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Bristol Panama

Avenida Aquilino de la Guardia Bella Vista, Panama City 0807 Panama
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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#12 of 124 hotels in Panama City
2021 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
GreenLeaders Silver level
Set in the heart of the bustling financial center, minutes from shopping, cultural attractions and nightlife, Bristol Panama is a rare jewel where luxurious accommodations and sumptuous dining are blended to create uncompromising quality. Bristol Panama offers 125 luxurious guest rooms and 48 Executive Residences and Suites, all elegantly decorated with custom fabrics and prints by renowned Latin American and local designers.
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Property amenities
Paid private parking on-site
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Car hire
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Parking garage
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Neck massage
Steam room
Waxing services
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
Butler service
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Room service
VIP room facilities
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
City view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
City View
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Jarrett wrote a review Jul 19
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I’ve lived in Panama for three years so I am used to a much different pace of customer service than in the United States but this may be the worst I have ever experienced anywhere in the world. I am staying here for a mandatory quarantine as I travelled from Bogota, which means I don’t have a key to leave the room. I ran out of water last night and have been requesting water several times an hour since 6:00 am this morning……and it is now 10:00 and still no one has brought me a bottle of water. Someone did bring me a cup of coffee which tasted like it had bleach in it…. But they told me that someone else would be bringing me water. Because I am in quarantine I have had to order room service from this place several times. The food comes wrapped in plastic containers with plastic silverware and it is generally ice cold. I ordered a Cesar salad and it seemed like the lettuce had been soaked in mayonnaise for about three days. I can assure you I have eaten far better food in hospitals. I think this is the first time I have written a review in my life, but hopefully people will be able to choose a better place to stay (maybe the Westin across the bridge or American Trade hotel in Casco Viejo that have some pretext of customer service) based on my brief comments here. As for the room itself i have found it to be nice if not dated, although it still has that subtle musty smell (kind of like mold) that most hotels in Panama City have.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Response from Maria Eugenia Vilanova, Owner at Bristol Panama
Responded 4 days ago
Dear 158jarret, We sincerely apologize for the inconveniences you had during your stay. We understand these are difficult times and the restrictions imposed by quarantine and not being able to move from your room at any moment cause great inconveniences. We have spoken to our staff in the areas involved to try to avoid anything similar happens again. We thank you for your preference and for the time taken to write your review.
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Margaret D wrote a review Mar 2020
Shaker Hts Ohio104 contributions33 helpful votes
Hotel's Favorite
Our corner room was extremely comfortable. It was well appointed; plenty of space to unpack and hang our belongings. The bed was divine. The staff was very helpful with directions and advice. We used uber to get around. It didn't feel like there was much to see in this neighborhood; the hotel has a good location, but it seemed like a business district. The breakfast buffet was included in our room. There were many choices as well as omelets made to order. Excellent coffee
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Date of stay: March 2020
Response from Maria Eugenia V, Rooms Division Director at Bristol Panama
Responded Mar 10, 2020
Dear Margaret D, Thank you for your great review! We are glad you enjoyed our hotel, rooms and breakfast! Looking forward to your next visit. Regards,
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TrophyCollector wrote a review Apr 2020
Monaco-Ville, Monaco631 contributions828 helpful votes
Because of the competition among luxury hotels in Panama, the price of the Bristol has come down considerably, since the times when it was the clear Nr. 1 in town. Nevertheless, this is still a fine luxury hotel with excellent service, a serene atmosphere, and good food. Only the pool area is not at the highest level.
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Date of stay: February 2020
3 Helpful votes
Response from Maria Eugenia Vilanova, Owner at Bristol Panama
Responded 1 week ago
Dear TrophyCollector, Thank you for your comments and recommendation! Indeed prices have vary considerable in the last couple of years but we are very proud we have been able to maintain the quality of our services and the warmth of the people. Thank you for noticing and we hope to welcome you back.
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Craig A wrote a review Mar 2020
South Carolina714 contributions412 helpful votes
We stayed at the Bristol three nights ahead of a cruise. We picked it due to its location in the middle of downtown. Check-in was fast and smooth. Our room was fine thought the view was just awful. Oh well - we spent little time gazing out the window anyway. We were at the end of a hall and it was quiet and we slept well. The bathroom was fine though a glass wall and door is not the best idea...(there is a pull sheer curtain for some privacy). We ate breakfast in the hotel restaurant every day and it was quite good and well better than average. We also ate one lunch and one dinner there and the food was, again, very good. There are two bars and we visited both (of course we did...) and came to enjoy lounging in the first floor bar which is both cozy and pleasant. Pricing was excellent. One downside (not about the hotel) is that Panama City is not a good pedestrian city.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Response from Maria Eugenia Vilanova, Owner at Bristol Panama
Responded 1 week ago
Dear NordicCow, Thank you for this amazing and detailed review. We are very happy you enjoyed our bars and restaurant and lounging areas we hope to see you again in the future!
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eredeso wrote a review Mar 2020
Panama City, Panama1 contribution
Quality is superb! Although you might think is expensive, other hotels charge the same for less quality and average services. We stayed there during Carnival and it was very quiet which allowed us to relax and rest well. We also ate at Salsipuedes restaurant and got a massage at their spa
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Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: The room we stayed needed to replace the electrical outlet of the lights in the walk-in closet
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Response from Maria Eugenia V, Rooms Division Director at Bristol Panama
Responded Mar 10, 2020
Dear eredeso, Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience and for your great review! We are glad you were able to rest and enjoy a relaxing time during Carnivals, and our additional outlets. We hope to see you again for your next visit to Panama City! Warm regards,
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bristol Panama
Which popular attractions are close to Bristol Panama?
Nearby attractions include Iglesia del Carmen (0.2 miles), Mercado de Abastos (0.3 miles), and El Karaoke 50 (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Bristol Panama?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Bristol Panama?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Bristol Panama?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Bristol Panama?
Yes, a parking garage, paid private parking on-site, and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Bristol Panama?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Vespa, La Posta, and La Papa.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Bristol Panama?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Is Bristol Panama located near the city center?
Yes, it is 1.0 miles away from the center of Panama City.
Are any cleaning services offered at Bristol Panama?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Bristol Panama offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Bristol Panama?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.