Where to Stay
"Hotel" isn't the only tag you'll find in Panama: hospedaje, pensión, casa de huespedes, and posada also denote somewhere to stay. Hotels and posadas tend to be higher-end, whereas hospedajes, pensiones, and casas de huespedes are sometimes smaller and family run. A residencial might be a by-the-hour sort of place.
Resorts: Big international chain hotels (Westin, Radisson, Marriott, and more) are found throughout Panama City. They have rooms and facilities equal to those at home, but can lack a sense of place. If five-star luxury isn't your top priority, the best deals are undoubtedly with mid-range local hotels.
Rentals: Short-term furnished rentals are increasingly common in Panama. Airbnb has rentals listed in several regions of Panama. Villas International offers premium villa and apartment rentals, mostly near beaches. Sublet.com and VRBO offer an array of short-term rentals, primarily in Panama City or on beaches.
Bed-and-Breakfasts: In Panama the term B&B is frequently extended to luxury hotels that happen to include breakfast in their price. There is a decent selection of small B&Bs in Panama City and several provinces listed on Bed & Breakfast.com and BnB Finder.
Eco-Lodges: Found primarily in Guna Yala, the country's eco-lodges are rustic but comfortable. Most are well off the beaten path, so plan on staying a few nights. The term eco-lodge sometimes describes a property in a rural or jungle location rather than somewhere that is truly sustainable. The International Ecotourism Society has online resources to help you pick somewhere green.