Panama Hotel Tea & Coffee Hse

★★★☆☆
  • 605 1/2 S Main St

    Seattle, WA 98104

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  • 206-223-9242

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This place was intolerable. Aside from inconsistent plumbing, the owner of the place was terrible. For one thing, it seemed like she was always there, and wherever she was, she was yelling at someone, berating the staff over nothing, harassing other guests. I'm just glad I didn't stay long enough to get on her bad side.

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★☆☆☆☆

This place was intolerable. Aside from inconsistent plumbing, the owner of the place was terrible. For one thing, it seemed like she was always there, and wherever she was, she was yelling at someone, berating the staff over nothing, harassing other guests. I'm just glad I didn't stay long enough to get on her bad side.

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I like historic and I enjoy interesting. I was excited to stay at this hotel. However, the bathrooms did not work on the floor I was on - and the shower didn't work on my floor. I have stayed in shared bathrooms-shower rooms before - but never have I seen the filth in the shower. The room lock was not very sturdy. The beds were not made and the room was not cleaned until asked. The woman who owns the place was rude, scarey rude. The lobby was never opened. The Tea Room was closed when it was supposed to be open. Complimentary coffee and muffin was not offered after the first day. This was not an "experience" - it was an over-priced nightmare. Don't go. Take your money where someone is pleased to have you stay with them. It's just that simple.

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★☆☆☆☆

I like historic and I enjoy interesting. I was excited to stay at this hotel. However, the bathrooms did not work on the floor I was on - and the shower didn't work on my floor. I have stayed in shared bathrooms-shower rooms before - but never have I seen the filth in the shower. The room lock was not very sturdy. The beds were not made and the room was not cleaned until asked. The woman who owns the place was rude, scarey rude. The lobby was never opened. The Tea Room was closed when it was supposed to be open. Complimentary coffee and muffin was not offered after the first day. This was not an "experience" - it was an over-priced nightmare. Don't go. Take your money where someone is pleased to have you stay with them. It's just that simple.

Pros: Acceptable Location

Cons: Dirty, Rude Owner, Half-Way House Atmosphere

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This hotel is historic - perhaps the basement is amazing. I didn't sleep in the basement and was not offered a tour. The hotel (which is what I paid for) was disgusting. The shower did not work on my floor so "guests" had to migrate downstairs to shower. The woment's bathroom did not work on my floor (I slipped into the Men's - it was not very clean) The shared "library" was a disgusting mess as was the "check-in" area. The owner was extremely rude (shouted at me when I asked for clean towels), no maid service the first two days until asked for. The promised coffee and pastry in the historic "tea room" - well, it was not offered after the first day. As I said, I like historic. I have stayed in places as historical that preserved the originality of the hotel while providing good service to customers. This was more like a half-way house for people over-coming addictions. It's amazing all right - amazing it stays open. Don't go unless you don't mind being ill-treated - the "historical" ambiance (?) is not worth the owner.

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★☆☆☆☆

This hotel is historic - perhaps the basement is amazing. I didn't sleep in the basement and was not offered a tour. The hotel (which is what I paid for) was disgusting. The shower did not work on my floor so "guests" had to migrate downstairs to shower. The woment's bathroom did not work on my floor (I slipped into the Men's - it was not very clean) The shared "library" was a disgusting mess as was the "check-in" area. The owner was extremely rude (shouted at me when I asked for clean towels), no maid service the first two days until asked for. The promised coffee and pastry in the historic "tea room" - well, it was not offered after the first day. As I said, I like historic. I have stayed in places as historical that preserved the originality of the hotel while providing good service to customers. This was more like a half-way house for people over-coming addictions. It's amazing all right - amazing it stays open. Don't go unless you don't mind being ill-treated - the "historical" ambiance (?) is not worth the owner.

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As I was checking into this "hotel" (it should be called a hostel, with shared bathrooms)... I had to endure an over-bearing owner scolding the different creepy male attendants about their jobs for the day. The doorman and the man checking in guests, were both really creepy and made me and my partner uncomfortable. The hotel was extremely cold during the night, and I was also afraid to use the restroom during the night because of the other "questionable" people staying and/or living on my floor. The rooms were quaint, but not worth the money. Be clear, this is a bare-bones establishment. Do not bring a family here or out of town guests. This hotel is purely for working class travelers, or people willing to stay in down-and-out establishments.

