PANAMA CITY, Panama— W Hotels Worldwide announced it has signed an agreement with Evolution Tower Corp, a joint venture between F & F Properties and EFC Group Inc., to debut the W Hotels brand in Central America. Slated to open in early 2016, W Panama will be part of the 50-floor Evolution Tower, a mixed-use building.
“Panama continues to see strong growth in both business and tourism development given its strategic location between North and South America and ease of access from around the world,” said Osvaldo Librizzi, co-president of the Americas, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, in an announcement. “We are excited to partner with Evolution Tower Corp, who has a strong presence in high-end construction and iconic developments. We are confident that this first W in Central America will become a new landmark in the city.”
Panamanian architect Saul Bassan has created an exclusive design façade for the building, and Krause & Sawyer have been brought on board to lead interior design work for the W Panama.
W Panama will offer 203 guestrooms, with 24 suites, three Wow suites, and one Extreme Wow suite (the W brand’s take on the Presidential Suite), two signature restaurants, the W Living Room experience (reinterpretation of the traditional hotel lobby), destination nightclub, WET pool deck, spa and 8,400 square foot WORKOUT fitness facility.
The property will also feature more than 21,900 square feet of meeting and events space, including a Great Room and six meeting rooms.