Centrally located in Panama City's financial district, The Bristol feels more like a large boutique hotel than the big business traveler-oriented properties nearby. Much of the décor in the carpeted guest rooms is quite conservative, with mahogany furnishings and custom fabric themes of gold or gray. Double-paned windows keep the noise outside, while mostly marble bathrooms with potted orchids and soaking tubs keep the feel swanky. The ground floor, though small, has more local flavor, with paintings and sculptures from leading regional artists, and a more playful décor that includes a ceiling of Panama hats and hand-painted clay tiles. The cozy bar has a vast rum selection. Coquita Arias de Calvo’s restaurant, Salsipuedes, is one of the best in town.