5 Best Panama City Luxury Hotels Where You Feel Like a King

When the hotels are this good, you’ll never want to go home. We will be counting down Panama’s most luxurious hotels, guaranteed to make your vacation unforgettable during your stay in Panama. The elegance and hospitality, the exquisite cuisine, and contemporary designs influenced by indigenous culture, blending the past and present, aim to have its clientele in a constant state of relaxation.

Some hotels have been given a modern flair with lavish rooms and suites and will give you the sense that you have stepped out of time entirely. Guests are surrounded by a rich culture and will completely lose themselves with amenities including gourmet food, relaxing signature spas, gym, and infinity pools.

Fortunately for us, some hotels have adopted the motto, go big or go home, making guests feel as though they are royalty. Without further delay, let’s dive into our countdown!

Buenaventura Golf and Beach Resort

Buenaventura Golf and Beach Resort is a unique oasis formerly known as the JW Marriott Panama on the shoreline of Panama. The resort boasts elegant Spanish Colonial architecture stretching across a pristine beach, and exquisitely framed pools. This is where natural splendor and contemporary luxuries merge as one. The amenities at this resort are second to none.

Suite and Terrace Features

The resort is very welcoming to guests, as the lobby features an open, bright, and airy design. The resort also features a winding river throughout the resort, with boat rides available seasonally. Lush gardens are dispersed across the resort, perfect for relaxing strolls. The Buenaventura Golf and Beach Resort features decor that exudes relaxation.

The garden rooms of the resort feature a private garden terrace, perfect for relaxation. The hotel is engulfed in green scenery and creates an ambiance of peace, allowing its visitors to get in touch with nature. King and Queen suites come with spacious marble bathrooms and private balcony, from which you can enjoy stunning views of the ocean and resort pools.

The resort boasts five outdoor pools, with panoramic pool decks overlooking the ocean. The Luxury Villas feature a stunning private terrace and a luxurious space for entertaining. The villas also feature an exquisite private plunge pool were relaxation to the maximum can be enjoyed. If relaxation is the goal, there is an abundance of hammocks nestled across the resort.


The superb food served at Criollo Restaurant allows for mesmerizing lagoon views while enjoying local Panamanian cuisine. If drinking by the pool on a warm tropical day sounds amazing, the resort has five pools with beach access, as well as swim bars. Buenaventura Golf and Beach Resort has no shortage of places where you can kick back and immerse in the scenery.


The golfing experience at this resort is second to none in the Latin America region. From caddy concierge, and specialized golf instructors, the JM Marriot Panama Golf and Beach Resort offers golfers exclusive and highly tentative service. The clubhouse offers guests club rentals, gift shop, and digital swing analysis, and a daily happy hour. The resort also offers an academy for comprehensive golf instruction ranging from full swing, to putting, and short game, and on-course management.

The Spa Treatment

If the goal is deep relaxation indulgence, the spa offers a range of refreshing spa treatments and healing massage options where you will be pampered from head to toe. The resort also features extensive hydrotherapy areas to further pamper guests including saunas, steam rooms, and whirlpool tubs.

Wedding Bells

The plaza, perfect for hosting events and receptions, is nestled in the heart of the resort. The plaza features water landscapes and lush gardens allowing attendees to experience the beauty of Panama. The resort also has its very own and highly sought after chapel, perfect for brides. The chapel has been a cornerstone for weddings for years.

If you are experiencing Panama, enjoy a memorable and elevated service at Buenaventura Golf and Beach Resort.

The Bristol Hotel


Panama City’s premier boutique hotel is a perfect blend of luxury and tropical charm. The hotel is situated in the heart of Panama’s financial district and offers central access to the city’s various quarters. With the hotel in close proximity to many leading restaurants, stores, and nightclubs, one gets the sensation of being in downtown Paris or London.

Dining and Drinks

Breakfasts at The Bristol are served buffet style, with the food laid out, ready-made. One can anticipate a varied array of local and international treats, and strong coffee! The Bristol Hotel offers a lavish array of lunch buffet options and a handsomely-stocked bar, brimmed with the finest of rums. The Salsipuedes Bar & Restaurant will allow you to savor the essence of Panama via its rich showcase of gourmet Panamanian cuisine.


The hotel features wide, bright windows and contemporary décor, making the lounge spacious and ideal for business or casual encounters. Afterward, you can opt to bask by the elegant poolside terrace and enjoy views of Panama’s booming district.

