W Hotel

Luxury hotel in Panama City

Opened in 2018, this 203-room downtown high rise takes inspiration from the Panama Canal and the country's diverse cultures. Not your parents' luxury hotel, it's playful-modern, with colorful shipping containers, chairs upholstered in Congo dress 'rags' patterns and wall displays of woven hats. Bright rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows and floating beds rimmed with LED lighting underneath. Staff aim to please.

The reception is hidden on the 15th floor, meaning all rooms are upper-story with gaping city views. The swimming pool is on the small side, but there's worthy on-site drinks and dining. Also has an on-site spa and fitness room.