Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar
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Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar

Avenida B Calle 8 Casco Viejo, Panama City Panama
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4.5
#20 of 127 hotels in Panama City
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.2 of 5 bubbles
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CASCO VIEJO'S PREMIER BOUTIQUE HOTEL AND ROOFTOP BAR · MERGES ART, EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE, AND UNIQUE PROGRAMMING TO STIMULATE THE SENSES. Our hotel is created with the mindset that we use different spaces as one commercial organism that is constantly evolving throughout the day / night. Tantalo is a 10-room hotel, a restaurant featuring a communal kitchen-style atmosphere serving shared comfort dishes influenced by ingredients from around the globe, the lively ground floor bar / lounge and finally the only public outdoor rooftop bar / lounge in Casco Viejo with incredible views. Each hotel room features individually designed custom art by different local artists ensuring that no two rooms will be the same.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Evening entertainment
Nightclub / DJ
Conference facilities
Rooftop terrace
Baggage storage
24-hour front desk
Wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Rooftop bar
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
Doorperson
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Room features
Air conditioning
Room service
Safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Minibar
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Quirky Hotels
Boutique
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish

Location

Avenida B Calle 8 Casco Viejo, Panama City Panama
Getting there
Great for walkers
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Craig_Tapper wrote a review Feb 2020
Sydney, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We came here as walk-ins and it was a terrific choice. Good food (range and quality) and great service at a reasonable price with free WiFi access so you can stay connected. I'd happily visit anytime really.
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Date of stay: February 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from mariaetorres, Gerente at Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar
Responded 17 Feb 2020
Hi Craig_Tapper, Thank you for your review, we are very glad that you had a great time with us in Tantalo. We hope we can serve you again in the near future. Best :)
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Stacey D wrote a review May 2020
New York City, New York
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I picked this hotel based on its amazing location and hip decor (each room individually artist designed). The decor was even more amazing in person, on top of that the energy and vibe of the hotel was great especially welcoming for a solo traveler like myself. The rooftop bar was always full with people and playing great music and to this day I have not tasted a better Michelada than the ones they make at Tantalo. I cannot wait to go back!!!
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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Keira I wrote a review Nov 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I loved my weekend stay at Tantalo, all of the staff were extremely helpful and friendly from check in through to check out and the food is amazing! I ate from both the morning and evening menus and both meals were outstanding, really generous portions, great quality and reasonably priced. Although I think the rooftop wasn't officially open the day I left they let me have brunch there and at night I think it's probably the best place to be in Casco Viejo, great cocktails, again reasonably priced and delicious. The music is loud and goes on until late but the whole atmosphere in the hotel is great and as long as you're aware before you check in that shouldn't be too much of an issue. If that might bother you then it might be worth bringing earplugs, especially if you're staying at the weekend. This really wasn't an issue for my stay though and I hope to be able to return to Panama and to this ideally located and beautifully designed hotel in the Casco Viejo in the future. Thanks for such a wonderful stay!
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: I was able to arrange a transfer to the airport through reception which was really convenient and...
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MapleLane wrote a review Mar 2023
Toronto
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for 2 nights. Positives: clean room, cool decor in the room; cool rooftop bar with views all around.

A huge negative: extremely loud late at night both nights. You know it's bad when the hotel gives every guest, unasked, ear plugs when they check in. The ear plugs were completely useless in blocking sound. At the end of the evening it got even louder. The sound of ever-louder recorded guitar chords that signaled the end of the evening felt it was coming from directly over the bed. You can also hear everything that goes on at the bar and restaurant below because it's all open.

More negatives: the entire check-in process. We had asked in advance for early check-in, if possible, and the hotel staff had said sure. Arriving after 18 hours of travel, we were hoping we might be able to check in a bit early. The hotel said go have lunch and come back. We ate at the hotel, so we'd be nearby. After lunch we asked again. Oh about 15 minutes. We walked around nearby. Oh, about 30 minutes. We made another loop of the neighbourhood. This kept on, until we had used up the last bit of energy and just sat at a table between the front desk and the edge of the restaurant. We finally checked in about an hour late. No empathy, no nothing.

