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Grace Panama 4.0

Panama City, Panama Province, Panama

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Pros

  • In Panama City’s Obarrio neighborhood near restaurants and shops
  • Intimate roof deck with a pool, a bar, and city views
  • Upscale rooms feature Nespresso coffeemakers, flat-screen TVs, and minibars 
  • Upgraded rooms offer large soaking tubs  
  • Chic, gourmet restaurant/bar for authentic Panamanian fare and room service 
  • Fast and free Wi-Fi in every room and common area 
  • 24-hour rooftop gym
  • Available massages at the small spa
  • Free valet parking

Cons

  • Breakfast costs extra
  • Gym features limited equipment
  • Tiny spa with few services

Bottom Line

Grace Panama offers four-pearl lodging in the Obarrio District -- one of Panama City’s most sought-after neighborhoods. For such a small property, it houses a surprising number of upscale amenities including a rooftop deck (with a pool, hot tub, and bar) and a contemporary restaurant with authentic food. All 60 rooms are spacious and contemporary with large, flat-screen satellite TVs, Nespresso coffeemakers, and minibars. Upgraded rooms add wraparound windows with lovely city views and large soaking tubs. The gym and spa are limited, but are nice extras given the rates -- which don't include breakfast. For a bit more money, Le Meridien Panama offers the same amenities plus swanky, nightclub-style panache and views of Panama Bay.

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Scene

Upscale city center hotel that's chic, sophisticated, and contemporary

Since the hotel shares a building with several commercial spaces, it doesn't look like much from the outside. But every square foot of Grace Panama’s interior is sleek and stylish. The intimate lobby opens to an expanse of polished marble flooring, frosted glass lighting fixtures, and transitional furniture, all in tasteful, muted tones. It’s sophisticated and upscale, but there’s nothing flashy about the decor. Given the hotel’s relatively small size, 54 EAST Restaurant and Bar is surprisingly large with a relaxed and quiet vibe at every meal. The rooftop deck is small, but there’s a purposeful feel to its design that’s more intimate than cramped. The deck houses a pool, a hot tub, and a small bar -- all with a chic, hushed vibe reminiscent of an outdoor nightclub lounge. Given the upscale appointments throughout and the fact that most rooms include only a single bed, the hotel is squarely aimed at couples.

Location

In the Obarrio District, a short walk to restaurants, shops, and the El Carmen metro station

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At street level, the neighborhood seems like any other in downtown Panama City. The rows of office and commercial buildings nearby guarantee that it’s always busy, bustling, and urban, but not gritty. A few blocks in any direction, guests will find numerous restaurants, shops, and services. The El Carmen metro, a major stop on the city’s subway system, is eight minutes away on foot. The museum and ruins of Museo De Panama Viejo are 15 minutes away by car. The nearest major airport, Tocumen International Airport (PTY), is reachable in 30 minutes along a modern highway by car. The hotel can facilitate shuttle service for a fee. However, regulated taxi service and Uber rides are often cheaper and just as easy to arrange.

Rooms

Sleek and sophisticated rooms with Nespresso coffeemakers, flat-screen TVs, and luxurious bathrooms

Room decor is soft and contemporary with an understated sophistication typical of the Grace brand. Transitional style furniture, white leather seating, tasteful use of wood and marble, and decorative gold accents all create a relaxed, upscale look and feel. Rooms in every category are spacious -- between 385 square feet (36 square meters) and 847 square feet (79 square meters) -- and offer similar amenities. Well-stocked minibars with premium liquor, large, flat-screen TVs with satellite service and Nespresso coffeemakers are all standard. In-room Wi-Fi is fast and free. Electronic do-not-disturb panels replace typical door hangers and add a touch of high-tech class. Wall safes large enough to accommodate a laptop are provided. Bathrooms are bright, spacious, and luxurious with separate private spaces for the toilet and walk-in glass shower stall. Upgraded rooms offer large soaking tubs and floor-to-ceiling windows for city views. Salvatore Ferragamo luxury brand amenities are standard.

Features

An intimate rooftop pool and hot tub, plus a contemporary restaurant with room service

For a 60-room property, Grace Panama offers an excellent list of amenities including a swanky rooftop pool deck, a bright contemporary restaurant/bar with authentic Panamanian fare, and surprisingly free Wi-Fi and free valet parking. The roof deck is small but spacious enough given the hotel’s small size. The entire floor accommodates an intimate pool and hot tub area, plus a tiny fitness room with modern equipment and spa with a limited treatment menu.

Off the lobby, 54 EAST Restaurant and Bar is in a large, bright space awash in beige marble, contemporary, nature-inspired accents, soft upholstered seating, and a muted gray-on-brown color palette. Breakfast (fee) is served buffet-style, while lunch and dinner are both a la carte. The menu includes Western-friendly fare, plus authentic local seafood dishes like grilled octopus, smoked Caribbean lobster, and seafood paella. Room service is available for a fee.

The business center is a single computer workstation in a closet-sized room clearly designed for printing boarding passes. Wi-Fi is free and fast in every common area; we found the service reliable. Free valet parking is a nice touch.

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Twist Tower, Calle 54 Este y Samuel Lewis, Obarrio , Panama City, Panama

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