Central Hotel Compared to Hotel Casa Antigua Panama

Central Hotel Panamá

Central Hotel Panamá was constructed nearly 150 years ago in the heart of old Panama City and faces the Plaza de la Independencia, was the first hotel in the country at the time of its opening in 1874 and gained a reputation for high-style European and American services.

Hotel Casa Antigua

Hotel Casa Antigua is a much newer hotel, which blends the rich history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site with the modern comforts and conveniences expected by today’s sophisticated travelers. Ultra-private yet located just minutes from the city’s most celebrated attractions, this intimate, European-style hotel is a favorite of frequent travelers to Panama’s capital city.

We would like to use this blog to compare two very different boutique hotels in the Old Town of Panama City:  The Central Hotel and Hotel Casa Antigua

Elegance and Style

Central Hotel Panamá has French-influenced design, while Hotel casa Antigua has a more general European style.

Both are luxury hotels and events space combining old world elegance with clean, current design.  Both hotels occupy beautifully restored buildings.


Both hotels are located in the most desirable area in Panama City. Casco Viejo is a UNESCO World Heritage site offering the best attractions, dining and nightlife combined with an authentic Panamanian cultural experience.

Central Hotel Panamá is located in the Plaza de la Independencia while Hotel Casa Antigua is located at the entrance of Casco Viejo close to the Cinta Costera and new City.

Hotel Casa Antigua is easier to get into and out of as it is located at the entrance of the old town so avoiding slow progress through the busy narrow streets.


Now this is where the big differences start to come in.

Hotel Casa Antigua has only 8 rooms which are really suites including kitchens while the Central Hotel has 135 well appointed rooms.

Social Facilities

Both hotels offer very popular social meeting places.

The Hotel Central offers a fine dining restaurant called the The Central as well as a popular case known as Bistro Central.

The Hotel Central also offers 5 different banqueting facilities ranging from 40 to 170 covers.

The hotel Central also has a swimming pool, gym and spa. 

Hotel Casa Antigua takes a different approach with a very popular café bar called Pips which is ideal for people watching, a small nightclub called Skins and a rooftop bar with the best views in casco Viejo named StorX.  StorX is also excellent for private event hire.


The Hotel Central is a bit more  expensive than the Hotel Casa Antigua but is a much larger, more glamourous hotel with more facilities.. 

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