The small but exquisitely formed Grace Hotel group has chosen an imposing slice of modern urban architecture in the heart of Panama City’s smart Obarrio district for their first central American property. Grace Panama is now probably the best boutique hotel Panama City has to offer – and it's certainly not short on wow factor. This luxury boutique hotel occupies the 12th to 17th floors of the brand new Twist Tower, and includes an outdoor plunge and whirlpool with dramatic views of the city centre and gastronomic dining courtesy of celebrated Spanish chef Pedro Masoliver. Slick, beautiful, contemporary design and comfort is accompanied by the exceptional service for which Grace is famous.
Panama City is booming and its skyline looks more like Miami’s every year, but it still retains more than enough authentic local food, culture, history and architecture to keep guests with a taste for local colour happy. Book a ‘Bespoke Grace’ trip to the fish market with executive chef Pedro Masoliver to choose, buy, cook and eat your own dinner. The hotel will also organise rum tastings, photography courses and a hike through the Metropolitan Natural Park (Panama being the only city in the world with rain forest within its borders). Get up close to the awe-inspiring feat of engineering which is the Panama Canal, currently undergoing expansion, at the Miraflores Lock, a short drive from the hotel. Casco Viejo is the city’s Old Town, and it’s a treasure trove of museums, monuments and colonial architecture, some of it dating as far back as the 15th century. When you’ve had enough of history, explore Panama City’s world-class retail districts for a spot of shopping. The Albrook Mall is a staggering 1km long, while the more upmarket Multiplaza Mall comes with the full set of global luxury brands from Chanel to Vuitton all present and correct.
54 East Restaurant is a Mediterranean brasserie with private dining room and large terrace for al fresco eating. Executive chef Pedro Masoliver has designed an unpretentious menu with an international flavour, ranging from Oriental-style tuna to seafood paella and Marseillaise fish soup to spaghetti with mushrooms in tomato sauce. At Meet@12 you can eat in or takeaway wraps and sandwiches – convenient for anyone about to hit the sights. Located pool-side on the 12th floor, it affords stupendous views of the city. The 54 East bar serves up classic Spanish tapas and Panamanian-inspired cocktails.