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What a great location! Walter's apartment is situated in a nice neighborhood within short walking distance to great restaurants. It is easy to catch a cab anywhere you'd like to go, though we found it pleasant to stroll along the waterside pedestrian path to reach Casco Viejo, El Mercado de Mariscos and more. At the end of the day, a dip in the pool and views from the balcony were very refreshing. Walter made our stay very comfortable and was extremely helpful, what a nice person! It must also be mentioned that Senior Murray is a model canine citizen.
What a strange and nasty host!!! I booked to stay in this place for 2 nights, only after seeing the previous good reviews. Unfortunately my experience was completely opposite to those good reviews. The host was, indeed quite rude. I accepted his offer of airport pickup (cost $25, which is more expensive than catching a taxi), as he said "address is not used in Panama".
On the way home from the airport, he asked me if i wanted to buy grocery (!?)... Having been up since 3am and just getting off a long haul flight, the last thing I wanted to do was to go grocery shopping! But he certainly sent his message clear. Anyway, the only thing i had touched in his fridge was filtered water from the tap.
The Jacuzzi doesn't work (I doubt that it ever worked!). According to the host, the hot water in Panama is never hot enough for a hot bath. Hence, both the Jacuzzi and the bathtub are no more than an advertising scam.
When i asked if i could borrow his umbrella, he said, "Don't lose it. It is a very expensive umbrella". When I saw a number of holes already in the umbrella, i promptly pointed them out to Mr Walter, to avoid any misunderstandings in the future.
When I asked him politely to turn down his music as I wanted to sleep, he shouted at me, "I will!"
Breakfast consist of a few pieces of near rotten fruits plus a "frozen" banan bread, served directly from the freezer to the table which still had ice in it.
I had a morning flight to catch, and left his place at 7am. Not surprisingly, he didn't even get up to show his face. I left the $25 airport pickup fee on his desk when i left, which i later regret, as he is clearly not worth it!
Judging from my experience and contrary to those "good" reviews, plus a phone conversation i overheard, it was clear to me that the host is a mean-spirited bully.
I was in a strange environment on my own, staying for only 2 days with a hostile stranger. There was really not much i could do as a solo female traveler, except for ensuring my own safety.
It was a very unpleasant and excruciatingly uncomfortable stay of two days in the Panama city. I was exhilarated to get out of there in the end!
Both the bedroom and the apartment were tiny and dusty, but admittedly were what you'd expect to see in a retirement village.
The location is not so ideal, and you'd have to walk long distance along the noisy and dirty highway to reach any store or restaurant.
I don't believe i am paying $75 a day to stay in this dump. Would definitely be better off staying in a hotel.
p.s. I am sure Mr Walter knows what i am talking about here.
This was our 4th airbnb.com experience but our first 'private room'. We usually book 'entire apartments'. After reading the reviews and seeing Snr Murray we were sold. All the reviews we read were all spot on! Great hosts, beautiful home with amazing views and good location. We loved our stay there and as a bonus we gained two great friends.
Excellent! Beautiful room, amazing views. Welcoming in every possible way. We really enjoyed our brief stay at Walters place. Thank you very much.
Great host, outstanding apartment and location. We will be back again.
Breezy and Amazing has a stunning view of ships waiting to enter the Panama Canal and overlooks Panama City's spectacular skyline. If you head into Panama City you should stay with Walter before venturing into the rest of the country. He will point you in the right direction. He is like having a travel agent and an amazing concierge all rolled into one.
He sent us to places that made our vacation one of the best we ever had. I cannot say enough posiitive things to describe how good our experience was.
Walter & Murray(his super friendly dog) were great hosts! He has a beautiful place with a great view overlooking Panama City which was prefect to take in while sipping my morning coffee. Walter speaks great english and is very welcoming. His place is only a few minute walk outside of the city, getting a cab is very easy as well.
We had a great time staying with Walter.The condo is very comfortable and Walter makes you feel right at home.Our room was pleasant .The private bathroom was very modern and very clean.The condo has a fabulous view of Panama and the ocean daytime and at night.His balcony is a relaxing place to hang out.The continental breakfast each morning was always great fruit with fresh breakfast breads and wonderful coffee.
Walter gave us as much pivacey as we wanted.However, he has a lot of helpful information so it was always great to have him join us on the balcony for a cocktail and question and answer sessions.
He also picked us up from the airport coming in(extra chg) and showed and told us some about Panama City.
I recommend Breezy&Amazing Views to anyone!
We first stayed at Walter's place the beginning of September and enjoyed our stay with him very much. We then traveled around Panama for 6 weeks with the last area being the San Blas Islands with the Kuna Yala tribe. There we stayed in a grass hut with sand floors, hammocks/air mattress, out-house, and "out-showers". We definitely roughed it. Truly an amazing experience. Coming back to Walter's the last 2 days before leaving Panama was like staying at the Ritz. Wonderfully comfortable bed, lovely air conditioning, yummy breakfast and coffee, and amazing views from his balcony. AHHHH! Walter is a great host and goes out of his way to make your stay perfect. We think of you as our friend, Walter, (and you, too, Senior Murray) and will miss you. We highly recommend Walter's place for an enjoyabl. Diane and Paul Sullivan
Walter is the best host one could hope for in this busy city; he rec amended the finest restaurant for our anniversary dinner, as well, places to visit in the city and during our stay in Panama. His condo is beautiful and should be in pictures .Because of me bragging, my in laws want to stay for a week, while on their annual visit, as apposed to a hotel.
Walter was a wonderful guest and a joy to have here at the house. I hope i get to visit him in his place in panama before to long :)