When we first went inside Las Clementinas in 2007, we had only a vague idea how wonderful a property it was. Clearly her façade was majestic and her gardens, with their twin 50-year-old 80-foot-tall palm trees and remnants of the old city wall, called our attention. We knew a bit of the history–how the gardens had been deed protected for the “embellishment of the city” and had ultimately been lost to foreclosure in the mid 20th century–but it wasn’t until we had spent six months cleaning away decades of debris that we truly understood that the building that the family of Sra. Clementina Herrera built in 1930 was one of Casco Antiguo’s masterpieces.
After three years of work, we are proud to announce the public opening of Las Clementinas Bistro. Because her structural bones were intact, we were able to maintain the same distribution as Doña Clementina’s apartment building, which means that each of Las Clementinas chambers is really an apartment unto itself, with great space, light and views. While the spaces have kept their classic feel, and many of the common area historic finishes were recovered, the chamber interiors have been re-built completely with all modern comforts.
We took special care in finishing and furnishing the property, finding artisans in Colombia who could reproduce Doña Clementina’s hand-painted tiles and scouring Panama in search of pieces of history, from heirlooms abandoned by aristocratic families to antique desks from the old British Embassy. And what we couldn’t find, we had built in our shop using 80-year-old Florida Pine that we reclaimed from the beams of old US Army barracks on the Caribbean side of the Canal.
We hope that you will fall in love with Las Clementinas as we have, and we know that you will find the service to be on par with the service to which you have become accustomed at any of the great hotels in the world.