Panama City Hilton

Panama City was the first place to see a Trump hotel in Latin America and now it’s the first place to get a Waldorf-Astoria, the highest luxury brand from Hilton, named after the iconic original in New York City.

The new Waldorf Astoria Panama is in a prime location in the business district of booming Panama City. If you know the lay of the land there, it’s near the Intercontinental and a stone’s throw from Le Meridien Panama. It’s right by Calle Uruguay, home to a few hopping blocks of clubs and restaurants.

Panama City luxury hotelThere were still a few workmen putting finishing touches on the spa and some of the residences when I visited a few weeks ago, but the rest of the hotel was ready for prime time and was looking great. There are plenty of flashier hotels in town for rock star personalities: this Waldorf Astoria is more like a younger version of the Bristol, with modified mid-century modern design elements and lots of gold accents done with class instead of crass.

It’s safe to say that these are the most advanced, tricked-out rooms in the capital (until something newer comes along) and you won’t be crawling around on the floor looking for an electrical outlet. Rooms are all a good size as well, plus you have the option of getting one of the residences in the rental pool to have an apartment feel for longer stays.

This new luxury hotel is a great addition to Panama’s capital and for those wanting to earn or cash in Hilton points, it’s an important new option in the “Crossroads of the Americas.”

See our full review of Waldorf Astoria Panama City.