Panama City Hostel?

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1. Posted by globalgirl (Full Member 64 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hello! i'm passing through Panama City, was wondering if anyone could suggest the best place to stay there?


2. Posted by S_Paradise (Full Member 65 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Are you looking for the "best" place, or one less expensive with more character? If you want the "best", then I am sure there are plenty of Hilton/Marriot/etc./etc. chains where you can drop a load of dough for a room. I like staying in the Casco Viejo (old colonial part of town). I have stayed at the Hotel Central, great architecture, but a little worn. It is in a great location as well, by the plaza and cathedral.

3. Posted by globalgirl (Full Member 64 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

haha, by "best" i meant - "best place under $15/night....dorm room okay :)" Thanks for having me clarify! i will check into the place you listed though...thanks!

4. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1162 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hi there,

within 5 days I actually 'stayed' in 3 hostels in Panama City and unfortunately I would all rate them just ok for the price (of around 6 $ for a dorm) but not outstanding. They are all in the same area in the CBD which is quite convenient and we never had to move far ;). First we checked in at Voyager which is a fairly big hostel with massive dorms and a free breakfast included in the price and an outdoors terrasse on the 7th floor with some stunning views over the city. It wasn't too clean though and they were also booked out for the next night so we tried to get into Mama Llena next door which is a lot smaller (3 dorms in total) and has a great outdoor terrasse to hang out, too. We couldn't get a bed there either (maybe the fact that it was between christmas and New Years should have made us book ahead ) but we ended up spending midnight on the terrasse with people we had met and who where staying there. That was pretty cool that the owners were relaxed about the fact that we weren't staying but watching the fireworks from the terrasse.
Anyway, we ended up getting a room at Zuly's backpackers around the corner which is a small, clean and homely place, but honestly we found the owners being a bit 'funny' sometimes.
All in all, eventhough I have heard it can be dangerous in the Old Quarter at night sometimes I would probably check out a hostel there next time I go back.
Hope this helps,


5. Posted by globalgirl (Full Member 64 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hey Steff,

this is DEFINITELY useful...i've heard of the voyager place only (LP of course!) I will check out the places you named, or look into the old quarter.

Thanks for your help, much appreciated!!!