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August 6, 2012updated Feb 08, 2013

South Bound: First Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Latin America Named

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Panama City, Panama – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

Hilton Worldwide has announced the official name of its first Waldorf Astoria hotel in Latin America: Waldorf Astoria Panama. Formerly known as The Panamera, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, the Panama City property will open later this year and is now accepting reservations for 2013.

“The Waldorf Astoria name is known throughout the world as representing the best in luxury and hospitality,” said Danny Hughes, senior vice president, Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America, Hilton Worldwide. “Placing the brand prominently at the front of the hotel name reinforces our commitment to deliver unparalleled service and quality at this first ever Waldorf Astoria hotel in Latin America.”

Located steps away from Calle Uruguay, in the heart of Panama’s entertainment area, Waldorf Astoria Panama is approximately 25 minutes from Tocumen International Airport (PTY) and two blocks from the city center and financial district. Within walking distance of Cinta Costera—a running and walking trail overlooking the Pacific Ocean—the hotel is also 20 minutes from the Panama Canal and ten minutes from the historic center, Casco Viejo.

Featuring 248 guest rooms and luxury residences, Waldorf Astoria Panama will be tastefully designed with the finest linens and amenities, including spacious marble bathrooms with walk in rain showers. The property will also offer an array of recreational facilities including a 2,000-square-foot fitness center by Life Fitness, a 2,000-square-foot spa and an outdoor swimming pool with mosaic gold tiles.

The hotel will feature Level 5, a multi-event venue for meetings and social gatherings where Manhattan penthouse design blends with a trendy Latin American ambiance. The more than 3,500 square feet of meeting space includes three multi-purpose meeting rooms and a ballroom, complemented by a versatile business center where guests can access a variety of services.

Featuring four distinct restaurants and bars, Waldorf Astoria Panama will include Peacock Alley, an intimate lobby bar; Ginger, an exotic lounge and sushi bar that incorporates ginger in its Asian specialty menu; Bungalow Terrace & Pool Bar; and Brasserie Brillo, a casual all day dining restaurant.

At Waldorf Astoria Panama guests will experience True Waldorf Service. Under this new service initiative, a personal concierge is assigned to each qualified guest and acts as their primary contact, before, during and after a stay.

The hotel will also participate in Hilton Honors®, the only guest rewards program that allows members to earn Points & Miles® for the same stay and redeem points for free nights with No Blackout Dates at more than 3,800 hotels worldwide.

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Hilton Worldwide currently has a portfolio of 50 hotels around the world and is pursuing additional Latin American growth opportunities with a development pipeline that includes properties in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, and Peru.

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