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Hostelz.com's Review
Panamericana Hostel is a strange beast -- emblazoned with bright artwork on the walls, huge spaces, and some of the comfiest beds you will find in the whole of Central America, you would think you have stumbled upon a hidden gem -- yet the hostel doesn't live up to expectations. The setup of the communal areas and the sheer size of the place makes it difficult to meet fellow travelers, and the lack of a bar or any communal activities is disappointing.

The Location

The hostel is located in the Casco Viejo (Old Town) area of the city. Although it's on the far side of the city from the airport, a collectivo taxi will not be too expensive (private taxis will cost you more). Taxis within the city are abundant and will ferry you to the city centre in fifteen minutes for an inexpensive fee.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The dorms are huge and the owners have avoided the normal temptation to pile as many beds into a room as possible. There is adequate space between the beds, so the room does not get too crowded. There are lockers available for everyone (bring your own padlock), but they are very thin, meaning that a standard-size backpack will not fit. It is perfectly adequate for storing valuables, however. Beds are a mixture of metal bunk beds and metal singles, all with brand-new, comfy mattresses. The two ceiling fans are not sufficient, however, to compensate for a lack of air conditioning, and the room suffers first thing in the morning when light floods in from two sides from the giant, curtainless windows.

Bathrooms are also huge and incorporate a sink, toilet, and shower with hot water at all times. The floors in general in the hostel are dirty, suffering from the extensive building work in the surrounding square and the resulting dust that is brought in on guests' shoes.

Common Spaces

The kitchen has one cooker and one standard-size fridge; there is an incredible deficiency in cutlery and crockery (there are only five mugs in the whole hostel; one bowl for cereal; no can opener, corkscrew, or scissors). Next to the kitchen is a large room with a TV, with a separate small smoking room adjacent. There are two roof terraces, the larger of which would be perfect for a bar. There is a communal computer with free internet access hidden on the third floor.

Summary

In spite of having no air conditioning and the rooms being excessively light in the mornings, you should be able to get a good night's sleep here. Just be prepared to venture out to the other, more established hostels to do your socializing.

by Elgrumpygringo
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
February 2013

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Panamericana Hostel Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
3   Good price, Good location Located in the middle of Casco Viejo, very convenient to explore old town. Friendly and helpful staff. Do not expect very much comfort and cleanness for the dorms and shared bathroom, but it should be ok for the backpack-type traveler, it's the same than other hostels I stayed.  , age 44, Romania ()
4   Nice Friendly employee. Clean. Cheap.  , age 31, GER ()
4   Good if not great This is an ok place! It's nothing you will write home about but it's clean, you have bug rooms and most of them have balconies. It's in Casco Viejo close to most things you will want to see. it's a safe area even at night. Prices are good for Panama City. Staff are mostly friendly and do what's necessary. If you are a light sleeper, it might be too noisey for you. They don't play music but all the rooms have direct connection to the halls. Also it is quite light in the morning and the sun might wake you up before your time. I didn't mind it too much, though and would stay there again,  , age 35, Germany ()

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