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Hotel of the week: JW Marriott Panama

19 December 2022
Hotel of the week: JW Marriott Panama

Retreat to JW Marriott Panama, where you will be immersed in timeless luxury and unrivaled service every moment of your enriching getaway. Situated along the shores of Punta Pacifica, our high-rise, luxury hotel boasts a convenient location surrounded by a variety of businesses, plus shopping and entertainment options, in the Financial District.

Ignite your stay by splashing into our resort-style infinity pool, soaking up striking views of the Panama City skyline and sipping a tropical cocktail from our poolside restaurant. Wind down and entice your taste buds with authentic, Panamanian soul dishes at our brand new signature restaurant, MASI.

After a thrilling day thriving in the city, indulge in the comfort of our spacious accommodations adorned with plush bedding and opulent décor inspired by the sparkling coastline. Treat yourself to a bottle of champagne as you unwind and relax on your private balcony as the sun sets. Your vacation at JW Marriott Panama will be anything but ordinary. 

A serene escape awaits in our hotel rooms in Panama City

  • Retreat to our hotel rooms in Panama City, inspired by the blissful shoreline of Panama
  • Find distinctive service and spectacular sea views in our JW Executive Lounge in Panama City, Panama
  • Plush duvets and crisp linens create a soothing sanctuary in our hotel rooms in Panama City

  • Upgrade your Panama trip to a palatial suite, boasting additional space and plunging bathtubs
  • Lounge in your oceanfront hotel suite in Panama City, watching a movie on a 55-inch flat-screen TV
  • Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast in bed thanks to 24-hour room service in our hotel suites in Panama City.

The JW Marriott Panama (formerly The Bahia Grand Panama, before that Trump International Hotel & Tower Panama, and before that Trump Ocean Club) is a 70 floor, 2,710,000 sq ft (252,000 m2), mixed-use waterfront hotel and condominium tower development in Panama City, Panama, in the area of Punta Pacifica. It opened in 2011 as the first international "named branded development" of The Trump Organization. At 284 meters, it is the tallest building in Panama[2] and the tallest building in Central America.

Building: The project was designed by Colombian architects Arias - Serna - Saravia S.A. It includes a five-star hotel of 369 hotel condominium units, 628 residential condominium units, 1500 parking spaces, 36 retail shops, 10 story office tower, a 75,000-square-foot (7,000 m2) casino operated by Sun International,  daily ferry service to the Pearl Islands, yacht club and pier, wellness spa, gym, pool deck, meeting and event spaces, and a business center.

The 13-story base is topped by a tower resembling the Burj Al Arab, a hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; before its completion the developer asked for a preemptive injunction against lawsuits by Jumeirah Group over the similarity. The interior was designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates.

Construction began in May 2007. When built, the tower was the tallest building in Latin America; as of 2008 it remains the tallest in Central America and still remains the largest mixed use building of its kind in Latin America.

History: Donald Trump arranged financing for the project from the investment bank Bear Stearns - a $230 million bond offering - for which he received a $2.2 million commission. During the financing, Ivanka Trump falsely claimed that over 90% of the units had been sold, and that their sale price was five times that of comparable units. Ivanka Trump also exaggerated demand for the units, claiming in 2009 they were selling out even as potential buyers were being offered substantial discounts. During the development, Donald Trump falsely implied that the Trump Organization had a financial stake in the project, and that it was acting as the developer, neither of which were true.

The building was developed by Roger Khafif, President of the K Group, a Panama resort developer and three Colombian partners by Newland International Properties Corp. Khafif first conceptualized the project in 2005, and arranged a meeting with Donald Trump via Marvin Traub. A contract was signed initiating the project in New York City in 2006. Ivanka Trump was given a lead role in developing the project. 

The hotel opened on July 6, 2011, approximately one year behind schedule, in a ceremony attended by President Ricardo Martinelli. In September 2011 Fitch Ratings downgraded $220 million in bonds that Newland International Properties Corp. was using to finance construction of the building from B-sf to CCsf because of "continued uncertainty over the willingness and ability" of buyers to take possession of apartment units.

Newland licensed the Trump brand name for an initial fee of $1 million, the hotel was the first international Trump "name branded" development to open. Donald Trump reportedly personally profited between $30 million and $55 million from the project.

 The Trump Organization managed the hotel under contract until March 2018, when Cypriot businessman Orestes Fintiklis, who had bought a majority stake in the hotel condominium association, legally ousted them and had the Trump name removed from the building in 2015 and from the hotel March 5, 2018. The hotel was temporarily renamed The Bahia Grand Panama prior to Marriott’s involvement.

On March 22, the Panamanian law firm Britton and Iglesias unsuccessfully petitioned Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela to intercede and restore the Trump Organization's management team. On June 28, 2018, it was announced that the hotel would become a JW Marriott. It was officially renamed on September 26, 2018.

Panama is the most advanced country in Central America, best known for its Interoceanic Canal, for its Banking Area, and for its Free Zone.

It is a beautiful and exotic tropical paradise, two and a half hours from Miami, located on a narrow strip of land that connects North America with South America.

Panama is located in Central America, bordering on the southeast of Costa Rica. There are daily direct flights to Panama from Miami, New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta, South America and the Caribbean. Traveling by plane to Panama from Miami takes 2.5 hours and most cruise ships also disembark at its ports.

