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“Too noisy and too hot but could be ok” 3 of 5 stars
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Panamericana Hostel
Calle 10 y Avenida A # 8-15 Plaza Herrera, Panama City, Panama   |  
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38 reviews 38 reviews
36 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Too noisy and too hot but could be ok”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

I booked a private room with bathroom but there is an open area above the door and it was next to a shared bathroom and a dorm so there was constant noise throughout the evening.There is a ceiling fan in the room but it was very hot - over 30*. The wifi was strange in that there was one login only so I had logged in on my pc I then couldn't use it on my phone. On the plus side the views are great and the rooms are v large and clean along with hot water etc but I wouldn't stay in Panama City again without aircon - this was the only room I had without it. Private rooms would work but maybe they need to be on a separate floor

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Vancouver, Canada
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

This hostel was great to my wife and I, giving us information and setting up a trip to the San Blas before we arrived. They didn't take the initiative to give advice on tour ideas or maps but if asked were glad to help or point you in the right direction.

It is loud, but it was also the weekend and Christmas eve when we stayed so it was expected. The rooms in the front overlooking the square were great. It was a private room with private bathroom and shower, plenty of hot water and a decent bed.

We did not feel the welcome vibe from the other travelers but didn't make a big effort either, although there was always an English movie on the TV mid day, and people laying about so wouldn't be hard to pop in and say "hi".

The location is terrific!

Room Tip: Top floor gets the bar noise on the weekend, rooms facing the square have big french doors and balco...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Calamba, Philippines
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58 reviews 58 reviews
57 hotel reviews
Reviews in 53 cities Reviews in 53 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

We were so happy to relocate here after staying in the more popular hostel L. C.
I liked the decor and the couch at the common are was so comfy i was laying down and reading a book. =D
Although i think the lighting should be improved.. blue light gives quite a sterile hospital effect.
A plain fluorescent white would have been better for reading or a yellow one would have given a nice warmer friendly glow.

(+) spacious rooms
rooms have shared bathroom at the end of the hall and also spacious with hot water
i saw this guy cleaning lil corners almost every time i was walking or passing by a hallway. i would give him a raise!
breakfast was bananas, toasts, peanut butter, butter and jams with coffee

(-) just one computer to share with guests, tempers may flare when some guests monopolize it we witnessed several times a fight happening because of it.
a dismissive staff that was only interested in flirting with the girl guest he fancies. but rest of the staff were helpful and nice.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013 via mobile

This hostel has great potential but no aspirations for being anything more than a bar. Even with a sleep mask and ear plugs, I couldn't sleep and the staff didn't help control the noise level. The slamming doors, music, and roof bar all contribute to noisy hallways and the ventilation openings over the door mean you hear everything. Only stayed one night.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Kingston, Canada
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

Although I only stayed there for one night in transit, it was a very nice place to come and wind down in after a lively holiday. It was super quiet, the rooms were really clean, and the staff was very friendly and generally helpful. The food was pretty good, although it took a long time to get our food and they forgot some things, but not a big deal. My only complaint is the AC is extremely cold and if you turn it off, it gets hot and stuffy and they don't provide heavier blankets. The location is PERFECT though... only a 2 minute walk to the big market/shop area. Although most people like to stay in the old town area, which is fun and I have done before, this was great for seeing another part of the city. Overall good stay!

Room Tip: The triple room is comfy but AC is strong, ask for extra blankets
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012 via mobile

Absolutely love it here!! Like a hotel, really clean and beautiful and large rooms and hot showers! Great location! Favourite hostel in Central America. Great views from the roof terrace. Highly recommend!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012 via mobile

The Place is nice, but unfortunately we stayed there on a Weekend and almost could not sleep at all as the (really nice) rooftop turned into a Bar/Club with loud Music and tons of people screaming, running up and down the stairs and slamming doors... To make things worse, we did not only share the bathroom with the other guests but with the whole partycrowd!! If you want to get some sleep, don't stay here on the Weekend - at least not in the top floor like we did...

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Calle 10 y Avenida A # 8-15 Plaza Herrera, Panama City, Panama
Location: Panama > Panama Province > Panama City
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 71 Specialty Lodging in Panama City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 29
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