Trump Ocean Club Panama | Hirsch Bedner Associates

• July 12, 2011

Trump Ocean Club Panama, designed by HBA / Hirsch Bedner in collaboration with Ivanka Trump opened in July 6th. HBA, one of the leading global hospitality design firms, drew inspiration from Panama’s rich culture and history to create a dramatic and vibrant hotel.

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Trump Ocean Club Panama, image courtesy Hirsch Bedner Associates

During the initial stages, HBA designers immediately connected with the local culture of Panama and chose to celebrate the seven indigenous Panamanian tribes.  The tribes are known for their bright colors, stitching, pottery and geometric patterns.  These influences can be seen in details throughout the hotel including woven masks, custom-made area rugs and fabrics. The tropics were another inspiration that can also be found in the rooms and public spaces where vibrant colors such as red, green and coral can be seen throughout.

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Trump Ocean Club Panama, image courtesy Hirsch Bedner Associates

Overall, the aim was to create a property that married the hotel’s spectacular ocean front location with the sensibilities of today’s sophisticated and chic travelers.

The design combines local influences with unexpectedly modern elements, speaking to the changing landscape of Latin America. One of the most distinguishable features of the hotel is the quality of light flowing throughout spaces of the building.  Since Panama is so close to the equator, the light bounces brilliantly off the water and changes throughout the day.

Betsy Hughes, Associate of HBA Atlanta



The Arrival Lobby is grand featuring an open space with 24-foot ceilings and expansive windows for plenty of natural light.  From here, guests can be whisked to the Sky Lobby on the 15th floor.  This lobby features curving class windows where light seeps in and guests have incredible views of the ocean and city.  Designed as a large-scale living room, the Sky Lobby features tropical rugs inspired by the flowers of Panama.  An intimate game room is nestled within two alcoves off the Sky Lobby.

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Trump Ocean Club Panama, image courtesy Hirsch Bedner Associates

Hotel Rooms

HBA created hotel accommodations with a modern, multi-function design sensibility inspired by Panama’s tropical locale.  Rooms are centered around a four-story atrium and onto a carpet that is inspired by mola, the traditional costume of Panama’s indigenous people Kuna.  Upon entry, floor–to-ceiling windows exposing light and Panama’s cityscape can be viewed.

Panamanian touches in the rooms are meant to be subtle, but reflect the research that HBA put into the design.  For example, the headboards’ wood carvings are inspired by a bracelet made locally and the lightweight cream throw of monochromatic fabrics on the bed is also reminiscent of mola.

The bathrooms are designed as an open space within the guestroom and feature oval freestanding bathtubs set in the center that can be draped at the guests’ request.

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Trump Ocean Club Panama, image courtesy Hirsch Bedner Associates


The Trump Ocean Pool Deck and Bar overlook the magnificent Pacific Ocean.  There are two pools – one with an infinity edge and glass wall offering a view of swimmers underwater.  There are also upholstered sun beds with canopies set upon wooden planks that jut out over the water.  The colors of the pool spaces are bright yellows, blues and corals hinting to the old Hollywood lifestyle.

+ About Trump® Ocean Club® International Hotel & Tower® Panama

Opening mid-2011, Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower Panama, perched above Panama Bay in Punta Pacifica, will be the first international venture for TRUMP HOTEL COLLECTION™.  It is destined to be the largest hotel in Latin America, designed by architect Arias Serna Saravia and developed by Newland International Properties Corp.  Its 369 handsomely appointed hotel rooms, including 47 suites, will be a home-away-from-home for travelers, and amenities will include a floor of elite boutiques and shops, multiple restaurants reflective of the region’s best fare, a phenomenal pool deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean, 10,000 square feet devoted to wellness at The Spa at Trump, over 46,000 square feet of meeting space, a casino and a private beach club on nearby Isla Viveros.  Signature services of the TRUMP HOTEL COLLECTION, including The Trump Attaché, will also be a part of the Trump Ocean Club experience.

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+ About HBA

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World-renowned as the “Number 1 Hospitality Design Firm” (Interior Design) and winner of six record-breaking awards (2010 Hospitality Design Awards), HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates, unveils the world’s most anticipated hotels, resorts, and spas.  Leading the hospitality interior design industry since 1964, HBA remains keenly attuned to the pulse of changing industry trends governed by today’s sophisticated traveler. The company’s international presence, depth of experience, and detailed industry knowledge enables them to identify interior design trends at their source, make definitive predictions about new directions and innovations, and influence design standards at a global level.  HBA’s ultimate objective is to add value, raise standards and enhance the brand of a project’s owner and operator.

HBA creates the signature look of traditional luxury brands, independent contemporary boutiques, urban resort spas, world-class residences, restaurants, casinos, and cruise ships. From continent to continent, each HBA interior is the result of a unique and sensitive response to location, architecture, and client vision. With over 500 designers around the globe in 13 offices and a recent expansion in Asia, HBA is a true global company with more than 75% of its employees now outside the United States. HBA’s international presence, combined with its extensive knowledge of the interior design industry, has facilitated the ability to rewrite the language of design with each new project.

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