While we were waiting, the hotel had held onto our luggage. Maybe this is a cultural thing, but our idea of "holding luggage" is to put it in a separate room, ideally locked. Luggage belonging to us and other guests was lined up on the floor at the front of the bar, beside and behind the front desk, accessible to everyone who walks up. What made it worse, the hotel has a living wall of plants behind the front desk. They watered the plants and the dirty water dripped all over our luggage, soaking through my backpack and staining some of my clothes.

Another beware: if you're thinking of booking the "deluxe" room, be aware that it's not much larger and you get NOTHING additional. Our friends were in a standard room so we could compare. We hadn't actually wanted the deluxe room, and wow was it not worth the extra!
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Date of stay: February 2023
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Go across the street for a delicious breakfast at Cafe Sucre. Enjoy the safety of tourist police...
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Response from Guillermo Giraudin, Other at Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar
Responded 25 Jul 2023
Tantalo Hotel is a mix of cool vibes and loud surprises – not always in the best way! We're glad you enjoyed the clean room and the cool decor – it's like a little creative haven for our guests! But let's talk about that rooftop bar – the views are epic, but the noise? Yeah, it's like a rock concert that never ends! We know earplugs won't cut it when the music is shaking the walls. We're sorry you had to endure the sounds of ever-louder guitar chords right above your bed – not the lullaby we had in mind! The check-in process – whoa, that's a wild ride of miscommunication and waiting! We know how exhausting travel can be, and we should've been more empathetic and efficient in getting you settled in. As for holding luggage, yeah, that's not how it's supposed to be! Our idea of "holding luggage" is definitely more secure and organized. We're sorry about the watering mishap with the plants – that's just messy and unacceptable! We're bummed that we missed the mark on so many levels, and we appreciate you sharing your experience with us. We'll take your feedback seriously and work on improving in all areas. If you ever give us another chance, we promise to do better and make sure your stay is filled with nothing but positive vibes and wonderful memories. Until then, keep exploring, keep discovering, and keep having amazing adventures! Cheers to better experiences in the future, The Tantalo Hotel Improvement Crew 🌟🏨🎉
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Zielona L wrote a review Jan 2020
Barcelona, Spain
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I visited Tantalo as it has so many good reviews. I ordered Panamanian pulled pork that costed $8. I received two very small tortillas on top of which was some pulled pork. The portion was very small. It looked more like tapas than the main dish. Additionally, the dish was cold and not very tasty. So far the worse dish that I had in Panama.
The waiter insistent on a higher tip which I found rude.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from mariaetorres, Gerente at Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar
Responded 6 Jan 2020
Dear Zielonal, Thank you for your opinion, knowing your experience is very important for us. We are disappointed to hear you were not fully satisfied and hope you give us another chance to provide you the best service possible. Here is my contact info : maru@tantalohotel.com I would like us to discuss further to see if there is anything we can do to rectify the situation. Best regards.
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Elysée M wrote a review Jul 2022
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked a room for 3 people and payed in advance. On the day we checked in they asked us for a surplus of 60$ for the 3rd person although we already payed the full price at the reception the day we booked the room. After a small discussion the additional fee was dropped. Besides this misunderstanding, our room was quite big: it had a double bed and a sofa bed (which was not made - after asking for some sheets somebody finally came). The hotel is nicely located in the casco viejo and has a friendly staff. At night it can get quite loud because of the rooftop bar.
The restaurant is definitely the best part! The food is delicious and very fresh! We came here almost everyday of our stay in Panama City. We will be eating here until our departure :)
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Date of stay: July 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Jhonny Bravo, Owner at Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar
Responded 12 Aug 2022
Hello, I hope you are very well, I want to thank you for your good comments about our facilities, rooms, staff service and especially our gastronomy. On the other hand, I want to apologize for the little confusion about the rate at check-in time. When you return to Panama it would be a pleasure to receive you once again. Regards Jhonny J. Bravo General Manager
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ericdc7027 wrote a review Aug 2021
Tacoma, Washington
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The location of Tantalo was great and safe. My 30 yr old daughter and I really enjoyed staying here and every person on the staff is great. We were there during curfew so the music shut down at 11. For me at 50 and having things planned early in the morning worked out great. You would need earplugs if you need sleep after midnight. From this place we could walk pretty much anywhere in Casco Viejo in minutes and felt safe with all of the Policia around. It's definitely a unique boutique hotel with a reasonable price point.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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MMG07 wrote a review Sept 2021
Atlanta, Georgia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We enjoyed our stay at the Tantalo. The location is great, right in the heart of casco viejo; the staff is very helpful and very responsive. The rooftop bar and restaurant serves great cocktails as well as delicious appetizers, and the Saturday brunch was really good also. Would definitely stay there again.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Te roof top plays loud music until midnight, so keep that in mind if you have an early flight
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Juan C wrote a review Jun 2022
Bogota, Colombia
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
At Tantalo, you can get outstanding and tasty dishes with cool drinks and beverages. Plus, the sight of the city is amazing from the rooftop. Its location at Casco viejo provides another advantage for tourists wishing to know the old Town of Panama city.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: The weather is quite sunny and humid, so get hydrated always
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Runamuk22 wrote a review Nov 2022
Brisbane, Australia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Great location for tourists like us
Staff are really friendly and so helpful and speak English well
The rooms are spacious and clean. Bed was super comfortable and the shower and water pressure is great ( it’s the little things)

