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About Panama City
Panama City's Old Quarter, also known as Casco Viejo, is one of three cities inside Panama (the others being Panamá Viejo or Old Panama, and the new city). Casco Viejo is a UNSECO World Heritage Site.
Casco Viejo's narrow cobbled streets contrast greatly to the cityscape across the bay where eighty-story tower blocks touch the sky. Further away is Panama Viejo, which was destroyed by Captain Henry Morgan and Casco Viejo was built as a walled city to prevent against further attacks.
The government have invested heavily in recent years in turning Casco Viejo into a tourist attraction with a lot of building restoration (while maintaining the original facades) and renovating existing buildings into restaurants, bars, and hotels. Large open squares are perfect places to spend some time relaxing or drinking a Balboa or Panama beer. Scenes from the James Bond movie "Quantum of Solace" depicting Haiti and Bolivia were filmed in Panama; the National Institute of Culture of Panama in Casco Viejo is seen in the movie.
The area is very safe during the day and still quite safe at night, however tourists should take care not to stray too far from the clean tidy streets of Casco Viejo as there are some less salubrious neighbourhoods nearby. During the day it is not uncommon to be approached by a local offering to give you a tour of the area.
Temperatures in Panama City usually hit more than thirty degrees Celsius each day. With a nine-month rainy season, it is advisable to do research before booking a trip to Panama City. If you decide to go, Casco Viejo is a recommended area to stay. You should book ahead for your Panama City hostel.
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Hospedaje Casco Viejo
"Casco Viejo is basic, sure -- but sometimes basic is good. In this case being basic allows it to undercut its competitors on price while still creating a comfortable stay in a city where it can be expensive to stay. The Location The hostel is pretty central in Panama City's old town. It's a short walk to the water and its beautiful nightime cityscape, several good restaurants, and the local party hostel, which non-guests can drink at,...
"Mamallena Backpackers is a large and very social hostel located in Panama City. The owners have thought of everything and the effort really shows in its splendor. Everything from pool parties, BBQs, party boats, and sailing trips are offered at backpackers prices. The Location The hostel is located in bustling Panama City, in a relatively central location. Short taxi rides or buses can be taken to any of the sights and sounds that...
Hostal de Clayton
"Clean, but rude - I have stayed for two weeks at the Hostel de Clayton, and have been thoroughly unimpressed by it. While the accommodations are very clean, the staff is extremely cheap and rude. While they advertise rooms for $12, this does not prove to be true. The rooms are actually $15, which wouldn't be such a big deal if the weren't such internet nazis. They charge $1 a hour for usage, which is very reasonable, but there were three of...
Hostal Balboa Bay Panama
"Full of working people - It is not a place to stay as it is full of working people there. and the staff is not very agreeable even though the House could be the best hostel in PANAMA due to its architecture. The atmosphere is unfriendly and you fell in Prison having to ask to lock and unlock the prison GATES each time you want to go out." … "… a big terrace for barbecue with nice hammocks!!!! Near to the hostal you can find...
The Riviera Hostel
"The Riviera Hostel offers comfortable rooms with air conditioner, fans, Wi-fi, Cable-TV, luxurious bathrooms , full equiped kitchen, laundry room, hot wáter, transfer or move support, but most of all, comfort in one of the most exclusive areas of Panama City which is minutes away from the biggest Mall of the City; there you will find the most remarkable shopping stores, Movie teathres restaurants, supermarkets and Banks. We provide...
La Jungla House Hostel
"… in a very safe area of the city, and why we have surveillance cameras as well as being greeted by friendly face outside of the building before entering La Jungla at night. Facilities: Rooms in our lower level offer a library kitchen and a very relaxed atmosphere. 24 quiet hours, sitting room, travel information, and AC. Both dorm rooms and private rooms are available. This level has unrestricted access to the hostel penthouse...
Hostal Casa Areka
"… the property Casa Areka right in the Shopping center of Panama. You will have 2 of the most important Malls, boutiques and hospitals on a walking distance. A cross the street is a 24 hrs supermarket. Haves 7 beautiful and comfortable rooms with air conditioning, private and common bathrooms, 2 dorms with 6 beds each, internet access, TV, and a practical kitchen with everything you need for a meal. ***We can organized your...
