Sofitel brings a little French ‘art de vivre’ to Panama • Hotel Designs

Located in the heart of Casco Viejo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo presides with its distinctive exterior reminiscent of a bygone era, while gracefully merging Panamanian culture with undeniable French savoir-faire.

The building’s original French colonial architecture is meticulously conveyed in the interior design of the property with the dramatic décor of the lobby, which immediately envelopes guests and celebrates the country’s most remarkable engineering accomplishment and architectural wonder – the Panama Canal – with nautical design elements including custom-made sculptures, striking artwork, historic photographs on display and maritime navigational instruments.

Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo Panama, uniquely located on a serene waterfront enclave overlooking the Pacific Ocean

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Beyond the lobby, the French heritage of the building is creatively woven throughout a variety of design details including the ballroom’s marble checkerboard floors, wrought iron balcony and brass touches, and contrasted by contemporary Panamanian design elements, with local artwork, handmade encaustic tiles, and colourful furnishings inspired by the diverse flora and fauna found throughout the country.

“Sofitel Legend is more than a luxury hotel brand,” said Maud Bailly, CEO of Sofitel. “It represents a way of living that encapsulates the absolute best in art, culture, history and the elegance of the destination itself. Situated in Panama City’s historic district, Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo will provide a space where guests can immerse themselves in local culture whilst indulging in modern luxuries particular to Sofitel Legend. We are thrilled to continue to offer discerning travellers the finest in French luxury hospitality, in a destination that will undoubtedly inspire meaningful experiences.”

white and wood colonial style design in the guestroom atSofitel Legend Casco Viejo

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Surrounding a central and impressive terrace and oceanfront pool, Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo’s 159 generously sized guestrooms, including 35 striking suites with incredible views, combine timeless magnetism with contemporary grandeur. The beautiful accommodations double as spacious sanctuaries to relax and rest in after a long day of exploring the city. Many of the rooms offer balconies with enviable seascapes where morning coffees and sunset cocktails can be enjoyed as daily rituals.

“Casco Viejo has long been celebrated for its history, heritage and rich culture,” said David Kianni, General Manager of Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo Panama. “It is home to some of Panama City’s most architecturally iconic landmarks, including the revered Club Union of Panama building, which now enters a new chapter as it becomes the Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo. It’s incredibly exciting to have been part of such a grand project, bringing to life this treasured property through the meticulous lens of the Sofitel Legend brand.” Kianni continued, “Alongside my incredible team, we look forward to welcoming discerning guests from all over the globe and providing them with impeccable service, memorable experiences, and world-class gastronomy that will make them discover the true meaning of French joie de vivre and fall in love with Panama.”

A full-service Sofitel Spa, with KOS Paris, offers treatments and therapies inspired by ancestral healing rituals that aim to quiet the mind and restore the body. The spa is also home to an expansive relaxation area, tearoom, plunge pool and a A 24-hour Sofitel Fitness studio overlooking the ocean. Sofitel Fitness offers guests and members a modern, urban-style gym with state-of-the-art cardiovascular equipment, private one-on-one training options led by certified trainers, and dynamic group classes. The hotel also comes with 9,880 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor function space, providing an elevated environment for destination weddings, meetings, gatherings or retreats.

Built on the storied site of the former Club Union – the most exclusive and refined social club to exist in Panama City in the 20th century, which hosted the likes of Albert Einstein, Queen Elizabeth II and Helen Keller, Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo – the hotel has been designed to honour its glamorous legacy while embracing modern times in Panama’s most desirable district. Steps from the Teatro Nacional, La Catedral del Oro, the Panama Canal and MUMO Museum, the stunning new address embodies Panamanian and French heritage in a culturally rich destination, perfectly echoing Sofitel Legend’s spirit.

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