By NAN Lifestyle Editor
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. May 6, 2016: Panama may have made the news globally for the now infamous “Panama Papers,” but this Central American nation that is world-famous for its 48 mile canal that connects the Pacific Ocean with the Atlantic Ocean, continues to see over 1.5 million visitors annually. Its rising luxury hotels are proof that Panama’s star is rising. Here are the most luxurious hotels you may want to check out on a visit to Panama:
1: Grace Panama
Rated number one by Trip Advisor travelers is Grace Panama in Panama City. Set in the district of Obarrio, this stylish hotel occupies the ground floor plus six upper floors of the newly-constructed Twist Towers building. It is 4 km from Metropolitan National Park, 5 km from the Panama Canal Museum and 6 km from Panamá Viejo. Its upscale 59 rooms and one ultra-luxurious suite are large and feature marble bathrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows and a chic, contemporary decor. A brasserie-style restaurant, cocktail bar and a pool bar are on site letting guests who wish to stay in, do so in style.
2: Le Meridien Panama
Le Meridien Panama, owned by Starwoods Hotels, is located in Panama City as well. This hotel is right on the main Causeway/Boardwalk in Panama. It is a great option for business travelers and couples alike. It is located on Uruguay Street, and is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Via Espana; 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Panama Old Cathedral and 1 mi (2 km) from the Multicentro Panama and National Bank House Museum. A full-service spa, a restaurant, and an outdoor pool are available at this smoke-free hotel to help pamper you.
3: The Bristol Panama Hotel & SPA
Set in a striking, art deco-inspired high-rise in Panama City, this upscale financial district hotel is about 4 minutes’ walk from El Carmen metro station and 6 km from historic Panamá Viejo. It features Italian marble bathrooms with soaking tubs as well as a chic restaurant, a stylish bar and lounge, an outdoor pool, plus a spa and a fitness area. If you are looking for location, service, glamour, excellent food and you do not have a budget, then this could be one of your choices.
4: American Trade Hotel
The American Trade Hotel came in at number four on the TripAdvisor list of most luxurious in Panama City, Panama. It is a 3-minute walk from the waterfront, 4 minutes by foot from the Panama Canal Museum and 7 minutes’ walk from Teatro de Panama, and is located in a landmark Colonial-style building. The elegant rooms with arched windows feature reclaimed wood furnishings while the upgraded rooms showcase vaulted ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and/or garden terraces. Amenities include a sophisticated bar with high ceilings and ornate tile floors, a casual jazz club and a hip international restaurant to cater to all your needs.
5: Riande Granada Urban Hotel
This upscale hotel in the center of Panama City is 2 km from Miramar Towers, 4 km from Parque Natural Metropolitano and 5 km from Teatro Nacional de Panamá. It has an eclectic character.The modern rooms offer free Wi-Fi, while suites have living areas with sofas, plus balconies. Parking and a breakfast buffet are free. There’s an upscale restaurant, a chic bar and lounge, a beer garden and a fitness center. Other amenities include an outdoor pool with a swim up bar, a hot tub and a business center. It is close to many shops, restaurants, and other hotels and easy transportation (by cab or Uber) to local sights.