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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...
Spanish in the City - Hostel
"… locks to see huge ships go through the locks and visit the museum about the history of the canal. -Visit the Amador Causeway that connects three islands in front of the city to the mainland. -From the causeway, there is a lovely view of Panama City, and the Puente de las Americas. It is possible to rent 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...
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....
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
"… our guest safe is what we do best. That's why we are located 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...
Hostal Casa Areka
"… 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. Look for us at reviews bookers com Haves 7 beautiful and comfortable rooms with air conditioning, private and common bathrooms, internet access, TV, and a practical kitchen with everything you need for a snack. We offer you a delicious breakfast with Panamanian coffee, tea, season...
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...
"Magnolia Inn is located in the heart of Casco Viejo, Panama City's historic neighborhood. This charming hotel offers comfortable and spacious deluxe private rooms as well as luxury hostel rooms. The restored French colonial mansion is full of historic character, as well as modern conveniences such as A/C, orthopedic beds, free Wi-Fi Internet and safe deposit boxes. Magnolia Inn also offers stylish social areas to relax and meet fellow...
"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
"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...
Hostel Bed & Breakfast Villa Michelle
"… not have PRIVATE TV), 24 hours Security, Security Private Parking, Remote Control to go in the house if you have a car, 2 Entertainment Centers (the rooms do not have TV) and Internet for FREE in all the hostel. 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 also have a...
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...
"… and electrical outlets built into each bed. We have private rooms with gorgeous bathrooms and tubs as well as shared suites with queen sized beds available and a 4-1 guest to bathroom ration. If your looking to stay in a value accommodation that still retains the luxury you enjoy and want when possible while on vacation Casa Ramirez is your only option in Panama City. Casa Ramirez has three distinct accommodations for the...
"… 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...
Los Mostros Hostel II
"The Hostel is located in the hearth of Panamá City, in a residential area 20 min. from the airport and 10 min. from the bus terminal. Located at a unique house for its design and size, with all the amenities to make your stay memorable. All the room have fan and air condition, private or share bathrooms, lockers and wi fi. The hostel it´s open 24 hours." … "… Access • Linen included • Lockers • Towels for hire •...
San Francisco Inn Hostel
"… Linen included. - Hot water 24 hours in bathrooms and kitchen. - Full kitchen with microwave. - Spacious Great Room with cable TV with DVD. - Free use Computers connected to the Internet. - Luggage Storage - Variety of board games. - Bar for the best drinks! - Solarium The protagonists in this place are the young, so most of the rooms are to share with smaller options for those arriving on business. Please note :...
"Clean, safe hostel with great owners - This place was a pleasure to stay for one night while in Panama solo. The home is well kept and cleaned daily. The atmosphere is very friendly. I would recommend it." … "… 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...
Los Angeles Hostal Residence
"… and wardrobe closet. One big room for max. 2 people with 1 bed, bathroom and air conditioning. Two big and bright rooms for max. 3 people with 2 beds, bathroom, wardrobe closet and air conditioning. Hostel Conditions. Thing to Note. Please note : Only Cash payment accepted on arrival. $ Cancellation Policy : 3 days advance notice.Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of...
Mystico Hostal Spa
"… common areas, with harmony, comfort and relaxation of our Mystico.Ofrecemos Spa: Shared double, triple and. includes: - Spa: Jacuzzi and steam once. Showers with Hydrotherapy, sofa seating, dressing room and lockers. - Breakfast - Kitchen self service - Terrace & Dining - Entertainment room - Free WIFI Please note: Cancellation policy: 24h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will...
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." … "… with nice hammocks!!!! Near to the hostal you can find supermarket, shopping...
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...
"… for a place that comes right with accommodations and also offers space for exchanging thoughts and experiences with other foreigners or Panamanians, Hostal Panamá is the right place to stay.We offer safe clean accommodation. We have double and triple rooms ensuite and shared facilities.Many of Panamá City's favorite restaurants, bars and clubs (area 'El Cangrejo') as well as cinemas and language schools are within 5-15 minutes...
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
"… all rooms and more facilities. Prices do not included 10% tourist tax Facilities: Tours to San Blas Islands, Sailing to Cartagena, Colombia, 24 check in, tickets available for Bocas del Toro, Free WiFi Internet in all rooms, Free computer access, Free purified water all day, Free parking for motorbikes, cars and bicycles, Dorm beds and private rooms with A/C, a comfortable air conditioned lounge with LCD TV Screen and over 65...
Hostel Villa Michelle
"… bars, beaches and theatres. The rooms are ideal for both holiday and business travellers. The rooms are totally PRIVATE. All are self-contained are fully furnished and equipped. We offer the high standards of comfort of a hotel but with the independence of your own home. For travellers who want a peace and secure lively atmosphere, Villa Michelle is the best place to crash. In our hostel you'll meet fellow travellers from all over...
"… 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
"… an owned family accommodation can offer! All of our rooms have a private bathroom (with hot water), AC, Cable TV and free WIFI. Daily breakfast (warm and abundant) is served on our lovely terrace overlooking the backyard with tables, chairs and hammocks where guests can relax and unwind. We also offer airport pick up and delivery and can also arrange city tours for guests. Parking spaces are available. Our rooms are ready to...
"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." … "… of The Americas, and the Amador Causeway. We are also only a short trip from Casco Viejo, and downtown, without the stress of being right in the city. There are parks and wildlife right...
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." … "… oeste edificio Rina apto. 1), El Cangrejo. This apartment was remodeled to make it 9 comfortable furnished guestrooms. We also have two bathrooms...
Casa Anita B&B
"… Los Cumbres, with an easy access to downtown. Casa Anita is stylishly designed, created for people loving good life. We are sure that in our residence you will find a friendly, pleasant and elegant place, that only Casa Anita can provide. We offer two double room (Queen size bed) and two quadruple room (two full size beds), all with cable TV, full air conditioning and private bathroom with hot running water. We have a big and...
Autograph at Lodge
"… and all have the latest technology you will find on a 5* Hotel, 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...
Hotel Costa Inn
"… with plates by the Spanish cook and Panamanian cook mainly. We offer single rooms, superior, and family rooms all equipped. We are located in Peru Avenue and 39th. Street, close to the Medical Center Bellavista. Travel Agency in the lobby with tours and airplanes tickets Free transfers from the airport at every time you only at the exit of costums have to go with the people of viajes florencia (they have orange shirts)...
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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.
— Keith R. Sauerwald.
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