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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar Panama/Panama City