Sofitel Legend, Accor’s French luxury heritage brand, will enter the North and Central America market this fall with the opening of Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo Panama.
“We are privileged to introduce the exceptional Sofitel Legend brand to North and Central America in the vibrant and thriving destination of Panama City, within the historic and culturally significant district of Casco Viejo. A remarkable addition to our portfolio, Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo will be the brand’s flagship in the region and will debut a distinctive luxury hotel offering in Panama,” said Heather McCrory, CEO, North & Central America, Accor. “Inspired by the essence of the city, and where local culture is celebrated and infused with an authentic passion for French art de vivre, the hotel is poised to set a new standard of luxury hospitality in Panama.”
The property is situated in the heart of Casco Viejo, on the former site of the iconic Club Union of Panama, which was for many decades the most exclusive and elegant social club in Panama City. Its renovation is helmed by Manuel Choy of Architect S.A., one of the most prominent Panamanian architects specializing in building restoration in Casco Viejo. He is assisted by Accor North & Central America’s design and technical services team.
Directly built out into the water, with unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean and Panama City skyline, the hotel will feature a mix of facilities and amenities, including 159 guestrooms and suites, an oceanfront pool, approximately 9,880 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor event space, and five food and beverage venues, including a Skybar and lounge. Signature brand offerings will include Majordome butler service as well as access to a full-service Sofitel Spa and Sofitel Fitness exercise studio.
The renovation has retained vestiges of the building’s original French colonial architecture, honoring the culture and history of Casco Viejo and Club Union. The French stylings of the building’s architecture are carried through into the interior by incorporating luxurious finishes such as the ballroom’s marble checkerboard floors, wrought iron balcony detailing and brass touches, and contrasted by the use of contemporary Panamanian design elements, including local artwork, handmade encaustic tiles, and colorful furnishings inspired by the diverse flora and fauna found throughout the country.
Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo Panama is the sixth property to join the Sofitel Legend Portfolio. It joins Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi (Vietnam), Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam, Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan (Egypt), Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena (Colombia), and Sofitel Legend People’s Grand Hotel Xian (China).