American Trade Hotel

Panama City, Panama

At a Glance

  • Striking boutique hotel located in the centre of Panama's colonial quarter

  • Large suites with walk around balconies

  • In-house spa treatments, gym passes and chauffeur services are available

  • Intimate feel and a highly personalised service

  • The most luxurious place to stay in Casco Viejo

  • On-site Cultural Engineers to create unique guest experiences

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The best time of year to visit Panama is typically from December/January to April. The rainy season runs from May to December and tropical downpours can be torrential, so always pack good waterproofs if going at this time of year. Sunshine levels are highest in the winter months from January to April, so this is considered a great time to visit.

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The new Danilo Jazz club supports young musicians and foster musical education in the community.

The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute offers VIP tours to hotel guests.

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In the heart of the historic Casco Viejo, the American Trade is a stylish boutique bolthole. Decor transports guests to the glamour of the 1920s, with hand-painted tiles, polished dark floors and shady courtyards. A small rooftop pool adds to the allure.

The American Trade Hotel, part of the Ace Hotel Group, occupies a lovingly restored landmark building in the historic UNESCO Casco Viejo district of Panama City. The neighbourhood was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997. The property stands at the ecological and cultural crossroads of the Americas, deeply connected to both the historic Old Quarter and modern Panama City. The property and surrounding area are steeped in local heritage and culture, while the hotel has been thoroughly outfitted with the contemporary amenities and modern luxuries.

The American Trade Hotel affords 50 beautifully decorated guest rooms. Corner rooms with balconies offer fantastic views across the historic plaza and the Panoramic rooms have floor to ceiling windows for stunning views to Panama Bay. All the rooms are light and airy, with sumptuous king sized beds and 100% Turkish cotton bath robes. For added luxury Aesop toiletries are waiting in the bathroom.

Chef Clara Icaza, named by Gatopardo Magazine as one of the top 20 young chefs in Latin America, helms The Dining Room at American Trade Hotel. For The Dining Room's sophisticated lunch and dinner menus, Icaza's focus is wholly ingredient-driven — her innovative take on classic meat and seafood dishes distinguished by their commitment to fresh, local and seasonal components. She's paired it all with an impressive global wine list, a studious cocktail menu, dessert selections prepared under the direction of Pastry Chef Luis Bula and a communal atmosphere that's warm and welcoming to guests and locals alike.

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Each of the 50 stylish air-conditioned rooms (four of which are suites) offer flat-screen satellite TV, king beds, frette linins, complimentary wireless internet, coffee maker, hand fashioned furnishing, king beds, an iPod dock, Aesop bath products and a fully stocked mini bar. Some rooms have a balcony overlooking the street. Bathrooms come with a rain shower, hairdryer, bathrobe and slippers. Some offer balcony views to Plaza Herrera, Casco Viejo and Panama City.

Super Cuarto Room

The American Trade Hotel's spacious Super Cuarto rooms feature vaulted ceilings, hand-crafted Panamanian furniture and sophisticated decor. Room amenities include a flat screen television, complimentary wifi, minibar, and en suite bathroom with rain shower, bath robes and premium bath products. Balcony views of Plaza Herrera, Casco Viejo or Panama City are available in most rooms.


The American Trade Hotel has an outdoor pool, a gym, a farm-to-table restaurant by Chef Clara Icaza, Panamanian coffee is roasted on-site at the lobby cafe, 24-hour concierge, and a Jazz bar in partnership with Panamanian pianist, jazz composer and UNESCO Artist for Peace Danilo Pérez. Free Wi-Fi access is available.


The American Trade Hotel is close to the Panama Canal Museum and is perfectly situated for exploring Panama's Casco Viejo, with its beautiful colonial architecture, arty cafes and great restaurants. Various day excursions and activities can be arranged further afield including golfing, shopping, fishing, bird watching in the jungle, whale watching in season and visits to Colon by train and the impressive Panama Canal.


  • Partial Transit of the Panama Canal

    Tropical birds circle overhead and the sound of the rainforest’s wildlife breaks the quiet calm as you make your way along this fantastic canal and engineering marvel. Navigating the Panama Canal is truly unforgettable.

Holiday Ideas

  • Imagine Panama & Costa Rica

    Panama City, Boquete, Osa Peninsula, Manuel Antonio National Park

    from £5500 pp inc flights & transfers for 12 nights

    • Immerse yourself in the best of what these two contrasting but beautifully complementary countries have to offer.
    • Discover the vibrant metropolis of Panama City, a fascinating blend of colonial history and modern skyscrapers, best known for the great canal linking the Pacific and Caribbean, one of the great engineering feats of the 20th century.
    • Stay at secluded and comfortable lodges, whilst exploring some of the most biologically diverse places on earth with an abundance of wildlife, unique vegetation and stunning vistas. 

Location & directions

Panama City, Panama

Situated on Calle 5ta. Avenida A, in Casco Viejo, at the heart Panama City's historic district, close to the Panama Canal Museum, Plaza Herrera Square, San Francisco Church and the Presidential Palace.

How to get there

14-hour 45-minute international flight to Tocumen International Airport, Panama City followed by a 30-minute car transfer to the American Trade Hotel. The Albrook domestic airport is around 15-minutes away from the hotel.

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