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Central Hotel Panama

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Central Hotel Panama is a historic Spanish-influenced hotel refreshed with contemporary amenities right on the main square in Panama City's Casco Viejo. 

The friendly Central Hotel is what it says on the tin: it has a prestigious position right on the main square, Plaza de Independencia, in the centre of the historic core of the city with views across the water to the skyscrapers of modern city on the horizon. The hotel is just steps away from the Cathedral, which has had a face lift, and the Municipal and Presidential Palaces are within strolling distance too.

It’s a great location not only for sight-seeing but also for the increasing number of trendy restaurants and cocktails bars adding to the liveliness of the old city.

This was the first hotel in Panama City, gaining a reputation for its good European and American-style services, and recent restoration has maintained the elegant, sugar white, colonial façade and the lofty ceilings and patios of the interior. The air-conditioned rooms and suites have a contemporary design, with fresh white bed linen adding to the feeling of cool. The outdoor pool on the roof is a delight, with views over the red roofs of the Casco Viejo and beyond to the Pacific. There’s also a, spa, beauty salon and gym, bar-lounge and an Argentinian restaurant serving Panamanian steaks the equal of Buenos Aires.

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What our clients say

  • We didn't realise the partial canal transit would be in such a big boat with loads of other tourists - not a problem, but would have been good for this…

    NF, Tunbridge Wells
  • Each part of my trip had a special moment. I loved both the new and old parts of Panama city, but my highlight there was seeing sloths while walking up…

    TF, Wakefield
  • Most memorable experience: “Tranquillo bay was a cut above everything else.   Staying on Waidup (near Isla Tigre) was also special.”

    MH, Chiswick
  • Most Memorable Moment?: Too hard to choose one. Panama Canal Transit was a lifelong ambition.

    NA, London
  • Highlights: “Locks on the Panama canal and Panamax vessels up close.”

    MC, Fulham
  • Because of my interest in shipping, the Panama Canal partial transit was fascinating. 

    JB
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Our Expert's Opinion

Sallly
Sally Dodge Travel Expert A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.

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  • Chris
    Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Expert

    Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.

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    Millie Davies - Travel Expert

    Having caught the travel bug as a child, Millie has travelled all over Latin America before making her home in Buenos Aires for 3 years.

  • Sallly
    Sally Dodge - Travel Expert

    A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.

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    Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Expert

    Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.

  • Alex
    Alex Walker - Travel Expert

    A globetrotter since her childhood, Alex spent a year studying abroad in Guadalajara and has returned to Latin America countless times since then.

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    Sophie Barber - Travel Expert

    Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.

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