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Judy Dench Spies on the Bristol in Panama City

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  Site Where: Avenida Aquilino de la Guardia, Panama City, Panama
February 20, 2008 at 10:02 AM | by | ()

Our first clue that The Bristol in Panama City, Panama is the hot place to stay was the brand new Masarati parked out front. Our second clue was sitting down to check in and finding ourselves chatting with Judy Dench, who was checking out.

The famed actress was in town for a week shooting her Q role for the new James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace. (Funny enough, that portion of the film is actually supposed to take place in Haiti, so the Panamanians are not too thrilled.) Being the Oscar-winning lady she is, Ms. Dench won raves from the staff for her graciousness and lack of midnight diva demands.

Tomorrow we'll feature a video tour of one of the Bristol's rooms, but this is the clear winner in town in terms of service, fine dining, and plush rooms. Note that there is no swimming pool though, an oddity in a city that is steaming hot all year. Plus the two front desk people have to go into a back room to print out anything, meaning the small lobby is often devoid of employees.

There were a few marks of distinction that went beyond the norm though. A concierge pulled off a big flight change that avoided a change fee and a couple hours after check-in Bristol business cards arrived, printed with our name on them. Everyone can feel like a celeb--or at least an international banking kingpin.

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Re: Judy Dench Spies on the Bristol in Panama City

i love judy dench! its good to hear she isn't a diva hotel guest like Oprah.

The Bristol Hotel in Panama

I have never been yet but my colleuge says that this is one of the best hotels in Bristol to stay when in Panama.