries about "elevators" were in reference to an old entry in one of my listings mentioning the elevator not being available while the new one was being installed...last year). this old elevator works 99 percent of the time..that means 3-4 times a year it will break for a few hours. rarely have i had to walk up and down the steps during an outage,,it is usually up again within 2-3 hours.

    ...anyway, during his inquiry process I bluntly expressed to Shamsh that I did not think that my place was a fit for him. Actually on more than one occasion before Shamsh booked his reservation I cautioned him that this place, me as a host, and specifically this room weren't going to make him happy.
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    "too many propane tanks". 99 percent of homes in Panama have these tanks in their kitchen. we offer hot water as an option in this room since this bathroom has one 'room temperature" shower faucet..
    (not both hot and cold like the other bathrooms have) and the heater requires a fuel source...during his stay the natural gas provider was running over a week behind in deliveries...we had the luury of having spare safe portable tanks available during this rut to fuel the dryer and water heater and stove. there are usually no propane tanks in the laundry room.

    ...our dryer vent is a standard dryer ehaust that is tied and secured to vent the hot ehaust via a stocking to catch the lint and out the laundry room window into the Panama air. The vent system was deliberately installed in this very functional fashion since day one. who is this guy?

    I was a bit set back by his level of epectation from us in terms of being available to him to batter us with questions. He obviously didn't appreciate the effort and comprehensiveness of my guide. He says that it was difficult to remember my instructions to turn left or right when it was clearly written. you can imagine the frustration of having to repeat oral instructions to such a guest.

    At the time Shamsh shared his concern for the elevator with me and the other guests..i offered Shamsh another location , i offered to help him find another location, his money back. i asked him what he wanted me to do about the elevator that was working and showed no signs of such...
    He opted to stay and ultimately complain.

    This is the type of guy that will consume a host's entire day asking the same question over and over again. After the third of fourth question he asked me that was directly referenced in my guidebook he expressed that it would be a a lot quicker and more convenient for him to haver me to just stand there and answer his questions then the time required for him to read the guidebook.

    At the time I shared that technically that would be true but reflects a total lack of respect for my time.

    This guy is a real trip.

    March 2014
  • Very nice place, especially loved the terrasse and big kitchen. The room was very small without a window but for few nights it was ok and the bathroom was great. David was very helpful, all the time reachable on his phone. Had very nice and pleasant stay!

    March 2014
  • David y Monica, son unos anfitriones muy amables. David siempre dispuesto a ayudar en lo que necesite. Recomendados 100%, la casa es limpia y descansamos a gusto. Sin duda Repetiríamos de vuelta a panama en su casa.

    March 2014
  • - Not very easy to find
    - Clean but work in progress

    February 2014
  • David and Monica took great care of me during my time in Panama. They picked me up from the airport, pointed me in the right direction for good food, places to see and a reliable driver to go to the idyllic San Blas Islands. They were also very quick on email and happy to store my stuff when I was traveling within Panama. Look out for the parrots on the balcony when you're eating breakfast - a real treat!

    January 2014
  • David runs a very clean place, in a very good location. Every room is different and if you read carefully you can find the room that best fits your budget and needs.

    January 2014
  • We stayed with David and Monica over Xmas on route to Santa Catalina. After 10 weeks in South America it was nice to be in the tropics, sitting on the balcony communing with the hummingbirds and parrots over breakfast. We even managed to spot a toucan! Highlights are the espressos machine, great wifi and walking distance to some pretty good restaurants and of course David and Monica's laid back hospitality. This is a great place to chill out and have a break for a few days. David and Monica generously invited us to share some iced eggnog on Xmas evening which was very nice being so far from home. We are planning to stay with them again when we pass back through the city on route to Colombia.

    December 2013
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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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