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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
"… 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 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...
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....
La Jungla House Hostel
"… throughout the main floor and rooms. Walking distance from bars/clubs, restaurants, shopping, casinos, and supermarkets. Vip entrance for the guests in several of the city's clubs There is a huge communal kitchen, not joking. 'Backpacker breakfast' available to all. Laundry service, garage parking with remote access, equipment rental for excursions, airport transfers and reputable boats (no dodgy captains) to Colombia through...
Hostal Casa Areka
"Friendly staff, clean rooms, fresh towels - The staff are great here, the kitchen is kept clean, it's directly across the street from the grocery store. A great home base with a ton of taxis going by at all hours for easy transportation." … "… room with a pool table and a common kitchen that is equipped with everything you need to cook your own meals (remember there is a 24hr supermarket across the street). We offer private...
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!" … "Hostel Casa Areka is located in Punta Pacifica one of the nicest neighborhoods in PanamÃ¡ City. There is a 24hr supermarket opposite of the hostel and two big malls, many restaurants and bars as well as the bus stop (e.g. to the Panama Canal or Casco...
Hostel Villa Vento Surf
"Hostel Villa Vento Surf is a great place to relax and have a good night's sleep. There's also a swimming pool and many sofas and places where you can chill out. The Location The hostel is located in the Calle 47 Este in the Marbella district in the so-called Old Panama. Most likely the taxi driver will not know the hostel; it is located next to the Metro Pharmacy and close to the Hard Rock Hotel and Multicentro shopping mall, so you...
Lemon Hostel Panama
"… Via Israel, a privileged zone that will let you have access to the top touristic, commercial and financial points of interest. We have nine bedrooms, five with private bath. On the ground floor is the spacious reception, kitchen, terrace and bar with several tables that offer guests the choice to enjoy your breakfast or spend free time indoors or outdoors on our terrace. In addition there are four parking spaces including a...
"Chill & Comfy -- Except When the Neighbors Have a 7-Hour Party - I chose this hostel because it has AC and the reviews said it wasn't a party hostel. They don't even have a bar, they just sell a beer from the fridge. The guests are chill, considerate people. The dorm beds are comfy with the nicest ladders to get up top (but the pillows too thin!) and the AC is the best part. The location is central in Casco Viejo but periodically the...
Autograph at Lodge
"… art movement of the 20th century, 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...
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
"… 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, Security Private Parking, Remote Control to go in the house if you have a car, 2...
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...
"… of the most safe and exclusive areas of the city. The hostel is just a stone´s throw away from the city´s shopping area, main convention center Atlapa, financial district, historical center, finest restaurants, night life and entertainment. Let us recommend the best places to eat and set up any tours you wish to go on. We live here and know the area and look forward to helping you enjoy Panama. The hostel which was built...
"Magnolia Inn is a good choice for their budget traveler looking for a bit more. If you're coming to Panama City, you definitely want to stay in Casco Viejo, and Magnolia Inn is in a great location. The Location Magnolia Inn is located in a great, convenient location -- smack in the middle of Panama City's old town, Casco Viejo. Casco Viejo is full of charm, however it directly borders an unsafe area of Panama City, and for this reason...
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 willing to help you 24 hours! Please note :...
"Hostel Siriri is a great place for people looking for a bit of fun at their hostel; you'll find a proper pool table, an actual poker table, and a swimming pool here! The Location Hostel Siriri is located in the Marbella District in the so-called Old City of Panama. Taxi drivers probably do not know the hostel, so let them know that you want to go to Calle 47 Este, behind the Hard Rock Hotel. Once you are on that street, you will see a...
Los Angeles Hostal Residence
"Warm, welcoming, helpful - The rooms are simple but have all you need and they are very clean. There is a kitchen, a TV room, and a terrace. The owners are extremely welcoming and helpful. We got so much help and good tips what to do with our serious ticket problem." … "… 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...
Mystico Hostal Spa
"Mystico Hostal Spa offers a villa-style hostel. The spa part of the name comes from the available whirlpool and the sauna that you can enjoy. For relaxation, they have some great relaxing chairs. The Location The hostel is located in Via Grecia (El Carmen), Old Quarter in Panama City. A well-known road, Via Argentina, is just around the corner. Also there is the metro station Via Argentina about a five-minute walk away. Taking the metro...
El Machico Hostel
"El Machico Hostel is made by backpackers for backpackers. The decoration is very nice and interesting. Also the owner is very nice and keeps people entertained and happy. The facilities are great and invite you to stay longer here. The Location El Machico is located on Forty-seventh Street East in the Marbella District (also called the Old Town of Panama City), although there is not much that gives you the impression of being in the...
