PANAMA CITY, PANAMA
If ever there was a time to visit Panama, this is it. In 2014 its famous canal celebrates 100 years of connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and Panama City is gearing up for the milestone with a slew of major developments.
The celebration kicks off in February with the opening of the Frank Gehry–designed BioMuseo. On the hotel front, the city’s already seen the opening of the Waldorf Astoria Panama, the Trump Ocean Club (which made our readers' choice Gold List) and the Tántalo (which made our Hot List of the best new hotels of 2013), but the real talk of the town is the American Trade Hotel, the first Latin American development from the Ace Hotels brand.
The 50-room property—opened in November in Casco Viejo, a UNESCO World Heritage neighborhood where dozens of centuries-old buildings are being turned into art galleries, cafés, and microbreweries—features a rooftop pool, a jazz bar, and a farm-to-table restaurant.—Nicholas Gill
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