Review: The American Trade Hotel in Panama City



American Trade Hotel

Hotel Review


We stayed at the American Trade Hotel in Panama’s Old Town and loved every aspect of our stay. The hotel is located right on Plaza Herrera in a restored landmark building and grounds the center of Panama City’s historic district. We were so fortunate to stay here and really can’t recommend it enough – we took so many photos and will let those guide our review!

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Keep reading for our hotel review of The American Trade Hotel in Panama City, Panama – including our gorgeous suite, dining experience and more!

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The American Trade Hotel



Staying in Casco Viejo or Panama City, Panama?

If you’re visiting Panama City, we highly recommend staying in Casco Viejo over Panama City. Spanish for ‘Old Town’, this quaint neighborhood spans just three avenues wide and is entirely walkable in 15 to 20 minutes. We loved the colonial architecture on every block.

Meanwhile, Panama City contains enough glittering skyscrapers to make you wonder if you’ve traveled to Dubai. It’s ritzy but in our 3 days in Panama, we didn’t set foot once in Panama City and in fact, saw many visitors come to Casco Viejo at night!

One of the interesting things about Casco Viejo is the city’s revitalization. Enterprising developers are transforming Casco Viejo, one grand building at a time, restoring old houses to their former glory. Most of the restoration is geared towards high end apartments, hotels and restaurants.

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Checking In

Every city has that one iconic hotel and for Casco Viejo it’s without a doubt The American Trade Hotel. The lovingly restored  landmark building dominates the north side of Plaza Herrera and is almost smack dab in the center of Casco Viejo, making for a great base from which to explore.

We arrived late at night and immediately checked in to order some comforting room service. Even in the dark, we could tell our room was something special.

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Our Suite and Room Photos

We stayed in a Garden Room, which was more space than we could have imagined. From the long entrance way, with ample room to drop our bags, we discovered a spacious and peaceful garden courtyard.



A View Over Plaza Herrera

The king bed was heavenly to sleep on and more importantly, there was no fight over the covers! Our room boasted high ceilings and a view over Plaza Herrera. We set up our laptops in the couch and had the best view of the city. There was even a beautiful balcony outside!



Aesop Products, Rain Showers, Turkish Bathrobes.. Heaven!

I also have to take a moment to mention the bathrooms! The marble vanity, soaking tub and rain shower looked straight out of a Restoration Hardware catalogue while the colorful blue tiled floor gave it a Panamanian touch. We took long soaks in the tub and made liberal use of the provided Aesop bath products.



Cafe Unido

We had a couple meals at the American Trade Hotel. There’s the onsite Cafe Unido, which is stunningly gorgeous in shades of white and deep blue. Its one of the few places in the city to stock Panama’s incredible small batch roasts. Make sure to stop by for a pour over and a pastry!



Dining & Restaurants

We also had breakfast and lunch in the Dining Room. I highly recommend the pancakes – they’re fluffy yet thin with a decadent rich ricotta flavor and topped with fresh strawberries. We also loved their fresh fruit juices!



The Library

The second floor library and courtyard had some quirky books and decor and I loved the deep green bookshelves! The hotel is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels collection and every inch of the property reflects comfort and style.



A Hotel in Panama.. with a Rooftop Pool!

We also spent a couple afternoons soaking in the sun on the rooftop pool. It’s one of the rare hotels to have a pool in Casco Viejo and its vantage point on the 3rd floor offerings some stunning views of the neighborhood’s classic architecture and dramatic churches. Make sure to go for a dip!

 Check rates:  Hotels.com | Booking.com


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Visiting Panama – Travel Checklist

Copa Airlines, the national Panamanian airline, offers non-stop flights from select US cities. We hopped on a direct flight out of New York City’s JFK Airport and arrived 5 hours later. Check for flight deals and routes here.

After arriving in Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport, you can opt to stay in Panama City or head to the Old Town of Casco Viejo. We found Panama City to be quite safe and would highly recommend staying in Casco Viejo for its charm and history. It’s approximately a 20-30 min taxi ride from Panama City Airport. Be prepared for a slower exit out of Tocumen International, as they scan all bags with your person (like in Mexico).

Panama’s currency is pegged to the U.S. dollar and therefore all prices are 1:1. There’s no need to change money and in fact, little need to carry large sums of cash. We were happily surprised to discover that credit cards are widely accepted at restaurants, museums, etc and all our bills were charged directly in USD.

Be sure not to visit Panama without travel insurance. Whether you get injured and need to be hospitalized, or your phone gets stolen (C managed to lose his for the 2nd time in 2 weeks), or an injury forces you to cancel all or part of your vacation, travel insurance will help when you need it most. I use and recommend World Nomads as travel insurance for trips to Panama.

This trip to Panama is brought to you by our partner, the American Trade Hotel. 

Luci's MorselsOctober 5, 2017 - 8:18 pm

Stunning photography! Looks like a gorgeous stay!

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