Some hotels are so special, they'll make you want to travel to places you didn't even know you wanted to visit. The American Trade Hotel in Panama is one of them.

Conceived by the creative team behind Ace Hotels, Atelier Ace, it lies at the ecological and cultural crossroads of the Americas, near the edge of the Panama Canal, in the Old Quarter of bustling Panama City — a meeting place for influencers, creatives and cultures from around the world (and also a UNESCO heritage site).

And just as the location, the building is a special one. Built in 1917 as a department store and with apartments on the upper floors, the structure was designed by Leonardo Villanueva Meyer, the most prominent twentieth century architect in Panama City. Eventually, it fell into disrepair until it was bought and restored in 2007. Now, the American Trade Hotel boasts 50 rooms, a restaurant run by acclaimed chef Clara Icaza, a jazz bar and a coffee shop. There's also a private library for guests and a rooftop pool. Rooms start at 239 USD (approx. 187 Euro).

American Trade Hotel // Plaza Herrera // Casco Viejo // Panama // website

Images // Lauren Coleman (15), Spencer Lowell (17), Elena Nathani (1)