New hotel in Panama’s historic district

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By Anna Peirano

Tántalo is a New York inspired boutique hotel, featuring 13 uniquely designed rooms spotlighting artwork from 13 local artists. Located in the city’s historic neighborhood, generally known as the art’s district, the hotel celebrates creativity and culture. 

The facade reflects the influence of the city’s historic occupation by Spain, France, and the United States, while the inside is dedicated to contemporary and local art. Featured work includes photography, painting, and various installations. 

The hotel boasts a rooftop bar and lounge, the region’s first, offering views of Panama City’s growing skyline. Featuring live music, local craft beers, and signature cocktails, the rooftop and kitchen are open to all. Dishes are meant for sharing and made from ingredients curated from countries around the world, including a signature dish from the chef’s own family vaults. 

There is also an artsy downstairs bar and lounge, featuring one of the most unique aspects of the hotel – the interior living green wall, featuring over 983 species of Panama’s local flora and fauna. The wall stands at eight meters wide and two stories high, and is watered by reclaimed rainwater direct from the atrium’s skylights.  

The hotel has married together antique and chic, using repurposed local items like telephone cabling spools and original roofing to create furniture, flooring and decor. Additional eco-conscious apsects include Panama Canal-harvested wood tables and the use of recycled newspapers and phone books as insulation throughout the structure’s walls. 

The hotel is surrounded by cathedrals, shops, museums, and is just a short drive from the Panama Canal. The website claims these are “all good places to visit, assuming you actually feel the need to leave Tántalo.” 

For more information on the hotel and for bookings, visit their website here.

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