Stayed for 1 night in August 2014. Room rate was $28/night ($14 each). Private room, shared bath. Booked/reserved online.
So we'll start with the improvements: room had 2 single beds which was a bummer. We definitely expected a double bed. The room was fairly basic with no dresser/horizontal surfaces except the bed and only a locker to store belongings. The bathroom didn't have any toilet paper. In my opinion, shared bathrooms should always have enough TP. Period. Even if it means storing several extra rolls there. Next, it appeared that people were using the common area as their bedroom. We found at least 3 people snoozing away on the couches in the common area at 8 AM. What's that all about??? Next, the internet sucks. They use this weird username/password thing that doesn't work. We went through 3 username/passwords that they had given us before one even worked. It's weird, too, because the signal from the city's free WiFi system at the park across the way was stronger than the WiFi for the hotel. Lastly, the breakfast was poor. It consisted of bananas, coffee and bread. At least get some gourmet bread or something other than the plain white loaf you buy in the mercado.
Now the good: the rooftop views. There are technically 2 different rooftops since you can't get to one from the other. But the views are really great. The water view at night is spectacular! The location of the hostel is great; centrally located in Casco Viejo. The building has a bit of character, too. It's not some modern monstrosity. The common areas were pretty nice, too, provided people aren't sleeping in the spot you want to sit.
This place is worth a stay with the right expectations.
- Also Known As:
- Panamericana Hostel Panama/Panama City