The Best Places to Stay in Panama City

Clients from around the word frequently ask where to stay when they visit Panama City. Their experience, and our own, has helped us gather some recommendations whether for short term or for a few months. We want to share some of the best places to stay in Panama City, considering different cost tiers.

Budget-Friendly Hotels

For a budget under USD $100 per night

At the Global Hotel Panama, guests will find a friendly staff and simple, elegant design. This avant-garde hotel is just a few minutes walk from the city’s shopping and financial center and provides the perfect luxury boutique hotel experience in Panama for business, leisure travelers and extended stay accommodations.

Upon arrival, guests are welcomed with champagne or the beverage of their choice. The spa-like rooms include amenities such as soaking bathtubs, walk-in showers, bathrobes, and a “pillow menu.” This menu offers guests a variety of pillow types to choose from–options include feather-stuffed, bamboo, and memory foam pillow, and more. The luxury accommodation at the Global Hotel consists of a fine dining restaurant, a wine bar, a business center, health club, and outdoor pool.

Rooms available from $89.

Located in the heart of the financial district, the Executive Hotel is a top choice among business and leisure travelers. The hotel is characterized by the warm and personalized hospitality that they offer to their clients. Whether you are arriving for the first time or it is a return visit, you will be welcomed as part of the family.

This boutique hotel has a contemporary style and is home to 149 beautifully decorated and luxurious rooms with Wi-Fi internet connection. Some rooms include a private balcony with wonderful views of the skyline of Panama City. For work breakfasts, impromptu lunches during a day of shopping or meetings and relaxing dinners, their Executive Café has long been a favorite center for guests and locals in Panama City.

Single rooms start at $87, and Double rooms start at $97. Visit their website to book your stay.

The Best Western Plus Panama Zen is strategically located in the financial district of Panama City and is close to the best malls, restaurants, casinos, and entertainment centers. The property is just 16 miles from the Tocumen International Airport. The hotel´s amenities include an infinity pool and a bar on the rooftop terrace.

The hotel has 90 contemporary rooms which have been styled to be in harmony with the environment, and to bring comfort, relaxation, and tranquility to guests.

Standard supreme king bedrooms and supreme twin bedrooms are available from $75.60. Visit their website to book your stay.

Mid-priced Hotels

For a budget between USD $100 and $150 per night

The Sortis Hotel, Spa and Casino is located in the center of the financial district and offers an incredible hotel experience. All rooms include a seating area and a coffee marker. The larger apartment style rooms also include kitchen facilities.

The hotel combines modern architecture with luxury accommodations to make the hotel an excellent place for recreation or business. Take time to rest in the elegant rooms, enjoy the pool, relax in the spa, and celebrate in the restaurants.

Rooms available starting from just $145. Visit their website for other options.

Tucked away in the heart of the historic Casco Viejo, a UNESCO world heritage site, La Isabela is within easy strolling distance of art galleries, museums, historic churches, and the Presidential Palace. Some of the most exceptional restaurants, best jazz clubs and liveliest bars in the city are within a few short blocks. La Isabela is also a mere 25-minute drive from Tocumen International Airport and a 10-minute drive from Panama’s financial district.

The two-bedroom suites include two en-suite bathrooms, a large living room, and full kitchen. The one-bedroom suites offer one bathroom, a living room, and full kitchen.

The Executive bedroom has a rate of $115, and the Deluxe bedroom has a rate of $125. Visit their website to book your stay.

Experience luxury and style at Megapolis Hotel Panama, a top destination in the heart of Panama City. The hotel’s rooms and suites are elegantly designed and equipped with modern amenities like flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and walk-in showers with rainfall showerheads. Dining at the hotel is a treat, with restaurants offering a blend of gourmet and traditional dishes prepared from the freshest ingredients.

The hotel’s strategic location connects you directly to the city’s prime shopping at Megapolis Outlets and is just a short stroll from the historic Casco Antiguo and the lively Cinta Costera. Ideal for those who enjoy nighttime entertainment, the hotel bar hosts live music, promising relaxing evenings. For convenience, culture, and a touch of luxury, Megapolis Hotel Panama is a top choice.

Book your stay with rates beginning at $110. Visit their website to see all options available.

Luxury Hotels

For a budget over USD $180 per night

The American Trade Hotel and Hall is a boutique luxury hotel that combines old-world elegance with clean, current design. The property occupies a lovely restored 1917 building, and it stands at the ecological and cultural crossroads of the Americas, deeply connected to both the historic Casco Viejo and the nascent new Panama City. The property and surrounding area are steeped in local heritage and culture, while the hotel has been thoroughly retrofitted with every contemporary convenience and modern luxury that today’s discerning traveler needs.

American Trade Hotel offers luxurious rooms and suites, fine dining, the stylish Unido Café, and the world-class Danilo’s Jazz Club, featuring live entertainment.

The regular rate for a Room is $256 June through November, and $316 December through March. Visit their website to see all available options.

Located on the coast of Panama Bay, the luxurious JW Marriot boasts some of the most incredible ocean views in the city. The hotel has a contemporary, upscale style and includes modern art, a fitness center, and multiple restaurants. The large pool and deck area give guests the opportunity to relax, swim, and enjoy waterfront dining. In the pool area, you´ll find vacationers enjoying the Panama sunshine and business people working in the shade and savoring the view. Inside the rooms, guests will discover HDTVs, marble floors, granite countertops, and free-standing tubs.

The Guest Room starts at $182, and the Executive Suite starts at $277. Visit their website to book your stay.

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Published November 28th, 2018, as Commentary on Immigration by Johana Sum