[highlight1] American Trade Hotel Panama City [/highlight1]
The 50 rooms American Trade Hotel and Hall is the result of a joint undertaking between Panama City-based Conservatorio, Hache Uve and Commune Design and Atelier Ace, the creative team behind Ace Hotel, and the first full service hotel to open in Casco Viejo. Built in 1917, the building was designed by Leonardo Villanueva Meyer, the most prominent twentieth century architect in Panama City.
Built in 1917 and designed by Leonardo Villanueva Meyer, this four-storey, neoclassical building, once housed the American Trade department store, but is now run by Atelier Ace, the creative arm of the Ace Hotel Group. It enlisted the help of repeat collaborator, Commune Design, which brought together a range of design influences, from Mexican modernist to Vienna Secession. All 50 guest rooms feature reclaimed hardwood floors, rainfall showers, Aesop amenities and beautiful views of the city or Panama Bay. There is also a jazz club, run by Grammy-winning Panamanian jazz pianist Danilo Pérez.
- located in the heart of the Casco Viejo on Herrera Square – Panamas’ Old Town, which is also a Unesco World Heritage Site.
- The American Trade Hotel was built in 1917 and was designed by Leonardo Villanueva Meyer, the founder of Panama’s ”Bellavistana” style of architecture. The four story building was the tallest in the country, and housed a department store in the lower floors and apartments on top. It soon became the place to be seen in Panama city until it was abandoned in the 60’s, thankfully the building was bought by a development agency in 2007, whose vision was to restore it to its former glory.
- This transformation was completed by the ACE hotel group alongside their trusty crew from Commune Design – a total DREAM TEAM! The result is a world class venue – a fresh space with a hint of bohemian, which incorporates materials and design details native to the region. The building still remains the tallest in the neighborhood, making a statement with its white washed facade and floor to ceiling windows. With hand-painted patterned tiles and a mix of antiques and contemporary furnishings, such as the Bertoia side chairs by Knoll in the lobby bar and 2nd floor courtyard and the Viennese rocking chairs, reveal its refreshing combination of expert attention to traditional detail and a hip aesthetic that the ACE group always achieve.
- All 50 rooms are different in layout and size but all feature views of the cathedral, the neighbouring colonial streets or the Plaza, high ceilings, large windows or balconies, vintage light switches and wait for it – are all stocked with Aesop toiletries.
American Trade Hotel and Hall’s historic event spaces offer pitch perfect settings for memorable event experiences, and contemporary meeting spaces with the tranquility your guests need to open up, think creatively and collaborate.
- Hall: Built in 1928 as a branch of National City Bank of New York, financier of the Panama Canal, and modeled after the bank’s opulent downtown Manhattan location. Interiors feature ornate columns and floors laid with old-growth timber through underwater logging in the Panama Canal.
- Conference Room: Can be used as one large room, or divided into four smaller sections. The rooms offer excellent natural light and acoustics and an ambiance impossible to find outside Casco Viejo.
- Rooftop: The largest rooftop in Casco Viejo overlooks the Canal, the surrounding neighborhood and Plaza Herrera, the former site of bullfights and civic events, and the skyline of Panama City.
- Boardroom: A large, beautifully appointed room that borrows from a range of 19th-century styles, pointing to a polycultural and colorful past, perfect for meetings.
- Salon Viejo: Beautiful views of Plaza Herrera and Casco Viejo, wooden floors, private patio, permanent bar area that can be blocked off and separate terrace overlooking Casco Viejo.
American Trade Hotel and Hall opened its doors in fall 2013 in Panama City, occupying lovingly restored landmark buildings in Casco Viejo. The property stands at the ecological and cultural crossroads of the Americas – a meeting place for people who are interesting and interested, from around the world.
Certain places and times lend themselves to the creation of a historical and cultural shift. They can become symbolic of a larger movement. American Trade Hotel and Hall is a chapter in which each visitor, each person walking the narrow streets, touching the centuries-old buildings presses into them a new piece in of a continually unfolding story. This project is the result of a joint undertaking between Atelier Ace, Panama City-based Conservatorio, Hache Uve and Commune Design. American Trade Hotel is the first luxury addition to the Atelier Ace portfolio.
[highlight1] Project Data [/highlight1]
Project name: American Trade Hotel & Hall
Location: Calle 10A Oeste, Panamá, Panama
Coordinates: 8.952338, -79.537176
Type: Hotel Interior
Hotel Size: 50 guest rooms
Rooms Area: 2,559 sqm
- Cuarto Chico – 32 sqm – 9 units
- Cuarto – 39 sqm – 16 units
- Super Cuarto – 68 sqm – 8 units
- Super Cuarto Doble – 68 sqm – 5 units
- Esquina – 65 sqm – 3 units
- Jardin – 83 sqm – 2 units
- Panorama – 42 sqm – 3 units
- Suite – 69 sqm – 4 units
Event Spaces Area: 1,580 sqm
- Hall – 484 sqm
- Conference Room – 383 sqm
- Rooftop – 585 sqm
- Boardroom – 28 sqm
- Salon Viejo – 100 sqm
Completion Year: 2013
- 2015 – Wallpaper Magazine Design Awards – Best new hotel – Winner
Visit American Trade Hotel Panama City’s website: here
[highlight1] The people [/highlight1]
Client / Owner / Developer: Ace Hotel Group
Architects: Leonardo Villanueva Meyer
- Atelier Ace – 19 NW 5th Avenue, 3rd Floor, Portland, OR 97209, United States
- Commune Design – 650 North Robertson Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90069 , United States
Text Description: © Courtesy of Atelier Ace, Commune Design, Studio Arrc, Wallpaper Magazine Design Awards, American Trade Hotel
Images: © American Trade Hotel, Hans Aschim, flickr-sonryo