Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo
Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo
Primera Oeste Street, San Felipe, Panama, Panama
Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo, Panama City
Date of Creation
Hotel General Manager
David Kianni, General Manager at Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo, brings over 15 years of hospitality expertise, having progressed from roles in Accor hotels across the Americas. A world traveller and passionate about luxury hotel management and multicultural experiences.
Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo is a 5-star luxury hotel, epitomizing elegance and sophistication. Part of the renowned Sofitel Legend collection, it offers an exquisite blend of historical allure and modern luxury in the heart of Panama City’s vibrant Casco Viejo district.
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Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo
History & Story
Built in 1917 as the elite Club Union, the building now hosting Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo has a storied past. A landmark in Panama’s old quarter, it has welcomed distinguished guests like Queen Elizabeth II, blending rich history with French luxury in a timeless setting.
Main Strengths, Special Touch
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Panama City’s historic Casco Viejo district, Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo combines breathtaking views with a vibrant cultural setting. The hotel features culinary excellence from a Michelin-starred chef, an elegant rooftop bar, and a rejuvenating holistic spa, offering a luxurious blend of French elegance and Panamanian heritage.
Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo sits in Panama City’s vibrant Casco Viejo district, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This historic area, known for its colonial architecture, cobbled streets, and lively cultural scene, offers a captivating blend of old-world charm and contemporary urban life. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the hotel is ideally positioned for exploring Panama’s rich history and modern attractions.
Keys sites / activities in the area
Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo is ideally located for exploring Panama City’s rich tapestry of attractions. Key sites include the historic Panama Canal and the architectural marvels of Casco Viejo. Guests can enjoy local markets, cultural museums, and the bustling nightlife, or embark on guided tours to experience the city’s colorful history and contemporary charm.
Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo, once the elite Club Union, has hosted historical figures like Einstein and Queen Elizabeth II. Its striking architecture featured in the James Bond film « Quantum of Solace, » where it depicted a grand gala over four nights of filming, showcasing its cinematic charisma alongside its rich history.
• Number of suites: 35
• Number of Luxury rooms: 124
• Number of rooms, (keys) in all: 159
Restaurants & Bars
• Caleta: A brasserie led by Michelin-starred Executive Chef Lorenzo Di Gravio, specializing in seafood with highlights like Oysters with mignonette sauce, Raviolini (porcini mushrooms in chicken broth), and Cobia Acevichada (cobia with crispy yuca).
• Ammi Skybar: This rooftop bar presents breathtaking ocean and skyline views. Features live Latin music, bespoke cocktails, and a variety of dishes like ceviche and signature grilled specialties.
• Mayda Lobby Bar: A chic spot known for classic and French-inspired cocktails alongside light bites. Guests can enjoy Mayda’s specialties in the lobby or the outdoor Plaza overlooking the ocean.
• Vera Café: Specializes in specialty coffee from the Panamanian highlands and gourmet sandwiches, accompanied by freshly baked croissants and artisanal gelatos. A perfect place for a quick, delicious treat.
• Pool Bar: Located by the oceanfront pool, it serves fresh juices, smoothies, healthy snacks, and exotic bowls, complemented by craft beers and tropical cocktails, ideal for a leisurely day by the pool.
• Sofitel Spa: A full-service spa featuring treatments inspired by ancestral healing rituals, offered by the renowned KOS Paris brand. Guests can indulge in a range of therapies, including the signature « Legendary » treatment, a unique combination of sound and body therapy. The spa also includes a relaxation area, tearoom, and plunge pool.
• Outdoor infinity Pool: A spacious Pacific-facing pool deck, offering luxurious poolside relaxation with stunning oceanfront views. The Pool Bar nearby enhances the experience with refreshing drinks and healthy snacks.
• Sofitel Fitness: A 24-hour fitness studio overlooking the ocean, equipped with state-of-the-art cardiovascular equipment.
Each wellness facility at Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo is designed to provide guests with a rejuvenating and invigorating experience, blending luxury and wellness seamlessly.
Corporate & Celebration Events
Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo features an opulent ballroom, Carnaval, accommodating up to 200 guests for dinner, ideal for grand celebrations or corporate events. Additionally, it has two conference rooms with a combined capacity for 80 people, and a boardroom suited for executive meetings.
The event spaces are elegantly designed, combining modern amenities with the hotel’s historic charm. They connect directly to an outdoor plaza, offering versatile indoor and outdoor options. The ballroom boasts a marble checkerboard floor and a waterfront terrace, providing a stunning backdrop for events. State-of-the-art audiovisual equipment and dedicated event planning services ensure every occasion is seamlessly executed.
Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo’s event facilities are tailored to host a range of gatherings, from high-profile corporate events to intimate celebrations, all in a setting that reflects both luxury and historical elegance
Extra Notable Features
Rum Tastings at Speakeasy Arcano: Guests can indulge in exclusive rum tastings at the hotel’s hidden speakeasy, Arcano, offering a unique journey through premium rums in a secretive and intimate setting.
Candle Ritual: A signature experience at Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo is the evening candle ritual, a mesmerizing event that transforms the hotel’s ambiance, enhancing the sense of luxury and tranquility.
Sound Healing at Sofitel Spa: The spa offers a unique sound healing experience, providing guests with a deeply therapeutic and relaxing session, harmonizing body and mind with the soothing sounds of the sea.
Legendary Tour: The hotel offers the « Legendary Tour, » allowing guests to explore the hidden corners and learn about the rich history and stories of the building, truly immersing them in the legacy of the Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo.
Hotel and restaurant Awards
• 2023: Top 10 Hotels in the Caribbean & Central America: Readers’ Choice Awards
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