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Luna's Castle Hostel
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Reviewed April 5, 2014

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.
LSI

Room Tip: If you can deal with the heat of Panama, you might want to get a room that is not on the front stree...
  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 3, 2014

Luna's Castle had everything a backpacker would need, the place is huge and can accommodate a lot of people. The location is pretty good, it's a pretty area although one can run into a dodgy street really easily. The volunteers are really helpful with any questions we had, and helped us move from a dormitory to a private even though they were pretty full. The rooms are extremely basic, and get very hot. It's definitely a place to get social, so if you're not into being in the company of too many people, and party's I would not recommend it. If you are, this is the place for you.

Room Tip: If you have to stay here, try get a private room, although it's so hot, and the fans don't c...
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 26, 2014 via mobile

Stayed three nights as a solo traveller. Had a great time, made new friends and new plans. Good atmosphere in the hostel, bar downstairs with cheap drinks. Also has curtains around the bunks, just a small thing but one i appreciate.

Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
Thank Philip M
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Reviewed March 25, 2014 via mobile

We arrived very tired from our trip in the hostel and there was so much music that it was impossible to sleep before 3 AM. Also the party guests were using our bathroom all the time. This a nice place If you like to party, but for us it was too noisy. Breakfast is nice! You can bake your own pancakes!

Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 22, 2014

Don't go unless you want to sleep in a disco. This is crazy - never experienced a room loud like this, impossible to sleep. Hoped for a good night of sleep before the outgoing flight but this is just a nightmare. Even with earplugs it feels like being ON the dance floor - for hours now.

  • Stayed: March 2014
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Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

We stayed the first night in a dorm with AC, essential in this oppressively boiling city. Room was dark and dingey but quiet and cool. Bloke in bunk above me was having a fight with himself ALL night then got up crack of dawn crashing around and putting the light on full. Not the hostel's fault but annoying all the same. Next night we managed to get a private room which was ok but only had a barely functioning fan and we boiled alive all night and had music from the bar downstairs pulsing away into the early hours (earplugs didn't block it). We actually really liked the hostel overall, really good vibe and great location plus the cleanest shared bathrooms we have experienced. Lots of lockers too with plug inside to charge your stuff securely - great idea! It is a party hostel so if you want peace, it's not for you. Oh (most) of the staff were really friendly and helpful which goes a long way and doesn't take much.

  • Stayed: February 2014
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Reviewed March 22, 2014

This was a great place to stay during an overnight layover in Panama City! I really enjoyed the location in the historic colonial part of the city, and it was fun being so close to great nightlife. The quirky, eccentric decorations and vibe of the hostel was really interesting! Overall I don't have any real complaints about our stay there, except for a situation we had with leaving an iPhone in a taxi at the airport (one we booked using the hostel), where we immediately called the hostel front desk to have them call the taxi driver to turn around. The people at the hostel did not act in a timely fashion to assist us with our situation, however, which was frustrating since we could have potentially received our item if they had. Even though this unfortunate event occurred, we still had an overall nice stay in the hostel. We would gladly stay there again!

Room Tip: Don't book a room on the side facing the street, as it is extremely noisy at night. If that both...
  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Address: Calle 9na Este 3-28 | Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
Location: Panama > Panama Province > Panama City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 107 Specialty Lodging in Panama City
Price Range: $13 - $28 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 18
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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