We stayed at this hostal on and off over the course of 2 weeks while we explored Panama with my parents. Both my husband and I and my parents stayed here and were very happy with the location, the staff, the rooms and the cooking facility.
A note on the location-it is really great if you prefer to be outside of the chaos of the city (which we did). Hostal Amador is located in a residential area about a 5 min. drive or 20 min. walk from the Amador Causeway. It's VERY close (about a 10 min. taxi) to the Albrook Terminal where you can catch a bus to anywhere in Panama. Casco Viejo is a quick taxi ride as well and should cost no more than $4-5 for 4 people. The traffic in Panama is hectic right now because they're building a new skytrain so it's nice to be in a place that has easy access in and out of the city and to the other areas without always getting caught in the thick of things.
I noticed that there are some mediocre reviews for this hostal and I wonder if maybe there is new management because the staff were great for us. When we asked they helped us with transportation and there was usually someone in the kitchen making eggs in the morning for breakfast and doing up the dishes. A few of the staff members maybe don't go out of their way to interact with you but they certainly are still nice and if you ask they'll help you out.
This is an old canal house so it's neat to stay here because it has some character. The rooms are comfortable and have their own bathroom and air con. There is also a male and separate female dorm for single travelers who want to save a little.
Probably a few mattresses need to be replaced and the bathrooms could use a spruce up soon but if you consider value for money, for $35/room for a double right in Panama City this is a great deal. It's clean, spacious and the beds are all made with cute colorful quilts so you don't feel like you're in a square box of a room with no life like in some budget accommodations. You can also save a little by cooking your own food in their outdoor kitchen (which we really enjoyed).
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- Also Known As:
- Hostal Amador Familiar Panama/Panama City