4.5
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What We Love

  • 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

  • Free WiFi
  • The hotel is ideally located in the historic neighborhood of Casco Viejo
  • Pets are allowed, although there are restrictions

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
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Overview

Landmark Casco Viejo property reinvented as a hip hangout with a buzzy jazz club

The Lowdown

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.

How to Get There

American Trade Hotel
Plaza Herrera Casco Viejo
Panama City, undefined Panama

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 591 Reviews
Wonderful Classic hotel in Casco Viejo
Reviewed 14 hours ago

We stayed 6 nights in the American Trade Hotel long enough to truly get the measure of the hotel, and used it as a base for our tours. The hotel has a wonderful classic feel to it makes you feel like you are in old panama

When we arrived at 9 am we were able to check into our room a real benefit after an overnight flight from LA.

1- given the length of stay we chose a super curato room. The 3rd floor room was spacious with a view over the square and you could see ships in the distance from our balcony. functional room, large bathroom turn-down service at night. There is some street noise and evening in casco viejo but nothing bothered us we slept soundly.

2 - Loved where the the hotel was situated were able to walk to dinner ever night to various restaurants. Taxis are plentiful at the hotel area and we used an only line guide for a walking tour of casco viejo.

3- We only ate breakfast ( in our package) at the hotel which was fine, upgraded to espresso without extra charge . Service pleasant and relaxed and the day we requested quick service due to earlier tour time it was prompt vs a more leisurely approach. Servers cordial and sincemy wife is a native spanish speaker they engaged with us.

4 Hotel front desk attentive to our needs and offered good dining suggestions and really wanted to make sure that their guests both enjoyed the hotel and panama. Mathew Renaldo was especially helpful and pleasant .

We definitely felt like welcomed guests and that we had made the correct hotel choice in panama city .

Slow between appetizer and main
Reviewed 3 days ago

Food was good. The restaurant is conveniently located for those walking around Casco Viejo. The decor is beautiful and it is quite bright and ample. Service was good, not excellent but good. It took a little bit too long to get the food though.

Dinner Sunday night
Reviewed 5 days ago

Stoped by for dinner Sunday night. Very disappointing experience. No one to greet you at the front door, no one at the bar to order a drink from, the restaurant is dead at 9pm. Only one table in the corner finishing their meal. We ordered three courses which all came at the same time. Wine and water no one offered to refill for us. The food was mediocre tourist fair pizza/burger/poke ball. Definitely better places in town to enjoy Panamanian cousins with a more pleasant atmosphere.

So much character
Reviewed 6 days ago

My husband and I loved this hotel. It’s in the center of Casco Viejo where there are so many great places to eat. It was a nice change from the cosmopolitan downtown where we spent the first half of our week here. This area is up and coming and I hope we can visit it again in a few years to see the transformation. The service at this hotel is top-notch and the reataurant is excellent. I would recommend suggesting a room in the plaza side of the hotel, as it might be quieter.

Beautiful hotel right in the old city
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Iconic hotel with all modern luxuries in superb location on plaza Herrera a short walk to all the sites of the old city. Beautiful balcony overlooking the plaza. Excellent restaurant. Oool is small but inviting. Will stay here again