I stayed for one night with one friend and thought Casa Areka was exactly what we needed. Initially, the staff was not very helpful (though to her credit, my Spanish is very bad), but when the owner arrived later, we enjoyed chatting with him. The facility and room were reasonably clean, and perks included functioning air conditioning, free wifi, and cable tv in our room. I was able to get a great night of sleep. With a location very near the freeway entrances, you can get to Casco Viejo in a cab for $3 or to the airport for $20.
The hot water in the bathroom kind of went in and out but other than that, no complaints really. We left at 6am, so I don't know about the breakfast situation. Based on the previous TripAdvisor reviews, I expected a grungy no frills cheap hotel experience (we ended up there on short notice, because our other choices were full), but it turned out to work out great.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We arrange trips to San blas and Sailing trips to Cartagena! Hostel Casa Areka is located in the heart of Panama City close to the vibrant district “Calle Uruguay”. There is a 24hr supermarket opposite of the hostel and two big malls, many restaurants and bars as well as the bus stop (e.g. to the Panama Canal or Casco Viejo) in walking distance. The highlight of our hostel is the amazing pool area surrounded by palm trees with a BBQ area where you can hang out. Inside we have a common room with a pool table and a common kitchen that is equipped with everything you need to cook your own meals (remember there is a 24hr supermarket across the street). We offer private rooms as well as dorms – all with air-conditioning. Breakfast and Internet are included. We also offer laundry service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hostal Casa Areka Panama/Panama City