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Hostelz.com's Review
Hostel Mamallena is a very large and incredibly social hostel that is perfect for any travelers that want to explore Boquete, Panama, and meet friends in the process. The hostel goes out of its way to organize trips that range from coffee plantation tours to volcano hikes and hot springs. The staff also love to party and organize themed parties (often all you can drink) on a frequent basis but also take the crowd to the bar at an early enough time to allow other guests a good night's rest.

The Location<

Mamallena's is located right on the main square of the town and therefore is in walking distances of things such as the bus stop (about fifty feet away), a massive grocery store (one hundred fifty feet away), and ATMs (fifty feet away). Due to Boquete's small size, even though the hostel is located on the main square, at night the street traffic noise is very minimal. The bus to Boquete runs direct from the larger city of David.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The dorm rooms are spacious with comfortable beds and secure lockers. Boquete has a cool temperature at night -- perfect for sleeping and a great change from the steaming coastlines. The bathrooms and showers are well kept, clean, and are scattered through the hostel and with the very large number of them, there should be one available at any given time.

Common Spaces

The common space is where Mamallena's really shines. The courtyard in the back is fully loaded with comfortable couches, chairs, hammocks, tables, BBQ, and speaker systems. At night there is frequently quite a large number of people chatting, watching movies, and playing drinking games. This really is the place to be to socialize; meet fellow travelers; and exchange stories, tips, and advice.

The kitchen is incredibly large, fully equipped, and spacious. The island-style counter allows the ease of many chefs at any given time to cook without having to dodge body checks. The fridges are plenty and the hostel has a large selection of free food and free-to-use spices, seasonings, and sauces. The kitchen will be one of the better ones you use in your travels.

Summary

Mamallena's is a very large and very social hostel that caters to everyone -- those who want to party, adventurers, and coffee lovers will all feel at home here!

by Fro
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
March 2013

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Hostel Mamallena Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
5   Perfect Very helpful & patient with all activities that Boquete has to offer. Their shuttle is dropping me off at another hostel tomorrow between Boquette & Bocas, then picking me up there the next day. Cool.  , age 39, United States ()
4   Great central location, good nights sleep We enjoyed our 5 night stay at Mamallena. Being senior travelers returning to Boquete we chose this hostel for its central location and friendly staff, and settled into a double, ensuite room. Having previously stopped by to check their tour availability, we knew we would be treated well by a quality staff. We enjoyed the well-stocked, shared kitchen during the pancake and coffee breakfast provided by the hostel. Midway between 2 grocery stores (about a 1 block walk), some of the guests really cooked up incredible meals, all the while swapping travel tips and tales. The internet connection and inexpensive laundry facilities were reliable and crucial for our stay. They post a listing of upcoming tours to nearby sites as well as longer transportation to Bocas and the Pacific beaches, with reasonable rates. The facility is old, but cleaned daily, so we found the accommodation to be perfect for our needs. When maintenance issues arose, they were handled efficiently. There is a current restaurant/bar next door (noise was NOT a problem!). When we left in March 2012, there was talk of acquiring an adjacent restaurant facility to expand Mamallena's services. We talked to quite a few other folks who had at checked in for a one night stay and like us, extended their time in this friendly hostel.  , USA ()
5   Central, friendly, and very well equipped My first and almost last stop on my Panamanian tour. I came here for a few days and after a week I finally left for volunteer work nearby. The social life here is open and friendly and I returned even after my stay as I had made so many friends here. The kitchen is very well equipped and allows the budget traveler to eat well and there is a 24 hour supermarket near also. The sitting room is spacious enough for eating meals and watching TV with an extensive DVD library. The patio area is great for snoozing in a hammock, listening to music, or enjoying drinks and chats. Best of all are the mattresses in dorms, all new and really thick and comfortable! The staff have a lot of information about the surrounding area and encourages volunteer in Paradise Gardens with a discount on dorm beds. The atmosphere is laid back and helpful.  , Ireland ()

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