“Mi Casita de Azúcar” translates into My Little Sugar House. This is the former home of my friend Roxana in PH Catedral on Cathedral Plaza or Independence Square. I used to live right next door for about two years from 2008-2010. Back in those days, the neighborhood was quite different, since there was still a lot left to renovate and it was a lot more rough. However, I will always remember fondly my time in this building. Especially when they used to do the Panama Jazz Festival right on the plaza.
This plaza in Casco Viejo is one of the prettiest, as it name suggests, it is right in front Panama’s Metropolitan Cathedral. Also in the plaza are the Panama Canal Museum, the Municipal Palace (inside is the Panama History Museum), the historic Central Hotel Panama and the delicious Rene Cafe Restaurant. The plaza is quite picturesque with a white gazebo in its middle and green areas in all of its corners, with statues of Panama’s founding fathers. It is common to see people selling handicrafts and souvenirs in the plaza. Staying at PH Catedral gives you VIP views of the events which are held in the plaza, such a Christmas carols and other musical concerts.
PH Catedral was one of the first buildings to be restored in Casco Viejo. It is a three story building with stairs. To get to Mi Casita de Azúcar you have to go up one flight of stairs. On the ground floor there used to be the Emerald Museum, then Red Lion. The building has an intercom system. Those who rent a car in Panama can park on the street, if possible, free of charge. There is also a paid parking lot nearby in front of the National Theater of Panama.
Amenities of Mi Casita de Azúcar in PH Catedral
Guests who stay at this short term rental in Panama City will have the whole apartment to themselves. Mi Casita de Azúcar in PH Catedral is an open loft. On the ground floor there is a kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave, stove, toaster oven, coffee maker, kettle, cutlery, pots, pans, dishes and basic cooking elements. The kitchen is separated from the living room by a kitchen bar with high stools. On the back side of the ground floor is the laundry area with a washer, dryer, iron and ironing board. There is also a half bathroom on this level.
One guest can sleep on the sofa bed on the lower level that is in front of an entertainment center with a television and a work desk with a vintage lamp. Large double doors open into a private balcony that is on the side of the building. Not only does it look to the Cathedral Plaza, it also has partial views of the sea and the Presidential Palace of Panama. There is a small table and two chairs, as well as some plants.
To get to the loft area you must go up some spiral stairs. The loft is open with a balcony made from iron. There is a fan on top of a very romantic Indonesian mahogany canopy queen bed. This apartment also has air conditioning. In front there is a closet made of wood and a television. The upper floor of this apartment in PH Catedral also has a full bathroom with a shower. WiFi is available free of charge. The decoration was carefully planed with plenty of details such as paintings and a skylight with a vintage chandelier hanging from the high ceiling of the apartment. This is a great place for a couple or a family with one child.