Bristol Panama

Panama City, Panama

At a Glance

  • Refined luxury in Panama City with 24 hour butler service

  • Located minutes from renowned shopping, nightlife, and cultural attractions and of course the Canal

  • Spacious and elegant guest rooms in the newly refurbished wing

  • Expand your culinary horizons at the award-winning Barandas restaurant

  • While away the time in the cosy bar famed for its world-class collection of rums

  • Full service spa located on the 25th floor with panoramic views

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This hilly country is hot throughout the year and the only relief from the high temperatures and humidity is to be found up in the highlands, where conditions are cooler and crisper, especially at night. Rainfall in Panama is very heavy on the Pacific coast and less so (but still substantial) in the lowlands of the Caribbean coast. The rainy season runs from May to December and downpours can be torrential, so always pack good waterproofs if going at this time of year. Sunshine levels are highest in the winter months (January to April), so this is a good time to visit, especially if you can stay in the hills where the air is fresher.

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Taste one of the over 70 varieties of rum from 20 countries at the Bristol Bar

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The Bristol Panama is a luxurious hotel in the heart of the financial district of Panama City and just minutes from renowned shopping and nightlife and within easy reach of the city's beautiful colonial quarter called the Casco Viejo and the famous Canal.

The Bristol Panama is a historic mansion located in the classic Bella Vista neighbourhood, at the heart of the financial and commercial district of Panama City. The hotel exudes a sense of refined luxury and the service is highly personalised.

The hotel features neo-classical ironwork and red tile gables. The 56 rooms and suites are elegantly decorated with luxury fabrics, fine mahogany furnishings and prints with prints by noted Panamanian artists. All feature beautiful marble bathrooms with sumptuous bathtubs and Molton Brown amenities. There is also the award-winning Barandas restaurant serving exquisite Panamanian cuisine with a modern flair in elegant surroundings, and a cosy bar famed for its world-class collection of rums.

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The 56 rooms and suites at the Bristol Panama are tastefully furnished in an elegant luxury style, featuring fine custom-designed fabrics, prints by local artists, Frette bed linens, Hungarian down-filled pillows and luxurious marble bathrooms with Molton Brown amenities. Modern comforts include tv, cd player, dvd player, iPod docking station and WiFi. The spacious suites have a separate living area (and dining area in the one-bedroom and Bristol Suites)and benefit from 24-hour butler service.


Children are welcomed at the Bristol Panama. There are no formal children's facilities although babysitting can be arranged on request. The One-Bedroom Suite can be joined with a Deluxe King Room to create a two-bedroom suite, ideal for a family stay.


The Bristol Panama has a great bar, renowned for its premium rum collection featuring some 70 varieties from more than 20 countries around the world. There is also the award-winning Barandas Restaurant, serving divine traditional Panamanian cuisine imaginatively reinvented with modern influences and gourmet touches.


The Bristol Panama is well located for exploring Panama City's vibrant financial district, with superb restaurants, shops and nightlife. It is also a convenient base for visiting the city's Casco Viejo, the old colonial quarter with beautifully preserved architecture, the Metropolitan National Park and local craft markets. Excursions can be arranged to see the famous Panama Canal, with Canal transits offered on Saturdays, and to the lush hillside retreat of Valle de Anton.



Sarah Lowe (Staff)

The Bristol is definitely one of Panama City's most exclusive hotels and acts as a very comfortable base in the city. The hotel has recently been refurbished to a high level and offers understated elegance with all the mod cons one would expect. The very comfortable beds, butler service and air con in the city were a real treat after a week of adventure outside of the city where accommodation is more rustic. The Bristol is located in the financial district so you would need to jump in a cab to visit the tourist hot spots of Casco Viejo and the old town. What the area lacks for in character it makes up for in creature comforts and is a relaxing oasis from the hustle and bustle. If however you are looking to fully immerse yourself in the culture then the Casco Viejo would be a better location (lots of characterful boutique hotels are springing up here) and is overflowing with crumbling colonial architecture, a patchwork of cobblestone alleyways, one off little restaurants and colour facades. It really is 'watch this space' with Panama City. It is undergoing renovation following years of neglect and we expect great things!!



The discreet and luxurious Bristol, located in the heart of the financial district, is arguably the best hotel in the city—in part because of its extremely attentive service. The impeccably turned out guest rooms (there are 44) and 12 suites don't hurt, either; all are spacious, decorated in rich colors with mahogany furniture and Panamanian art prints, and have bathrooms tiled in Italian marble. The communal areas include a small fitness room, an elegant restaurant serving regional dishes, and a bar with vintage cognacs and more than 50 kinds of rum.


  • 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.


Important - Health and Safety

Bristol Panama has been flagged (Lilac) due to a health and safety alert please contact the product team before quoting.

Book lower floors only.

Location & directions

Panama City, Panama

Conveniently located on Avenida Aquilino De La Guardia, in the heart of Panama City’s financial district. Bristol Panama is just a short walk to Balboa Avenue and close to great shopping, golf courses, the Panama Canal, Casco Viejo, Panama Viejo, Metropolitan National Park

How to get there

14-hour 45-minute international flight to Tocumen International Airport, Panama City. Bristol Panama is a short 10-minute car transfer from the airport.

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