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Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar
Ranked #39 of 116 Hotels in Panama City
Certificate of Excellence
Miami, Florida
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2 reviews
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“Best Hotel in Panama City”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2012

I travel extensively for work and go to Panama 4-5 times a year. Many new hotels these days are trying to be cool but its quite inauthentic, whereas Tantalo is the real deal. the design and decor are incredibly inspired and creative and much of the art I believe was done by Panamanian street artists. The vibe is incredibly cool and authentic but not pretentious. I stayed there on Saturday and Sunday night and the crowd on the roof and downstairs bars on Sat night was one of the most attractive and hip I've seen anywhere in a long time and far better than any other venues I've been to in Panama City. If I was a local I would hang out there every night.

The staff all speaks English and is very friendly and the food in the restaurant (both breakfast and dinner) is amazing (try the banana cake with dulce de leche for dessert). Service in Panama is generally poor but Tantalo seems to buck the trend. There was one occasion where I had to ask three times for a drink during breakfast but otherwise it was pretty much flawless.

I've stayed at most of the higher end hotels in Panama City and there is no other that competes with this one. And Casco Viejo has so much more character than the the hotels downtown.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled on business
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San Diego, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2012

It was my first time visiting Panama, and Tantalo was a great place to stay. The food was excellent!! I tried everything they had to offer, my favorite was their breakfast sandwich, which I ate everyday, and one day I ate two. All the staff was very accommodating, super friendly and made the stay an extremely warm welcome .I would defiantly stay at Tantalo again if I would ever make it back to Panama. The rooftop bar was great place to start and end the night with great city views!!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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TantaloHotel, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar, responded to this review, 15 May 2012
Dear JeremyD

Thank you very much for such an inspiring comment. It is very gratifying for us to know that our guests and visitors enjoy their stay and live the experience of our Restaurant and Lounge Bar Roof.

We definitely would expect to have you back, this is your home!

Best regards and happy travels

Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2012

This was a great spot to party at. A nice boutique hotel with great food and an awesome rooftop bar. We have 9 guys stay there on the same floor for a bachelor party and every night the lobby and rooftop was packed. The staff was great and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. I would recommend this to anyone looking to have fun.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2012

What a great hotel. The rooms are plush and comfortable, the service is impeccable and the roof bar is the hottest club in Casco Viejo. Lorenzo and Pierre are on point as managers and will accommodate anything you ask and do it with a smile. We had a great time and the restaurant food is fantastic. Will stay here again for sure!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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TantaloHotel, General Manager at Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar, responded to this review, 2 June 2012
Dear Guest.

Thank you for your comments about your stay.

We are glad you had a memorable experience in Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar.

We look forward to welcome you back in the future.

Kind Regards
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2012

Tantalo hotel is a very stylish urban design hotel ideal for young couples looking for some fun.
But I don't recommend it at all for families, because the hotel is pretty noisy at night because of the top roof bar (which has a gorgeous panoramic view of the city).
The service is excellent and mostly bilingual.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
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TantaloHotel, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar, responded to this review, 22 May 2012
Dear Alexisb1

Thank you very much for your objetive review. We are glad to have you as a guest at our property. Indeed we are a very busy / vibrant place, especially from Thursday through Saturday. However from Sunday night through Wednesday the environment is more serene and peaceful making us a perfect for couples like you, or families too.

Best travels

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Additional Information about Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar

Property: Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar
Address: Avenida B Calle 8 | Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
Phone Number:
Region: Panama > Panama Province > Panama City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Business Hotel in Panama City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €€
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our hotel is created with the mindset that we u different spaces as one commercial organism that is constantly evolving throughout the day / night. Tantalo is a 12-room hotel, a restaurant featuring a communal kitchen-style atmosphere serving shared comfort dishes influenced by ingredients from around the globe, the lively ground floor bar / lounge and finally the only public outdoor rooftop bar / lounge in Casco Viejo with incredible views. Each hotel room features individually designed custom art by different local artists ensuring that no two rooms will be the same. ... more   less 
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