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The Bristol Hotel

Panama City, Panama

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Hotel Report

Why Stay At The Bristol Hotel

A sleek, 21st-century property, the Bristol Hotel's location in the financial district gives visitors a front-row seat to Panama City's staggering transformation and economic growth. It's also within easy striking distance of the country's famous canal.

The Scoop

The Bristol is recognized repeatedly for its quality service and modern design, winning multiple T+L 500 awards. Its prime location in the financial district, a short walk from Balboa Avenue—one of the most scenic and elegant areas of the city—makes it convenient to many city sights. Each of the 129 rooms and suites is outfitted with mahogany furniture, Frette-cotton sheets, Hungarian down-filled pillows, and artwork by Panamanian artists like Teresa Icaza and Alfredo Sinclair; additional amenities include deep-soaking bathtubs and Molton Brown toiletries. Chef Cuquita Arias de Calvo of the hotel's restaurant, Barandas, is known locally as the "Martha Stewart of Panama;" her menu features tuned-up versions of traditional Panamanian dishes, like plantain wontons and grouper in ginger.

Insider Tips

At the hotel bar on the 5th floor, 70 types of rum are available from 20 countries. If you're not sure where to start, try the local raw white rum Seco Herrerano, popularly served with milk.

Book your massage (from $110) at the hotel spa in the early evening to get a good view of the city skyline lights.

Preferred Airport

Arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY) which is about 14 miles from the hotel. Anticipate between 25 and 45 minutes of travel time depending on traffic.

Avenida Aquilino de la Guardia, Panama City, Panama

Hotel Features

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Property Amenities
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa on Property
  • Fitness Center
  • Business Center
  • Butler Service
  • Concierge Desk
In-Room Amenities
  • Flat-screen TVs
  • Air Conditioning
  • Marble Bathrooms
  • Separate Showers
  • Soaking Bath Tubs
  • Luxury Bath Amenities
  • Hair Dryers
  • Stocked Mini-Bars
  • Coffee Makers
  • In-room Safes
Dining & Nightlife
  • Bar + Lounge
  • Restaurant
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Rates Include:
  • Rates are based on 2 people. Up to 1 child may share the Tower Studio o Tower Suite, or up to 2 children may share the Tower Executive, for an additional $8.29 per night.
  • Buffet breakfast
  • WiFi
Hotel Report From the editors of: Travel+Leisure

Why We Love Panama City

Often compared to Miami, Panama City has cultivated a hip urban vibe over the past couple decades, giving everything an upgrade and a scrubbing, from the famous canal to the Casco Antiguo (Old Town).

Don't Miss

Where to Eat: Enjoy a seat on the open veranda or under the bamboo-covered ceiling at Maito (less than three miles from the hotel). Chef/owner Mario Castrellón whips up modern versions of regional classics, like stuffed squid with black risotto, often spiced by the restaurant's own herb garden.
Final de la Calle 50.
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Dinner for two $60.

Where to Drink: Set in the stone city walls around the old town, three miles from the hotel, Relic Bar's distinct Bohemian flavor attracts a trendy clientele. Expect a mix of indie rock and electronic tango music, as well as weekly promotions of local artists.
Calle 9na,
Casco Viejo.
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Drinks for two $10.

Where to Shop: Head to Centro de Artesanías in the Balboa neighborhood for locally made chaquiras (native bead work), bags, hammocks, dresses, and other souvenirs, often sewn or hand-woven by the Kuna women who own the stands.
Located behind the YMCA on Avenida Arnulfo Arias Madrid/Balboa Road.

Outdoor Excursion Despite the hordes of tourists, the Panama Canal, just eight miles away, is a must-see. Start with the Miraflores Visitor Center at Miraflores Locks, which details the history and construction of the canal, then head outside to the observation deck.
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$8 entry fee.

Sparkling Central America: Panama City.

Sparkling Central America: Panama City.

Why Go Now

July 16, 2013
Virgen del Carmen Festival
Each year on Taboga Island, 12 miles south of Panama City by boat, fishermen and pleasure cruisers decorate their ships and sail in procession around the island, as the fishing fleet are blessed by a priest.

Last Sunday of Every Month
Cinta Viva
The Coastal Strip along Balboa Avenue fills up at the end of each month for a day of fun and entertainment, including clowns, artists, sports, games for kids, and even a dog show.
Panama City.

September 23-27, 2013
Festival de la Mejorana
A three-hour drive from Panama City, this annual folklore festival is one of the year's biggest parties, with dancers, musicians, singer, and plenty of good cheer throughout the village.

October 21, 2013
Festival of the Black Christ
Each year in the neighboring village of Portobelo, thousands of pilgrims clad in purple and maroon flock to see the country's most important religious icon and celebrate carnival style.

The Bristol Hotel

Panama City, Panama

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