First thing first: if you are travelling to Panama City, on a weekend, during high season (January to March), book yourself a hotel, hostel, or whatever and make sure you do read reviews before. This is what we did not do, and we are literally paying the price for wanting to be real backpackers. The city, and in particular Casco Viejo, is terribly busy, and we walked to at least 7 hostels before we eventually found lodging in this one. Calling it basics is an understatement: you will end up being grateful that, at least, you have a roof and a (sort of) bed. At 15 dollars a bed, it really is inexplicable how this hostel can be so expensive given the service. There are 3 toilets, 3 showers and 3 sinks for at least 25 people. It would almost seem ok, had it not been for the fact that NOBODY checks that they are cleaned. One toilet door is not working, one toilet is blocked, thus leaving only one to use. The sinks look like htey could use a good scrub too. Since we have arrived, the same dirty towel, tshirt, underpants, papers and all are laying there. I have asked several times to be given toilet paper, and ended up going to the store to buy my own. There is not ONE basket in the dorm, meaning that all trash is nicely thrown on the floor (where else). Personnel is grumpy, ignores who is a guest and who isn't, does not help out in any way. As we have left to go see the Canal, the top floor was completely floded. I have reported it twice before going, but, coming back hours later, the water is still there, and the guy at the reception laughingly says how "everyone has gone to the beach" leaving him to deal with a flood (something which, obviously, he has not done, and nobody will do). Breakfast may as well not be served - 2 slices of bread, 2 slices of processed cheese, and a banana. Just stay away, this place is totally not decent - all they want is money, no questions about service.
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