What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
- It’s ideal for business as well as leisure guests
- Traffic can be heavy around the hotel, so avoid traveling at rush hour
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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.
How to Get There
We stayed in the Bristol during a group tour. The rooms were spacious and comfortable and luxe. Pretty much what you expect for a high end hotel. The décor was modern and tasteful. The elevators were fast. Breakfast buffets were fantastic and we enjoyed the bar one night as well. All in all, a wonderful hotel. I would probably have given them 5 stars regardless but there's more!
Our group tour included buffet dinner in a private conference room. The food was yummy and the dessert was even better but I think the wait staff was fabulous. They were very attentive. We were a long way from the kitchen but when I inquired about the possibility of rolls and asked for coffee after dinner, away they went. They really gave the feeling that they were happy to make me happy. But there's still more!
I left my jacket in my room; I didn't remember until I was back in the US; and I didn't contact the hotel for several days after that. It was an old fleece jacket and I didn't expect to ever see it again. To my amazement, Panama Bristol replied and said they would FedEx it to me for $70. I asked if they could choose a cheaper shipping service and do it for $30 and, again, figured I wouldn't see my jacket again. After a few days, Madelaine Mohamad replied that they had shipped it -- for $10 -- and I would get it in 2 weeks! I paid the bill with a tip added in.
Stunning thought and care for their guests. I strongly recommend the Bristol.
Bristol is an excellent hotel. We had a large sunny room fully equipped. The hotel restaurant was excellent for breakfast and was better than the city’s number four rated restaurant for dinner. Well located for the canal facilities and the usual attractions.
Nice property. Clean, organized, friendly service. The rooms are very comfortable and stylish. We also enjoyed the restaurant. Had dinner in the first floor restaurant - friendly and helpful service. The pork spare ribs were delicious with a nice chutney on the side. We loved the carrots too. Also had a Cesar salad that was nice. Had breakfast also on the fourth floor - food was good. Again, very helpful and friendly staff - very attentive. Food was good too!!!
We came here before our Wind Star trip through the canal. We stayed here 3 years ago also. The front desk staff and bell staff are fantastic!!!Actually-all the staff is wonderful!!Would definitely recommend your hotel!!!Debra and Roger Mock
We stayed one night pre-cruise. The rooms are large but we were given no choice but twin beds. Bathroom again good to look at but the basin taps both ran hot and the shower control was either hot or not.
The worst thing however, were all aspects of the catering. The bar staff were hopeless denying all knowledge of the happy hour or drinks specials arrangements. If you sat outside it was almost impossible get the attention of a waiter. The restaurant was just awful. Very limited choice, expensive and not good at all. The breakfast was even worse. Self service everything and no sign of bacon or hash browns (a staple of breakfast buffets worldwide) and a queue a mile long for eggs of any description except scrambled.
Should be much better than this for the rating and price.