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Melia Panama Canal

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Overview
The Melia Panama Canal is located on the shores of Gatun Lake, 10 minutes from the Free Trade Zone of Colon. Great location for eco-tourism.

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  • hmarket : Prague, Czech Republic
Was quite good, but.......

The hotel itself is in a middle of nowhere. Not easy to find. But suddenly you are in a nice area with view on Gatun Lake and great pool. Room was nice in art dedco style and very comfortable and spacey. We had a buffet dinner and was not bad. Breakfest was also very good. The only problem was, that I left some valuables at the hotel and all my e-mails were left unattended for more that 14 days. Only after my arrival back to Europe a person from the hotel got in touch with me with offer, that they can send it by DHL on my costs. If they emaile me earlier, they could send it by regular post in Panama, because I was there. So I asked them to put my things on charity. This is why I underate the hotel,.

  • Ashley C : Panama
It could be better

Been there for easter holiday. The best in there is the food. The pool was very cool but one of the three days we were there there was like a day pass so it was very crowded.. It was the people of the hotel plus the people of the day pass so we didn't enjoy the pool that day... They should do arrangements about that. The kayak trip was great. The bartender couldn't manage the demand, I think they kind of lack the instruments they need. The room was ok. I think they can do better

  • David K : Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
Just Passing Through

While I did not stay at the Melia Panama Canal, I did spend some time there and it looked spectacular. A Norwegian Cruise I was on this month had an excursion to the canal locks and a kayak trip on Lake Gatun. The Melia is on Lake Gatun and the kayaking and small tour boats use the docks on the hotel property. The setting was beautiful as was the pool area and lobby, especially the lobby bar where we had a drink after the kayaking. Highly recommend visiting the Melia and at least taking advantage of the kayaking and the lobby bar.However, the reason for this review is to explain the use of this facility in the past. All but one of the reviews I've read seem to have no recognition that the Melia in a prior life (1946 to 1984) was the infamous School of the Americas ("SOA"). While the little research that I have been able to do did not reveal interior pictures of the SOA, the furnishing that I saw a couple of weeks ago seemed consistent with the time that the SOA existed there. In any case, I find it so very odd that I likely sat at the same bar that some of the great mass murders of our time sat. While I paid my own way, the mass murders were the guests of the American tax payers. I think that we have little appreciation for the massive damage that we have created and continue to create in that part of the world.Why I say continue to create is because the SOA under a different name exists today in Fort Benning, Georgia and continues to graduate mass murders on us taxpayers' nickel. Three of the four generals behind the Honduras coup in 2009 were graduates. The death and pain that have followed that coup in Honduras is at least part of the responsibility of those who paid for the training of coup creators, i.e., us US taxpayers. Shame on us for knowing so little of our history and for caring so little about the evil we spread throughout the Americas.

  • Sam I : Exeter, United Kingdom
Not the usual Melia standard.

So disappointed. Chose this over Gamboa for our second visit to panama and we were utterly disappointed. Slow check in to a room with the wrong beds for a family. Housekeeping wheeled in a urine stained mattress. Asked to change rooms to one with a broken window which wouldn't close and rat faeces on the window ledge. Third room change okay but green bath water and toilet very hard to flush. Felt a bit like staying at a train station with hoards of day trippers marching through reception and the grounds for trips on lake Gutan. Green dirty pools with very loud music and very slippy tiles. A shame they don't make more of the history of the buildings. Jaded surroundings, dodgy lifts and dirty disgusting stairwell as an alternative. Buffet food average, staff in the restaurant were friendly. We'd booked for 4 nights but only stayed the 1 as we decided it was better to lose our money and go somewhere else rather than suffer more time in this depressing hotel. Very shocked that Melia have a hotel if this standard in their chain.

  • D804SWkathyr : Edmonton, Canada
Mixed Feelings

The location of the resort is spectacular. The buildings and history about the resort is so amazing. We loved the beautiful lake and rain forest with all the howling monkeys and all it had to offer. We feel bad that the area has little to attract tourists. It is not a welcoming environment for north americans. We had an unfortunate situation when we checked out of the resort. 2 of us opted into the allinclusive for 2 days. when we receive our bill we were charged for many drinks and we spent 3 hours of our final day trying to sort it out. We were made to feel like we were cheating. we had 2 outstanding staff members at the resort Armando, the poolside bartender was so fun and welcoming. He gave us lots of local information. He was truly a nice person. Also the assistant manager was very good. We do not recall his name but we remember he was originally from New York. He was very helpful with our billing problem.

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature

  • 3 Meals daily plus snacks
  • All drinks (domestic beer & cocktails, select international brands)
  • Kids club (4-12 yrs)
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Non-motorized water sports
Available for additional charges:
  • Fishing (fee)
  • Deep sea fishing (fee)
  • Horseback riding (fee)
  • Bicycle rental (fee)
  • 285 rooms
  • 1 A la Carte
  • 2 bars
  • Casino (fee)
  • 2 pools
  • Shops (fee)
  • Medical Services (fee)
  • Gym/ Fitness Centre
  • Spa (fee) 
Deluxe Room:
  • 1 King or 2 Double beds
  • Air Conditioned
  • Telephone
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access (fee)
  • Coffee Maker
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Mini Bar
  • Laundry Service (fee)
  • Maximum occupancy 4, up to 3 adults  
For the Kids - Children's Section in Main Pool and Kids Club.
Bonus - Complimentary welcome drink in lobby bar and Casino credit of $15 USD per passenger per stay.

Honeymoon Bonus - Fruit basket and bottle of wine or champagne in room upon arrival, Room upgrade (subject to availability), Guest must show prove of marriage upon registration (Minimum 3 night stay required).

Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

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Melia Panama Canal
Antigua Escuelas De Las Americas Lake Gatun, Colon Panama

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

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Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

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