Great location, on a safe and quiet (at nightime) neighbourhood,a 5' walk from a massive mall with a 24hr supermarket and major road with good bus connection to the airport.
Friendly and helpful staff,Abraham made our stay a good one; the a/c was broken when we arrived and he gave us a fan that kept us cool during the hot humid nights. He also made sure we were alone in the dorm we were in, placing other guests in different rooms. All dorms on ground floor have a/c,however 21:00-09:00 only,which can be uncomfortable when the weather is really warm an humid and there is no other cold area than the reception lobby,with only a few seats,often occupied
Kitchen is open 24 hrs,with fridge,4 stoves,oven and plenty of saucepans and pans to cook.
Common area upstairs has cable TV and a nice sofa to chill out,with a ceiling fan and breeze running when the night is fresh enough.
Sheets where clean and water warm
Wi-fi good,albeit slow sometimes
Free breakfast is enough,comprising 3 pieces of bread,jams,coffee/tea and milk per person. More options available in the mall.
Vibe is nice,with an older crowd than your regular backpacker hostel. It gave a good variety to our trip, met very nice people during our stay.
Computer at reception can be used for free. Again, Abraham is helpful,professional and friendly creating a welcoming atmosphere at reception when he is around.
The owner was helpful,friendly, courteous and fun, he also made our stay nice
Kitchen and specially fridge could do with a deep cleaning,sticky furniture,old worn cookware,crammed fridge with food spillage that remained uncleaned during our stay
Second reception person, a young guy, couldn't have been more unfriendly, not bothering to raise his gaze from his computer when spoken to. His friends and him (all but 1 not staying at the hostel) occupied the few seats available in the air conditioned area every day we were there.
Noise, dorms converge on the reception area,our door could not be fully closed from inside and there were people speaking loud in the hall every day,often the reception guy and his friends,one day staying outside until past midnight with his friends using the communal computer. Not impressed. Add that the gym next door can be heard from 6.30 am to late in the evening and you have a pretty lively environment to sleep in.
Shower was a suicide shower above an open electric plug, right next to the toilet,which meant that every time someone showered the toilet paper became soaking wet. The drain was not well placed to cope with the flow of water, needed to stop constantly during shower to shove the water onto the drain with the mop provided.
Very basic decoration,quite impersonal and run down garden and furniture outside
Towels charged ($1), as well as laundry and printing ($0.50)
Soft mattresses that gave us back pain
Room had no curtains; every inch of our room was visible from outside (on the route to the exit door). Make sure you bring an eye mask if you need darkness to sleep well.
The directions provided (esquina Flor del Espiritu Santo con Avda 68 Este) were not great; it took us 1hr walking with our backpacks to find the place,nobody in the area knows it and there is no visible sign outside marking where it is, start from the Multiplaza Mall and you'll get there much faster.
Windows in our room weren't screened, neither was the communal area upstairs; overall a place to apply mosquito repellent generously
We stayed in the 4 people dorm.
The overall feeling is a place to stay a night or two but not longer,more a motel than a backpackers place.
- Also Known As:
- San Francisco Inn Hostel Panama Panama City