Xenia Rollinson

American Trade Hotel

  • Where:
  • Why:Election escape/pre-yoga retreat, solo exploration.
  • When:November 2016
  • Who:Me, myself, and I.
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American Trade Hotel The beautifully restored landmark building that the American Trade now calls home overlooks Plaza Herrera.

The beautifully restored landmark building that the American Trade now calls home overlooks Plaza Herrera.

American Trade Hotel If this isn't the prettiest reception area, I don't know what is.

If this isn't the prettiest reception area, I don't know what is.

American Trade Hotel One of the many plants perfectly placed around the hotel.

One of the many plants perfectly placed around the hotel.

American Trade Hotel Just as with every other aspect, the American Trade Hotel got the design of the restaurant perfect.

Just as with every other aspect, the American Trade Hotel got the design of the restaurant perfect.

American Trade Hotel I'm a sucker for a good floor design.

I'm a sucker for a good floor design.

American Trade Hotel The library is a great spot to catch up on some work or to simply browse the awesome book selection. The black and white photo books of Panama City were my favorite.

The library is a great spot to catch up on some work or to simply browse the awesome book selection. The black and white photo books of Panama City were my favorite.

American Trade Hotel You'll find this tranquil open air courtyard on the second floor.

You'll find this tranquil open air courtyard on the second floor.

American Trade Hotel I stayed in the Esquina - a room easily twice the size of my NYC apartment.

I stayed in the Esquina - a room easily twice the size of my NYC apartment.

American Trade Hotel Getting up to see the sunrise from my balcony was one of the highlights.

Getting up to see the sunrise from my balcony was one of the highlights.

American Trade Hotel Pit stop in the courtyard on my way to explore for the day.

Pit stop in the courtyard on my way to explore for the day.

American Trade Hotel Be sure to come up to the pool after dark. It is totally transformed by beautiful lights and I spent multiple nights whiling the time away up here.

Be sure to come up to the pool after dark. It is totally transformed by beautiful lights and I spent multiple nights whiling the time away up here.

Highs & Lows

  • The design of the entire hotel made me feel relaxed as soon I stepped through the doors, and even though the hotel was at capacity during my entire stay, the common spaces hardly ever felt crowded or loud.

  • Being able to wake up and watch the sunrise from my own private balcony and see Casco Viejo start to come to life in Plaza Herrera.

  • The staff was very courteous and professional and exceeded my expectations in dealing with an unexpected issue that arose.

  • Aesop bath products were by far my favorite amenity.

  • If your room faces Plaza Herrera, it won’t be the quietest. Plaza life starts early and goes late, so be prepared for some street noise as well as the sound of plentiful church bells.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 43/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Luxury Boutique.

  • Vibe

    Tranquil and relaxed, sleek and sophisticated.

  • Location

    Overlooking Plaza Herrera, the American Trade Hotel is right in the centre of Casco Viejo. You can walk everywhere you would want to within 10 minutes, and Tocumen International Airport is a quick 20-30 minute taxi or Uber ride.

  • Rooms

    50

  • Music

    Soothing instrumental versions of today’s hit songs.

  • Year Opened

    2013

  • Designed By

    Atelier Ace in conjunction with Panama City-based Conservatorio and Commune Design.

  • Health & Wellness

    Both! Be sure to take a late night swim in the pool - it’s beautifully lit up by pink lights that seemingly sparkle.

  • Restaurant

    Breakfast was included with my stay.

  • Bar

    The Lobby Bar serves up drinks all day long. Be sure to have the Sazerac, you’ll really feel as though you are in Panama back in the 1920s. Danilo’s Jazz Club is open late and hosts a mix of local and international artists.

  • Minibar

    Yes

  • Children

    Leave them at home.

  • Price

    Mid-range.

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