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“A very good choice”
Review of Hostal Mamallena

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Hostal Mamallena
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

I haven't checked the other hostels in Panama City, but Mamallena was a great choice.

Yes, the beds are extra comfortable. Yes, there are free pancakes and free coffee (one of the best I've drunk in a hostel in Central America!). Yes, there is a nice garden with hammocks. Yes, they offer cheap laundry service. Yes, the staff is great and they offer good tips and help you with any trip you might be interested in. Yes, there are plenty of toilets and showers, so you'll never have to wait!

Recommended for their promptness in dealing with trip to San Blas and Colombia.

No, there is no hot water and that can be a nuisance, even if it is not cold outside - I would actually call it the perfect hostel, had there been hot water :)

And well, the air con in the dorms is quite bothering if you are in the wrong bed. make sure you ask for an extra blanket while there is still one available.

I haven't found the neighbourhood dangerous, though I can understand the people who have (especially if you are a female solo traveller).
And you won't find a good restaurant / cafe nearby, but Mamallena has lots of other great things to offer. It's just a matter of priorities. And of some walks or taxi rides, quite repetitive ones if you decide to spend more than three days in the city.

Mamallena is special also thanks to the staff. I should mention all of them! Will was extremely prompt, Agustin is a must for each hostel, I'm telling you! :)

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

good location! very clean rooms staff are great and very well informed on what to see do etc in the city and surrounds! def recommend staying here is panama in on your agenda. free internet and huge selection of dvds etc. also as many travelers are on the late night flights to the states etc they let u hang out all day and leave at midnight without charging u for it so thanks guys!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 27, 2013 via mobile

This hostel was amazing. The people were great with 24 hour reception, clean, helpful, friendly, airconditioning. Great common areas. So far on this trip this was the best hostel. And like the title said this hostel made panama city for me:)

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Thank CanadianCandice
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

Mamallena is a really good hostel and we enjoyed our stay in the private room. I liked that the air con was on from 9pm (overnight only) as it is environmentally friendly, gold star guys! Very clean hostel and helpful friendly staff. It was pretty close to everything and the information provided to guests about the surrounding area etc was really helpful. I also saw that the staff help to organise sailing trips to San Blas which looked great. To book a room you pay over a secure site for your first night. I thought this system was very professional (having had another reservation in nicaragua cancelled completely out of the blue). Oh and the pancake breakfast in the squeaky clean kitchen was lovely. Thankyou guys we will definitely stay again when we come back to Panama City, it was great value and a very pleasant, quiet stay.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank kat_immy
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

This place is very well organised and a lot of thought has gone into what a traveller wants from a hostel. Lots of information about what to do in town, how to get there, whats near the hostel. Lots of info on boats to/from Colombia and they reply very promptly to emails. Had no hassle at all booking my boat to Cartegena with them. Clean tidy kitchen, free pancake breakfast, good wifi, tv and board games for rainy days, nice chill out areas on the balcony and in the garden. Dorms are average size, pretty hot though until the aircon comes on at about 9pm. It get shut off early in the morning too though room stayed cool until about 8/9am. Big bathrooms. Pretty good vibe about the place, but people don't tend to stay here more than a night or two. Perhaps only downside is the location, its in a rather sketchy neighborhood and I didn't feel it safe to wander around past dark. Even during the day it seems dodgy and you wouldn't want to linger. Cabs are cheap ($3 to anywhere in town) and buses plentiful if you're game.

PRO's
- lots of travel info and great place to book boat to Colombia
- good facilities and pretty clean

CON's
- terrible location
- really warm indoors during the day

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 16, 2013 via mobile

A wonderful environment, with the cleanest, most comfortable (air conditioned) dorms I've ever been in. The facilities are spacious (with Wi-Fi throughout), boasting three large common areas, as well as a kitchen to prepare your own meals. Located in a safe neighborhood, there is no need to worry about security, the front door is always locked, and a buzz in is required upon each entry, made possible by the front desk who monitor the door camera day and night. Don't worry though, I've never waited longer than 20 seconds for entry. The location isn't ideal for touring the city, about a twenty minute walk from any attractions, but cabs are easy to come by, and the staff can make tour arrangements as well as book trips to San Blas and Colombia. Overall, a wonderful place to stay, arguably the best, in Panama City, if hostels appeal to you, Mamallena sets the standard, you won't regret your time here.

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

we stayed at mamallena in a private room for 3 nights and were really content. the room was small but very clean and had aircondition at night. the room was directly at the hostel's garden and sometimes people are hanging out there at night, so you might hear travellers talking (or singing and playing guitar), but all in all the sleep quality was good. the private rooms don't have privat bathrooms, but that doesn't really matter since showers and toilets are clean and the number of bathrooms is also sufficient.
the kitchen is really big and has everything you need to prepare your meals, pancake breakfast and coffee and tea all day are included.
the hostel also has a very nice terrace with hammocks and sofas. you can also use board- and cardgames. there is free internet-use and there are also movies to watch.
staff was really helpful and nice!! they sometimes forgot to turn on the aircondition at night, but except from that we had nothing to complain about! we felt really welcome there and were enjoying our stay.
the location of the hostel is NOT in the city center, but it's pretty much half way both from casco viejo and panama viejo which both can easily be reached by bus (bus station is just 50 meters down the street!).
i also stayed 2 days in a dorm alone, dorms are really clean, too and pretty spacious!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Casa 7-62 Calle Primera | Perejil, Panama City, Panama
Location: Panama > Panama Province > Panama City
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 107 Specialty Lodging in Panama City
Price Range: $20 - $26 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 20
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