Panama City, Panama
At a Glance
A boutique hotel located in the centre of Panama's colonial quarter
Large Suites with walk around balcony
In-house spa treatments, gym passes and chauffeur services are available
Intimate feel and a highly personalized service
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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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The Canal House is an elegant small 3 bedroom hotel set in a restored turn-of-the-century mansion located in the heart of Panama's vibrant colonial quarter, close to the city's best restaurants, bars and Latin jazz clubs.
Set in a beautiful mansion originally dating back to 1893, The Canal House is a lovely boutique hotel located in the heart of Panama City's Casco Viejo, a UNESCO World Heritage site with stunning colonial architecture and within reach of Panama City’s main attractions including the famous Panama Canal.
The Canal House has a very intimate feel to it, with a highly personalized service and just three rooms, designed with simple sophistication in mind. There are two very spacious suites with king size beds and living rooms with day beds that can accommodate extra guests. The larger of the suites has a separate loft, walk-in closet and a wrap-around balcony. All rooms feature the best in modern technology, with wireless high speed internet access, a plasma television and an iPod docking station. The hotel also has a breakfast and lounge area and can arrange in-house spa treatments, gym passes and chauffeur services.
Each of our three rooms is distinct, but all have the amenities you would expect in a fine hotel. Below are descriptions of each room; Miraflores Suite is an over-sized suite, ideal for business travellers who need room to spread out, or honeymooners who want a little extra space. A California king size bed in the great room, flat screen TV. On the mezzanine, a separate living-working loft, with a daybed that can be configured for two more guests. There is a desk with a flat screen TV and wireless internet to stay connected. It has a walk-in closet and an enormous wrap-around balcony. Miraflores Suite can accommodate up to four guests. 792 square feet (73 square meters). Gatun Suite is a two-room suite. The bedroom has a king bed and flat screen TV. A separate living-working loft has a daybed which can be configured to sleep up to two additional guests, flat screen TV and wireless internet. The Gatun Suite is ideal for friends traveling together or parents traveling with a child, and can even be arranged to accommodate two couples. 517 square feet (48 square meters). Pedro Miguel an intimate and cosy room with queen bed, wireless high speed internet access, a plasma television and an iPod docking station. Located on the same level as Miraflores Suite. This room sleeps up to two people. 192 square feet (17 square meters).
Oversized mezzanine suite. A bedroom with California king bed is on the lower level whilst the upper level is a separate living/working area with a day bed that can be arranged to sleep up to 4 guests. Has a walk-in closet and wrap-around balcony. Size 792 sq ft.
A two room suite. Bedroom has a king size bed whilst the living/working loft has a day bed which can be arranged to sleep up to 2 people. Total size is 517 sq ft.
|Pedro Miguel Room||
A cosy double room with queen bed. Total size 192 sq ft.
Children are welcome at The Canal House and babysitting can be arranged on request. The Suites are ideal for families as they have a day bed that can be converted to sleep up to two additional guests.
The facilities at The Canal House include a small breakfast room/lounge and a reading/TV room with an honor bar. There is also a small terrace on the roof, with views over the old town.
The Canal House is run by two English speaking managers and staffed by housekeepers with limited English after 6pm, although the managers are always contactable by phone. The Canal House has its own chauffeur/nightlife concierge who you can hire to take you where you wish and to show you the city's hotspots.
The Canal House is located right next 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, birdwatching in the jungle, whale watching in season and visits to Colon by train and the impressive Panama Canal. The Canal House can arrange spa treatments and gym passes.
Sarah Lowe (Staff)
If you are looking to fully immerse yourself in the history and culture of Panama City then look no further than the Casco Viejo neighbourhood. The whole area is undergoing renovation following years of neglect and we are waiting with baited breath! Characterful boutique hotels such as the gorgeous and very personal Canal House are springing up here and offering guests the opportunity to be in the heart of the action. The Canal House only has three rooms so offers more of a luxury guesthouse experience rather than a full service hotel but I loved the home from home feel and the staff couldnt have been friendlier even those with more limited English.
In a city that is very modern and up and coming (you really can tell there has been huge investment) it was a real treat to be able to explore its past. High rise skyscrapers and crumbling colonial buildings literally rub shoulders. What appealed most about the Casco Viejo is that it has so much character and it is still a little rough round the edges having not been overly restored or overly sanitized. Casco Viejo is in transition and I was glad to be able to see it this way before it becomes too touristy. You can explore on foot and there are cute little bars and restaurants dotted around whereas being based in the high rise downtown area everything is a car journey away and has more of a business feel.
This tiny boutique hotel is one of the many buildings in Casco Viejo that was restored from a dilapidated stone structure to a luxury accommodation. Canal House has an old-world wraparound veranda, exposed brick walls, sleek hardwood floors, plush beds and palm plants that grace every corner.
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.
How to get there
14-hour 45-minute international flight to Tocumen International Airport, Panama City followed by a short car transfer to Canal House.
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