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Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar
Ranked #37 of 113 Hotels in Panama City
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
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17 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Very cool hotspot”
Reviewed 7 January 2014

my fiance and i stayed here for 2 nights. A very beautiful hotel - we loved the design of our room. excellent location, right in the middle of the old town.
the rooftop bar is very cool, but beware, it is very noisy at night and you can here the party from your room. for us this wasn't an issue as we made the most of Panama city and were out until late anyway.
Staff were also fantastic.

Room Tip: top floor rooms have a great view of the city but be aware that if it's a big party on the rooto...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Grecia S, Guest Relations Manager at Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar, responded to this review, 1 May 2015
Dear Pinkyvalenti,

Thank you very much for all your kind comments.

We are pleased that you enjoyed our different environments at Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar, always full of art, good vibes, good service and surprises for our customers.

Hope to see you soon to continue enjoying the beautiful Panama city with us.
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New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2014

I really liked this hotel! Every room has been decorated by a different artist, it has a fun artsy vibe and it fits perfectly with its Casco Viejo surroundings.
The service was good, they arranged transportation and restaurant reservations for us and they were very friendly. The rooftop bar was great and they have a great selection of tasty tapas to accompany the luscious cocktails.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Grecia S, Guest Relations Manager at Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar, responded to this review, 1 May 2015
Dear Dani66,

Thank you very much for all your kind comments.

We are pleased that you enjoyed our different environments at Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar, always full of art, good vibes, good service and surprises for our customers.

Hope to see you soon to continue enjoying the beautiful Panama city with us.
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 27 December 2013 via mobile

We (my husband and I) stayed in Tantalo in Casco Viejo in Dec, 2013. We arrived from NYC at around 2pm on Xmas and were perfectly checked in by the excellent personnel. They all speak great English too, but we preferred to practice our Spanish and they loved it :)

Tantalo is right in the center of the Casco Viejo and we walked right after the check in half of it without any problem! It is a different (wonderful) story to describe the Casco Viejo itself -which is, btw, very very much worth seeing and staying in Panama City! We can't imagine staying anywhere else in the city, after staying in two hotels in Panama City.

Room 9, Rosa Mente - spacious like no "standard" room in any other hotel or "not standard" in any boutique hotel we stayed in globally! Just a pleasure to walk in: arty, funky, tastefully made -reminded us on MoMA museum in NYC - clean and bright ! We also had a balcony with a cathedral view and two benches and plants -just homy! We appreciated the part that various local artists took part in decorating this place and made it extremely special and remarkably unique and unrepeatable ! Not a single room repeats itself and the lobby, the bar, the rooftop and even the staircase are all full of art (you can buy it too)! The shower was big (with a new funky solid wide showered!) and clean-clean with all needed products and very white thick towels! Perfection!

If we stay in Tantalo again -we will try all the rooms, but nr9 is just now our very favorite!

The food at the Tantalo kitchen is just AMAZING! The chef is so good that the line for lunch and dinner on the after Xmas day was so big that people had to wait on the inside stairs! Tourists and locals alike! We had our excellent dinner, next morning breakfast and all other breakfasts and a lunch there -nowhere else in the city we had the variety, the quality and the freshness of the food! Also quite reasonably priced! Note: we are New Yorkers and food is something we are spoiled about and know of... So ... Great job, Tantalo chef !!!! We tried almost everything ( but red meat)- very delicious!

The waiters, just like the personnel are lovely, friendly and hard hard working (not too typical for a boutique hotel, if you know what I mean :) the room was cleaned top notch every day without us ever noticing. On Xmas night we had a wonderful waiter (who was several in one: a host, a waiter, a bartender, a bass boy and a cleaner). Not only he was calm and pleasant serving quite a few tables fast and non-stop, he was also smiling and staying up past 11pm ( all on Xmas dinner night!!!).

Now, why not full 5 stars ? two reasons: - the wifi in the rooms can be sporadic! We had to do some further travels arrangements and it took us many many hours and caused some unpleasant frustration because we constantly had close to no internet... To the Tantalo credit -wifi in the entire country seems to be at times problematic.
- the rooftop: it is one of the most hip parties in the city and the Thursday night is a party till about 5 am ... We are young and hip, so we did not mind, but we thought it is important say, for people who want to go to bed a bit earlier than 5 am on the Thursday -Saturday nights (when the parties are hard core) and for older couples or people with younger kids. The music was fun, so we enjoyed it till about 2.30 am and slept no problem afterwards (remember, we are from the big noisy apple:)

The rest is excellent excellent excellent!
We miss you Tantalo already and would be back in a blink with the friends!

¡Muchísimas gracias!

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Grecia S, Guest Relations Manager at Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar, responded to this review, 1 May 2015
Dear Opuntus,

Thank you very much for all your kind comments for sharing your experiences and for your tips to our futre costumers.

We are pleased that you enjoyed our different environments at Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar, always full of art, good vibes, good service and surprises for our customers.

Tantalum staff will always be with the best attitude to serve you.

Hope to see you soon to continue enjoying the beautiful Panama city with us.
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Reviewed 21 December 2013

Loved this place. So edgy and cool. The rooms are actually suites with big living spaces and a bedroom. An escape from your typical chain hotel. A little more expensive than some other places but for a night it was a fun treat. Restaurant was really yummy and fun too, and its right in the Casco Viejo so you can walk to restaurants and bars and such. Don't usually write in incomplete sentences like this, but it works, no?
Careful if you visit during Holidays as I did, they don't serve alcohol a lot of places during these times which is a bummer when you're a lush like I am.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Grecia S, Guest Relations Manager at Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar, responded to this review, 1 May 2015
Dear Karen

Thank you very much for all your comments and for sharing your experiences.

