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Hostal Amador Familiar
Flagstaff, Arizona
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6 reviews
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“Terrible place to stay with bad service”
Reviewed 25 January 2011

I would not suggest staying at this hostel if you are a tourist. Upon checking in they told us that their hostel does not have A/C, which was listed as an amenity on their website (very hot and humid in Panama City). We were placed in a room on the fourth floor with other tourists, all without A/C. At night we had to leave the windows open to attempt to sleep but the mosquitos ate us alive, even with Deet bug spray. The third and second floor had A/C units sticking out their walls. It appeared that on the second and third floors were locals, who had A/C. So 1) they lied about A/C, 2) Our room was very dirty. The floor felt like it had been greased with olive oil. I put on socks to try to resolve the problem but the "oil" just soaked through my socks. The most disgusting part was a used condom in our shower. Plus the shower handles were missing. Needless to say that after one night of being eaten alive my mosquitos and sweating all night, we chose to leave the hotel and stay in another place. We ended up at another hostel sleeping in bunk beds (yes a married couple) instead of have a private room at this place

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Arlington, Virginia
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Reviewed 17 October 2010

Not a single cab driver knew where this place was, that's not a good sign considering it isn't a new hostel. Tip: tell them it's near Zona Viva off Calle Amador. Location-wise, it's not that great. It's kind of away from all the action (save for the Amador Causeway) and like I said, no one knew where it was.

The service was excellent. The people working the front desk were incredibly friendly and helpful.

The place was clean, no frills and the internet access is a plus. The free breakfast is not really a selling point. It was white bread, eggs, frosted flakes and Tang/Sunny D (which they dared call orange juice).

Depending on what you plan to do in Panama City, not sure i would recommend this place. If you only plan to stay on the west side (Casco Viejo, Amador Causeway) then this would be a good option but if you really want to see all of the city, you may be better off staying somewhere in the heart of the city.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with friends
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 8 May 2010

My husband and I stayed at Hostal Amador Familiar for 4 nights in early March, and were very happy with our accomodations. It was a great base for touring and birding in Gamboa, the canal, the Amador causeway--we had rented a car, which was great for getting around, once we got accustomed to being lost 50% of the time!

Good basic accomodation: We had an air conditioned room with private bath. Our small but clean and perfectly adequate room was quiet and comfortable. Breakfast is included, and a nice covered outdoor kitchen is available for guests. Free computer access and wireless internet. Free parking. All for just $39.50 a day.

It was helpful to have some Spanish, but staff was accomodating and friendly.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 26 September 2009

My husband and I were`pleased with our accommodations, breakfast is included, the property clean. Located in a residential area close to the Causeway, we found taxis inexpensive from the area to just about any part of town. Seems like guests are repeat guests. Watch out for rooms on the Calle Amador side of the building, very noisy. There´s also a rooster and a numbber of neighborhood dogs which,, if not controlled, may wake you in the night. Saturday night is very niosy, the Causeway brings fun lovers through the area. Be aware however, if you´re looking for a friendly staff this is not the place for you, warm and fuzzy they´re not. We didn´t care however after a weeks stay we departed then returned 2 nights later and the male staffer acted as if he´d never seen us before. We speak little to no Spanish and we didn´t expect the staff to be bi lingual, but some semblance of helpfulness would have been nice. The great room, which I expect is for guests, is taken over by the staff and none made an effort to give up their cartoons for guests. We are able to overlook all of the service issues due to the value for the money paid for the product in general. Vanessa is bi lingual and when on property and via email she was helpful. The breakfast attendant is also friendly simply by way of her smile....and that´s all I would ask of any of the rest of the staff yet even that wasn´t there.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hostal Amador Familiar
Address: Calle Akee - Casa 1519 | Balboa, Panama City, Panama
Region: Panama > Panama Province > Panama City
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
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Ranked #35 of 111 Speciality Lodging in Panama City
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