As many of you have followed Los Cuatro Tulipanes for years, you know that we like to grow at a snails pace. We are very much about customer service and whenever we think about expanding we ask ourselves the question: How will this impact our repeat customers?
It is for this reason that you don’t see Tulipanes taking over any neighborhoods or putting ads in airplane magazines. We like to grow slowly enough that we can maintain all our standards without sacrificing even the tiniest thing.
With that in mind, we are supremely excited to welcome a new staff member to the team: Paula Harris!
Paula is not a newcomer to Casco Viejo at all. After spending years working for the local Conservatorio SA, we were lucky enough to lure her just two blocks down to Casa Las Monjas as our new manager!
Right now, Paula is in her first training period and is picking up things faster than Evan or Keenan or I ever did.
She was born here in Panama City and went to school at Oxford International School, Colegio Las Esclavas, and Instituto Justo Arosamena (which is to say, her English is waaaaay better than our Spanish).
When we asked Paula what she liked most about Casco Viejo, she said she loved mostly how personal it is. “I love how it’s such a small area with so few people: I know everyone and it totally feels like home. I also love the fact that you can see the ocean from just about any angle in the streets. I love to see the old style buildings coming up so beautifully. Being able to see how they looked, and now see the resemblance is like traveling back in time!”
When we asked her what she doesn’t like about Casco, she said it annoys her when locals litter. “I also don’t like the words I hear used from a mother to her child and between adults. I would love to see the government do something about that, and not “taking them out” – that’s not the solution – but rather to help them grow educationally and culturally.”
To get a feel for Paula’s excitement to enter the world of hospitality, she is really adamant (like, supernaturally dedicated) to making people’s visit a wonderful experience. “I just love knowing that the person standing in front of me is enjoying him or herself on vacation and will leave with great memories.”
Lastly, we wanted to ask Paula what she would say to any former guests of Tulipanes. “I would encourage them to come back! Panama is small but it has TONS to see and explore, so there’s always something new waiting for you. Simply, the best way to see Panama is by having a home you can return to. I am here to make sure that home is with Tulipanes.”
As you can see, Paula doesn’t need much coaching. We are thrilled to have her on the team and chances are, when you come back, you’ll get to meet her smiling face in person!