The BristolPanama City, Panama
The Bristol remains one of the best bets for quietly understated sophistication and elegance in Panama City. It is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World group and also home to one of Panama’s top restaurants – Salsipuedes.
Originally opened in 1999, the hotel was expanded in 2013 with the opening of a new tower. The Bristol now has 140 classically decorated guestrooms and suites featuring mahogany furniture and artworks by leading Latin American and Panamanian artists.
The Spa on the 25th floor of the new tower offers a range of massages and its own branded treatment products, and there is a disappointingly small swimming pool and sun terrace on the fifth floor, along with a gym.
Whether you stay at The Bristol or not, gastronomes will want to try out Chef Cuquita Arias’ creative modern Panamanian fare in Salsipuedes restaurant on the ground floor. This cozy restaurant is not very large and reservations are strongly recommended. The name of the restaurant honours Panama City’s legendary (and sometimes notorious) Sal Si Puedes Street, which has been a city landmark since 1671. (Sal Si Puedes, if you were wondering, translates as ‘Get out if you can’).