Panama City, Panama
An isthmus. A narrow strip connecting two bigger land masses. A crossroads. An apex. From above it’s like two people holding hands. Tightly so it all stays together. As clouds move past and the different oceans greet us daily on the shore.

Panama City, Panama

An isthmus. A narrow strip connecting two bigger land masses.
A crossroads. An apex. From above it’s like two people holding hands. Tightly so it all stays together. As clouds move past and the different oceans greet us daily on the shore.


Casco Viejo, Panama
Entry to the Danilo Perez Jazz Club at the American Trade Hotel.

Casco Viejo, Panama

Entry to the Danilo Perez Jazz Club at the American Trade Hotel.


"Do not fear mistakes, there are none."
-Miles Davis.

This week we’ll be at the Panama International Jazz Festival letting music wash the dust from our souls. This year’s festival is presented by artistic director Danilo Perez, whose 50-seat jazz club opens in the hotel next month. This week is an exciting preview of what’s to come.


Panama City, Panama
The Dining Room opens its doors today at American Trade Hotel, where Chef Clara Icaza is on hand with her famous grilled octopus and other local, seasonal fare. To make a reservation call 507-211-2200 or visit americantradehotel.com. ¡Salud!

Panama City, Panama

The Dining Room opens its doors today at American Trade Hotel, where Chef Clara Icaza is on hand with her famous grilled octopus and other local, seasonal fare. To make a reservation call 507-211-2200 or visit americantradehotel.com. ¡Salud!


Gustavo Araujo (1965-2008)This influential Panamanian artist’s lifework is on view through Dec 29 in Panama city.

Gustavo Araujo (1965-2008)
This influential Panamanian artist’s lifework is on view through Dec 29 in Panama city.


We’re moving to Panama City. Atelier Ace, the creative crew behind Ace Hotel, is proud to announce our first foray into Central America with the new American Trade Hotel in the historic district of Panama City, Casco Viejo, opening autumn 2013. It’s not an Ace Hotel, but it’s a new member of the family. As such, American Trade Hotel embodies our love for meaningful design, local culture and community, and forward-thinking classics.
As a luxury hotel, it’s new and exciting territory for our creative team — distinguished from Ace Hotel by its loyalty to classic lines, traditional service and loyal interpretations of luxury heritage hospitality. We’ve gathered some friends to meet us at the crossroads: Commune Design — the team that helped create Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs — and Panama City-based Conservatorio.
American Trade Hotel stands at the ecological and cultural handshake of the Americas, deeply connected to both the historic Old Quarter and the nascent new Panama City, and at the heart of Casco Viejo — the old quarter of Panama City founded in 1673. The building is nearly 100 years old, and we really like the cut of its jib — a constellation of stately lines and graphic elements, grand old windows and incredible views of the old city and the Gulf of Panama. And beyond the front doors, we’ve stumbled across some of the most mind-bogglingly beautiful eco-diversity in the world — yours to explore when you come visit us down south.
We’re opening autumn 2013, and accepting reservations now for as early as January 1, 2014. You can also keep up with American Trade Hotel on Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

We’re moving to Panama City. Atelier Ace, the creative crew behind Ace Hotel, is proud to announce our first foray into Central America with the new American Trade Hotel in the historic district of Panama City, Casco Viejo, opening autumn 2013. It’s not an Ace Hotel, but it’s a new member of the family. As such, American Trade Hotel embodies our love for meaningful design, local culture and community, and forward-thinking classics.

As a luxury hotel, it’s new and exciting territory for our creative team — distinguished from Ace Hotel by its loyalty to classic lines, traditional service and loyal interpretations of luxury heritage hospitality. We’ve gathered some friends to meet us at the crossroads: Commune Design — the team that helped create Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs — and Panama City-based Conservatorio.

American Trade Hotel stands at the ecological and cultural handshake of the Americas, deeply connected to both the historic Old Quarter and the nascent new Panama City, and at the heart of Casco Viejo — the old quarter of Panama City founded in 1673. The building is nearly 100 years old, and we really like the cut of its jib — a constellation of stately lines and graphic elements, grand old windows and incredible views of the old city and the Gulf of Panama. And beyond the front doors, we’ve stumbled across some of the most mind-bogglingly beautiful eco-diversity in the world — yours to explore when you come visit us down south.

We’re opening autumn 2013, and accepting reservations now for as early as January 1, 2014. You can also keep up with American Trade Hotel on Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.


Practically unknown, the work of Panamanian photographic pioneer Carlos Endara Andrade leaves a portrait of a felicitous Panama. With almost messianic determination, he photographed what he saw as a fortunate (even lucky) society, precisely because the engine of its socioeconomic machine was a hulk of contradictions in a constant state of flux. What distinguishes Endara from the photographers of his time is the range of his human and environmental register. With a frontal, direct and eloquent style, he photographed the poor, immigrants, families and couples without confining himself by any means to the wealthy; rather, he photographed people of diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, thus capturing the diversity of humanity that arrived in Panama in search of a better life. Here, he finds pupils at San José School performing the Court of Civilization Allegory in 1905.

From PhotoEspaña

Practically unknown, the work of Panamanian photographic pioneer Carlos Endara Andrade leaves a portrait of a felicitous Panama. With almost messianic determination, he photographed what he saw as a fortunate (even lucky) society, precisely because the engine of its socioeconomic machine was a hulk of contradictions in a constant state of flux. What distinguishes Endara from the photographers of his time is the range of his human and environmental register. With a frontal, direct and eloquent style, he photographed the poor, immigrants, families and couples without confining himself by any means to the wealthy; rather, he photographed people of diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, thus capturing the diversity of humanity that arrived in Panama in search of a better life. Here, he finds pupils at San José School performing the Court of Civilization Allegory in 1905.


From PhotoEspaña


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