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Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo is set to debut this December in Panama City

Sofitel Legend, the modern French luxury brand unveils its first hotel in North and Central America. Share

Uniquely located on a waterfront enclave, once the site of the former Club Union of Panama and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo Panama will stand apart, bringing undeniable French savoir-faire to one of the world’s most sought-after destinations.

The property will be the sixth legendary address in the prestigious Sofitel Legend brand, with hotels set in iconic cities around the world, each renowned for its stunning architecture, historic location and colorful past. Destined to become one of the most enchanting locales in Panama City, the hotel will embrace local culture and artfully blend the heart of the destination with the brand’s art-de-vivre spirit, offering the finest in French hospitality.

Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo is set to debut this December in Panama City

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean with sweeping vistas of the Panama City skyline, the hotel is situated in the heart of Casco Viejo, on the former site of the iconic and revered Club Union of Panama. Established at the beginning of the 20th century, for decades Club Union was the most exclusive and elegant social club in Panama City, frequented by several legendary personalities throughout history, including Albert Einstein, Queen Elizabeth II, and Helen Keller, to name a few.

Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo Panama will continue the glamourous legacy of days gone by, honoring the historical and cultural importance of Club Union while embracing modern times – a stunning, soon-to-be revealed destination where heritage meets modernity. Behind its restored colonial façade complemented by new, state-of-the-art construction, this exclusive locale merges legendary history with contemporary splendor, providing a singular experience from the moment guests arrive, in one of the most desirable locations within the Casco Viejo district.

Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo is set to debut this December in Panama City

Directly built out into the water, with unobstructed and impressive views of the Pacific Ocean and Panama city skyline, the hotel will feature 159 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, the vast majority with enviable seascapes, five spectacular food and beverage venues, including a Skybar and lounge; an oceanfront pool, and approximately 9,880 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor function space offering unique and innovative concepts in the market.

Signature brand offerings will include Majordome butler service and access to a full-service Sofitel Spa and Sofitel Fitness exercise studio overlooking the ocean. Sofitel Spa will unveil an urban retreat for pampering and relaxation. The spa will offer an array of services with treatments inspired by local Panamanian culture, luxurious amenities including a spacious tea room, and serene relaxation rooms for in-between treatments.

Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo is set to debut this December in Panama City

The French stylings of the building’s architecture are carried through into the interior by incorporating luxurious finishes such as the ballroom’s marble checkerboard floors, wrought iron balcony detailing and brass touches, and contrasted by the use of contemporary Panamanian design elements, including local artwork, handmade encaustic tiles, and colorful furnishings inspired by the diverse flora and fauna found throughout the country.

Upon entering the hotel, the lobby’s dramatic décor immediately engages guests, visually depicting the country’s important story of the remarkable architectural wonder that is the Panama Canal and is adorned with nautical design elements including custom-made sculptures, striking artwork, historic photographs on display, and maritime navigational instruments.

Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo is set to debut this December in Panama City

The hotel’s masterful culinary program, led by an award-winning Chef, will include a varied collection of food and beverage offerings. Overlooking the waterfront, Ammi SkyBar, will feature indoor and outdoor dining with 180-degree views of the ocean and city skyline, and will transform into an exclusive lounge at night. Caleta, the hotel’s bi-level Mediterranean brasserie will feature a flavour-driven menu with a seafood focus, using fresh local seasonal ingredients. Mayda Lobby Bar & Plaza will offer classic cocktails and small plates.

Guests can either sip and savour in the lobby area or at The Plaza, in a picturesque courtyard setting. The hotel will also include a grab-and-go venue, Vera Gourmet Café,  a patisserie offering freshly baked French pastries and exclusively blended Panamanian coffee. Lastly, the hotel’s Pool Bar will feature freshly prepared juices, handcrafted cocktails and healthy fare.

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