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! :)
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