If you’re staying in Panama City, the Bristol Hotel is the prestige address in town. It doesn’t have a pool, but it’s the place to be if you’re looking for luxury rooms and personalized service.
Now the company has opened it’s long-awaited beach resort and we have a review of it: Bristol Hotel & Spa at Buenaventura.
The hotel has gotten a bit of press, but everything I’ve read has come from a desk-bound junior editor in New York who has never set foot in the place. We don’t work like that: our frequent Panama contributor Beverly Gallagher got the inside scoop in person.
This hotel is part of a planned community of condos, villas, a shopping center, a coming golf course, and even a church. It opened as the clear top large hotel on the beach in Panama, but is just 90 minutes from the capital. A few years back there were few hotels outside Panama City to recommend, but as tourism picks up and more foreign residents move in, standards are rising quickly.