Obviously a hostel is supposed to be cheap but this is a hostel PLUS. First off, most of the rooms have their own bathroom, which is a big plus for a couple, not to mention who wants to stay in a dorm rather than with one's travel companion(s)? The staff was friendly and helpful to us. We were there for 6 days, so this was more than a brief stopover. The location is right on the square, the wi-fi works, there are computers if you didn't bring yours, and the laundry worked well. It is true, the beds are not the Hilton, but did not cause morning pain from sagging. Towels are included, but bring your own if you like large or soft.The security was good and the room we were in overlooked another building which could have provided access to a burglar so there was a way to secure the window (which we used when not in the room.) If you get tired of pancakes for breakfast, go to Central Park, right across the square, and get variety and local freshness for way under $5.00 pp. I would avoid the bar next door although some people hung out there for the selection of beer.There is a back yard with a B-B-Q and the staff held group dinners twice per week for an amazing $6.00 pp. There is also a grocery two blocks away (Romero's) that stocks local foods and U.S. imports, so you can get what you want. Liquor and beer are very cheap. Finally, the guests at Mamallena are more diverse including business persons (really--a bunch of MBAs who work for corporations), a NGO official "escaping" Panama City, families, and us, people who are certainly well past "hostelling age", but all seemed welcome. Mamallena advertizes itself as "the best hostel in Panama." I haven't stayed at any other--the one in Panama City only had dorm rooms when we were there, but I certainly can't think of much that needs to be improved except the linens are not nice--scratchy but clean. However, is it fair to judge a hostel hotel standards? I don't think so...
In terms of Boquete: We tried to rent a car but none were available, so we rented a motor scooter instead. It was a great way to get outside Boquete and see the surrounding area. We also went on the zip-line tour and the nearly one hour ride in the back of an army truck was punishing, but the zip-line was the best!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mamallena Boquete hostel is your home away from home! Here it is the atmosphere and the service that makes the difference! Everything is made to make you feel comfortable and happy. Our friendly staff composed by locals has an answer for anything you wonder. It is also the most reliable source of information about Boquete and surroundings, ATM, transportation, travels and hostel facilities. In a colourful colonial wooden building with strong character, we provide different types of private rooms with en-suites and dorm beds, we've got a room for everyone. Add to that our great beds, free pancake breakfast, free internet and movies, great customer service and you have the perfect hostel for your stay in Boquete. Whether it's for a night, a week or a month, you're more than welcome. ... more less
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