Tántalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar has soft-launched in the historic Casco Viejo neighborhood of Panama City, with a grand opening planned for March 15.
Owned and operated by New York City-based Blesso Properties, the hotel occupies what was previously an apartment building built in the 1970s. The design, by Andrea Steele of ANDarchitects, aims to bring touches of modern New York City design to the colonial architecture of Casco Viejo, which since 1997 has been evolving into Panama City’s arts district.
Each of the 13 uniquely designed guestrooms features a different artist focusing on a particular type of artistic expression and theme, with mediums including photography, graffiti art and light boxes.
The Tántalo Kitchen, the hotel’s communal-style restaurant, serves internationally inspired comfort food dishes designed for sharing developed by Panamanian-born Chef Pierre DeJanon. Communal tables are made of harvested wood from the Panama Canal and sit beneath octopus tentacle string lights.
Tántalo’s rooftop lounge, Encima Roofbar, offers live entertainment in addition to a 360-degree view of the Panama City skyline, while Tántalo’s ground-floor Lounge serves drinks and dishes from the Kitchen in a setting with lots of natural light, ever-changing art, coffee tables made from repurposed suitcases and artist-painted cube tables.
Perhaps the hotel’s most unique feature, a live green wall, is a two-stories-high celebration of 983 examples of native Panamanian flora nourished by rainwater reclaimed from the skylight atrium located above the Lounge.