PANAMA CITY’S AMERICAN TRADE HOTEL

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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.

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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!

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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!

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