Built into an already artistic neighborhood of Panama City, the Tantalo Hotel offers something more intimate and community-oriented than, say, the Trump Ocean Club further downtown in the city. Though in different ways, both hotels seem to have a thing for unusual art.
The furniture itself here is the work of actual craftsmen, who harvested wood from the Panama Canal for bar tables, and used other re-purposed materials like cable spools and discarded pieces of roofing.
The owner apparently takes the idea of art and creativity pretty seriously:
"We have seen firsthad that people generally like to be surrounded by creative individuals doing interesting and inspiring things; it's easy to understand the need for aspiring artists to have a medium to engage with the public. And when they do not, then both the artists and the public are losing out.
The desire for art and culture is not a New York or even an urban quality, but a human one."
We also have a desire for decent rates, and the Tantalo seems to have those too—rooms range from $190-$280, including suites, which offer balconies looking down on Casco Viejo.
[Photo: Tantalo Hotel]