Luna's Castle Hostel




The Review

Luna's Castle

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 45 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.

On arrival you will be provided with a map which highlights local attractions and services required by backpackers. There are folders with more information on tours, attractions and restaurants. The hostel is secure and the door is always locked and opened by a member of the reception which is staffed 24 hours a day. Staff speak Spanish and English but largely English to non-perfect-speaking Spanish foreigners, which is the only downside to this hostel.

A free pancake and banana breakfast is available each day until midday. There is always cooled drinking water available in the common area free of charge.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms are spacious and the hostel provides clean bed linen. There are approximately 60 beds in total. Dorms range in size. Bathrooms are shared. The rooms have security lockers for valuables but you need your own lock.

If you are travelling on to other destinations in Central America or catching a sailboat to Colombia, there is lots of information available.

Common Spaces

The reception area doubles up as a common room with a large table, ping pong table and book exchange. There are more security lockers which can be used if you have your own lock.

Situated next to the main common area is a well-stocked kitchen with refrigerators and cooking utensils.

There is a huge movie room with tiered mattresses and cushions which is great for a quiet night in watching DVDs.

During happy hour there are half price beers. The adjacent Relic bar is accessible from the hostel but also open to non-residents.

Another common room has comfortable couches and hammocks with a fantastic view if the Panama City skyline. There are five computers available with Internet access. There is Wi-Fi Internet available for free if you bring your own laptop.

Other services available include a quick good value laundry service available.


This hostel is a recommended place to stay. It also has two sister hostels in Bocas del Toro (Mondo Heike and Mondo Taitu) so many travellers go to both hostels. Bookings are recommended in advance especially during busy periods. In my opinion, and one I shared with others, this is one of the best hostels I've stayed at.
by RayJ Staff Reviewer
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(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Luna's Castle Hostel" at Calle 9na Este 3-28.)


Calle 9na Este 3-28, Casco Viejo, Panama City, Old Quarter, Panama
8.953767, -79.536241 (accuracy not guaranteed)
+507 262-1540
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89% Guest Reviews

Go somewhere else
Do not go to this hostel!! I was there a month ago and had an awful experience. Not only was the hostel uncharming and filthy, but the staff was extremely rude and unhelpful. It was however better than sleeping in the gutter -- Barely.
Danny C
The way all hostels should be
What more to say? Great staff, great building, great neighborhood, and cheap!
Philip Cohen

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