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★☆☆☆☆

As I was checking into this "hotel" (it should be called a hostel, with shared bathrooms)... I had to endure an over-bearing owner scolding the different creepy male attendants about their jobs for the day. The doorman and the man checking in guests, were both really creepy and made me and my partner uncomfortable. The hotel was extremely cold during the night, and I was also afraid to use the restroom during the night because of the other "questionable" people staying and/or living on my floor. The rooms were quaint, but not worth the money. Be clear, this is a bare-bones establishment. Do not bring a family here or out of town guests. This hotel is purely for working class travelers, or people willing to stay in down-and-out establishments.

Pros: location in the international district

Cons: staff, owner, prices, bathrooms

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This tea shop offers a vast selection of tea. The staff are very friendly and the tea shop itself is very comfortable. I enjoy the cleanliness of the tea shop and also its focus on Japanese heritage. Also a great place to study or read in a quiet neighborhood right on the outskirts of chinatown.

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★★★★★

This tea shop offers a vast selection of tea. The staff are very friendly and the tea shop itself is very comfortable. I enjoy the cleanliness of the tea shop and also its focus on Japanese heritage. Also a great place to study or read in a quiet neighborhood right on the outskirts of chinatown.

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What is appealing about the Panama is not that it excels as a hotel. It is the history of the place and the attention to authenticity which the owner has for the place. The Panama was the heart of the Japanese community and when they were taken away for Internment they left their things in the basement of the Panama. The owner has restored the building which is a recognized historical site and, unlike most, has not violated the inside by fully updating the building. The Panama was a residential hotel which offered rooms to immigrants as they moved from work site to work site and that is the scope from which it should be viewed.

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★★★★★

What is appealing about the Panama is not that it excels as a hotel. It is the history of the place and the attention to authenticity which the owner has for the place. The Panama was the heart of the Japanese community and when they were taken away for Internment they left their things in the basement of the Panama. The owner has restored the building which is a recognized historical site and, unlike most, has not violated the inside by fully updating the building. The Panama was a residential hotel which offered rooms to immigrants as they moved from work site to work site and that is the scope from which it should be viewed.

Pros: History, Panama Tea and Coffee, Very Beautiful

Cons: Rooms can seem old

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I love the Panama Hotel Tea House. This historic Japanese bathhouse (one of two remaining in the U.S., I found) has been lovingly rennovated by a woman who loves Japanese American history. Great ambiance - honey-toned hardwood floors, black and white photos of the neighborhood from back in the day, wicker chairs and couches with big pillows. A very intimate feel. I highly recommend!

PROS: the maccha (green tea) latte - heavenly!
CONS: parking can sometimes be scarce

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★★★★★

I love the Panama Hotel Tea House. This historic Japanese bathhouse (one of two remaining in the U.S., I found) has been lovingly rennovated by a woman who loves Japanese American history. Great ambiance - honey-toned hardwood floors, black and white photos of the neighborhood from back in the day, wicker chairs and couches with big pillows. A very intimate feel. I highly recommend!

PROS: the maccha (green tea) latte - heavenly!
CONS: parking can sometimes be scarce

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While the Panama most certainly does not have the 5-star sparkle hotel that Ms. Poshyposh demands there are more subtle qualities that she might not notice. However, that's fine with me.

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★★★★☆

While the Panama most certainly does not have the 5-star sparkle hotel that Ms. Poshyposh demands there are more subtle qualities that she might not notice. However, that's fine with me.

Pros: history, good people, affordable

Cons: Old, no bellboy, no black lacquer

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Yes, the tea house is excellent. The green tea is made in traditional, authentic way. Sandwiches were also excellent, and the atmosphere quite relaxing. Do not, however, plan on staying in the hotel. The light fixtures are bare bulbs; the flimsy shade fell down when pulled; the metal soap dish in the corner basin was rusty. The bathrooms are clean but shared by all, including the tub with the red shag carpet glued to the outside. If you have a car, plan on finding your own (expensive) parking. No phone, no clock, no fun! But my son insisted. Consider it an unparralled experience.

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★☆☆☆☆

Yes, the tea house is excellent. The green tea is made in traditional, authentic way. Sandwiches were also excellent, and the atmosphere quite relaxing. Do not, however, plan on staying in the hotel. The light fixtures are bare bulbs; the flimsy shade fell down when pulled; the metal soap dish in the corner basin was rusty. The bathrooms are clean but shared by all, including the tub with the red shag carpet glued to the outside. If you have a car, plan on finding your own (expensive) parking. No phone, no clock, no fun! But my son insisted. Consider it an unparralled experience.

Pros: Historic area, Nearby restaurants, Authentic tea house

Cons: No amenities, Shared bathroom, Shabby, and not chic

 

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