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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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International Voyager Hostel
"Balcony drunk - best hostel in Panama city if the crowd is good. $5 rum at the other side of the street. going out with the whole scene of the balcony after 12 coming back not before 10 a.m." … "I was there last year on a Central and South American trip. It has one of the finest views of Panama from the kitchen. Abdiel is nice, and so is the American Michael — remember the Dutchies!!! firstname.lastname@example.org" … "Fabulous...
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
"… 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 restaurant or bars. Apart from the excursions that you can do on your own, you can also take part in one of the three organized excursions: 1) Canal Casco Viejo ($50) 2) Emberaa Indigenous Village ($125) 3) 2 nights at the San Blas islands...
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
"Dorm accomodations and private rooms. Available with Air conditioner. Pancake breakfast included. Wi-Fi, full kitchen. Centraly located in El Cangrejo district. Walk to restaurants, pubs and bus stop. 24 security and desk." … "… private rooms come with and without AC; communal area with TV, movies (digital theatre coming soon), free internet with good wireless signal throughout the main floor and rooms. Walking distance from...
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." … "… 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...
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...
"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...
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
"… 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 wonderful and big, yet quaint...
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...
"… here and know the area and look forward to helping you enjoy Panama. The hostel which was built as a private residence has a colorful history and even served as a high end brothel for Panama’s elite at one point. When a standard Panama City hotel is not what you are looking for, Casa Ramirez offers you a home away from home anytime you are in the city. All our rooms are uniquely designed for style and comfort. The dorm rooms...
"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
"… the 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 :...
"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
"… 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 your...
Mystico Hostal Spa
"We offer hostel accommodations for travelers from around the world, with outstanding comfort and affordable prices. Mystico Hostal Spa is an innovative lodging concept for tourists from all over the globe, whether traveling business or pleasure. We combine the coziness of a hostel with the peace, comfort and relax of a Spa. Our guests enjoy comfortable and beautiful rooms, commons and spa services as an added value. In a positive...
El Machico Hostel
"… Machico Hostel offers free breakfast to all customers. Our well informed staff is always at your complete disposition for any information about the city and various excursions. We can also book tours to Islands of St. Blas, Bocas del Toro and much more. Vegetarian Restaurant Free Parking Scooter Rental City Tour in scooter Cancellation policy: 48 h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you...
"… is no age restriction. We are family and pet friendly. While we make the highest effort to assure our guests a fun stay at Panama Central, there are some rules in our hostel: Out of respect for our guests who want to enjoy a good nights rest, after 11 pm we do not allow bright light or noise inside or near the shared rooms. In the dorms we have a dimmed night light which will be switch on in case new guests arrive late. While we...
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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." … "… barbecue with nice hammocks!!!! Near to the hostal you can find supermarket,...
"… 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
"Two Words: LOVED IT! :) I'm definitely coming back!" … "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...
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...
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...
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" … "… to the Internet. - Luggage Storage - Variety of board games. - Bar for the best drinks! - Solarium The...
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
"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
"… Well equipped kitchen facility, Mexican restaurant at 1 minute walking distance, City Tours, Tours to San Blas Islands, Tours to Cartagena, Colombia, Airport transfers, Dorm beds and private rooms, Security Lockers, no curfew, and very friendly staff willing to answer any and all your questions!Coming soon the outdoor bar!!!Cancellations have to be made at least 24 hrs before arriving.*All bookings must be reconfirmed by email at...
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 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." … "… 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...
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...
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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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