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Magnolia Inn
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Reviewed August 6, 2012

My daughter had recommended this hotel, because she had stayed in the hostel and found the facility and the personnel to be exceptional. So did my friend and I. We stayed for almost a week and had no complaints. The hotel is beautiful, modern, very reasonable and is in the heart of Casco Viejo which seems to be the "happening" part of Panama City. The family who run it are from the USA so they know how to make your stay very comfortable. The beds, bathrooms, cleanliness, etc. are excellent quality even by the highest standards.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 27, 2012

The location is great and the facility itself is very nice. The owners are American expats who are seriously lacking social skills. The husband is quiet, but his wife is completely strung out, so be sure to pack plenty of Valium or other tranquilizer/sedative of your choice. They have ridiculous family arguments in front of the guests, which is very uncomfortable to be around.

If you get a chance, listen to the wife try to speak Spanish. She thinks that if she just speaks English with a Latin accent in a loud voice, then the Panamanians will understand her. They don't understand her at all, and she doesn't get it. It's hilarious.

  • Stayed: June 2012
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

I have stayed at Magnolia Inn twice during my time here in Panama, and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to live en Casco Viejo during their stay in Panama City. Magnolia Inn is both an hostel and a hotel with private rooms. The penthouse rooms on top floor, have a beautiful view over both the new and the old city. The combination of hostel and hotel gives the place a different atmosphere than most of the hotels I have stayed at. The big common area makes it easier to mingle with other travelers, if you’re in mood, and Magnolia do have wonderful common areas. There are big comfortable sofas, a big dining area and a kitchen, all with an ornamented ceiling, tiled floor and three big doors leading out to a balcony surrounding the rooms, where you can hang out and watch street life. Both dorms and privates have aircon, which I find necessary due to the heat here in Panama City.

Cherie, who owns Magnolia, is a positive and energetic woman with a lot of character. She voluntarily gives you a thorough briefing of where to go and where to eat etc, in Casco Viejo. She patiently answers all her guests’ questions and tells them what happens at night in Casco Viejo. She upgraded my room, although I did not ask, and because of that I had the pleasure of sleeping like a princess in one of the penthouse rooms, both times. A lovely, quiet room on.

In the beautiful ballroom on the second floor, you can either exercise yoga, meditate, take dancing lessons or Reiki healing sessions.

Ryan, Cherie’s nephew gives these Reiki healing sessions. I have had four, and I will certainly come back for more! What he manages to do with his hands even without touching me is incredible, but to wonderful and complex, to describe in few words. You can of course take sessions with this wonderful man without living at Magnolia. Call Magnolia and ask for him!

It has been a pleasurable experience staying at Magnolia Inn, and I will definitely stay again, on any further visit to Panama City.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

I cannot say enough good things about this place! It is very nice, and in a great location in Casco Viejo. I stayed in the dorms, but they also have private rooms available. The dorm rooms had air conditioning, comfortable beds, big lockers, and lights and power at every bed. The room was also very quiet with no noise from the outside. The bathrooms always had hot water and I never had to wait for a shower. The common area was also great with free wifi, a big TV, comfortable couches and big kitchen. The dorms cost a few dollars more than than the party hostel around the corner, but in my opinion it is definitely worth it.

However, the best thing about Magnolia Inn is the staff. Everyone was so nice, and the owners went out of their way to help me track down my luggage which had been lost by the airline when I arrived. They also gave me some great tips about places to go in Panama City and how to get around.

The only thing I didn't like was that they didn't offer breakfast, however as I mentioned they have nice kitchen so it is easy to make your own.

A note on the location. Although it is a GREAT location (just one block from the central square of Casco Viejo, walking distance to lots of restaurants, bars, and other attractions, the fish market, and the bus to the airport), the taxis have a very hard time finding it. Even with a map, you will probably have to tell the driver where to go. If you arrange a ride through Magnolia's driver, the process is a lot easier!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 19, 2012

The people running it are great, the kitchen is nice, free wifi that usually reaches into the dorms so you can surf in your bed, power plugs next to your bunk, a/c in the dorms. Nice atmosphere, helpful staff, I liked the style of the hostel, it looks very nice.
Great location right in Casco Viejo. Nice loung and kitchen areas, easy to meet people but not as crowded and noisy as Lunas Castle - wich is just around the corner in case you want to hang out at the backpackers bar there. Magnolias is in a quiet little street, but the party is never far away!
Nothing to complain about!
Always go back there when going to Panama City...

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

This hostel was amazing. The dorm rooms had air conditioning, good size lockers, and great beds. The mattresses were great, personal reading light and a power outlet in each bed. The common area was spacious, and comfortable. The kitchen had a great layout with plenty of quality pots and pans to use. Patio, internet, and cable TV also helped to make my experience great! No complaints for this place!!!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 11, 2012

The is a great hostel with 5 star dorm rooms. Air con 24/7 in each dorm room, individual reading lights and power points at every bed. Large lockers and comfy mattresses. Immaculate living area and kitchen for use. The staff are very generous and always willing to help you with any enquiry. Located in the best part of town for sight seeing to ... If you are looking for a nice, relaxing, comfortable and safe hostel do not stay anywhere else!!! You are even provided with fluffy white towels, just like a hotel.

Room Tip: Each dorm room is as good as the next!!
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: 8-18 Calle Boquete & Calle 8va, 111 | Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
Location: Panama > Panama Province > Panama City
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 107 Specialty Lodging in Panama City
Price Range: $33 - $147 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Magnolia Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Magnolia Inn offers comfortable and spacious deluxe private rooms. Our restored French colonial mansion is full of historic character, as well as modern conveniences such as A/C, orthopedic beds, free Wi-Fi Internet, mini-fridge and safe deposit boxes. We have a total of 16 hotel rooms available, all with private bathroom, A/C and safe deposit boxes. We are a family friendly hotel and are suitable to host large groups. The building boasts stylish social areas to relax and meet fellow guests. A fully equipped kitchen and sunbathed dining room is available for all ours guests to use and coffee and tea is offered free all day. We also have a total of 38 hostel/dorm beds available with comfortable beds and A/C. Within a couple blocks from the hotel you can enjoy Casco Viejo's attractions such as the Presidential Palace, Metropolitan Cathedral, the Canal Museum, National Theater, Las Bovedas, and many others. Casco Viejo also is home to art galleries, great restaurants, and some of the city's best bars. Private car service is available for a fee, you are greeted inside Tocumen (PTY) international airport with a sign. The English speaking driver helps you with your bags and brings you to the front desk of the Magnolia Inn. Our front desk staff is fluent English, Spanish German, Dutch and Russian and will gladly help you with further planning your trip in Panama. ... more   less 
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