What We Love
- An exquisitely revamped Panamanian townhouse in the city’s most exciting quarter, Casco Viejo
- Not-to-be-missed brasserie-style restaurant
- The founders are helping to transform this once-gritty part of the city with training and community projects
What To Know
- Better for couples and groups of friends than families
- No elevator — and the stone steps are steep
- A 10 percent service fee per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
In contrast to Panama City’s skyscraper-dotted waterfront, UNESCO-listed Casco Viejo is a photogenic mix of colonial and neoclassical architecture, big plazas and alfresco cafés. Housed in a grand corner townhouse in the heart of this welcoming neighborhood, Las Clementinas is a trailblazing boutique sleep. Restored to its 1930s glory (the building was once owned by the great-grandfather of one of the owners), it shows off soaring ceilings, wood floors made from rare Coumarouna wood and traditional tiles recreated by Colombian artisans. It has the air of a private home but the amenities and service of a modern hotel.
Bed and Bath
Each of the six apartment-size suites is individually designed, with a confident, contemporary style that mixes colorful furnishings and bold artwork with a thoughtful sense of place. The uniform comforts include a full kitchen, separate living area and dining table, WiFi and pull-out sofa beds; some have petite balconies overlooking Casco’s corrugated-iron topped buildings. Bathrooms are spacious, with hand-painted tiles in the walk-in showers and sweet smelling toiletries.
With tin ceilings, low-lighting and a wraparound bar, the downstairs café would be at home in downtown NYC, but the buzzing brunch scene is pure Casco. The menu features familiar brasserie-style fare (hamburgers, risottos, burritos) transformed by local ingredients and flavors (yucca, quinoa, coco). Dine alfresco in the sweet hidden garden at the back of the property, or head up to the rooftop for evening drinks and panoramic views of the entrance of the Panama Canal and the gleaming skyscrapers in Punta Pacifica.
In the Area
Casco is made for wandering, and one of the best routes is along Paseo Esteban Huertas by the sea wall (where local artisans sell their wares) to Plaza Francia; the views of Punta Pacifica’s skyscrapers and the open Pacific are stunning. Sporty types should take the two-hour hike from Casco Viejo through the American Canal Zone and up to the peak of Cerro Ancon. Lots of locals do this walk in the morning, and the hotel will try to match you with a local hiker if you want the company. Given its compact nature, Casco has an amazing supply of dining options, including pizza at Caffe Per Due, not-to-be-missed ice cream at Granclement and Sunday brunch at Las Clementinas itself.
How to Get There
The man who works the desk at night is a fabulous guy, he helped book our San blas tour, gave us restaurant recommendations, offered us welcome rum. The apartment style hotel itself is gorgeous!!! Absolutely out of this world!! The location is unbeatable. Amazing restaurants everywhere!! I mean EVERYWHERE. don't be afraid to roam the streets, we felt very safe. The hotel is right across from the police station and is above a really nice brewery, with good beer and good food. We will definitely be staying here again in the future.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Las Clementinas. The room was really a one room apartment with a large sitting room, bedroom, bath and full kitchen (We were in Apartment 1). Staff was incredibly friendly. Fluent in English. Helpful with restaurant recommendations. The property is secure and within easy walking distance of everything in the Casco Viejo district. The inn is a timeless classic. You feel as though Ernest Hemingway may have just checked out. We really enjoyed the rooftop balcony at night - open only to guests - with great views of downtown Panama City. The restaurant in the next building has outdoor seating and music and can be a bit loud at night, but not overwhelming.
Upon arrival we were upgraded to an apartment free of charge. It was very nice, clean and spacious, with soundproofed windows and doors all around (an absolute necessity for this palace). Unfortunately, the balcony door to our bedroom was warped, and left an 1/2 inch gap even when fully closed. We had to turn on the AC fan all night to cover the noise from the restaurant just below the balcony and the surrounding street.
Advise: stay in a nice hotel for the same or lower price outside Casco Veijo, and take a cab to check out this part of town. You get both: the fun of Casco, and a good night sleep, may be even daily housekeeping.
Read the reviews regarding the noise at night. It’s not a joke and to be honest we should have been refunded every penny. Next to the hotel is a street which is nothing but a ghetto. I’m convinced that the noise they make into the early hours of the morning is intentional; car alarms, shouting, singing, dogs barking, music and the list goes on. Read the reviews back from 2017. The hotel mentions that they are aware of the noise and they have contacted lawyers and police to address the issue. Guess what? Nothing has changed. Stop telling guests that you are sorry and hope to see you again! Do something about it or stop charging ridiculous prices for rooms. It’s completey unacceptable. I wish I could record the noise and add it to this review; you would be shocked.
The rooms are adequate at best, the location is good but do yourself a favor and find other accommodation; there’s plenty around and you may get a good nights sleep. Oh and hotel manager, don’t bother with your standard issue excuses. I’m not interested.
Beautifully situated, this charming hotel did not disappoint - except no mention was made that the corner space was leased to a bar and their patrons were given full access to the courtyard. In other words, noise and more noise. The band practiced in the afternoon and played until quite late in the evening. We loved the tastefully appointed accommodations but did not sleep our entire stay. This would appeal to very young people, who typically are not the ones paying the going prices for this hotel. An upscale restaurant would have been a much better idea. I would hate to see this gem of a place lose its quaintness because of the revenue from the bar. I want to mention that the staff was very hospitable and the tour guide they arranged (Lino) was great.