Set on beautiful Panama Bay, Panama City offers an enticing glimpse into all the country’s charms. A premier gateway for exploring the many neighboring highlights, this dynamic city is Central America’s most cosmopolitan capital, where east and west converge. Founded almost five centuries ago, the city is steeped in history yet very much modern, where you’ll find traffic jams and chic clubs under a Miami-esque skyline, juxtaposed with cobbled streets and ruins in the city’s old quarter.
A regional hub of trade and immigration, the city’s privileged position on the trade routes of the world and the economic opportunities it affords has drawn immigrants and businesses from all over. Panama City is perhaps more reminiscent of the mighty trading centers of Asia than anywhere else in the region. One of the safest cities anywhere, Panama City is a first-world infrastructure; a melting pot of races, religions, and cultures; a vibrant nightlife; and the only rainforest within city limits in the world only add to its appeal.
In the city’s downtown area, the district of Balboa, with its tropical vegetation and early 20th-century American architecture, presents a markedly North American character, while the Bella Vista, El Cangrejo, and Punta Paitilla districts comprise the commercial capital of the city, which is bustling with the majority of the city’s hotels, banks, shops, and restaurants, and luxurious private residences.
The ruins of Panamá Viejo, the country’s former capital, are the remaining part of the old Panama City, found in the suburbs of the modern city’s outskirts. Founded August 15, 1519, it was the first permanent European city on the Pacific Ocean, which was destroyed by an earthquake and a fire in the 17th century. Its inhabitants relocated to Casco Viejo, Panama City’s historic district, which, together with the ruins of Panamá Viejo, forms a World Heritage Site. Some five miles away from the old city and situated on a small peninsula, this restored area is the city’s most picturesque, where you will find some of its most important buildings, and a variety of architectural styles—from Spanish colonial buildings to French and Antillean townhouses—in addition to boutique hotels, underground bars, and several museums. The modern city can be seen from here.
Panama City serves as an excellent base for day trips. Pay a visit to sandy beaches (Pacific or Caribbean); explore a lush rainforest of howler monkeys, toucans, parrots, and sloths in Parque Metropolitano; take an excursion to Isla Toboga or Isla Contadora, or a trip to the Panama Canal Railway; explore Portobelo’s colonial fortresses, beaches, and coral reefs; or just admire the huge ships navigating the canal.
Nestled in the heart of Panama City’s bustling Financial District, Bristol Panama is one of the city’s premier addresses for executive and holiday stays. Annually recognized as the “Best Hotel in Panama” and among the “Top 10 Hotels in Latin America” by Condé Nast Traveler, our legendary hotel envelops each in an embrace of uncompromising urban style and sophistication. Dramatic views of the city’s architectural treasures set this intimate 125-room upscale hotel as a refined retreat for the discerning world traveler, positioning guests at the epicenter of Panamanian culture, shopping, dining and the headquarters of international finance and trade. Amidst inspiring architectural flourishes like neo-classical ironwork and red tile gables, The Bristol luxury hotel in Panama City summons the ambiance and grace of a historic private mansion.
The new Waldorf Astoria Panama offers guests a luxury choice in Panama City. From our refined and intimately appointed guest rooms and suites, to a host of upscale amenities and dining options, to our tireless commitment to True Waldorf Service, we are eager to welcome you to a flawless stay in Panama City. Waldorf Astoria leads the way in luxury hotels in Panama City with exquisite features and amenities for your every need. Please, take advantage of state-of-the-art fitness facilities, our sparkling 7th-story outdoor pool or indulgent spa services at Waldorf Astoria Spa Panama.
American Trade Hotel and Hall opened its doors in Fall 2013 in Panama City, occupying a lovingly restored landmark building in Casco Viejo. The property stands at the ecological and cultural crossroads of the Americas, deeply connected to both the historic Old Quarter and the nascent new Panama City – a meeting place for influencers, creatives and cultures from around the world. The property and surrounding area are steeped in local heritage and culture, while the hotel has been thoroughly outfitted with the contemporary conveniences and modern luxuries today’s traveler requires. The property is the result of a joint undertaking between Atelier Ace, Panama City-based Conservatorio, and Commune Design. American Trade Hotel is the first independent addition to Atelier Ace’s portfolio, which also includes the distinctive Ace Hotels.