Posh Casino Hotel in the Heart of Panama City's Banking District
Upbeat music ripples beyond the mezzanine-level casino of Veneto Hotel & Casino, setting a dynamic tone from the moment you enter the hotel's chic lobby. Between dawn and dusk, the Vegas-style retreat oscillates from refined to rebellious with upscale dining and all-hours entertainment.
In the calm of an executive room, oversize showers—outfitted with nozzles with six settings—promise amplified acoustics and custom water flow for bathing and rehearsing whale songs. Marble appointments imbue each room with a touch of glamour augmented by wide windows and city views.
One of five in-house restaurants, Vivaldi features an international breakfast buffet with eggs, fruit, and regional specialties. After refueling, venture to the 40,000-square-foot Veneto Casino, where you can try your luck with the included casino credit at any hour of the day. Before the day is out, get a massage at the Veneto Spa, where earthy bamboo stalks surround a neon-lit soaking pool.
Panama City: Global Commerce Center with Ancient Landmarks
Veneto soars amid the skyscrapers of Panama City's vibrant financial district. For a local history lesson, stroll over to Casco Viejo, or old city. Built after the pillaging of Panamá la Viejo by marauder Henry Morgan, the historic district's narrow cobblestone streets, European plazas, and Catholic buildings bear the hallmarks of 17th-century Spanish architecture. Of particular note are landmarks such as Iglesia de San José, sanctuary to a baroque golden altar that survived the city's sacking. A few blocks north at the Palacio de las Garzas (Heron's Palace), you can trace the perimeter of the presidential palace named for the great white herons that inhabit its courtyard.
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