On the cusp of Panama City’s historic Casco Viejo Square, a luxury hotel rests upon a site that was nearly destroyed by pirates over 300 years ago. Nestled into a thoughtfully renovated building, The American Trade Hotel symbolizes the convergence of tradition and modernity in one of the Americas’ longest standing landmarks. In both design and function, the hotel represents a cultural breeding ground for the rich history and local tradition of Panama with the nascent new ideas of the creatives flooding into the area.
Residents and artists alike come together at the city’s newest watering hole.
The American Trade Hotel looks like a place where Ernest Hemingway may have hung out. Its aesthetic could have ostensibly been designed by a mellowed-out Wes Anderson. Minimalist furnishings are embellished by lush greenery around every corner. Austere stucco walls lead to grandiose parquet-floored ballrooms. The secluded garden courtyard is the perfect place to enjoy the variety of musicians who routinely entertain guests with violins, pianos and harps. If none of this suits you, take a walk in any direction to find yourself enjoying the pristine coastline.
The American Trade Hotel is a new type of project from Atelier Ace, of the well-known Ace Hotel brand. After establishing a handful of successful locations across the US and London, Ace teamed up with Panama City-based Conservatorio for the first independent creation of the Ace portfolio. According to the Ace Hotel mission statement, the goal is not “to reinvent the hotel, but to readdress its conventions to keep them fresh, energized, human”. At last, the hotel acts as it should – as an ambassador to the culture around it.
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