Dating back to 1673, Casco Viejo or Casco Antiguo, is the old town of Panama, situated on a peninsula on the west side of the city bay. Characterized by its colonial architecture, it wasn’t until recently that international investment dollars fueled the rejuvenation of this neighborhood, giving rise to the renovation of colonial buildings.
This tropical metropolis is unique compared to rest of Latin America with the third largest amount of high rises in North America, it looks and feels drastically different from its neighbors. In this city, old meets new where worlds collide, connecting trade routes through the Panama Canal.
So when it comes to accommodation options, there is no shortage of options or variety. In this brief article, I’m introducing you to the Casco Viejo options for those of you interested in the colonial design and feel.
Within the old town neighborhood there are a load of bars, restaurants, and knick-knack shopping options, but when it comes to renovated mansions, there are only a handful given that most of these larger buildings have been sparsed off into multiple units. If you have a small group then these options work for you, but the biggest colonial mansion available has a capacity of 9.
Our team has scoured the streets of Casco Viejo and identified these amazing options, blocks away from each other.
We begin, smallest to largest:
#1 Three Bedroom Rooftop Penthouse – The Monks
This apartment is a fully furnished three-bedroom Casco Viejo rental, located on the second floor of Casa Las Monjas. The spacious floorplan is accented with a large open dining area, top-of-the-line kitchen, living room, five internal balconies, and a rooftop terrace rivaling the absolute best spaces for sunsets or private parties in Casco Viejo.
With a capacity for max occupancy for 6 split amongst 3 bedrooms (king bed, king or twins, and a full) with 2 bathrooms.
#2 Casa Mallet
Arguably Casco Viejo’s most impressive short-term accommodation, this penthouse is one of those special spaces that you won’t want to leave. Located (like our other units) in the absolute heart of the historic district, this top floor 3-bedroom flat boasts a rooftop pool, top-of-the-line furnishings, and some of the coolest artwork in town. Perfect for groups, guests can expect top of the line concierge & customer service during their stay.
Boasting a spacious 413 square meter layout with rooftop pool, there is a max capacity of 6 guests divided amongst 3 bedrooms (master bedroom with king size bed, two additional bedrooms with queen size beds) and 3 bathrooms.
#3 Hip Rooftop Penthouse
Exquisit3 story penthouse with all the comfort and pleasantries needed for an unforgettable stay in Casco Viejo, the authentic heart of Panama City, declared a World heritage site by UNESCO.
Can comfortably accommodate up to 7 guests.
If you wish to have an authentic 360° view Panama experience, this corner of paradise with its intricate design, combining culture art and luxury, is the place for you.
This unique penthouse has only 2 bedrooms, but a variety of sofa couches and inflatables topping 7 sleeping arrangements (1x king, 1x queen, 2x sofa beds, 1x couch, 2x air mattresses) with 3.5 bathrooms.
#4 The Casco Viejo Mansion
Three floor house with 4 bedrooms and a studio space boasts a capacity of 9 guests. There is a rooftop terrace with incredible views of Casco and a small pool. All interior details are from local artisans.
Main bedroom has a king size bed, which is a suite at the top floor with adjacent terrace and studio space. Studio space has a twin bed. There are 2 bathrooms on this floor.
On first floor there are 3 bedrooms all with queen beds. Two queen bedrooms share a bathroom and the third has its own bathroom.
For more info about available apartment rentals in Casco Viejo, reach out to our team at Highlife Panama to find you the best deals or ask about downtown penthouses or the exclusive Highlife Jungle Mansion.