Xenia Rollinson

American Trade Hotel

with Xenia Rollinson
  • Where:Panama City, Panama

  • Why:Election escape/pre-yoga retreat, solo exploration.

  • When:November 2016

  • Who:Me, myself, and I.

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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

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

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.

  • Pool/Gym

    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

  • Wifi

    Free WiFi that works better than mine back home.

  • Children

    Leave them at home.

  • Price

    Mid-range.

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