Ace Hotels going upscale with Panama City project13 Aug, 2013 By: David Eisen
What is it with Panama City and luxury hotels? Seems every luxury brand is making its way to the Central America hotbed (see Waldorf, see Trump). The newest to enter the fray? Ace Hotels—the trendy, loved-by-artists-and-business-people-alike brand, which started in Portland, Ore., but has steadily grown across the U.S., with outposts in New York and Palm Springs, Calif., among other cities. Next month it will open its first hotel abroad in the Shoreditch neighborhood of London.
But hold on. An Ace Hotel is not exactly opening in the city; rather, Ace Hotels is reportedly developing a more upscale hotel for the city, a 50-room project called the American Trade Hotel, as The New York Times reports. The hotel should open in November in the city's Casco Viejo neighborhood, and is reportedly the first in a series of hotel openings from Atelier Ace.
"Casco reminds me of old Havana," Ace's co-founder, Alex Calderwood, told The New York Times. "You have these beautiful 16th-, 17th- and 18th- century buildings—some restored, some not—and there’s also this excitement there."
The hotel will be developed by Panama-based company Conservatorio and will reflect the area's local history and culture. It will incorporate two buildings in Casco Viejo, including the original American Trade department store, which was built in 1917.
Inside, the hotel will have a jazz bar, a farm-to-table restaurant and a rooftop pool. Of course, single-source Panamanian coffee will be served on-site (Stumptown is the coffee purveyor at the New York property).
In other Panama City hotel news, Wyndham Hotel Group opened the 331-room TRYP by Wyndham Panama Albrook Mall, marking the select-service hotel brand’s largest hotel in Central America and second property in Panama City.
The hotel is owned by Corporacion Hotelera de Panama, S.A., and managed by Bristol Hospitality Group.
Topic : Ace Hotels, Panama City
External Source : The New York Times
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