The Bristol also offers an extensive menu of spa treatments and massages perfect for relaxation after a long day. The hotel features 56 well-appointed suites, thoughtfully furnished for both work and relaxation. The bathrooms boast Italian marble and have a separate shower and tub, bathrobes and slippers ready for you. The option of taking a bubble bath and ordering in is tempting, as the 24/7 butler service is available.

With all its amenities, The Bristol creates an atmosphere where one can stay amidst an emerging metropolis. The Bristol Hotel offers modern luxury and cultural details.

JW Marriott Panama


The JW Marriott Panama formerly the Bahia Grand Panama is an upscale hotel close to everything the city has to offer. JW Marriott Panama is an upscale hotel in close proximity to numerous local attractions and amidst one of the most exclusive areas of Panama City. The JW Marriot Panama offers great accommodation and spectacular views. If you love to soak up the local culture through the city’s art, food, entertainment, and nightlife, then this is the hotel for you.

Dining and Drinks

The building is a striking 70+ stories, with the hotel residing between the 12th and 35th floors. The hotel features a bar with a breathtaking view, very popular among guests during the evenings when guests can spectate the beautiful sunset. The JW Marriot has a cozy bar with an extensive wine list, perfect for unwinding.

With a culturally influenced cocktail list on the menu, the JW Marriot Panama also features an exquisite swim-up bar and a rooftop bar, a favorite among visitors. The hotel also features an in-house restaurant, Azul Restaurant. Here, you can enjoy cuisine infused with international flavors blended so well with Latin American flavors. Chefs at the JW Marriot Panama work to serve up a one-of-a-kind dish for you. The restaurant is opened for breakfast, brunch, and lunch.


Every Deluxe room of the JW Marriott Panama, located between the 16th and 24th floors, are spacious at 554 square feet and offers spectacular views of the ocean. Every Deluxe room comes with private balconies, a queen-size bed, a working desk, and an ergonomic chair.

One can opt to elevate to a Presidential suite, fully equipped with a private balcony and breathtaking views of the ocean and Panama City skyline. Presidential suites are situated on the 35th floor and at 940 square feet, these luxurious suites have a separate living area and bedroom, perfect for entertaining. The highly spacious and luxurious bathrooms feature a separate shower and double vanity, and makeup mirror. Each suite has a walk-in shower which features marble accents and frosted glass. Or, if you prefer, a standalone tub will be perfect for unwinding after a long day.

Executive King Suites at the JW Marriott Panama vaunt spectacular views of Panama City’s skyline and ocean. All executive suites begin on the 18th floor and feature stunning views of the Gulf of Panama. The suites offer ample space with additional dining areas, overlooking the gulf.

Executive Grand Suites are enormous and feature a separate living room and bedroom. These are situated on the 35th floor and offer unmatched views of the Gulf of Panama.

The JW Marriott Panama features five outdoor swimming pools, two of which are infinity style pools overlooking the bay. These pools offer 


The JW Marriott Panama has defined a new standard of service. The hotel offers personalized service, including airport shuttle service, dry cleaning and laundry service for guests, and access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay. The lobby area features spacious accommodations with lots of seating arrangements, great for catching up with family or colleagues.

The hotel also features a state of the art gym, equipped with cardio machines and weightlifting equipment. The JW Marriot Panama has over 27,000 square feet of space for large events, and smaller rooms perfect for breakout sessions, cocktail receptions, banquets, or boardroom meetings. There are various layouts available, perfect for any of your needs.

Waldorf Astoria Panama


Since the moment you walk through the front doors, the lobby and reception area exude an air of elegance and luxury with high ceilings and extravagant fixtures. The Waldorf Astoria Panama towers at 36 stories and is situated steps from the financial district in Panama City. The hotel boasts an amazing Pacific Coast skyline and is near entertainment venues as well. The Waldorf Astoria Panama hotel comes with top-notch amenities, including an award-winning spa and an exclusive pool area.


The hotel features 248 guestrooms, suites, and luxury residences. Guests find inviting and sophisticated furnishings within the hotel, along with the utmost personalized service.

The Deluxe Two Double Bed Room is spacious and comes with two bathrobes and two slipper options and a walk-in shower. The hotel will often cater to small details to enhance the air of luxury. For example, leaving out a family amenity of cookies and decorated desserts in the form of flowers is a nice touch!

The Waldorf Astoria Panama flaunts a lavish open-air deck shimmering pool with half of the pool area covered by the overhang. The other half of the pool is open to the elements among the high-rise buildings of Panama City. Poolside cabana beds are available and come with a full bar and restaurant pools-side service. If relaxing and taking care of the business pool-side is something you enjoy, then this will be a perfect option for your stay.

