Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo - Panama City

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  • Discover the gorgeous Neoclassical façade of Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo. Hailed as an engineering masterpiece, the building was designed by American architect James C. Wright. A graduate of the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, James C. Wright had originally arrived in Panama City at the behest of Panamanian President Belisario Porras in 1911. President Porras had specifically recruited Wright to help establish a sprawling public works program for the whole city.

  • Enjoy the breathtaking ocean views from the ballroom. An iconic part of the hotel, the ballroom once hosted a banquet held in honor of Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince of Edinburgh when they arrived in Panama in November 1953. Following a formal greeting at the Presidential Palace, President José A. Remón escorted the Royal couple to the Union Club, where the official banquet took place. The main course of the dinner was a corvina. During the banquet, a stamp of Panama was presented, and a young Yila Arosemena, mounted on a donkey and dressed in a beautiful skirt, presented the national costume to the queen. After dinner in the ballroom, the queen danced with President Remón and Mr. Luis Vallarino (Luisón), president of the Club, and Prince Philip brought the first lady, Cecilia Pinel, out on the dance floor. More recently, the ballroom's terrace was featured in the 2008 James Bond film “Quantum of Solace.”

  • Experience the glamorous charm of old-world Casco Viejo at this historic hotel. Brought back from the brink of desolation, the former Union Club, today known as Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo, transports guests back in time to the club’s glory days when Panama’s wealthy and influential gathered to connect, discuss, and celebrate.

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