About the Hotel

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Canal House is elegant, tropical and relaxed, with just the right amount of sophistication. Our guests have described us as an up-scale bed and breakfast, a city villa and a luxury guesthouse, and really, all of those labels fit. What Canal House is not is a luxury hotel, simply because having just three rooms puts some limits on the kinds of amenities and services that can be offered.

The house was built around 1893 by one of Panama's founding fathers, Federico Boyd. The house is nearly five thousand square feet, with three bedrooms, a library and a large living-dining room. If you need to entertain guests while you are in Panama, Canal House's main floor can host formal dinners of up to fourteen guests and cocktail receptions for up to thirty.

We are located in Casco Viejo, a UNESCO designated world heritage site, adjacent to the newly restored Panama Canal Museum and steps from the City's best restaurants, cafes and cultural institutions. Casco Viejo is walking distance from all of the key government ministries and equidistant from both the banking center and the Panama Canal (less than ten minutes to each) making the hotel an ideal base for business travelers.


Our mission is to deliver the service of a great guest house while also serving as an integral part of the revitalization of our neighborhood. We cater to discriminating travelers who seek an experience as well as comfort, and we are proud to have opened the first high-end lodging in Casco Viejo in nearly 100 years.

But we don't rest on our laurels and we hope that our reviews prove it! We have consistently been rated among the best bed and breakfasts in Panama on Trip Advisor since 2007. Our two English speaking managers and their staff strive to provide our guests with a high degree of personalized service, however it is important to note that after 6pm the house is staffed with housekeepers whose English is limited (the managers are always available by phone). For travelers attending business in Panama City, our two over-sized suites (Gatun and Miraflores) offer separate office spaces. For travelers on vacation in Panama, Canal House is an ideal base from which to explore the Panama Canal, Boquete, Bocas del Toro and the San Blas Islands.

At Canal House our most valuable asset is our team. All of our room staff is from the neighborhood. Prior to joining us, they received professional hotel training made possible by a community non-profit, Fundacion Calicanto, that is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty in the Casco by ensuring that all residents have the ability to participate in the district's revitalization.

We've been reviewed in international publications, such as the New York Times, GQ, USA Today, and we have been consistently rated among the best Bed and Breakfasts in Panama on Trip Advisor since 2007. Read about it in our press room.