Just back from my first trip to Panama and I LOVED IT! Our first stop was Panama City’s 340-year-old neighborhood, Casco Viejo to stay in the insanely gorgeous American Trade Hotel. Every great city has an iconic hotel and this is it for Panama City.
The hotel opened in fall 2014 and is an amazing collaboration between the Ace Hotel group and Conservatorio, a Casco real estate development company that has been working to revitalize the neighborhood (which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997). It spans four major historic buildings and even has a great wedding venue next door with a rooftop deck overlooking the city!
This historic quarter of the City is having a moment, it is right on the cutting edge of Panama’s culinary, music and art scene. The construction in Casco Viejo is a little crazy right now, but the neighborhood is about to explode with so many cool new things! I can’t wait to come back and experience everything that is opening later this year and in early 2017.
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Everything you need is right inside this beautiful hotel. Take your morning coffee at Unido, a craft roaster and bakery; Enjoy the delicious Latin American inspired meals created by Chef Clara Icaza in The Dining Room; Snack on empanadas and drink mojitos made with seasonal fruit in the Lobby Cafe and Bar and Listen to Grammy-winning Panamanian musician Danilo Perez at Danilo’s Jazz Club. There is also a rooftop pool, courtyard and lounge areas to just kick back and relax.
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The neighborhood is perfectly authentic and quite small, just the right size for a walk. Although we didn’t have too much time here before we headed on to Portobello (you can read about our trip to the beautiful seaside town HERE), we had time for a long walk around the city and a stop at the famous Panama hat store, Victors!