We are pleased that you enjoyed our different environments at Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar, always full of art, good vibes, good service and surprises for our customers.

Hope to see you soon to continue enjoying the beautiful Panama city with us.
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Chicago, IL
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2013

This well-situated hotel reminded me of some of the art deco hotels in Miami Beach; the lobby, rooftop bar/club, and rooms were interestingly decorated, and the area is up all night. If you are looking for quiet, this is NOT the place to stay, although frankly it seemed like most of the noise was coming from the cars and people out in the street rather than from the bustling bars upstairs and downstairs. We didn't hear any of the music from in our room (called Love, Ouch), so I think they did as good a job as possible with the insulation. They give hotel guests a wristband to get up to the rooftop bar, and it was definitely hopping and worth stopping by for an evening drink. I can't imagine that anything else in the Casco Viejo neighborhood would be much better on a weekend night. The room itself was clean, huge and well-appointed, beds and pillows in particular were very comfortable, and I particularly liked the anti-fog mirror in the bathroom. Service was very helpful, polite, and bilingual (although do not expect speedy breakfast service on a weekend morning). Breakfast was delicious, and the coffee was clearly freshly brewed. Bring a set of earplugs and enjoy a great stay.

Room Tip: Each room is differently decorated by a local artist. We stayed in Love, Ouch (spikes on ceiling, w...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Grecia S, Guest Relations Manager at Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar, responded to this review, 1 May 2015
Dear majorcubfan,

Thank you very much for all your kind comments for sharing your experiences and your tips.

We are pleased that you enjoyed our different environments at Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar, always full of art, good vibes, good service and surprises for our customers.

Hope to see you soon to continue enjoying the beautiful Panama city with us.
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Chicago, Illinois
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2013

My girlfriend and I stayed here for two nights in November at a very affordable rate, to round out a long trip. We had been roughing it for most of the journey and it was wonderful to relax in the comforts that Tantalo offers.

The location could not be better for Panama City. You are right in the heart of Casco Viejo which is the most unique and appealing area that the city has to offer. There is a decent amount of automobile traffic as well as foot traffic outside, but the noise is very manageable (especially after 10 pm). It may be slightly louder Thursday-Sunday when the bar next door opens up.

The service was very accommodating. It was very nice to have a staff that spoke fluently in both English and Spanish. The manager walked us up to our room personally and even carried a bag for us.

The room was amazing. We stayed in the TropicaExotica room and had a beautiful balcony overlooking the cathedral in the center of Casco. The 9 foot high rain shower was probably the nicest I've ever been in at a hotel. It was also nice to have some amenities like a small refrigerator, a nice big screen TV, comfortable chairs and sofas, and a small iPod dock to play our music.

If I have any complaint its that the "king size bed" was actually two doubles pushed together with a mattress pad over the top.. But we didn't even notice that until the second night of our stay.

The restaurant as well is some of the most affordable high quality cuisine that Casco Viejo has to offer. We stuffed ourselves and drank some delicious cocktails. The atmosphere was great as well with a 30-40 foot vertical garden on one of the walls. spent far less than we did the following night when we went to another Tapas place.

Extremely memorable experience all around that we both still speak fondly of and I wish I could go back!

Room Tip: If you ask for a room facing towards the plaza (southwest) then you will be on the quieter side of t...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Matthew T
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Grecia S, Guest Relations Manager at Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar, responded to this review, 2 May 2015
Dear Matthew,

Thank you very much for all your kind comments.

We are pleased that you enjoyed our different environments at Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar, always full of art, good vibes, good service and surprises for our customers.

Hope to see you soon to continue enjoying the beautiful Panama city with us.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 15 November 2013

The hotel is situated in Casco Viejo, one of the nicest areas of present Panama City, although other modern areas are developping fast. The rooms have been decorated individually by local artistst. Therefore every room has its own charm. Our room (flowers) was on the corner, so there was a nice view. The room was very spacious and has a very nice bathroom. The restaurants offers a (innovative for Panama) tapas oriented menu. The most spectacular is the rooftop bar! On the ground floor a restaurant is situated and often performances are being held by (music) artists. Unfortunately we stayed in this hotel during Halloween. The hotel organised a Halloween party, throughout the whole building on that day, after it has had another party the day before. That implies decorating , music, people on the ground floor, all hotel floors, rooftop and even in the elevator people screamed and made loud noises. Unfortunately we had to leave the next day early in the morning and therefore could not party all night. The music was so loud that in the room it seemed your bed was in the middle of a discothecque. On top of that the hotel forgot to carry out the wake up call. Luckily we had our own alarm. Therefore we think it is a great, trendy place, but more as a bar/club than for a good night's rest.

Room Tip: Ask for the corner, so you can have a view on daily live in Casco Viejo
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar
Address: Avenida B Calle 8 | Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
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Region: Panama > Panama Province > Panama City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Business Hotel in Panama City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our hotel is created with the mindset that we u different spaces as one commercial organism that is constantly evolving throughout the day / night. Tantalo is a 12-room hotel, a restaurant featuring a communal kitchen-style atmosphere serving shared comfort dishes influenced by ingredients from around the globe, the lively ground floor bar / lounge and finally the only public outdoor rooftop bar / lounge in Casco Viejo with incredible views. Each hotel room features individually designed custom art by different local artists ensuring that no two rooms will be the same. ... more   less 
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