JW Marriott Diversifies Portfolio with Debut of JW Marriott Panama, Panama City’s Newest Luxury Hotel

JW Marriott Panama promises travelers elevated cultural experiences coupled with unforgettable culinary journeys

Marriott International today announced the opening of JW Marriott Panama in Panama City, marking the beginning of a new chapter of luxury hospitality and sophistication in one of Latin America’s most dynamic destinations. JW Marriott Panama, formerly The Bahia Grand Panama Hotel, enjoys a desirable ocean front location in Panama’s iconic 932-foot building – the tallest in Central America.

“Panama City is a vibrant and captivating destination that has been continually rising to the forefront of travel,” said Mitzi Gaskins, Vice President & Global Brand Manager, JW Marriott. “This latest addition to our JW Marriott portfolio aligns perfectly with the brand’s focus on culture and iconic luxury experiences, which is why it was crucial we expand to a vivid destination deeply rooted in tradition.”

JW Marriott Diversifies Portfolio with Debut of JW Marriott Panama

Situated in the heart of the prestigious neighborhood of Punta Pacifica, JW Marriott Panama is located within minutes of the city’s main commercial, banking and entertainment areas. The property features 369 well-appointed guestrooms and 41 luxurious suites, each equipped with spacious terraces and private balconies that provide breathtaking views of the Gulf of Panama and city skyline.

The hotel’s all-encompassing dining options appeal to a range of guest pallets. Specializing in international fusion cuisine, Barcelona restaurant takes travelers on a complete gastronomic journey with a modern twist. JW Marriott Panama’s Tejas restaurant delights guests with Caribbean cuisine infused with a touch of innovative culinary techniques. Azul, JW Marriott Panama’s oceanfront restaurant, features a healthy menu inclusive of light appetizers rooted in local traditional flavors prepared with Panamanian pride. Located on the main level of the hotel, Bar Cava 15 is an elegant yet relaxed bar that serves as the perfect place for guests to enjoy specialty cocktails as they sample highlights from the unique fusion menu.

Panama is a vibrant hub for leisure and business travelers alike, offering centuries of history and culture, nearby tropical beaches and a trendy metropolis. For business and corporate travelers seeking a luxury hospitality experience in the heart of the country, JW Marriott Panama is set to become the ideal destination for meetings and events with 27,000 square feet of customizable internal and external space, beautifully decorated and equipped with advanced wireless and audiovisual technology.

"We are delighted to welcome JW Marriott Panama as the newest member of an exclusive collection of iconic properties around the world. Our goal is to offer our guests a luxury experience, never seen before in Panama”, said Demetrio Maduro, General Manager of JW Marriott Panama. “This hotel joins the family of twelve existing JW Marriott brand properties in the Caribbean and Latin America and caters to sophisticated travelers who are looking for the world-class JW Treatment ™.”

Panama has seen an increase in popularity among travelers due to a strategic planning vision of the country, which seeks to strengthen Panama’s positioning in Latin America’s competitive landscape among international markets. Through this vision, the country has seen a recent expansion of Tocumen International Airport as well as the construction of the new convention center, in addition to other projects established in the short, medium and long term.

JW Marriott Panama is part of Marriott International's luxury portfolio, comprised of beautiful properties and distinctive resort locations around the world that cater to sophisticated, confident travelers who seek The JW Treatment ™. Today, there are over 80 JW Marriott hotels and resorts in more than 25 countries and territories.

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About JW Marriott
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to sophisticated, self-assured travelers seeking The JWTreatment® – the brand’s philosophy that true luxury is created by people who are passionate about what they do. JW hotels offer crafted experiences that bring to life the brand’s commitment to highly choreographed, anticipatory service and modern residential design, allowing guests to pursue their passions and leave even more fulfilled than when they arrived. Today there are over 80 JW Marriott hotels in more than 25 countries and territories. Visit JW Marriott online, and on  InstagramTwitter and  Facebook. JW Marriott is proud to participate in the company’s award-winning loyalty programs – Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG). The programs, operating under one set of unparalleled benefits, enable members to earn points toward free hotel stays, achieve Elite status faster than ever, and seamlessly book or redeem points for stays throughout our loyalty portfolio of 29 brands and more than 6,700 participating hotels in 130 countries & territories. To enroll for free or for more information about the programs, visit  members.marriott.com.

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,700 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 130 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at  www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit  www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on  Facebook and @MarriottIntl on  Twitter and  Instagram.

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