The hotel is from the crack team behind Ace Hotels
The coffee beans at craft roaster Café Unido are from Panama farms
Danilo's Jazz Club is a new hub for the city's nightlife crowd
The Panamanian-American fusion menu by chef Clara Icaza at the Dining Room
What To Know
The hotel is ideally located in the historic neighborhood of Casco Viejo
Pets are allowed, although there are restrictions
Parking on site
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Landmark Casco Viejo property reinvented as a hip hangout with a buzzy jazz club
Leave it to the brilliant minds behind Seattle's Ace Hotel empire to capture the relaxed, artsy-cool spirit of Panama City. A joint undertaking between Atelier Ace, Panama City–based Conservatorio, and Commune Design, this four-story hotel is set in the historic neighborhood of Casco Viejo and housed in a 1917 neoclassical landmark building. (The name is a reference to its origin as a department store called the American Trade Developing Company.) Expect the kind of pared-back urban cool we've come to expect from this designer gang, along with Latin American colonial touches like hand-painted tiles, potted palms and ceiling fans. Naturally, you'll also find such Ace essentials as Third Wave coffee and a lobby that doubles as a neighborhood lounge. Hit the louche jazz club, named for Panamanian pianist Danilo Perez, and snack on dishes that range from Latin-inflected (plantain empanadas, pulled pork with avocado, escabeche) to U.S.-inspired classics like hamburgers and po'boys at Clara Icaza's Dining Room; Icaza is considered one of Latin America's best chefs.
In the Area
Hike to the summit of Cerro Ancon, a 654-foot hill overlooking Panama City. The trek is worth it for the breathtaking views. Once you're back down, hit the Miraflores Visitor Center, a top spot to witness the fascinating workings of the Panama Canal, before joining a walking tour of Casco Viejo with Urban Adventures, which employs local guides. Afterward, recaffeinate at the charming Café de Asis, which is housed in a beautifully restored 19th-century building, before having a sorbet or ice cream at cult ice-creamery Gran Clement, also located in the old quarter.