"One of the best - We enjoyed staying here very much. This classy villa has everything a backpacker dreams of -- chill-out areas, small pool, hammock, TV with playstation, kitchen, good breakfast, and very helpful and friendly staff. It's also close to bus stops and a 24h supermarket. The owner is laid back and always there. Although it was loud every night and there could be a second toilet, it is one of the best hostels in Central America so...
Lemon Hostel Panama
"… areas, services and activities The hostel provides a common terrace, living room, a game room and a kitchen. Computer and free Wifi are also available. Surroundings Lemon Hostel is located in Nuevo Paitilla Neighborhood, a few meters away from Calle 50 and Via Israel. Really close to the hostel you can also find two shopping centers and Calle Uruguay where you can enjoy many bars and clubs. Why you should stay here If you...
Kame House Hostel
"… oncologico located on cerro ancon, you will see the big green house. Located on cerro ancon of panama city, from albrook mall and the terminal bus station five minutes by car, and if you want to go to canal of panama you will get there and just ten minutes from kame house hostel. We have mix dorm and female dorms. Equipped with 46 hostel beds in shared rooms 2 private rooms. Kame House Hostel Policies and Conditions. Check...
Voyager Int'l Hostel Panama City
"… upstairs and living and kitchen below have arranged a three bedroom two and three beds for the comfort of all. Behind the dining room and a large garden and an area for smokers. We hope to feel comfortable as in their own homes We accept groups, families and friends. Children with their parents, and small pets, we have green area, but also have a dog and a cat. They are polite. They do not come home. You can do BB, in the yard, and...
Hostal de Clayton
"Mental Hospital or Pediatric Hospital or Clinic Hospital - I stayed there and it was an awful experience even though the building and the apartment is clean with a little garden. I have to survive there with american citizens who came here in PANAMA to get surgery and stay there to recover and and a crazy women who pretend to study neurology and was there with her two little uneducated little girls. It was so bad and unpleasant i even not...
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...
"… 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...
"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...
La Casa de Carmen
"Hostal Casa De Carmen is Different from Casa De Carmen - There is a horrible place called Hostal La Casa De Carmen that people are mixing up with a nicer place in the old part of town with a very similar name. Hostal La Casa De Carmen has BEDBUGS!!!!! Now my apartment is infested. The service was terrible, one employee continued to hit on me and touch me inappropriately the entire time I was there. They didn't have change when I paid (I...
Zuly's Independent Backpackers
"Horrible staff, b*tchy owner - Avoid this hostel! This place is horrible! Cramped and dirty is acceptable if you are dealing with good people, but Zuly herself tends to treat her guests like unwanted annoyances! She is incredibly disrespectful and rude, the words b*tch or p*ta (en espanol) comes to mind. The hostel is located near a grocery store, a few gentlemens clubs and a pile of casinos, not the best location. The rooms doors do not lock...
Voyager International Hostel1 (closed)
" We offer: *Tourist Orientation * Free Continental Breakfast * Free admission to Internet and WiFi * Air conditioning * Hot Water * Kitchen and laundry of self-service * Living Room with Cable TV and team of sound * Easy access to public transportation and to the greater areas of purchases * Rooms shared * Rooms for couples * 3 Private Rooms with TV and Cable * Exchange of books * Family Environment www.voyagerhostelpanama.net" …...
"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...
Bluegong Panama Comfort Hostel
"… choices for accommodation in Panama. Our guesthouse offers a pleasant place to stay while visiting Panama. Our goal is to provide a home away from home. Our list of touristic partners makes it easy to enjoy the entire Panamanian experience where you can include, oceans, beaches, mountains, extreme sports, rainforest\'s, gastronomic indulgence, shopping, cultural exchange and much more. We offer our customers with economic...
Anita's Inn Hostel
"Noisy because of nearby construction -- unsympathetic management - Stayed end of May 2008. Was there for Spanish school but my room was too loud for study because of noise from a high rise under construction directly across the street. Management basically said too bad. School was pretty noisy too since it's in the same building." … "Anita's Inn seems like a higher end hostel, certainly cleaner than most places we've been to, and...
"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
"They don't honor advance bookings - I would give Panama by Luis more stars had I the opportunity to actually stay there. I booked my bed about two weeks in advance, got confirmation of the booking, paid my deposit all online. On the date I was supposed to arrive, I arrived. The gate was locked. When I called in from the gate, they closed the blinds. No one would talk to me. Based on my experience I can only assume Panama by Luis only takes...
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...
"… 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 on our doorstep, and you will awake 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 stores, restaurants, a post office and drugstore. The property offers WiFi, a...
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