Panama City is often used as a jumping off point to other parts of the country, but the city has its fair share of things to see and do. There are several neighborhoods that are pleasant places to shop, eat, and people watch. Casco Viejo – an attractive, bohemian neighborhood on the west side of town – is becoming more delightful by the day. Travelers interested in Panama’s history should head across town and visit the crumbling ruins of Old Panama, which is where the city was first built. Day trips can be made to the Panama Canal, Barro Colorado Island, and Taboga Island.
The Bristol mixes style with sophistication. Its 119 rooms are spread across two towers, which makes it feel surprisingly small and intimate. And the hotel’s location couldn’t be better—the financial district is right at hand and it’s a short walk to Balboa Avenue, where you can shop to your heart’s content.
The rooms at the Bristol are well appointed and have charming colonial décor. Local artwork decorates the walls and balances well with the deep browns in the furniture. The rooms have luxurious touches, including Frette cotton sheets, Hungarian down-filled pillows, and Molton Brown bath amenities. The private bathrooms are appointed with wall-to-wall marble and have a separate glass-enclosed shower and deep soaking tub. All rooms also come with an air conditioner, cable TV, in-room safe, iron/ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, and mini bar.
The Salsipuedes Restaurant at the Bristol offers a rich showcase of Panamanian and international cuisine. The restaurant’s renowned chef, Cuquita Arias de Calvo, uses local ingredients in her fresh, tasty creations. After enjoying a meal at the restaurant, guests can saunter to the lounge for an after-dinner drink or chat.
The Bristol has an outdoor swimming pool where guests can cool off and soak up the sun, as well as a spa that offers a range of relaxing treatments. Travelers that are on business or who are entertaining large groups can use the hotel’s meeting rooms or banquet halls, the largest of which can hold up to 230 guests.
The Bristol Facilities
Restaurant, bar, swimming pool, fitness center, spa, business center, meeting rooms, banquet hall, airport shuttle, concierge
Private bathroom, hot water, air conditioning, cable TV, mini bar, in-room safe, iron/ironing board, hair dryer, toiletries, telephone, coffee maker, alarm clock, iPod dock, desk, bathrobes/slippers, living room, fully equipped kitchen
All rooms are equipped with a private hot water bathroom, air conditioning, cable TV, mini bar, in-room safe, hair dryer, toiletries, iron/ironing board, coffee maker, telephone and alarm clock. All bathrooms have a separate shower and bathtub.
Deluxe Room – these rooms have either one king-size bed or two double beds.
Studio – the studios feature one king-size bed. Additionally, they have an iPod dock, desk, and robes/slippers.
Tower Executive Room – these rooms feature either one king-size bed or two double beds. Additionally, they have an iPod dock, desk, and robes/slippers.
Junior Suite – these suites feature a bedroom with one king-size bed and an adjoining living room and dining room table.
Executive Residence – these 1,700 square foot guestrooms have one bedroom with a king-size bed. All suites have a large living room, fully equipped kitchen, desk, iPod dock, and bathrobes/slippers.