Bristol Panama is located in the heart of Panama’s financial district just 12 miles from Tocumen International Airport (PTY). The hotel is within easy walking distance of some of the best restaurants, shopping and nightlife.
From its location in the modern banking center, Bristol Panama is also a convenient departure point for sightseeing, including the Panama Canal, Old Panama and Casco Viejo (Colonial Panama, historic center of today’s capital) as well as Metropolitan National Park, and the Bio-Museum designed by Frank Gehry. Shoppers will find craft markets located in Old Panama and in the Canal area. Tour Operators offer a variety of day and overnight trips including Canal transits on Saturday.
The knowledgeable Concierge at Bristol Panama can recommend an itinerary to fill your spare time and make arrangements for a guided tour or a rental car.
Nearby points of interest include:
The Panama Canal & The Panama Canal Museum
By far the biggest Panama City attraction and most famous landmark, this engineering feat stretches 80km (49mi) from Panama City on the Pacific coast to Colón on the Atlantic coast. Watching a giant ship trudge its way through the narrow canal with vast tracts of virgin jungle on both sides is truly an unforgettable sight.
Also known as Casco Antiguo or San Felipe, Casco Antiguo is the historic district of Panama City.
Majestic ruins are the main draw in Old Panama (sometimes called Panamá la Vieja), the country's first major Spanish settlement, which was destroyed by pirate Henry Morgan in 1671.
Multiplaza Shopping Mall
Find everything you want under one roof at this spectacular shopping complex, including world-famous department stores, cinemas and more than 47 restaurants and cafés.
Multicentro Shopping Mall
Located in the heart of Panama City, Multicentro brings the world’s best shopping, entertainment and cuisine to one convenient place.
Metropolitan National Park
Located just 10 minutes outside Panama City, Metropolitan National Park is one of the only parks in Latin America found within an urban area. In addition to five hiking trails, the park offers stunning views of the Panama Canal and Panama City.
The largest shopping center in Latin America. Over 600 shops and boutiques featuring the world’s most popular and exclusive brands.
Museo de la Biodiversidad
Also called the "BioMuseo," the museum was designed by the American architect Frank O. Gehry. Opening in 2013, it will feature exhibits on the remarkable biodiversity of Panama's forests and oceans, as well as the isthmus's role as a biological bridge between North and South America.
Airports: Tocumen International (PTY), Marcos Gelabert (small and private planes).
Currency: Balboa at par with U.S. Dollar. U.S. Dollars accepted everywhere.
Climate: Temperatures vary between 80-90 Fahrenheit (25-30 Celsius). Humid especially from mid-April to December.
Clothing: Lightweight. Suits for business.
Communications: Direct-dial anywhere in the world. Cellular/Mobile, fax, Internet
Language: Spanish, but English is widely spoken in cities and in most tourist areas.
Taxis: Readily available and inexpensive.
Time Zone: UTC/GMT -5 hours. Since daylight savings time is not observed, Panama is Central Standard Time (CST) during Spring and Eastern Standard Time (EST) during Autumn.