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“Sofitel Legend is more than a luxury hotel brand” shares Maud Bailly, CEO of Sofitel, “It represents a way of living that encapsulates the absolute best in art, culture, history and the elegance of the destination itself.”


“Sofitel Legend is more than a luxury hotel brand” shares Maud Bailly, CEO of Sofitel, “It represents a way of living that encapsulates the absolute best in art, culture, history and the elegance of the destination itself.”

Category: Central and South America - Panama - Industry economy - Hotel opening
This is a press release selected by our editorial committee and published online for free on 2023-03-30

The highly anticipated Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo Panama, uniquely located on a serene waterfront enclave overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the historic Casco Viejo district, will make its grand debut on January 1, 2023 in one of the world’s most sought-after destinations.

An enchanting address studded with all the finest luxuries, Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo presides with a distinctive exterior reminiscent of a bygone era and gracefully merges Panamanian culture with undeniable French savoir-faire.

The building’s original French colonial architecture is meticulously conveyed in the interior design of the property with the dramatic décor of the lobby, which immediately envelopes guests and celebrates the country’s most remarkable engineering accomplishment and architectural wonder – the Panama Canal – with nautical design elements including custom-made sculptures, striking artwork, historic photographs on display, and maritime navigational instruments.

Beyond the lobby, the French heritage of the building is creatively woven throughout a variety of design details including the ballroom’s marble checkerboard floors, wrought iron balcony and brass touches, and contrasted by the use of contemporary Panamanian design elements, including local artwork, handmade encaustic tiles, and colorful furnishings inspired by the diverse flora and fauna found throughout the country.

“Sofitel Legend is more than a luxury hotel brand.” shares Maud Bailly, CEO of Sofitel,

“It represents a way of living that encapsulates the absolute best in art, culture, history and the elegance of the destination itself. Situated in Panama City’s historic district, Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo will provide a space where guests can immerse themselves in local culture whilst indulging in modern luxuries, particular to Sofitel Legend. We are thrilled to continue to offer discerning travelers the finest in French luxury hospitality, in a destination that will undoubtedly inspire meaningful experiences.”

Built on the storied site of the former Club Union – the most exclusive and refined social club to exist in Panama City in the 20th century, which hosted the likes of Albert Einstein, Queen Elizabeth II and Helen Keller – Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo has been designed to honor its glamorous legacy while embracing modern times in Panama’s most desirable district. Steps from the Teatro Nacional, La Catedral del Oro, the Panama Canal and MUMO Museum, the stunning new address embodies Panamanian and French heritage in a culturally rich destination, perfectly echoing Sofitel Legend’s spirit.

“Casco Viejo has long been celebrated for its history, heritage and rich culture.” expressed David Kianni, General Manager of Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo Panama,

“It is home to some of Panama City’s most architecturally iconic landmarks, including the revered Club Union of Panama building, which now enters a new chapter as it becomes the Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo. It’s incredibly exciting to have been part of such a grand project, bringing to life this treasured property through the meticulous lens of the Sofitel Legend brand.” Kianni continues, “Alongside my incredible team, we look forward to welcoming discerning guests from all over the globe and providing them with impeccable service, memorable experiences, and world-class gastronomy that will make them discover the true meaning of French joie de vivre and fall in love with Panama.”

Surrounding a central and impressive terrace and oceanfront pool, Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo’s 159 generously sized rooms, including 35 striking suites with incredible views, combine timeless magnetism with contemporary grandeur.

The beautiful accommodations double as spacious sanctuaries to relax and rest in after a long day of exploring the city. Many of the rooms offer balconies with enviable seascapes where morning coffees and sunset cocktails can be enjoyed as daily rituals.

The property boasts five food and beverage outlets, which delight guests with seasonally inspired cuisine, sure to suit a variety of cravings and occasions. Caleta is a chic Mediterranean Brasserie helmed by acclaimed Executive Chef Lorenzo Di Gravio starring the area’s freshest seafood and boldest flavors – from marinated sea bass in tomato and pepper water to grilled octopus with rosemary potato cream and red chard.

Opening late January, Ammi offers a rooftop bar with sweeping views of the ocean and modern skyline – the perfect setting for Latin music, bespoke cocktails, grilled specialties, ceviches or a pizzetta. Light bites, classic cocktails, and French flair welcome guests at MAYDA Lobby Bar & Plaza, where they can take a seat and linger over afternoon tea and sweet confections imagined by notable Pastry Chef John Moreno.

A Pool Bar located below The Plaza offers fresh juices and smoothies, along with healthy snacks and bowls – the ideal complement to a morning workout or afternoon swim. Lastly, Vera Café tempts with specialty coffee from the Panamanian highlands, freshly baked croissants, chocolate confections, gourmet sandwiches and other tasty treats that are easy to grab on the go.

Wellness is not an afterthought at Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo.

A full-service Sofitel Spa with KOS Paris offers intentional treatments and therapies inspired by ancestral healing rituals that aim to quiet the mind and restore the body. The hotel’s signature spa treatment, “Legendary,” is a mélange of sound and body therapy combining sounds of the sea, with a four-hand massage by therapists who work in perfect synchrony.

The spa is also home to an expansive relaxation area, tearoom and plunge pool.

A 24-hour Sofitel Fitness studio overlooking the ocean is an optimal sanctuary to recharge and stay healthy on the go. Sofitel Fitness offers guests and members a modern, urban-style gym with state-of-the-art cardiovascular equipment, private one-on-one training options led by certified trainers, and dynamic group classes.

Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo also comes with 9,880 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor function space, providing an elevated environment for destination weddings, meetings, gatherings or retreats.

Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo joins a prestigious collection of exquisite properties renowned for their timeless elegance, architectural splendor, and storied past, set in culturally rich and awe-inspiring destinations across the globe: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi (Vietnam), Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam, Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan (Egypt), Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena, and Sofitel Legend People's Grand Hotel Xian (China).

About Sofitel Legend

Sofitel Legend is an illustrious selection of heritage luxury hotels where the best of past and present converge. Set within beautiful and culturally-rich destinations, each legendary retreat is both timeless and elegant, delivering lavish settings, renowned restaurants and modern comforts matched with impeccable service for the ultimate luxury experience. Noble, rare and soulful, Sofitel Legend hotels entice worldly travelers who are all drawn to these beloved places of grandeur for their storied past, architectural beauty, sweeping vistas and enchanting ambience. Sofitel Legend is part of Accor, a world leading hospitality group counting over 5,300 properties throughout more than 110 countries, and a participating brand in ALL - Accor Live Limitless – a lifestyle loyalty program providing access to a wide variety of rewards, services and experiences.

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