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"Beware of the Villa Michelle"

User Rating:  1.2
Reviewer:   Val A. of Panama City, Panama
Reviewed:   February 29, 2012  (see hotel reviews from Hosteltraveler.com)
Traveled:   February 2012     Type:   Other
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Comments  (English):
I have to agree with the numerous reviews I’ve found for the Hostel Villa Michelle.: “False advertising”; “Not as Advertised!”; “Not recommended - a rather run down place”; “Pushy owner/manager, way too pricey for being that far away from everything;” “The owner was a bit strange (money, money, money)”, “We found the owner to be a rather difficult lady whom was very concerned with being paid”

My experience began with the owner abandoning me at the airport. She provides nor phone nor address, so I waited 30 minutes for her promise to be there and took a taxi. When I arrived she simply shrugged her shoulders and made some lame excuse. The property is in the run down section of Altos del Golf in Panama City. The “villa” is a run down house in a dumpy neighborhood. There’s not even a sign on the outside, much less an address. The place is very dark and outside your window is a view of cement bags or a dog kennel. I’ve traveled all over Spain and Latin America for the last 15 years and this is the worst experience I’ve ever had. The owner is more than “bit strange”, she’s scary. I had planned to stay a couple of days, but after I got there I knew staying one night as going to be difficult. I was woken up in the morning to her announcing that check-out was at 11 am and that I would be charged $10 p/h for every hour I stayed after that. This wasn’t posted anywhere. What a nightmare

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