As the financial hub of Latin America, Panama City hosts some of the finest restaurants, boutique hotels and shopping centres in the region. But visiting Panama doesn’t need to be expensive. As an increasingly sought-after destination for younger crowds who prefer investing in experiences rather than in luxury hotel nights, Panama City is also home to some of the best hostels in the country. Here are the very coolest of them.
El Machico Hostel is a funky city hostel located in a big villa in the central area of Marbella, close to the Cinta Costera. The terrace, with a swimming pool and a bar, is at the heart of the hostel. That’s where fellow travellers spend their afternoons and their evenings, relaxing and socialising. A knowledgeable staff is available to advise on travel destinations outside the city, and to organise excursions to San Blas.
The Hostel Villa Vento Surf is a hostel for surfers. Offering very high standards of service and cleanliness, with new beds, orthopaedic mattresses and a great selection of music and movies to choose from, it is the perfect hostel for young travellers looking to have fun and socialise in a laid-back atmosphere. Located in the very central neighbourhood of Marbella, the hostel is close to the party area around Calle Uruguay.
The Hostel Casa Nativa is a unique hostel in Panama City, located in a green residential area at the feet of the Ancon Hill. Close to the Panama Canal and only five minutes away from the historic district of Casco Viejo, it is a peaceful retreat within the city. The Hostel Casa Nativa is the perfect location for nature-lovers who want to go hiking up the lush green Cerro Ancón mountainenjoying panoramic views of the city and spotting wildlife.
The Hostel Los Mostros offers everything the modern traveler will ever need. From the spacious common areas with sofas, TVs, pool table and ping pong, to the outdoor terrace and pool, the place is set up to become your home away from home. Located a stone’s throw away from the very central Multicentro Mall, in a modern, bright building, the Hostel los Mostros stands out for offering a fun and friendly experience at an affordable price.
Situated in a restored colonial mansion in the Casco Viejo district, Luna’s Castle is a stylish and relaxed hostel that attracts curious young travellers from all over the world. Overlooking the ocean, the old city and the modern skyline of the financial district of Panama City, it is only a few blocks away from some of the best restaurants, bars, art galleries and monuments in town. Breakfast is complementary, as well as coffee, tea and a 24-hour wifi connection.
Magnolia Inn is a luxury hostel located right in the heart of Casco Viejo. Offering both private and shared rooms, the hostel features lovely social areas as well as a bright breakfast area, a fully equipped kitchen and a ballroom that can be rented for events. The renovated 1900s colonial mansion revives the city’s colonial past while offering modern comforts such as air conditioning, orthopaedic beds and wifi. It also neighbours some of the best attractions in town, including the National Theatre, the Presidential Palace and the Metropolitan Cathedral.