Casa Areka Hostal Urbano
"Hospitable - Very nice affordable place in Panama-city. Clean rooms, kindly, and helpful staff! Don't look further for a better place, this is the best cheap option!" … "Location, Location,Location. Were so close to exit to airport, you could sleep more and you will appreciate that! Cabs are very easy to take to Casco Viejo, Night life att famous "Uruguay Street" very cool! Seven full rooms with A/C, hot shower, T.V. cable, wifi,...
Hostel Villa Vento Surf
"Helpful friendly staff, lovely pool, great atmosphere. - Very helpful friendly staff, caring owner, lots of travelers and good place to meet other travelers. Lovely chilled out atmosphere." … "Nice, clean place with very helpful staff - I didn't stay at Hostel Villa Vento Surf for very long due due to signing a lease on a place to live, but I enjoyed my time there and sort of regret leaving so soon because of the camaraderie with the...
"… with warm water (rather rare in Latin America). - Free coffee / tea all day. - 24 hour reception. - Private double room, air condition, private bath with hot water. - Private single/double room with air condition and bunk beds. - A dormroom with 4 beds and air condition. - Private single/double room, shared bathroom with hot water. - Private single room, shared bathroom with hot water. - Tovels included, every 3 days...
"Just terrible - Do not go to this hostel. They moved locations the day before we arrived and didn't notify us or even people staying at the hostel. The people we talked to who were staying there said they left for the day and came back to the hostel to find out everything was missing including the beds and their stuff. They then found out that the hostel owners got kicked out of their location because they didn't pay their bills. Our private...
"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...
Los Mostros Hostel
"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." … "… from the bus...
Hostel Bed & Breakfast Villa Michelle
"… beds for 4 persons, Air Conditioner, WIFI Wireless Internet FREE if you bring your laptop. FREE SHARE AREAS: 3 Living Rooms, 5 Dining Rooms, 2 Kitchens fully equipped, Barbecue Area, 4 LUXURIOUS Bathrooms with hot water permanently (The room does NOT have a PRIVATE bath, 3 rooms share one bath), Local Telephone (no international call no cellular), International Cable TV (the rooms do not have PRIVATE TV), 24 hours Security,...
Voyager Int. Hostel
"We offer: * Tourist information * Free Continental breakfast * Free INTERNET access * Air Conditioned rooms * Hot water * Self service kitchen * TV and stereo soun equiped room * Convenient to public transport and Downtown shopping areas * Shared rooms * Family atmosphere * Information about how to travel to Colombia-Cartagena. * Book exchange." … "… plus $0.40 for each aditional person. Getting to Panama...
Zuly's Backpackers Hostel
"… neighborhood in Central America *6 private rooms with shared bathroom *6 Dorms with NOT MORE than 6 beds *FREE INTERNET Access *Fully equipped self-catering kitchen *FREE COFFEE *Cosy common room/balconies *Garden with Barbecue area, Hammocks, etc. *FREE LOCKERS *FREE and safe parking *Close to supermarket (24 hours), bars (calle Uruguay), restaurants, cinemas and a STUDENT TRAVEL AGENCY! *Insider travel information on Panama City...
"… rooms are uniquely designed for style and comfort. The dorm rooms are the nicest you will find in Panama with privacy curtains on each bed, electrical outlets, lights, Air Condition and a secure locker. The private garden rooms have sliding doors that open into our beautiful backyard and the deluxe private rooms have large tubs in the bathrooms and provide a little more space. Our common space has a swimming pool, sauna, steam room,...
Los Mostros Hostel II
"… amenities to make your stay memorable. Big dorms with private toilet and one dorm with shared toilet. • Breakfast included • Bar • Hot water 24 hours • Cable TV and DVD • cafe • Common Room • Free Internet Access • Linen included • Lockers • Towels for hire • Excursions / tours • Hair Dryer • Emergency Medical Service It´s a safe place and a you have people willig to help you 24 hours! Please note :...
San Francisco Inn Hostel
"San Francisco Inn Hostel Panama revolves around common areas with gardens worthy of these latitudes, where never missing place to the roasts and long talks and exchange of words in different languages. Rooms 8 beds full kitchen Breakfast included Lush Gardens Spacious room with cable TV Games Room Bar Grill" … "… reception. - Rooms with 8 beds. - Air conditioning in Reception and Rooms. - Breakfast included. - Linen...
