This was not my first time at the famous party hostel, and it will not be my last. I’m one of the older guest, and I don’t particularly enjoy being up all night listening to the sounds of loud music and drunken teenagers/20-year olds staggering into the room at 3-a.m. but then again, I don’t come to Panama City to sleep. After more than four visits to this wonderful city, I find the old city to be the most “convenient.” It’s noisy, and can be a bit unsafe at times, but this is Panama baby and as long as you stay in the approved locations (near the presidential palace), and are aware of your surroundings there shouldn’t be any problems.
As for the review of the Luna, try it for at least one night, either you’ll love it or hate it. The old wooden floors, plenty of hippie art, free pancakes/bananas/cucumber-water, cheap 50-cent beers, great food and bar downstairs, helpful staff, good Wi-Fi, and close proximity to the more mainstream and (let’s say) unorthodox clubs makes it one of my favorite places to pass out from exhaustion. Again, this isn’t the place for peaceful naps/sleep… But if you are like me, you’ll love it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in a Spanish colonial mansion built upon the water’s edge. Luna’s Castle Hostel attracts those who seek the ideal Panama City backpacking experience. Following Captain Morgan’s plunder of Panama Vieja in 1671, stones from the ruins were used to construct the massive walls of Casco Viejo. Luna’s Castle, built in 1905, rests upon these original city walls. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Luna`s Castle Hotel Panama City
- Luna's Castle Hostel Panama/Panama City