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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
My four night stay was exceptionally pleasing at the Bristol Panama. The rooms were spacious, with everything you would need including a Nespresso machine (bring your own pods if you want decaf, BYOP). Staff courteous and looking to help.
Our stay at the Bristol Panama was absolutely wonderful. But, it was made even better by the amazing Nicole who went above and beyond the call of duty. She was extremely attentive to our every need and helped us navigate any hurdles we encountered. I would definitely visit here again and recommend it to anyone visiting Panama.
I have been going to the Bristol in Panama three/four times a year for the past six years. The quality of the people, the service and attention, the rooms, bar, the restaurant...I can’t say enough. The location is in the heart of town, close to everything. Easy access to and from the airport. Everyone goes out of their way to make you feel at home. I travel very frequently throughout the world. At that price, you will not find a more pleasant experience.
Such a classic beauty, probably the benchmark for fine hotels in Panama City
I have been visiting Panama for over 10 years and have stayed at all of the major hotels at one point.
However, I always end up back at the Bristol. There are many reasons, the classic architecture, the art, the presentation of the rooms and restaurant, the attentive and responsive staff, an atmosphere of class and dignity. The impairment is in the crazy oversupplied Panama hotel market.
As a result, you can get the older tower for a room rate for a relative song, however, for an over the top experience – go for the new tower – you will not regret it.
Now if you’re really lucky Madeline is still managing and the rice pudding (TDF) is still on the menu
Upscale environment with amazing staff eager to support, suggest, someone at the doors to welcome you, or being available to answer you questions. Room was on the 7th floor it was clean spacious and very comfortable. The kids had a good time!