Meet Your Innkeeper

Dan Miller at the Panama's charming front desk.

Dan Miller at the Panama's charming front desk.

Dan Miller has owned and operated the Panama Hotel since 1984. He is a native of Marin County, attending San Rafael High School and Sonoma State College. After graduating from college with a degree in Sociology, Dan traveled to England to visit his mother’s family. While in England, Dan bought and operated a small bistro in West Yorkshire called the Dumbwaiter.

After living in England for 10 years, Dan returned to California with a dream of owning a small bed and breakfast inn similar to those he had seen in England. His dream came true when he found and purchased the Panama Hotel and Restaurant, located in his home town of San Rafael.

Dan back in the '80's, when he acquired the Panama.

Dan back in the '80's, when he acquired the Panama.

Part of the charm of the Panama Hotel comes from its location in the Victorian neighborhood of Gerstle Park. Ever conscious of his residential surrounding, Dan has managed to seamlessly integrate a traveler’s haven with a favorite neighborhood restaurant.

Dan has had a lifelong interest in the art of cooking. Often, he can be seen in the kitchen creating and developing new dishes for the Panama Hotel Restaurant. When he’s not in the kitchen, Dan enjoys meeting and interacting with his guests.

When you visit the Panama Hotel and Restaurant, be sure to ask Dan about its history. He will proudly show you the wall of historical photographs, memorabilia, and antique Mexican pottery which document each step in the living history of the Panama Hotel.

Dan's collection of antique ceramic teapots helps create the hotel's eclectic vibe.