Over at the InterContinental, this wall of flowers in the lobby perfectly captured the fanciful garden vibe of the beachfront property. Panama is rich with foliage everywhere you turn, so it makes sense to incorporate some of that greenery into the design.
This is a hotel we wish we'd spent more time in. Located on the downtown strip, the super-trendy Le Meridien Panama draws a late-20s to mid-30s crowd at Latitudes Bar, just off the lobby. We fell in love with the dark, swirling textures everywhere and the neon green glass corridor leading from the bar to the bathrooms.
Immediately upon walking in, you'll be greeted by a porthole-inspired piece (above) by Moroccan artist Younes Rahmoun. Sitting behind the Front Desk, "Mucharay/Net" glows orange and gold and offers a peek at some faraway cityscape. Swoon!
On the ground floor of Trump Ocean Club, sits this sculpture by Colombian figurative artist Fernando Boerto, showing a rather widely-proportioned woman reclining on her stomach. This reminded us slightly of the giant twin statues in the Time Warner Center in Manhattan, and sure enough, a quick search through the NY Times confirmed that they too were done by Botero.
Inside the Westin Playa Bonita, a gaping, beige-and-white-accented lobby is set off by little nautical treasures like this one of an oversize snail shell. Through one giant window, the entire ocean is visible, so we considered the lobby an extended part of the shore.