Panama has received the highest rating in tourism security by the world-renowned Pinkerton Intelligence Agency. The stability of the government has been characterized for decades and the local population sees tourists and foreign investors as friends who help in the development of the local economy.

Unlike its neighbors, Panama is not affected by hurricanes or earthquakes. Additionally, Panama has different types of climates ranging from the cold in the high mountains to the heat of its beautiful beaches in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans as well as the tropics in its forested areas.

The temperature is usually warm in the lowlands throughout the year with high temperatures of 90ºF and low temperatures of 72ºF. The temperature in the mountains is much cooler and the rainfall is more intense on the Caribbean side and less on the Pacific coast side, which is where Panama City is located.

Panama has many natural resources to enjoy such as its beautiful beaches along the Pacific and Atlantic beaches, exuberant vegetation, with a great diversity of flora and fauna, numerous islands along its coasts, beautiful coral collections, and a great variety of peaces in its seas. Panama is a tropical paradise to discover and enjoy.

The AARP Magazine (American Association of Retired Persons) has classified Panama as one of the four most important destinations to live abroad. If you have dreamed of finding a tropical paradise with white sands, beautiful landscapes, rich biodiversity, all kinds of modern life facilities and a population that invites you to feel at home, then Panama is your ideal destination.

  • Tropical climate all year
  • Cold if you go to the mountains
  • Lush vegetation and fauna
  • Beautiful beaches on the Atlantic and the Pacific
  • You can choose between living in the capital, cities in the interior, countryside, mountains, lakes, beaches and rivers

  • top quality water
  • air without pollution
  • Free movement of the dollar
  • Special discounts for all seniors in shops and services
  • international banking center
  • Great opportunities to invest
  • The best malls in America
  • Numerous housing projects with very affordable prices, for all economic levels
  • Numerous restaurants with international cuisine, Mexican, Argentine, Brazilian, Swiss, German, Spanish, Indian, Arabic, Panamanian and many more
  • Events, fairs, large parades, art exhibitions, concerts, plays, day and night entertainment, as well as internal tourism.
  • International schools in English
  • prestigious universities
  • democratic government
  • Stable economy
  • Excellent communications system
  • Labor at affordable prices

General Information about Panama

 Panama is a sovereign country of America that is located in the extreme southeast of Central America, which is also its subdivision. Its official name is the Republic of Panama and its capital is Panama City. The republic is made up of 9 provinces and 6 indigenous regions. It limits to the North with the Caribbean Sea, to the South with the Pacific Ocean, to the East with Colombia and to the West with Costa Rica. It has an extension of 77,082 km². Located on the isthmus that joins South America with Central America, its mountainous territory is only interrupted by the Panama Canal. Its population is 3,474,562 inhabitants.

 Official Name: Republic of Panama.

Capital: Panama City.

Nationality: Panamanian.

Land Area, Population and Density: 75,517 Km2. squares; 2,839,177 inhabitants, 81 inhabitants per square mile.

Political Division: 9 provinces and 6 counties.

Government: Presidential Republic.

Official language: SPANISH.

Other Languages: English.

Climate: Tropical and the temperature is usually uniform throughout the year. The average temperature is 27 degrees C.

Catolic religion.

Currency: The Balboa and the U.S. dollar. Panama's own coins are equivalent in size and value to those of the United States.

Welcome to Panama

Geographically located in Central America and bathed by the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, Panama has a strategic position to unite the American continent with the world, thanks to the Panama Canal and the Hub of the Americas, through its national and international airlines.

With its sustained economic growth and a great opening to foreign investment, Panama has become the center of many businesses, as well as the residence of citizens from all over the world, who are looking for a friendly, comfortable, safe, economical and beautiful place.

Panama welcomes everyone and Tsar Events Panama will be happy to assist you with any possible needs in Panama Republic!

Tsar Events PANAMA DMC & PCO team will help you with reservation in any hotel in Panama or with planning of any event there.

We opened our office in Panama in 2016. Since then we provided incoming services in Panama for thousands satisfied clients from different countries.

Tsar Events Panama DMC will help you with ANY activity in Panama Republic. It can be:

  • Business Meetings & Conference
  • Incentive programs
  • Special Events
  • Site-inspections & Famtrips
  • Event Design, Décor & Production
  • Transportation & Logistics
  • Entertainment
  • Dining Experience
  • Tour Program
  • Team Building & CSR
  • Accommodation selection

If you need anything in Panama Republic, we will be happy to help you to plan and operate your event or program.  

Please, look at SAMPLE PROGRAM that we have prepared for you to show what can be organized for your clients in Panama.

Just let me know and we’ll prepare tailor made program for you to face all your individual requirements.

Tsar Events Panama DMC can help you with your clients who wants to have private tailor-made program while their ship stops in Panama port. We provide all types of Ground Handling Services for Cruise Lines in Panama ports.

For Groups & Individual guests arriving to Panama by Cruise ships we will help you with:

  • Tailor made shore excursions, cultural sightseeing, outdoor adventures, discovery tours 
  • Private Transportation & Guides for tailor made itineraries (WE OWN OUR OWN FLEET)
  • Delightful lunch & Dining, Dine around, Gala dinners, Catering services
  • Special Interest Tours
  • Hotel sugestions & booking
  • Limousine & Private Cars & VIP Sevices
  • Musical Enterainement & Performers, Shows
  • Co-ordinating pre and post-cruise stays (hotels, transfers and assistance)
  • Other Destination Management Services