American Trade Hotel

Panama City, the ecological and cultural crossroads of the Americas, is shaped by an interesting contrast of modern glass towers with old forts and historic neighborhoods. The oldest neighborhood (over 340 years) and a UNESCO site, Casco Viejo, has been a recent focal point of renovation, attracting an artistic community that is giving new life to hundred-year-old, abandoned buildings. One such building, the newly opened American Trade Hotel, is appropriately named after the entity that once occupied it – American Trading Company. The hotel is a four-story building in the heart of Casco Viejo, facing the main Plaza Herrera. Its recent “facelift” is inspired by the building’s origin of international retail trade, combining design styles from around the world with a solid, colonial foundation (complete with hardwood flooring from sunken logs salvaged from the Panama Canal). The American Trade Hotel is the perfect hotel for anyone looking to experience rich culture and heritage with a buzzing colonial backdrop.

The American Trade Hotel is the tallest building in Casco Viejo and consists of 50 rooms located on the three levels over the sprawling main lobby. The hotel, having acquired three adjacent buildings alongside the once American Trading Company, has eight room categories with each room offering a different style and layout. Every room showcases its own unique views of either Casco Viejo, the garden courtyard, or the Gulf of Panama and comes complete with king or two queen beds, A/C, Suite Sleep mattresses, Frette sheets, hand-made furnishing made of reclaimed wood, plasma TV, rain shower, Aesop toiletries, Turkish cotton bathrobes, Wi-Fi, and minibar. U.S.-based, Ace Hotels, and locally-based, Conservatorio, successfully combined new world amenities and international furnishings within old-world Spanish-colonial architecture to create one of the top, boutique hotels in Casco Viejo.

When your days aren’t busy exploring the various canal locks, climbing Ancon hill, sailing around San Blas’s white-sand islands, or interacting with indigenous communities, there is plenty to do in and around The American Trade Hotel. The pool deck located on the hotel’s rooftop offers panoramic views of Panama City’s skyline and is the perfect place to watch ships wait their turn to cross the canal. Or sip on 20’s and 30’s inspired cocktails while listening to internationally inspired music in Danilo Perez’s 50-seat Jazz Club. Danilo Perez is a renowned Panamanian jazz pianist and composer who dreamed of bringing a world-class jazz scene to Panama. When you’re hungry, farm-to-table ingredients create exceptional dining experiences in Lobby Café and Bar, where a complimentary continental breakfast is also served.

  • Located in the heart of Casco Viejo, a UNESCO heritage site
  • 50 rooms total
  • Every room comes with king or two queen beds, A/C, TV, and Wi-Fi
  • Breakfast included
  • Rooftop pool with panoramic views
  • The Dining Room serves farm-to-table breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 50-seat Danilo’s Jazz Club featuring local and international artists throughout the week
  • American Trade Hall perfect for events and meetings
  • Sustainable practices by rehabilitating, training, and employing local youth
  • ACE Hotel offering