Dining and Drinks

As one enters the lobby, they are greeted by the sounds of a busy bar, ideal for gathering with family, friends, and colleagues. The lobby area and bar exude an air of elegance and sophistication, decorated with bright colors and accents.

The hotel’s restaurant, Brio Brasserie serves French and American food with a Panamanian infused flavor. For breakfast, one can order an à la carte breakfast option, or opt for the hotel’s full hot buffet, with an elegant spread filled with breakfast wonders including eggs cooked to order, meat and cheese varieties, pastries, and fresh fruits and juices.

A wide variety of exquisite culinary options are offered, combining local products and exotic ingredients and influences. Fruit smoothies are also an option. Our suggestion is to try all the local options, as they are delicious!

The bottom line is, this is an international hotel in an international city. It is beautiful and conveniently located. Its staff is highly tentative and likable, and eager to please.

Radisson Decapolis Hotel

Radisson Decapolis Hotel is a striking architectural statement. The style and décor are chic with a modern design throughout infused with traditional Panamanian elements.


The Radisson Decapolis Hotel rises nine stories over the MultiCentro shopping plaza and Majestic Casino, on the edge of Panama City’s financial district. The hotel is conveniently situated to offer its guests swift access to the plaza’s numerous venues including restaurants, bars, nightlife, and even a cinema.

The lobby is a stunning breath-taker with an ultra-chicly and contemporary design featuring halogen lights, steel glazed cement floors, and tiger-striped hardwoods. The lobby is decorated with contemporary art pieces and Kuna Indian structures giving the lobby an air of a luxurious museum. Floor to ceiling windows offer views of adjoining skyscrapers, while most rooms manage at least a partial view of the Pacific Ocean.

Dining and Drinks

The Cuisine at the Radisson Decapolis Hotel is a Pacific infused art form in its rite. Each dish is admirably executed and artistically served.


The Radisson offers a serene ambiance and luxury spa. The hotel’s spa features a Turkish bath and whirlpool and offers an array of treatments for its guests including stone therapy, perfect for relaxation. The hotel rounds out its relaxation with a beauty salon, perfect and convenient for guests looking to elevate their look before a corporate event, meeting, or a night out on the town.

The hotel also features modern meeting spaces, executive lounges, and business centers, perfect for hosting corporate events in Panama City.

The staff at the Radisson Decapolis Hotel is of the highest quality. The hotel offers its guests room service available 24/7. A rarity in Panama City, all rooms are designated as non-smoking.

The bottom line is, for patrons who prefer modern, chick, and suave contemporary design over traditional ambiance will embrace the Radisson Decapolis Hotel.

Pack Your Bags!

No matter what time of year you visit, clientele will always appreciate the service, fitness studios, fresh cuisine, and exquisitely decorated rooms that Panamanian hotels have to offer.

If you are looking for lush gardens and relaxing strolls and private pool terraces, then the Buenaventura Golf and Beach Resort will be perfect for you. After checking in, one can opt to head straight to their signature spa treatments, guaranteed to invigorate and rejuvenate your senses.

If a quaint small boutique-style hotel is more up your alley, then The Bristol Hotel will be a perfect choice. Perfectly located in the financial district of Panama City, this hotel will provide an air of cozy and quaint hotel you’d expect to find in London or Paris.

If top-notch infinity pools overlooking the Pacific and Panamanian skyline and your own private balcony is more your style, then the JW Marriott Panama hotel will be the option for you. Enjoy breathtaking views, while enjoying the next level eloquence of the marble accents and vanity mirrors during your stay.

If you are looking for a quainter hotel that exudes an air of eloquence and sophistication, then the Waldorf Astoria Panama will be your choice. Here, you can enjoy an open-air deck shimmering pool surrounded by neighboring skyscrapers complete with full serviced pools-side bar and restaurant perks.

Conversely, if a happening and cheek vibe is what you are looking for, without compromising service and sophistication, then the Radisson Decapolis will be your top choice. You can enjoy a Turkish bath then pamper yourself with any of the signature spa treatments, followed with a personal touch by the in-house salon, helping you ready for a night out on the town!

What is the saying? Sometimes, the hotel is the reason to travel! Each of the hotels on our countdown has a unique touch that one would expect to find in upscale penthouses. Each hotel stands out in design, service, and themes, appealing to all and any visiting Panama.

Matt Romero

I’m Matthew Romero, one of the guys behind PanamaLifeInsider.com I am incredibly passionate about Panama, its beautiful territory, and all the incredible opportunities which offer to people coming here from all over the world both either visiting and settling. In this blog, I decided to share my passion with you!

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