Sofitel marks the first Central America on the Panama waterfront

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Images courtesy of Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo Panama.

Sofitel Legend will unveil its first hotel in North and Central America, bringing its quintessential lifestyle to historic Casco Viejo, Panama, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Accor Group brand’s French luxury theme will be evident with the debut of the 159-room Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo Panama in fall 2022.

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Boasting a unique location on a waterfront enclave, the property will be the sixth in the Sofitel Legend portfolio. The hotel will embrace the local culture and blend the heart of the destination with the lifestyle spirit of the brand.

Heather McCrory, CEO of Accor for North and Central America, said: “We are privileged to bring the exceptional Sofitel Legend brand to North and Central America in the dynamic and thriving destination of Panama City, in the historic and culturally significant neighborhood of Casco Viejo. A standout addition to our portfolio, Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo will be the brand’s flagship in the region and launch a distinctive luxury hotel offering in Panama.

“Inspired by the essence of the city and where local culture is celebrated and infused with an authentic passion for the French art of living, the hotel is poised to set a new standard of luxury hospitality in Panama.”

Restored facade

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean with stunning views of the Panama City skyline, the hotel is located in the heart of Casco Viejo, on the former site of the iconic Club Union of Panama. Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo Panama will carry on the glamorous legacy of yesteryear, honoring the historic and cultural significance of Club Union while embracing modern times.

Behind its restored colonial facade complete with state-of-the-art new construction, the exclusive venue merges legendary history with contemporary splendour. Manuel Choy of Architect SA, one of Panama’s foremost architects specializing in the restoration of buildings in Casco Viejo, has been appointed to lead the project alongside Accor North America’s design and technical services team. and Central.

The French styles of the building’s architecture are carried inside by incorporating luxurious finishes such as the ballroom’s marble checkerboard floors, wrought iron balcony details and brass accents, and contrasted by the use of contemporary Panamanian design elements including local artwork, handmade encaustic. colorful tiles and furnishings inspired by the diversity of flora and fauna found throughout the country.

The spectacular lobby decor visually depicts the history of the Panama Canal and is adorned with nautical design elements, including bespoke sculptures, striking artwork, historic photographs on display, and marine navigational instruments.

Innovative concepts

Facilities and amenities include five food and beverage venues, including a Skybar and lounge; a beachfront swimming pool; and approximately 9,880 square feet of indoor and outdoor flexible event space offering unique and innovative concepts on the market.

A full-service Sofitel spa and Sofitel Fitness exercise studio overlook the ocean, while a Sofitel spa will offer a range of services with treatments inspired by local Panamanian culture, luxurious amenities including a spacious tea room and serene relaxation rooms for in-between care. .

General Manager of the hotel, David Kianni, said: “I am very proud and honored to open the Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo Panama, a milestone in the Panamanian tourist offer and destined to become a leader in the hotel industry. luxury on the market and in the world. The hotel will be a wonderful addition to the neighborhood and will offer unique offerings that appeal to locals and international visitors alike.

Eat and drink by the water

Overlooking the waterfront, Ammi SkyBar will offer indoor and outdoor dining with 180-degree views of the ocean and city skyline, and transform into an exclusive lounge at night. Caleta, the hotel’s two-level Mediterranean brasserie will offer a flavor-focused menu with an emphasis on seafood, using fresh, local, seasonal ingredients.

The Mayda Lobby Bar & Plaza will offer classic cocktails and small plates inspired by Panamanian history and culture. You can sip and savor in the lobby or in the Plaza, in a picturesque courtyard. The hotel will also include a take-out location, Vera Gourmet Café, a patisserie offering freshly baked French pastries and exclusively blended Panamanian coffee. Finally, the hotel’s pool bar will offer freshly made juices, handcrafted cocktails and healthy food.

Launch of a prestigious brand

Mark Purcell, SVP of Development for Accor North and Central America, explained: “Sofitel Legend is one of two prestigious luxury brands in the Accor portfolio that we will be introducing to the North and Central America region during the next year, thereby strengthening our position as a leader in the luxury segment. After a year of record growth, we remain enthusiastically committed to growing our unique collection of hotels and look forward to celebrating the opening of Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo Panama in just a few months,”

Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo Panama joins a collection of historic luxury hotels, including Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi (Vietnam), Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam, Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan (Egypt), Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena and the Sofitel Legend People’s Grand Hotel Xian (China). ).

Parent group Accor will also open Raffles Boston Back Bay Hotel & Residences in early 2023 and recently celebrated the debut of the famed Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

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