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Hostel Villa Vento Surf
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12 reviews
“Greatest owner ever!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2012

Dan is awesome. Very helpful. Even books your continuing travel if you wish. He also has wonderful staff. I plan to return and recommend this hostel to everyone. Thanks Dan!

  • Stayed January 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2012

This place is like a magnet and felt like my home-from-home in Panama...I ended up here three times in three weeks! The owner Dan is fabulous, so helpful and friendly, and the place was spotlessly clean.

As for the previous comments on security - I can second that they have been sorted as I drunkenly left my handbag on the sofa in the living room all night and half the following day and it was exactly where I'd left it full of cash, camera and mobile phone when I found it in the afternoon. That doesn't happen in many places!

Lovely pool, cute garden, huge clean kitchen and wonderful people. A really sociable hostel for those travelling alone as well as with friends/couples. I shall definitely be back.

Room Tip: I prefer mixed dorms and the 8 bed shared dorm is spacious and overlooking the garden so relly quiet...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
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San Jose, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2011

Stayed here for one night before moving elsewhere. The 4 bed dorm advertised is actually a hallway with a few screens thrown up around the beds. The screens don't reach the upper bunks. We were woken up all night by people turning the hall light on to get to the bigger dorms and private rooms. The corner our beds were set up in was at the top of the stairwell- noise from downstairs traveled up to our 'dorm' consistently. We've stayed in many hostels and have never had to sleep in a common area like this. The owner/manager was rarely around, and it was never clear who we could express our concerns to. This place is very relaxed and clean, but needs a bit more organization to be a good hostel. It's a bit more expensive than the other hostels around and the added cost is not reflected in what you get.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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hostelvillaventosurf, Propietario at Hostel Villa Vento Surf, responded to this review, November 21, 2011
First of all sorry you where not happy with your stay here. The beds where you slept are advertised as an open dorm. Its a bed for people who want to stay in a nice place but dont want to spend the aditional two dollars for the other dorms. The part of your commnet that states that the owner is never around is not accurate or fair. I was the one that checked you in ,showed you the other dorms, gave you advice on where to buy a used surfboard, gave you the option to choose a private room. Maybe i didnt have t-shirt or a name tag that says owner, but you could have said something to me if you didnt like where you where sleeping.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2011

This place is great-clean, great people, the pool is awesome, and Daniel, the owner, is so chill, friendly and helpful!! I stayed longer than planned and I still didn't want to leave.

  • Stayed November 2011
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Bern, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2011

i am traveling around the world and i was in many hostels. the hostel villa vento surf is the best i have ever been. the people are very friendly and helpful and all is good organized. the hostel is very clean!!! never been in a hostel like that clean!!! the beds in the dorms are very comfortable. the hostel has also a nice pool area which is also very clean and nice to hang around and chilling. if the weather is not good, you can hang around in the lounge area inside the hostel which has tables and many sofas to chill and a home cinema. i would always come back and i recommend it!... enjoy your panama city trip in the VILLA VENTO SURF HOSTEL... anita salamon from switzerland

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2011

It pains me to write this review as I met great people at this hostel, I thought the owner and facilities were great, but there was a major issue during my stay. I sincerely hope that it will be corrected as soon as possible, but I have to write an honest review of my experience. As I was getting everything ready to check out, the last thing I did was to get my moneybelt with my spare cash and passport from the locker (where I checked and all in order the night before). My money belt was half open and all my dollars ($300) was gone. I had to carry a lot of spare money as I was going on to Venezuela where I needed to exchange cash rather than using ATM´s. Daniel was very understanding and gave me $150 back, but that was still an expensive stay. Another girl lost her bank cards and $100. As far as I know, the night guard was suspected and asked to leave. Daniel also said he will change the lockers and make it more secure, but it is not getting my money back... Losing that much money (about 10 days worth of budget traveling), made this a terrible experience for me.
Again - I also agree with all the great reviews, the place is spotless and as I said - if the security issues have been corrected, it will be a great place to stay.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2011

After traveling 5 months we can say this was absolutely our number 1 hostel!
There are orthopedic beds, so for once we slept like roses :)
It's more like a house with 2 dormitory's and several private rooms.
We slept in the dorms and they were always extremely clean. There is a bathroom for every dorm! If there are any problems at all, the young owner Daniel is immediately there for you to fix it. He can also give you great advice about the city, spots to go out and shopping. The swimming pool in the garden is great to relax when it's too warm.
The kitchen has the best supplies to make nice meals. In the relax room you feel like home. You can watch movies, get inspired from surf movies,...
I honestly can't find a bad thing :) We tried Luna's Castle before but WOW are we GLAD we decided to pay one dollar more for such a wonderfull place.
THANK YOU!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hostel Villa Vento Surf
Address: Calle 47, Casa 7, Panama City 0811, Panama
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Location: Panama > Panama Province > Panama City
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 110 Specialty Lodging in Panama City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Hostel Villa Vento Surf! A great place to meet other travellers. Our hostel is located in the beautiful and safe neighborhood of Marbella. We have a swimming pool in our garden, a great lounge where you can watch TV (new 50 plasma), listen to music, drink a beer. and just relax! Also we organize fun activities during the week. We offer the perfect balance between a fun and a relaxed atmosphere. The rooms are separated from the social areas for those who want an early night. We want you to feel like a traveller here, and not a tourist. You can come at any time (24 hours reception) and if the rooms are not ready yet, you can relax in the social areas. Last but not least, we arrange trips to San Blas and sailing trips to Cartagena! ... more   less 
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