New & Noteworthy

Housed in an abandoned circa-1970s apartment building, this boutique property, opened in 2012, is something completely new and needed in Panama City, which is otherwise filled with internationally branded chain hotels. It's also the only standout place to stay in Casco Viejo (Old Town), a vibrant neighborhood that walks a line between old-school charm and hipster hangout with its lively attractions, dining, and nightlife. Tántalo features a popular rooftop bar, a modern restaurant, "living" flora wall, and a bonanza of local artwork throughout. Guest rooms are individually decorated by various artists and have modern comforts like free WiFi and rain showers; suites have balconies overlooking the Casco Viejo buzz. In keeping with the surroundings, the hotel's common areas are splashed with graffiti and decorated with reclaimed furnishings.

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