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
- 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
We stayed at this lovely and unique hotel from a Saturday through Tuesday. Although there was some late night partying in the neighborhood on Saturday, with the air conditioning running we couldn't hear the music and had a great night's sleep. Our room was very clean and the staff was very helpful with anything we needed. We enjoyed the beautiful views from the rooftop and the location couldn't be better for wandering the streets of Casco Viejo. We were given a self-guided, walking tour map of the historic sites and churches by the staff and also enjoyed the nearby restaurants and bars all within walking distance. Although this didn't affect us at all, there are a lot of stairs at Casco Viejo and I'm not sure about handicap accessibility. Something to ask about if stairs are difficult for you. Other than that, I highly recommend staying here!
We were expecting a suite with kitchen but got a room. That was disappointing but it could have been a mistake by Expedia. Needs a lot of TLC. Very noisy. Absolutely no so sound proofing. Great location. Very friendly staff.
We really enjoyed our 2 nights stay at Las Clementinas. The staff were friendly and very helpful. We checked in really early, but they were very accommodating and made sure someone was there to meet us. We loved the room, though it gets really loud at night due to all the partying in the neighboring alley. That seemed to happen in most hotels in Panama, understandable given it was during Christmas break and Panamanians love to party.
We stayed here recently on the basis of good reviews here. We were very pleased with the lovely spacious apartment (No 3). Well equipped and furnished with antique furniture. We were not troubled by noise as some people have been, as all doors and windows are now double glazed which helps a lot.
The location is great, right in the heart of Casco Viejo. There are lovely views from the rooftop terrace over the city and the coast, especially at night. You can take a bottle of wine up there after dinner out, and enjoy the views.
Although the old city is still in transition, with still some extreme poverty next to lovely restored buildings, we felt safe wherever we walked, and the people were very friendly.
Staff very helpfully store pd our luggage when we arrived early from our cruise ship, and after checkout until we were ready to go to the airport.
Just one gripe, there were no folding chairs or table on our balcony for us to sit out.
However I would choose this apartment over a hotel bedroom anytime.
We got upgraded from our standard rom to a suite, almost like an appartment, with lovely furniture, big windows, livingroom, kitchen and what not. (Room 7)
A fantastic stay, great staff, good location. Charming, old, the coolest bar & café/restaurant in the back yard.