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“Good location, nice hostal but rooms not great.” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Luna's Castle Hostel
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Worthing, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Good location, nice hostal but rooms not great.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2014 via mobile

We stayed the first night in a dorm with AC, essential in this oppressively boiling city. Room was dark and dingey but quiet and cool. Bloke in bunk above me was having a fight with himself ALL night then got up crack of dawn crashing around and putting the light on full. Not the hostel's fault but annoying all the same. Next night we managed to get a private room which was ok but only had a barely functioning fan and we boiled alive all night and had music from the bar downstairs pulsing away into the early hours (earplugs didn't block it). We actually really liked the hostel overall, really good vibe and great location plus the cleanest shared bathrooms we have experienced. Lots of lockers too with plug inside to charge your stuff securely - great idea! It is a party hostel so if you want peace, it's not for you. Oh (most) of the staff were really friendly and helpful which goes a long way and doesn't take much.

  • Stayed February 2014
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Dayton, Ohio
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2014

This was a great place to stay during an overnight layover in Panama City! I really enjoyed the location in the historic colonial part of the city, and it was fun being so close to great nightlife. The quirky, eccentric decorations and vibe of the hostel was really interesting! Overall I don't have any real complaints about our stay there, except for a situation we had with leaving an iPhone in a taxi at the airport (one we booked using the hostel), where we immediately called the hostel front desk to have them call the taxi driver to turn around. The people at the hostel did not act in a timely fashion to assist us with our situation, however, which was frustrating since we could have potentially received our item if they had. Even though this unfortunate event occurred, we still had an overall nice stay in the hostel. We would gladly stay there again!

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Portland, Maine
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2014

Luna's Castle is the best party hostel in all of Panama. If you're looking for a quiet place to sleep, this is not the hostel for you. It's a beautiful hostel with dark wood and art everywhere. It's very clean and the dorms with a/c are very comfortable. Each bed has a drawer underneath where you can keep your bag. Lockers are also available with outlets if you want to charge your phone or iPad. Each dorm bed has a curtain you can pull that gives you a bit of privacy.

Luna's has the best location and is in the middle of everything. It has a bar downstairs that is open from Tues- Sat and stays open till 4am pumping dance music that make the hostel floors vibrate. You get a yellow wrist band when you check in and you can get 50 cent beers and a dollar mixed drinks from 8pm to 10pm. At 7am, you can hear the roosters in the back of the building so if you're looking to sleep in, try ear plugs. Free pancakes, bananas, coffee, and tea were great. The front desk can book a trip to the San Blas for you if you want. Friendly staff and great atmosphere, we enjoyed our stay here.

Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Frederiksberg, Denmark
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14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2014

Friendly staff and nice rooms for the price. Go here if you want to meet a lot of people and have a fun time. Free pancakes in the morning and fruit in the afternoon.
in the back there's a big courtyard and a bar with good prices and a lot of people. There's a crazy lady on the balcony next to the courtyard though, who throws watermelon slices at you every night. so look up accasionally. :-)

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2014 via mobile

Besides the beautiful hostel with all its benefits such as a comfy lounge, nice bar and spacious rooms I want to point out the very competent and helpful staff. I left my camera accidentally at the hostel when I was heading to the night bus to Almirante (Bocas). After a short panic call (when I recognized something was missing) I received a mail that my camera luckily was found. From this point onwards they put a lot of effort (corresponding emails, asking around - they even put up a sign on their front desk) to somehow find someone to arrange the delivery of my cam to bocas. In the end two very kind girls from Israel took my camera with them and handed it over to me on isla colón! AWESOME job Luna's staff (especially Carla :) ) !!!
Cheers, Seb

Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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108 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2014

Great atmosphere, bar, social and freindly. Good kitchen, helpful staff and nice communal areas.

Rooms are a let down though and very hot with just a fan but the rest of the place more than makes up for this.

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Los Angeles, California
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2014

I stayed here only one night and the entire duration was under 12 hours. But the overall experience was fine. I had made a reservation two weeks before arriving which I find helpful in any case. Check-in was easy, they had $1 beers and explained everything I needed to know. It's not a 5-start hostel or hotel so you just need to know what to expect when arriving. Regarding the noise....Casco Viejo in general is loud as it has a good nightlife scene. If you can't handle it then you should just consider staying elsewhere, in general.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Luna's Castle Hostel
Address: Calle 9na Este 3-28 | Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
Region: Panama > Panama Province > Panama City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 110 Speciality Lodging in Panama City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in a Spanish colonial mansion built upon the water’s edge. Luna’s Castle Hostel attracts those who seek the ideal Panama City backpacking experience. Following Captain Morgan’s plunder of Panama Vieja in 1671, stones from the ruins were used to construct the massive walls of Casco Viejo. Luna’s Castle, built in 1905, rests upon these original city walls. ... more   less 
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