PANAMA CITY

W Hotels Worldwide announced the opening of W Panama, the first W in Central America.

The new hotel towers above Panama City's business district within the ultra-modern, 50-floor Evolution Tower. The bold and vibrant design of W Panama, under the ownership of Evolution Tower Corp., blends centuries of history and culture with the nearby tropical paradise and trendy metropolitan spirit of Panama City.

"Panama City is one of the most vibrant and dynamic cities in Central America, a fusion of new and old, east and west, business and hedonism. Like our guests, W Hotels seeks destinations that are inspiring and multi-dimensional so Panama City is a natural fit," said Anthony Ingham, global brand leader, W Hotels Worldwide. "W Panama embodies the spirit of Panama, showing off the style and energy of this diverse global hub with an intricate design that pays homage to both the history of the region and its bright future."

Designed by Studio Gaia and the award-winning internal design team of W Hotels, W Panama reconstructs the city's past and present with distinct hues and textural contrasts inspired by the international importance of the Panama Canal, while integrating Panama's history and colorful indigenous patterns. The hotel is near Uruguay Street, known as the "Zona Rosa" of Panama, home to a bustling scene of trendy restaurants and nightclubs.

Guests enter W Panama on the 15th floor of the new skyscraper and are immediately greeted by playfully modern design. W Panama transforms the industrial look of shipping containers, similar in look to those often found along the Panama Canal, with original graffiti painted by Diablos Rojos-inspired artist, Oscar Melgar.

The shipping containers can be found in the hotel's Living Room (the brand's take on the traditional hotel lobby), the expansive, 6,835-square-foot WET Deck and Cargo, the destination bar housed within its own shipping container which serves up handcrafted cocktails year-round.

With 203 guest rooms including 28 suites, many featuring sweeping views of the nearby bay and Canal, The hotel’s 1,600-square-foot Extreme Wow Suite comes equipped with a fully functional DJ booth, built-in foosball table, private lounge area, rainfall shower and sunken bathtub.

W Panama brings two distinct culinary experiences to Panama City, each featuring local ingredients from land and sea. Moró offers signature dishes using exquisite local ingredients for a taste of local comfort food. For a quick bite, La Cajita is modeled after food truck service, serving street-fare inspired menu items and open 24/7.

When it comes time to get back to business, W Panama offers more than 21,000 square feet of meeting and event space across six meeting rooms, customizable for any occasion, from business meet ups to receptions, and fashion shows to custom cocktails. Breakouts get infused with the energy and culture of the Diablos Rojos-inspired piece, brought to life with large-scale artwork. The eye-catching Great Room is the ideal setting for grand events, displaying the stunning cityscape through floor-to-ceiling windows.