While it is true that modern millennial travellers will often try to minimise the cost of their stay in order to have more cash to spend on experiences, a military-style bunk bed is no longer going to cut it. Increasingly interested in the creative side of things, young tourists are now looking for stylish environments where they can meet like-minded people. Home to some design and engineering marvels, Panama has a lot to offer them. Here is a list of some of the best hostels in the country.
Luna’s Castle is housed in a reformed colonial mansion in the charming area of Casco Viejo and offers a funky, laid-back experience to young travellers visiting Panama City. With a view over the ocean, it has the perfect location, within walking distance of all the best restaurants, bars, cafés and art galleries in town. All rooms include a free pancake breakfast, coffee and tea and 24-hour wifi.
Selina is a place where daydreams are made. Part of a chain of boutique hostels located in Panama’s most exclusive destinations, it will quickly become the home you want to return to after a day spent surfing and exploring. At Selina’s, fellow travellers spend their evenings relaxing, sipping a drink and dancing under the moonlight. The staff, tuned to the latest happenings, will be able to advise you on how to make the most of your stay, too.
Bubba’s House is a family-owned hostel located on Isla Bastimentos, where you’ll experience the relaxed Caribbean lifestyle at its best. A short boat ride away from the main Island of Colon, it provides dorms and private rooms on wooden stilts. The hostel organises a selection of exciting tours, from a visit to the crystal-blue waters of Zapatilla Island to a tour in the bat caves. You can also rent a private boat for the day. If you are planning to visit Bocas del Toro and want to have an easy stay, Bubba’s Hotel is for you.
Bodhi Hostel is our best pick if you are visiting El Valle de Anton, the second-largest inhabited sleeping volcano in the world. It’s designed with nature in mind, and has a distinctly Buddhist vibe. Most of what you will sit on and see inside is made by hand with environmentally friendly materials, either recyclable or renewable. The mission of Bodhi Hostel is to provide the best travelling experience to the discerned globetrotter, hoping that every discovery along the way will bring them one step closer to enlightenment. The hostel offers free breakfast, high-speed wifi, lockers, bikes for rent, a Shisha lounge and lots of informations for travellers.
The Arte Hostel in Boquete, in the mountains of the province of Chiriquí, specialises in ecotourism activities. It acts as both a bed and breakfast and a tour operator to help you discover the treasures of the region, including the neighbouring Volcan Barú, coffee plantations, rivers, waterfalls and hiking trails. With an artsy vibe to it, it is a convenient location for curious travellers looking for active days and laid-back evenings.
Located in the exclusive area of Marbella, El Machico Hostel is a young and dynamic city hostel housed in a big villa close to the Cinta Costera road and the nightclub district of Calle Uruguay. Among the hostel’s facilities are a wonderful swimming pool and a terrace area with a bar where visitors can spend their afternoons and evenings relaxing and getting to know one another. Friendly staff are there to help you find your way around the city and organise excursions to San Blas with their partner company San Blas Tour Islands.