There are three sides to Panama City -the ruins of the original 16th century capital -Panamá Viejo -which was destroyed by Captain Morgan in the 18th century; the colonial city of Casco Viejo; and the modern city -an important finance centre with a skyline similar to that of Singapore or Miami.
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City hotel - Casco ViejoIn the heart of Casco Viejo, the building dates back to 1917 and was originally a department store and bank. It was abandoned for many years, but has now been completely restored and still has many of the original features (including floors, lifts and even light switches).
City hotel - Casco ViejoA beautiful building in the Casco Viejo built in the 1930s by Doña Clementina Jaen. There is a small garden with wooden decking and banana trees and a stunning rooftop patio offering panoramic views of both the old town and the modern Panama City skyline.
City hotel - City CentreA smart high-rise hotel in the heart of the financial district of Panama City, and close to a number of bars, restaurants and casinos. The hotel has a wonderful restaurant, with a gourmet menu inspired by typical Panamanian dishes, and the bar has an impressive selection of rums from around the world. There is a swimming pool, gym and a spa.
City hotel - Financial districtThe hotel is in the lively district of Calle Uruguay and within walking distance of bars and restaurants. Although not built right on the seafront, the upper floors have wonderful views towards the ocean and the ships waiting to pass through the Panama Canal.