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Many of Panama City’s trendiest, most loved hostels belong to what is arguably the hottest area in the city, Casco Viejo. If you’re traveling to this trendy neighborhood on a budget, but don’t want to compromise on comfort, discover the best hostels in the area here.
Within walking distance of Casco Viejo’s hottest attractions, Magnolia Inn is unique in the way that it is both a boutique hotel and a hostel. Located in Casco Viejo, this favored location for travelers is a French colonial mansion restored to showcase its historic charm and original character. A nostalgic ambiance throughout, the Magnolia Inn offers free wifi and orthopedic beds, as well as stylish social areas for guests to meet and mingle or just relax.
Located in another restored colonial mansion in the heart of Casco Viejo is Luna’s Castle. This hip, trendy hostel is favored among young travelers. With ocean views and conveniently close to Casco’s best bars, restaurants, and historical landmarks, Luna’s Castle also offers free breakfast, coffee, tea, and wifi.
Hospedaje Casco Viejo is an excellently central hostel in the heart of Casco Viejo. Offering complimentary breakfast and wifi, this hostel also has a multilingual staff to ensure proper, satisfactory communication with travelers from all over the world. With traditional hostel rooms and a shared kitchen for all guests, Hospedaje also offers private rooms. This hostel is charming, clean, and extremely affordable.
Hostal Miami is a favorite for its incredibly central location with an entrance from the ever-trendy Cinta Costera. Included in the stay is free wifi. Hostal Miami also has a restaurant, bar and lounge, and kitchenette for guests. Located on the water with a great view, this spacious spot is prime for the low-maintenance traveler.
A bit of a distance from Casco Viejo, but too good to leave out is El Machico Hostel, the dream destination for hostel goers. This incredible gem includes so many amenities you’d think you were staying at a luxury hotel. With a hearty complimentary breakfast on offer, also included are laundry, parking, a pool, poolside movie screenings, video games for Playstation 4, international TV, 24-hour front desk service with a multilingual staff, hot water for showers, secure lockers and internet for free, and so much more. If you can, stay at El Machico Hostel for the most incredible hostel experience in Panama.
Intriguingly referred to as a strange beast, the Panamericana Hostel is full of brightly colored artwork on the walls, great spacious areas, and impossibly comfortable beds. A hidden gem of sorts, Panamericana Hostel has communal areas, but lacks communal activities. With huge dorm rooms and adequate space, crowding is not an issue. Bathrooms are also massive for a hostel – a rare luxury.
This unique, boutique hostel a stone’s throw from Casco Viejo is an extraordinary option with 28 dorm beds and air conditioning, 12 private rooms, and free pancake breakfast, free wifi, free lockers, and use of the hostel’s computers. The hostel is near hot streets like Via Espana and Avenida Central.