Marriott’s W Hotels brand has opened its first property in Central America, with the unveiling of the W Panama.

The 203-room hotel is located within the 54-floor Evolution Tower in Panama City’s business district, close to the trendy Zona Rosa district.

Features include an outdoor pool, fitness centre, spa facilities, and 21,000 square feet of events space across six meeting rooms.

Dining options include Moro, with its comfort food menu and open kitchen, and La Cajita, a food truck-style restaurant.

Guests enter the hotel on the 15th floor, and in a nod to the Panama Canal, five shipping containers have been used within the interior design, including in the Living Room (W Hotel’s name for the lobby area).

Many of the hotel’s rooms have views of the bay and canal, and feature handmade Mola fabrics and “patterns from the indigenous communities of Guna and Emberá alongside expressive murals”.

Commenting on the opening Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide said:

“Panama City is one of the most vibrant and dynamic cities in Central America, a fusion of new and old, east and west, business and hedonism. Like our guests, W Hotels seeks destinations that are inspiring and multi-dimensional so Panama City is a natural fit.

“W Panama embodies the spirit of Panama, showing off the style and energy of this diverse global hub with an intricate design that pays homage to both the history of the region and its bright future.”