the ace panama.

ace hotel in panama / sfgirlbybay

Shortly after my trip to Cuba with Victoria, I ventured over to Panama City for a quick couple of days before returning home. My hotel of choice: the American Trade also known as one of the Ace Hotels. Today I’m sharing some snaps I captured of this exquisite property.

ace hotel in panama / sfgirlbybay

ace hotel in panama / sfgirlbybay

Located in one of the most beautiful landmark buildings in Casco Viejo (old town), the American Trade Hotel retains much of its historic charm with modern luxuries mixed in.

ace hotel in panama / sfgirlbybay

ace hotel in panama / sfgirlbybay

ace hotel in panama / sfgirlbybay

ace hotel in panama / sfgirlbybay

Each of the terraced rooms looks out onto the charming town surrounding the property or offers views of Panama Bay and the Pacific.

ace hotel in panama / sfgirlbybay

ace hotel in panama / sfgirlbybay

ace hotel in panama / sfgirlbybay

The bar, cafe, dining room and patio were perfect spots to refuel. I almost didn’t want to venture anywhere else. Local and seasonal ingredients, fresh seafood, juices and cocktails…it was all delish. Loved the sweet corn pancakes for breakfast.

ace hotel in panama / sfgirlbybay

ace hotel in panama / sfgirlbybay

And there’s also an outdoor pool on the second level to cool off from the humidity. Perfect views of the old town from here.

ace hotel in panama / sfgirlbybay

ace hotel in panama / sfgirlbybay

The lobby, with its seating areas and stunning tile work, was perfect for people watching. Especially when the piano man performs in the evenings.

ace hotel in panama / sfgirlbybay

My favorite part of the hotel: the library (pictured at the beginning of this feature). You can catch up on some reading and enjoy drinks from there. Perfect spot to retreat and rest up after a day out on the town. I also think it happens to be the best decorated part of the property and I’m pulling some interior inspiration for my own home from there.

ace hotel in panama / sfgirlbybay

ace hotel in panama / sfgirlbybay

If you’re venturing off to Panama, a stay at the American Trade is highly recommended. There’s plenty of great amenities to enjoy on site and within walking distance are even more great restaurants, boutiques (especially for Panama hats) and other historical and cultural points of interest.

ace hotel in panama / sfgirlbybay

• all photography by leslie santarina.

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