We arrived in Panama City right after Carnival and chose the Mamallena Hostal as the first place for us to stay. The staff was really friendly, warm, and very helpful. The hostal itself was very clean. You always saw people around cleaning something. We got a private room with a/c and found out that they turn the a/c on at 9pm. We thought it was broken initially when we first turned it on in the midafternoon. Showers are cold, but in the Panama City heat it feels really good. Hammocks are located in the back where you can relax after the long airplane trip and chill out.
The other people staying at the hostal were very friendly. Pancake breakfasts are free and there is a little market at the end of the street toward the left where you can get food and pantry items. It's about a 10-15 minute walk to an outside market where the street it closed off to cars and they have fruit and artisan vendors selling all sorts of items. It's also a 20 minute walk to Casco Viejo which is the old city.
All in all it was a great place to stay when first coming to Panama. I highly recommend them.
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- Also Known As:
- Mamallena Backpackers Panama City
- Hostal Mamallena Panama/Panama City