Panama’s Bristol Hotel a comfort spot in Panama City

As Panama City grows at breakneck speeds, hotels in Panama are adding to the burgeoning skyline. Enter: The Bristol.


LOS ANGELES, Calif., May 11, 2012 — Panama may be at the Crossroads of the Americas, but it is also at the crossroads of international business. Panama has been building its economic muscle at a breakneck pace of 9% a year. And this is at a time when many first world economies have started to slow or falter.

International hotel companies have been quick to get into the game. Among them, the Bristol Hotel in Panama City, which recently added to its profile on this city’s gleaming skyline with a gleaming new 111-room hotel residence tower in 2012, housing 63 guestrooms, eight suites and 40 condominiums, is able to offer visitors all they would expect from a city that is fast anchoring a reputation as the mini-Dubai of the West.

The Bristol in Panama: Business and Pleasure

The Bristol is a member of the exclusive Kurtz-Ahlers collection of hotels and resorts, and sits squarely in the center of all things Panama. It is located in the heart of Panama City’s financial district, a short walk to Balboa Avenue and close to great shopping, golf courses, entertainment, and cultural pursuits.

Among them, the legendary Panama Canal, Casco Viejo, Panama Viejo, Metropolitan National Park, and the Bio-Museum designed by Frank Gehry.

Some 80 international banks have developed branches in this area and visitors benefit from Panama’s easy entry, which allows guests from the U.S. and Europe (among many other regions) to visit without a visa and stay for six months.

And when they visit, they find the familiarity and comfort in accommodations decked out with the sweet necessities of life: Frette cotton sheets, Hungarian down-filled pillows, luxurious duvets, Molton Brown toiletries, modern high-tech amenities, and an alert and attentive personal butler.

Residences at Bristol Panama range from 814 square feet to 1,826 square feet on the 15th – 24th floors, providing sweeping views of the Panama City skyline and Panama Bay with living room, dining room and kitchen vantages.

Dining at the Bristol happens at Salsipuedes where guests can immerse in the soul foods of the city. Panamanian cuisine soaks in the flavors of Afro-Caribbean, French and Spanish influences. The restaurant serves more than 70 varieties of rum, but when in Panama, the local raw white rum, Seco, is the national liquor and Seco con leche (with milk) a favorite libation in the countryside.

Beyond the Bristol, Panama comes alive with a chorus of faces that make this land bridge between the northern and southern hemispheres a magical destination. First there are the must-do’s: the Panama Canal, Panama Viejo, Casco Antiguo (also known as Casco Viejo, a UNESCO site) and the jungles surrounding the Canal area.

The land tells of a dramatic time line that dates back to 1519 and with places that have been conquered and rebuilt by Spanish conquistadors, pirates, fortune seekers, financiers, and now captains of industry over the centuries. Panama Viejo remains Panama City’s artistic center with an international appeal and recurrent art events and shows such as the annual Panama Jazz Festival, International Music Festival and Sobresaltos Dance Festival.

“Panama is like a rebellious teenager,” says Al J. Petrone, CEO, Bristol Hospitality Group. “The city is like Las Vegas was 30 years ago, bright, alive, continuously reinventing itself.”

For visitors who want to do more than banking and business and venture into the rich landscapes and neighborhoods of this gateway to South America, the Bristol Panama has rolled out several value-laden and activity-packed packages that make visiting Panama, experiencing Panama and staying in Panama a joy. These include a City Tour Package, A Chagres River & Embera People Package, a Panama Canal Rainforest Boat Adventure Package, and a Path Between the Seas Package.

Find the Bristol Panama only 12 miles from Tocumen International Airport (PTY) and walkable to most places of interest within Panama City. The U.S. dollar is the national currency (but you can also use Panama-minted bills called the Balboa). And if you are visiting Panama City from the U.S., expect to see many compatriots in the form of well-heeled American transplants. Panama is home to some 25,000 U.S. expats who call this thriving confluence of the Americas home.

Contact: The Bristol

Panama City, Panama
(011) 507 265 7844

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Lark Ellen Gould is an award-winning journalist who has spent the last few decades reporting on news, trends and nuances in the travel industry for top travel publications with a focus on Las Vegas, California, Africa, Asia, Pacific and the Middle East.
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