Lonely Planet review
Perched atop Cerro Ancón and surrounded by tropical flora and fauna, La Estancia is a small apartment building converted into a tranquil B&B. Thanks to the lofty locale, there are some great views, but staying here means you are a taxi ride from everything - build it into your budget.
Pastels and clean lines abound and the small rooms exemplify functional simplicity with no knick-knacks to clutter things up. Air-con, an overhead fan and spotless bathrooms come standard. The two common spaces are welcoming - which is good, as some rooms have no seating - with balconies running the length. This is where guests take a hearty breakfast, gazing upon the Bridge of the Americas and romping monkeys (lured by a clutch of bananas on a hook). At the time of our visit, three more doubles were being renovated on the top floor with the best view; this trio will be the pick of the bunch. The spacious downstairs suites are stellar, offering better value and privacy, with beautiful kitchens, comfortable living rooms, patios and elegant bedrooms. This place is very popular, but isn't for everyone: it's remote (kids, especially, might be bored) and is completely non-smoking.
Our independent authors have visited La Estancia and selected this as one of our recommended hotels in Panama City.
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