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Los Mostros Hostel is a good hostel in which to spend a night or two while in Panama City. It is located in a safe -- albeit not a very interesting -- neighbourhood. It is a social hostel, and mostly clean, and although we had a bedbug problem, we hope it was temporary.

The Location

The hostel is located near a few banks and small grocery stores, as well as a few large fast-food chain restaurants. It is not close to either of the airports or any of the major tourist attractions, although it is worth mentioning that the international airport is relatively far out of town, and none of the hostels are close. Both airports are accessible by both taxi or bus. The hostel offers pickup for the airports, which is competitively priced for the international airport, but very overpriced for the smaller Albrook airport. There is a bus line nearby that goes to the Albrook Mall, and from there, there is another bus that goes to the Miraflores locks of the Panama canal. The distance to Casco Viejo is walkable but may be uncomfortable on a very hot day.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms are clean; however, on our second stay there, we saw a bedbug on the top bunk of our bed. We changed beds that night and notified staff, and we hope this was only a temporary problem that was taken care of swiftly. The lockers are located in a separate area outside of the room, which is very convenient if you have to look through your luggage or pack up very early in the morning or late at night. The lockers are large enough to accommodate a large piece of luggage. The bathrooms are large, with a shower, sometimes a bathtub, double sinks, and plenty of room to store your clothes and toiletries. They are kept clean, and there is hot water.

Common Spaces

There are several common areas downstairs. There is a fully furnished kitchen, there is also a small computer area, as well as a TV room. There are a few tables indoors, as well as a few tables, couches, and hammocks outside. There is a small backyard and a pool, and people oftentimes spend time in the outside area in the evenings. It is a social hostel and meeting people shouldn't be a problem if you wish to do so. The internet connection is incredibly infuriating, as it can be very hard, or even impossible, to connect, and once connected, it is very slow. Our advice would be to do all your important trip planning, or anything else that requires the internet when you do manage to connect, as there is no guarantee if you'll be able to connect again during your stay.

Summary

Los Mostros is a social hostel that is mostly clean, and while it is not centrally located, it is not a problem to most people, as very few travelers spend more than two or three days in the capital.

by Monica
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
February 2014
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Los Mostros Hostel Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
5   Good stuff (& staff)! The team from Argentina has done a great job! A lovely villa converted into a hostel with x4, x6 rooms. Good kitchen & washing facilities, a good vibe, a (not so) good pool and a good location 5min walk to the biggest mall in the city. Wifi was good (when not everyone is downloading!) and there loads of activities to do around the house. Rooms and bathroom were clean. Recommended.  , Greek ()

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