Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Panama Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Today I toured the Panama Hotel, the hotel that is featured in the book "On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet." The hotel owner, since 1985, gave us the personal touch. She is kind of like a walking history book and has procured an amazing amount of artifacts about the Japanese internment on the West Coast, many of which she shared today. The Panama Hotel is still in operation. It boasts a tea room/cafe, 101 rooms with bathrooms and showers down the hall, a basement in which many of the trunks left by Japanese families during the interment still reside, and best of all the ONLY fully intact old-style Japanese bath house in Northern America. The bath house was the best part. It has not been renovated or updated in any way and was fully functioning until 1963. Apparently, following internment, many Japanese families moved out of the city and relocated to homes with land. The small block near the Panama Hotel that housed over 8,000 Japanese before the war was changed forever. With bathrooms in their own homes, they no longer needed to come to the public bath house. If you ever come to Seattle for a visit and have an inkling for times gone by, The Panama Hotel would be a great place to spend a night or two.


1589jaipur said...

This 3 Star, contemporary hotel designed with a wooden gate is centrally located in the high-end residential area of Subhash Nagar. Guests can stay in any of the 18 rooms. Private parties can be celebrated in the banquet space with the option of indoor and rooftop ambiance. Guests are served multi cuisine meals or can order meals as per their choice. A pool table is maintained for the recreation of the guests. They are also offered Wi-Fi Internet facility and facilities in the business center.

Pete said...

Interesting hotel to stay in!

Megs said...

i love going to places in books!
i started my first NOVEL today!
Perhaps i might have something to read in May - though it's currently on huge pieces of paper in gigantic conceptual planning bubbles stage!
Can't wait to see you,and am glad i am staying with you rather than at the panama hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet!