The Trump Hotel Collection is gearing up for the mid-2011 opening of its first international property. As we first reported last year, the Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower Panama will be the largest building in Latin America, resembling an enormous sail soaring above Panama Bay. As such, it will also be the largest hotel on the continent, home to 369 guest rooms, a floor of upscale shops, a casino, 46,000 square feet of meeting space, a private beach club, a Pacific-facing pool deck, and a sprawling spa. From the Sky Lobby on the 15th floor, guests will be able to gape at the views of the city skyline over breakfast or an evening cocktail. The interior design was inspired by the hotel's Panamanian setting; local touches include bed coverings that resemble the traditional costume of the indigenous Kuna people.
Here's the latest on the guest rooms: Ranging from 525 to 1,561 square feet, the rooms are designed with a silver, blue, and yellow color palette, outfitted with limestone floors and oak furniture. Private balconies are fully furnished, and open-plan bathrooms feature freestanding bathtubs. The best room in the house will be the Presidential Suite perched on the 35th floor, its outdoor terrace spanning the length of the bedroom and bathroom.
With sun beds and private cabanas, the pool deck promises to attract quite the trendsetting crowd for cocktailing and people-watching into the wee hours. The views over the Pacific will be sensational, as will be the pool views. (One of the infinity pools has a glass wall, so you can ogle the swimmers underwater.) Another hot scene: Cava 15 Wine Bar, a glamorous space said to be inspired by the golden age of travel back when the Panama Canal was built (think Louis Vuitton steamer trunks).