Central location, within easy reach of the key sights
Salsipuedes is one of the best restaurants in the city
The spa's hydrotherapy treatments, body scrubs and wraps
What To Know
It’s ideal for business as well as leisure guests
Traffic can be heavy around the hotel, so avoid traveling at rush hour
Parking on site
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Elegant modern pad in downtown Panama City, with a top restaurant, stellar service and a spa
From the gleaming marble lobby to the guestrooms, the Bristol Panama artfully blends contemporary sophistication and understated luxury. Oriental carpets, exotic blooms and precious woods abound, while indigenous crafts and custom-made art from Latin American and Panamanian artisans showcase the country’s heritage.
Bed and Bath
The 125 air-conditioned, soundproofed rooms are decorated in neutral tones, with mahogany furniture, bespoke fabrics and unique prints. Spacious and elegant, they come with all the high-tech necessities, including a flat-screen TV and iPod docking station, and rooms on higher floors have panoramic views of the city. The beds are decked out in Frette linens and goosedown pillows, and the enormous bathrooms have large tubs with separate showers, wall-to-wall marble and lovely ETRO toiletries.
The flagship restaurant Salsipuedes serves Panamanian cuisine, with everything from sweet-and-sour crocodile to a top-notch burger. And don’t miss sampling a premium rum at the bar — there are more than 70 on offer. After a hard day’s sightseeing, cool off in the outdoor pool or head to the 25th-floor spa, where you can relax with a massage, a hydrotherapy treatment, or body scrubs and wraps.
In the Area
The Panama Canal — which turned 100 years old in 2014 — is a must-visit. You can watch the cargo ships pass through the locks from Miraflores Visitors’ Center, or join a wildlife-spotting tour of Gatun Lake. Tombstone-like ruins are all that's left of Panama Viejo, the first Spanish city on the Pacific coast of the Americas, but in colonial Casco Viejo an ambitious restoration project has brought in a host of boutiques, galleries, restaurants and bars. The Amador Causeway is home to the Biomuseo, designed by Frank Gehry, and it's a popular spot for jogging, cycling and rollerblading.