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iTraveliShop.com May 2013
Tantalo Hotel - Panama City :: Hotel Review
At just over one year old,Tantalo Hotel has already earned the title of hippest hotel in Panama and landed a coveted spot on the 2013 Conde Nast Travelermagazine Hot List. Here’s how.
Upstairs, all 12 rooms have names as well as numbers and each has been put in the hands of a different artists who was given free reign. The result is a variety of modern, unexpected, lively mini galleries that just happen to have very, very comfortable beds in them.
I was in room #12. Called Vision Vessel, this room was created by artist Sarah Taylor and included clever painted silhouettes evoking hand shadow images of rabbits, artful distressing which made sections of paint appear to be peeling off like wallpaper and moody color photographs of local shop owners who appeared to be acting out scenes in a fascinating but entirely private play.
Events and Vibe:
For the best scoop in Panama stroll to Granclement for French style artisanal ice cream in flavors that include all of the usual suspects plus taste-bud-benders like basil.
Tantalo Hotel gets its name from a Greek mythological figure named Tantalus, aka Tantalo, who was forced to spend eternity standing in a pool of water underneath a fruit tree. The problem was, the tempting fruit was always beyond his reach and every time he bent down for sip of refreshing water it receded before he could drink. Not surprisingly, this forever thwarted and never satisfied figure’s name is derived from the English word “tantalize.”
A massive mural in the hotel lobby depicts Tantalo and his plight. Thankfully, at Tantalo Hotel what you want is always within reach.
Rates from: US$129 including ala carte breakfast
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