Boutique Hotels in Panama

Old houses are being transformed into hotels with a small selection of rooms where guests receive personal attention in comfortable surroundings at mid-range prices.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

This particular sector of the hospitality market is growing in Panama, often led by Venezuelans, who migrate with the small amount of capital investment required to cover the start up these businesses, which is usually not more than $500,000.

An article by Yesenia Gordon Quezada in, quotes an owner of one of these small hotels: "Some 26% of stays are by important business executives, government officials, entrepreneurs, so a lot of people in work functions, and the rest are customers mainly from Europe, who are accustomed to this kind of care and choose inns like this in order to save money."

He adds: "These are people with enough financial capacity to pay for $180 hotels, but they are looking for comfort and to be well cared for. Personalized attention is very important in this business."

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