La Concordia Boutique Hotel
What it is
A 19th century former cigar factory turned into a buttoned-up hideaway with a Peruvian-meets-Asian restaurant and a sceney rooftop bar.
What it isn't
Huge. It’s the definition of “boutique” hotel with a mere 10 rooms.
What we think
Like much of the world, this corner of Panama fell on hard times after World War II. But Casco Viejo is now back to its glitterati-coddling roots, since the area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. La Concordia is the place to stay for boundless area exploration because it’s the ultimate post-adventure hideaway; each is fitted with all the luxe accoutrements of a pampering stay, including L’Occitane toiletries, BOSE speakers, and plush slippers and robes for cozying up with a movie on the flatscreen—and 24/hour room service, natch.
You're here because
You obsess over rooftop bars, frankly, and this one is among the best you’ve ever conjured: on a palm tree-shrouded, triangle shaped patch of roof overlooking 360-degrees of cityscape. (Yes, that’s the Frank Gehry-designed Biodiversity Museum).
You tend to judge a hotel by its breakfast menu, and the one at LOLA Mia is a doozy. This morning, you’re going big to fuel for a day pounding the cobblestones: leek quiches with smoked salmon and hollandaise sauce, plus house-made churros in dark chocolate. Viva la vacation!
Restaurants & Bars
Tarraco - Creative Mediterranean cuisine
Numen - A wide variety of cocktails, fusion tapas and a select menu of hookahs.
In buzzing old town, or Casco Viejo, within a few blocks of high-end and low-end thrills (the Panama Art Society one way, the note-perfect cocktails of Moloko Plus Bar the other).