STAY PANAMA: LAS CLEMENTINAS
There’s a reason Las Clementinas is the number 1 rated Panama City hotel on TripAdvisor, actually there’s plenty of reasons. Some of the acclaim is due to their excellent staff who welcomed us seriously way way before our scheduled check in. We had already told ourselves we’d have to find some way to kill time, but considering how groggy I felt after the flight and how much I just wanted to shower, I was beyond relieved to find out that we were getting a room right away.
Las Clementinas rooms are more like mini-apartments with a full kitchen, living room, balcony, garden downstairs and rooftop terrace. You’re also smack dab in the middle of Casco Viejo, as we sat on the balcony, you can watch locals going on about their life, playing music (sidenote – Panamanians can party and the music goes on into the wee hours of the morning- loves it) having conversations and just great for anyone who enjoys people watching.
But I think what made Las Clementinas a place I won’t soon forget is how connected and involved they are with the community. On our last morning while we were wrapping up brunch, we found out that the hotel not only hires former gang members, they also hold different gang prevention and intervention meetings and it was such a beautiful thing to see. Into the restaurant walked about 30 young people and we watched while the Manager and all the staff spoke so passionately to these young people about their options and I wish my Spanish were better. Even without understanding every word, I was so completely moved. I felt like I had been part of something so much bigger and so much more authentic than so much of what I normally do on a trip.
So if you’re ever in Casco Viejo, Panama City, even if you’re staying somewhere else, stop by Las Clementinas for a drink or for a chat with their amazing staff.
Major thanks to Las Clementinas for hosting us.