"… location a few steps from the main party district of the city (Calle Uruguay), supermarkets, ATMs, malls, the beautiful Cinta Costera and other useful facilities for travelers. In Hostel Siriri you will find: For free : Pool , an outdoor patio with chairs and BBQ, public computer, free wi-fi in the rooms, hot water 24h, silent air conditioning in ALL the rooms (from 9pm to 9am), breakfast, pool table, poker table, use of fully...
Spanish in the City - Hostel
"… a bike for about $3.50 per hour and cycle to the end of the causeway and have a meal or drink in one of the many restaurants and bars on the islands. -In the evening you can go to calle Uruguay to have dinner and go out for a drink or a dance or stroll along the cobbled streets of Casco Viejo, the old part of the city, UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2003. -Another option is the have a stroll at the Causeway and visits a...
Luna's Castle Hostel
"Luna's Castle Hostel, in our opinion, is one of the best we've stayed at. The Location Luna's Castle is located in the Casco Viejo area of Panama City, which is a popular tourist area. The city centre (new city) is a forty-five-minute walk along the promenade. A couple of blocks away is Avenida Colon, a pedestrianised street with plenty of shops, markets, and restaurant establishments. There are convenient public transport links nearby....
Hostal Casa Rica
"… YEARS EVE, ALWAYS! NEARBY RESTAURANTS NIKO’S Café 24hours: American style Diner, good quality from $2,50. Also tasty greek Giros available! RESTAURANTE Costa Azul: food from $6, good quality Restaurante Beirut: Very good lebanese and indian food, Falafel $53 other food $8+ Food Court in Plaza Concordia (shopping mall opposite of supermercado Rey): Several Restaurants with good local food from $2.50 open only for lunch! MANOLOS in...
La Casa de Carmen
"This is one of the best hostels i've stayed in. The people were friendly & helpful, the dorm room had AC & (hot water) showers, the kitchen was well equipped, they have a great living area with huge (cable) tv & a dvd player, a courtyard (with a few hammocks), free tea & coffee all day, breakfast was included in the price, free unlimited internet & a huge selection of books to exchange. There was always someone at the door, but if they left...
Zuly's Independent Backpackers
"Clean, staff are competent and very friendly, great atmosphere - Went to Panama on business and land prospecting. I went to Zuly's several times in three trips to Panama. Could afford a more "classical" hotel, but loved the energy and great atmosphere at Zuly's. Could eat out, or cook a nice meal at "home," sometimes two or three of us cooked together and shared a meal. The entire staff are very helpful. The place is very well run. Zuly...
"… district. Within a 5 minute walk of our neighborhood, you'll find some of the best international restaurants in the country, the city's nightlife, English speaking cinemas, internet cafes where you can phone home for 6 cents a minute, excellent shopping, 24 hour supermarket & restaurants, European style coffee shops and bakeries, bookstores, yoga, medical and dental centers, travel agencies, plenty of banks, professional dance...
"… students in cooperation with a local language school, we have extended our services to the public. Due to our experiences we work hard to meet the requirements of today's hospitality without losing the typical Panamanian living style. If you are looking for a place that comes right with accommodations and also offers space for exchanging thoughts and experiences with other foreigners or Panamenians, Hostel Panamá is the right...
Anita's Inn Hostel
"Anita's Inn seems like a higher end hostel, certainly cleaner than most places we've been to, and friendlier. The bilingual service is well appreciated. The people are nicer and more educated than your typical backpacker place perhaps because you run into Spanish students from the partner school downstairs with a serious interest in culture and knowing Panama. We enjoyed the free salsa lessons for spanish students and hostel guests, ask...
"Located in the exclusive area of San Francisco, one of the safest areas of the city. Panama Hostel is close to…Niko’s Café (24hrs Restaurant) Mall Multiplaza Pacific (3 mins walking distance) McDonald’s Subway La Casa de las Frutas (Fruit Salads, Frozens, Milkshakes) Laundry Bus Stop Late Night Clubs – Calle Uruguay (10mins taxi) Cinta Costera and downtown of Panama City. Looking for a hostel in Panama? Welcome to The Panama Hostel with...
