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LA ISABELA SUITES

  contact@laisabelapanama.com     How to find us     (507) 388 4105

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THE CONCEPT

  • WONDERFUL
    LOCATION

    Tucked away in the heart of the historic Casco Viejo, a UNESCO world heritage site, La Isabela is within easy strolling distance of art galleries, museums, 17th churches and the Presidential Palace. Some of the finest dining, the best jazz clubs and the liveliest bars in the city are all within a few short blocks. La Isabela is also a mere 25 minutes from the international airport and 10 minutes from Panama’s business center.
  • SPACIOUS
    LIVING

    Unique in Panama, La Isabela combines the largest suites in the city with the services of a luxury boutique hotel. Our two bedroom suites are 120 sqm (1200 sq. ft.) and include two en-suite bathrooms, a large living room and full kitchen. Our one bedroom suites are 70 to 100 sqm (700 to 1000 sq. ft.) and offer with one bathroom, a living room and full kitchen. All suites open on to large balconies. For views, outdoor dining or simple relaxation, our 2 bedroom suites have access to a large internal courtyard (complete with outdoor Balinese showers) or to a rooftop terrace with small swimming pool (1-bedroom suites).
  • ELEGANT
    DESIGN

    A leading restoration architect, Francisco Montanes, and a cutting edge Spanish design group, Bersale, S.A., worked together for almost two years to restore La Isabela to its former elegance. Their vision was to adhere to UNESCO’s World Heritage Site Guidelines and maintain the 19th century elements of La Isabela’s colonial architecture while incorporating touches of cutting edge design. To complement their efforts, selected pieces of Panamanian art are exhibited throughout the hotel. The philosophy was simple: To create an unique historical harmony with an integration of styles, materials, and perspectives ranging from the 19th to the 21st century.

THE LEGEND


To facilitate the flow of gold from the Pacific to Spain, the Spanish conquistadores founded the town of Panama in 1519. After the original town was ransacked by the notorious pirate Henry Moore in 1617, the Spanish relocated to the more easily defended peninsula and founded Casco Viejo. The historical record is unclear, but La Isabela was built in approximately 1857. A mix of history and legend, the name of La Isabela relates to a tragic love story dating to the early 1900s. A young American captain stationed at the nearby Panama Canal met the youngest of three daughters, a beautiful, independent minded girl named Isabela, who was living in her then gracious family home. They fell in love, but the father refused to allow the wedding. The captain left Panama, vowing to make his fortune and to return for Isabela’s hand. Having succeeded, he came back several years later for his Isabela, but found the home empty. He discovered that tragically, Isabela and her family had succumbed to disease. The distraught captain bought the building and lived there until his death. In the style of the time, he gave the home a name, La Isabela.

THE SUITES


THE SERVICES

  •      Concierge
  •      SPA services
  •      Chef at home
  •      Personalized tours
  •      Special occasions
  •      Business

Our team is knowledgeable, friendly and efficient. All the members have been trained to meet the standard of a luxury boutique hotel that accommodates an international clientele. Our managers are responsive and our cleaning staff ensures the highest standard of hygiene. Our drivers and private guides are licensed and vetted to ensure that you arrive at your destinations safely. Yes, at La Isabela Suites, we are proud of our staff.


We believe in one type of massage: a great one. We believe in one type of product: the pure, unaltered blend of organic oil and natural plants essences. In the expert hands of our certified masseuse, our Signature Massage uses deliberate strokes and compression to separate and lengthen muscle fibers. We customize the message to your preference from soft to deep tissue and to your needs with our secret blends of organic oils and aromatherapy extracts. You can also enjoy any of our Beauty Services in the comfort of your suite. After all, by day you can be Indiana Jones, but by night you can be ready for the red carpet…


Chef Alfredo Villegas was trained at one of the best culinary schools in Europe: La Cónsula de Málaga and has worked with recognized Michelin starred chefs Dani Garcia and José Carlos Garcia. His unique cuisine rescues traditional wisdom discovering new contrasts and offering carefully crafted dishes to achieve a perfect harmony. Creating an innovative gastronomy full of Latin and Mediterranean flavors, with a tropical zest and Asian aromas, his creations surprise and provoke an explosion of the senses delighting even the most exclusive palates. Experience the rare opportunity to watch and learn as a Michelin chef cooks exclusively for you - an exceptional and unforgettable experience!. Do not forget to ask for our famous "Cooking private lessons".


Your best destination... Panama


At La Isabela Suites, we will help you discover Panama avoiding large tourist groups. All our tours have been carefully selected, are exclusive for our clients, and offer the best quality for the price. We can tailor any tour to your needs and wishes. Because unless you want to, you do not need to encounter a shark or be Indiana Jones to have an unforgettable experience… Just Be Yourself. And let us worry about the details.


Would you like her to say yes in the most romantic place? Have the wedding of your dreams? A different bachelorette/ bachelor party? Planning a reunion of good friends? An unforgettable “quinceañera”? Time for a special baby-shower? La Isabela Suites offers an exquisite setting in the historic and lively heart of the city. With the best rate quality/price we can prepare everything: from flights to pick up, group activities, day–tours, spa services, photographer, ceremony (religious or civil), catering etc. You just need to enjoy the most beautiful and unforgettable moment of your life.


We understand the business traveler. Let us provide you with business assistants, private chauffeurs, legal advice, support you in the organization of your meetings, recommend and find experts, organize your trip, confirm your flight and book your transport to and from the airport. So, you can have that extra time that you will need to explore Panama. Check our corporative packages. And if you are coming for long stays We can advise you depending on your preferences, time and budget, on day-tours, learning Spanish, places to eat, or events happening in the city. Contact us today for your special rate.


THE ADVENTURE

  • FROM THE LAND

    Just an hour away from La Isabela Suites Panama rainforest offers you more nature in a day than Brazil's Amazon. We have 14 natural parks; 16 Wildlife & Reserve areas; and almost 1,000 species of birds, 220 mammals and 354 reptiles and amphibians. Panama is also the land of the “7 live Indian cultures”, proud and very much autonomous, from Darien jungle and the Highlands of West Panama, to the Caribbean Archipelagos. And of course, we have the Panama Canal, and some of the most vibrant night life in Central America. So, what are you waiting for?


  • FROM THE AIR

    To see the Panama Canal from the air, free as a bird, is a once-in-a-lifetime-unforgettable-experience. You can appreciate some of the most beautiful landscapes of Panama City, Pedro Miguel and Gamboa, Corte Culebra, the narrowest part of the Canal (the Snake Cut), the Canal expansion, Cocolí, the locks of the Canal in Miraflores, where 102 years ago men united the 2 most powerful oceans of the world….


  • FROM THE SEA

    Panama is an indigenous word that means “Abundance of fish”. Need more to add it to your bucket list? This is the only place in the world where you can visit 2 oceans almost at the same time: The Atlantic through the warm tropical waters of the Caribbean Sea, and the Pacific with its cooler, shark and dolphin filed waters. Still not convinced? We also have hundreds of islands often with unrivaled access to secluded beaches. Time to think white sand, turquoise waters and fresh coconut…


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