Staying in Casco Viejo, Panama

Panama is one of those countries that you don’t normally think to go to but every time you do you’re thrilled you went. I just went for my 4th time and had a really great experience staying in Casco Viejo-the old city. Modern Panama City is like a mix of Miami and Dubai in terms of architecture and buildings. However, staying in Casco Viejo gives you a different experience. It lets you feel the history of Panama City and experience the best of what it has to offer.

Staying in Casco Viejo, Casco Viejo, Panama, Panama City, American Trade Hotel

I stayed in the heart of Casco Viejo at the American Trade Hotel overlooking beautiful Herrera Square. It was the perfect place to get a real feel for Casco Viejo and it is easy walking distance to anywhere in the old city. Not to mention the hotel itself was fantastic.

Staying in Casco Viejo, Casco Viejo, Panama, Panama City, American Trade Hotel

Recently becoming a member of the Small Luxury Hotels group of hotels, it lives up to the name. The lobby and rooms are true to the old plantation style of hotel with modern amenities. It has a great rooftop pool and a library to chill. It also has an excellent restaurant and coffee shop with high quality Wi-Fi, which can be hard to find in Central America.

Staying in Casco Viejo, Casco Viejo, Panama, Panama City, American Trade Hotel, library

On my first day, the American Trade Hotel set me up on a walking tour of Casco Viejo, surely one of the 3 best things to do in Panama City. It was a great way to get reacquainted with the old city. Much has changed since I was last in Panama City some 5 years ago when I was in search of Captain Morgan and his lost treasure.

Staying in Casco Viejo, Casco Viejo, Panama, Panama City

For dinner I headed out to Tantalo for an awesome dinner and nightcap at their fabulous rooftop bar overlooking the city. I highly recommend this if you’re staying in Casco Viejo or anywhere in Panama City.

Staying in Casco Viejo, Casco Viejo, Panama, Panama City, American Trade Hotel, tantalo, empanadas

The next day, I did a Panama Canal tour. This is surely popular and one of the 3 best places to see around Panama City. It’s not Versailles in terms of beauty but in terms of engineering marvels it’s right at the top of the list.

Staying in Casco Viejo, Casco Viejo, Panama, Panama City, American Trade Hotel, Panama Canal, tour

The canal tour offers you great insight into the how and why it was built. Let’s just say without it, ships would have an extra month of traveling around the bottom of South America getting from one side of the Americas to the other. There is also an excellent movie and museum at the Miraflores Locks-the most popular locks to visit and only 20 minutes from Casco Viejo.

Staying in Casco Viejo, Casco Viejo, Panama, Panama City, American Trade Hotel, panama canal, miraflores locks

For lunch I checked out the trendy and modern Saquella restaurant in Casco Viejo just down the street from the American Trade Hotel. The tuna was to die for albeit a little expensive. But when in Rome I always say!

Staying in Casco Viejo, Casco Viejo, Panama, Panama City, American Trade Hotel, Saquella, tuna

Then I was off to the Frank Gehry designed Museum of Biodiversity.  I am a fan of cool architecture and anything by Gehry catches my eye.  The museum was cool with great views of Panama City and the Bridge of the Americas.  Be sure to check it out.

Staying in Casco Viejo, Casco Viejo, Panama, Panama City, American Trade Hotel, biomuseo, Museum of Biodiversity, Frank Gehry

After a quick dip in the rooftop pool and some refueling at the coffee shop in the American Trade Hotel, I checked out a local restaurant and indigenous show in town called Tinajas. The steak was excellent and the entertainment was interesting for a feel of Panamanian traditional dress and dance.

Staying in Casco Viejo, Casco Viejo, Panama, Panama City, American Trade Hotel, pool

Then it was back to the American Trade Hotel for bed and an early flight home on Copa Airlines. It was a short trip but packed with great stuff and a great way to spend 2 days in Panama City. I definitely recommend staying in Casco Viejo because you can walk everywhere and it has that old school feel you get in a city like Havana, Cuba or Antigua, Guatemala. Check out the American Trade Hotel and tell them I sent you!

Staying in Casco Viejo, Casco Viejo, Panama, Panama City, American Trade Hotel, causeway view

Disclaimer: I was invited, hosted and received financial compensation from the American Trade Hotel. However, everything written here was by me based on my experience and hasn’t been influenced in any way.

Comments

  1. Cheryl Fertig says:

    I think I will travel there in a New York Minute:)
    Everything u posted was interesting,yummmmmmmy, including the library.
    I love the fact you can walk everywhere,including the rooftop????
    ????????????

  2. Cheryl Fertig says:

    I think I will travel there in a New York Minute:)
    Everything u posted was interesting,yummmmmmmy, including the library.
    I love the fact you can walk everywhere,including the rooftop????
    ????????????

  3. Cheryl Fertig says:

    Ha
    Did not post ? Marks

  4. Your blog is really amazing. I loved it. All pictures you captured is amazing. This is interesting post and informative post.

  5. Excellent article and really informative at the same time. It’s great to read something fresh. You take remarkable pictures. Sadly, I have never get the opportunity to tour these lovely places, but willing to. Hope my time will come soon.

    This is very interesting, You’re a very skilled blogger. I greatly appreciate what you did and respect you for doing it. I enjoyed reading to the last of it …. I hope I could make this trip one day

  6. This blog is quite awesome i would like to stay in this place. Thanks for sharing this post. This is simply awesome

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