American Trade HotelCasco Viejo, Panama City
Since opening at the end of 2013, the American Trade Hotel has rapidly established itself as the leading boutique hotel in Panama City’s Casco Viejo historic district.
Originally opened in 1917 as the American Trade Building, the ground floor was for many decades a department store, while the upper floors were exclusive apartments. Over the years the building fell into disrepair and, as with many others in the Casco Viejo, ended up being taken over by squatters.
With the recent restoration of the entire Casco Viejo, the hotel has been beautifully renovated and fitted out with modern facilities, whilst retaining a 1920s charm and ambience. There is a fine attention to detail throughout, and we particularly love the period features such as the traditional patterned floor tiles, the old style lift and the curious light switches.
The hotel has 50 rooms, ranging from the compact ‘Chico’ rooms to garden rooms, panorama rooms on the top floor boasting fabulous view and four spacious suites overlooking the Plaza Herrera.
The restaurant serves good modern Panamanian and international dishes while there is a neighbouring coffee roasters shop for coffees and snacks. Next door Danilo’s jazz bar serves up a heady mix of cocktails and live jazz.
Sun-seekers can relax in the afternoons on the rooftop, where there is a small pool while book worms will love the hidden-away library, where drinks are also served.
The hotel is a joint venture between Panama-based Conservatorio – a leading light in the restoration of the Casco Viejo – Commune Design and Atelier Ace, whose portfolio includes the distinctive Ace Hotels brand.