Panama’s Newest Boutique Hotel Opens In World Heritage Site

Casco Viejo, Panama City’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, welcomed its newest boutique hotel this week. The 6-room, all-suite Las Clementinas Chambers, Cafe and Bar is set within an urban oasis and occupies a fully-restored 1930s apartment building built above the original city wall from the 1700s to defend it from attack. Lovingly restored, the spaces retain their classic feel with historic pieces ranging from heirlooms abandoned by aristocratic families to antique desks from the old British Embassy while the interiors were completely rebuilt with modern comforts.

 

The original layout of the apartments has been retained, giving each suite unmatched space and volumes ideal for vacationing families or business travellers on extended stays. Each chamber is artistically furnished with amenities including luxury bedding, spacious bathroom, separate living areas, fully-equipped kitchen, satellite television, iPod docking station, high-speed internet access and in-room safe. Guests will also enjoy access to the rooftop terrace, where they can relax comfortably to views of the ocean and hidden gardens.

 

Chef Javier Lamarca, whose previous experience includes stints at el Bulli in Barcelona, helms the hotel’s Cafe & Bar. A place for travellers and locals to dine and meet, the cuisine is contemporary Panamanian and Caribbean using fresh local ingredients, many of which come from the hotel’s own garden. Guests can also experience Panama’s most exotic dining experience in the restored secret garden nestled into the old city wall beneath street level.

 

Within the hotel, secluded spaces such as the Palm Garden, deeded over a hundred years ago “for the conservation and embellishment of the city”, and the Secret Garden await exploration by guests or use as intimate function spaces. The staff can also arrange for a variety of tours and activities of the area to experience the various aspects of Panama City.

 

La Clementinas joins sister hotel The Canal House, recently named the Editors’ Pick by The New York Times and Panama’s Top Boutique Offering by Lonely Planet. For more information, visit lasclementinas.com.

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