Panama by Luis
"… a spacious lounge, 24 security guard, 5 minutes walking distance to 24hr supermarket, A/C in all rooms and more facilities. Facilities *Free breakfast *Hot shower *Full equipped kitchen *Free WIFI *10 minutes walk from all major sights. *Tours to san blas *Tickets to Bocas del toro *Sailing trips to Cartagena Colombia and San Blas islands *Beer machine *Laundry service *TV, DVD *Cable *Garden terrace *Towels...
Hostel Villa Michelle
"… call no cellular), International Cable TV (the rooms do not have PRIVATE TV), Security Private Parking, Remote Control to go in the house if you have a car, 2 Entertainment Center (the rooms do not have TV) and Internet for FREE. You can live in a city and feel like you are in field, around big trees. Free WiFi Wireless Internet in the entire hostel (so bring your laptop) and cooking privileges are all yours (furniture kitchen). I...
"… architecture and peaceful atmosphere of Baru Lodge. The quiet garden grounds are abundant with greenery compliment the tranquility as a relaxing social area, unique in the city. We are a brand new exclusive bed and breakfast lodge offering 09 comfortable rooms with queen beds, modern bathrooms with hot water, air conditioning, air purifier with individual controls, complimentary; cable television, wireless internet and continental...
Hostal Casa Margarita
"… space available and easy access. All our rooms are equipped with air conditioning, cable TV and free WIFI. Our simple but cozy rooms are cleaned daily, and we serve a delicious breakfast every morning, which includes: fresh fruits and juice, cereals, fresh bread, and each day a different main dish. All served in our lovely terrace with tables, chairs and hammocks. We offer Airport pick up and delivery as well as city...
M Home in Panama
"My Home in Panama is a family hostel. We offer reasonable priced and comfortable accommodation, in the heart of Panama city. We cater to tourists, backpackers and long staying guests. We have 18 cozy rooms with aircon, hot water, cable TV, WiFi, ortopedical beds and own service kitchens. Some of the rooms are with private bathrooms and others are shared. Shared accommodation is at $12 and private rooms start at $35.Management and staff...
"We are located on a very safe neighborhood near the national airport, bus station, Albrook Mall, Amador Causeway, the Old City and the Panama Canal. We are locals, and we would treat you as we would like to be treated on another country." … "… to the melodic sounds of a multitude of songbirds in our lovely garden. During your stay at the Jamraka, you will have easy access (walking distance) to a multitude of grocery...
"Please note: Check in at 12:00 noon Check out at 12:00noon Cancellation Policy 1 days Credit card or cash as payment upon arrival Breakfast not included" … "… you can prepare light meals. We offer you tours inside and outside the city, airport, transfers zone at low prices to our customers. We have an excellent location near supermarkets 24 hours, restaurant, banks, business center and access to the main routes of the...
Los Faroles Hostel & Guesthouse
"Nice place - A nice, clean, secure place in a convenient location between downtown and Allbrook. The owner is also very friendly and helpful. For example, I forgot my scuba diving license in a drawer in my room and he arranged to have it posted to my next hostel in Boquete." … "… microwave toaster, all of which are at your disposal and of the guests, to feel at home. At the request of the host we have shuttle service to and...
Casa Anita B&B
"… by taxi, bus or by our private taxi service. Sorroundings are lush green and quiet, for a unique and relaxing experience. Casa Anita welcomes you with: -WiFi connectionrn -free local calls -2 double rooms -2 twin double rooms (two queen size beds) -full air conditioning -TV setcable in each room -private parking for 4 cars -private bathroom in each room -luggage storage facility -hot running water...
Autograph at Lodge
"… with a private bathroom, and above all art pieces and detailles of each of the movements represented: The Abstract@ is where the company founder rests. The Conceptualism@ is a place where you can enjoy the wierdiest forms, Autograph@Lodge has several art reproductions of latin american artists within the walls and public areas. The Expresionism@ is one of the most tranquile rooms. The Formalism@ with clean traces on the furniture...
"… city's best bars. Our Luxury Hostel Rooms offers a superior level of comfort, cleanliness and were designed for the modern day global traveler. This new luxury hostel sets the bar for budget accommodation in Casco Viejo. All rooms come with: A/C, ceiling fans, built in beds with quality mattresses, reading lights, free Wi-Fi, and lockers. We also offer hostel rooms # 3, 4, & 5 as private rooms. You...
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I love Panama. They have nice chicks. I've visited all countries of Central America twice and just might do a third trip at the end of this year.
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