In the News from Panama

Marriott Expands Presence in Panama City

Marriott International has opened a new 144-room Residence Inn in downtown Panama City, as the hotel giant continues to grow its investment in the Panama capital.

The hotel, located in Punta Paitilla, is the first Residence Inn in Panama for Marriott, which already has a W Hotel, a JW Marriott, a Marriott and an Autograph Collection property in the country.

Marriott also owns the Ritz Carlton brand, which is opening a Ritz Carlton Reserve ultra-luxury resort on Pearl Island. The Ritz will be a spectacular addition to Panama, creating a Caribbean- style retreat two hours off the coast of Panama City.

The Residence Inn brand targets longer stay travelers, with amenities that include “complimentary grocery delivery service and daily hot breakfast, a 24-hour market, a common laundry room, and a state-of-the-art fitness facility,” according to the press release. A restaurant in the “Sky Lobby” offers “local cuisine complemented by regionally-infused crafted cocktails.”

“Panama City is a key market for longer-stay travel and the perfect place for Residence Inn by Marriott,” said Carlos Roque, the General Manager of the Residence Inn Panama City, in the press release. “Located just a few minutes from historic Casco Viejo, travelers will have the option to enjoy restaurants, shops and nightlife creating work-life balance and a true home away from home.”

The hotel “pays tribute to Panama’s vibrant culture and history with local design touches,” according to the press release. Local touches include “a map of Panama created by architect Maritza Lantry using embossed wooden planks and “vintage flooring, similar to those found in Casco Viejo, integrating silver touches to represent Panama’s metropolitan side.”

The hotel includes “naturally-lit meeting space with built-in multimedia technology” and flexible meeting rooms, and. Groups of up to 100 can take advantage of flexible meeting rooms and dedicated gathering spaces for meals, breakout sessions, one-on-one meetings, and more.

Before this Residence Inn, Marriott’s last opening was a W hotel in a 50-story tower on Calle 50 in 2018, according to coverage in the Caribbean Journal.