Tantalo is famous for its rooftop bar so if your a light sleeper or not here to party till 2am get a room on a lower floor.

The restaurant is also great. The menu offers something for everyone and the food is some of the best we’ve had in South America.

One of our favourite hotels on our South American trip.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Tantalo has a famous rooftop bar that goes to 2am so if your a light sleeper or not here to party...
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Helena asked a question Aug 2018
Baltimore, Maryland25 contributions12 helpful votes
We would like to eat and drink on the rooftop. How far in advance should we book for reservations?
Answer from Meby C
Mauldin, South Carolina486 contributions53 helpful votes
Just a couple of days
Jeanine N asked a question Jul 2018
2 contributions
Does the hotel have an elevator?
Answer from lrobles77
Panama City, Panama50 contributions63 helpful votes
Hello Jeanine. Yes, we do have an elevator
Yvette R asked a question Apr 2017
Round Rock, Texas25 contributions17 helpful votes
What time is check out?
Answer from Derek P
Massachusetts23 contributions8 helpful votes
The night we dined there they food service ended at 11pm.
purseandpassport asked a question Apr 2017
San Francisco, California2 contributions
Does Tantalo have a swimming pool?
Answer from lrobles77
Panama City, Panama50 contributions63 helpful votes
Hello, nop Unfortunately Tantalo does not have a pool
Answer from Jacob Larrinaga
Panama City, Panama7 contributions
Hello dear! Roof bar may open up until 1AM on a Monday. We usually have a DJ energizing the night on Mondays. You're welcome!
TheDaveDart wrote a tip Apr 2024
Chicago, Illinois22 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The fettuccine con camarones is really. Happy hour upstairs on the rooftop is a can’t miss."
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Alan S wrote a tip Oct 2023
Birmingham, United Kingdom9 contributions2 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ideal for a few nights"
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Betty A wrote a tip Sept 2023
Toronto, Canada160 contributions32 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Go with taxi or uber, don’t drive"
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G F wrote a tip Jun 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The restaurant is on the first floor, the rooftop bar is different. "
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Karen R wrote a tip Jun 2023
13 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don’t stay here if you plan on sleeping in your room before 4 am. The bar/ night club noise is extreme"
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$143 - $226 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar
Which popular attractions are close to Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar?
Nearby attractions include Casco Viejo (0.10 km), Dress Like Panama (0.3 km), and Panamá Barcrawl (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a rooftop bar, free wifi, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar?
Guests can enjoy a rooftop bar, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar?
Conveniently located restaurants include Caleta, Ammi Skybar, and La Pulpería - Casco Antiguo.
Are any cleaning services offered at Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Tantalo Hotel / Kitchen / Roofbar?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Museo del Canal Interoceánico de Panamá (0.2 km).
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