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Colonial charm of Casco Viejo

The history of Panama City is still very much alive and well. Somewhere between the pulsating nightclubs and the Panama Canal sits Casco Viejo – a historic district featuring superb examples of Colonial architecture in varied states of restoration. The aesthetic charm is undeniable and spreads from the old government buildings right through to the accommodation.

There are a handful of boutique hotels within this historic district, offering sophisticated Colonial style both inside and out. The American Trade Hotel is one such establishment with 4-star amenities and a cosy jazz bar. The Casa Sucre Boutique Hotel is another example of Colonial charm situated within walking distance to the Panama Canal Museum. 

Close to the Panama Canal

A trip to Panama City wouldn't be complete without seeing the Panama Canal. This man-made marvel is a feat of engineering with the Miraflores Locks approximately 20 minutes from the city centre. You may want to consider a trip to the locks to marvel at the ingenuity and tour the information centre.

The Holiday Inn offers a 3-star stay with comfortable rooms and reliable service within two kilometres of the locks. It is also close to the Albrook Mall. A bit further away, smaller hotels and B&Bs offer great value for money. This includes the Country Inn & Suites Panama and La Estancia; both are within seven kilometres of the locks.

Wining and dining in Panama City

What better way to spend your holiday than sampling the local food and drink of this top Latin destination. With such a diverse population, Panama City offers up a variety of culinary delights. When searching for the best, a good start would be Calle Uruguay as it is lined with popular restaurants, bars and clubs.

Accommodation close to this thriving hub of fun and fare ranges from prestigious 5-star brands to boutiques with sophisticated style. The Waldorf Astoria is situated within walking distance to Calle Uruguay, offering premium amenities with city and ocean views. The Manrey Boutique Hotel is positioned at the heart of Calle Uruguay and offers sleek, modern style along with an onsite bar and restaurant.   

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