Panama Journals

Eight Days in Panama

A March 2009 trip to Panama by TravelingButler

Lunas Castle Hostel Photo, Panama City, Panama More Photos
Quote: Highlights of travel in Boquete, Bocas del Toro, and some information on Panama City.

La Estancia

Hotel | "A Pleasant Bed and Breakfast in a Quiet Setting"

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Within the Panama City hotel scene, La Estancia represents a unique value at less than $100 per night. Owing to its location in a quiet and scenic residential setting in the Ancon Hill neighborhood, La Estancia attracts a large number of middle-aged travelers – including many North American expats currently residing in other parts of the country. When lounging in La Estancia’s common areas, one gets the feeling that the bed breakfast would cater many of the same people who stay at Luna’s Castle – only 20 years later in life. La Estancia is a former residence in close proximity to the Panama Canal and Allbrook airport. This affords La Estancia the distinction of providing guests wi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 23, 2009

La Estancia
Casa 35, Calle Amelia Denis de Icaza, Quarry Heights
Cerro Ancon, Panama
(507) 314-1581

Hotel California

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Hotel | "Spartan but Bearable"

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Finding a decent value among Panama City hotels is a surprisingly difficult proposition. According to the Aeroperlas (Panama's regional airline) in-flight magazine, the city has the second highest hotel occupancy rate in the world. Keeping this fact in mind, Hotel California is sound option for travelers looking for a single room in Panama's capital city.The rooms are small, basic, and thoroughly uninspiring. The neighborhood is safe, but slightly off-putting. The staff is not the most hospitable in the country. Nonetheless at around $40 per night, it's not a bad deal in a city where finding midrange value options for hotels is a real challenge. Our room was clean, the AC ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 22, 2009

Hotel California
Vía España Y Calle 43 (Apartado 6193 Zona 5)
Panama City
(507) 263-7736

Luna's Castle Hostel

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Hotel | "A Backpacker's Mecca"

Luna's Castle Hostel Photo, Panama City, Panama
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Much more than just a hostel, Luna’s Castle is a nerve center for backpackers in Central America. Housed in a partially renovated mansion in Panama City’s "Casco Viejo" section of town, Luna’s Castle is nearly always full and full of energy. The location is unbeatable, and the staff are extremely knowledgeable. While staying there, expect spontaneous partying in the hostel’s ample common areas to proceed well past midnight. The fun frequently starts up early the next day at 8:00 AM, as early risers help themselves to a self-made all-you-can-eat pancake and banana breakfast. The common areas have plenty of amenities to keep the Castle’s small army of guests busy – a ping pong table, fou...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 22, 2009

Luna's Castle Hostel
Calle 9na - San Felipe
Panama City
(507) 262-1540

Hotel Roma Plaza

Hotel | "Adequate Accomodation "

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In virtually any other city, Hotel Plaza Roma would not qualify as decent value. At around $80 per night, the hotel offers basic, small, secure rooms with a TV (about 5 channels in English) in a neighborhood that doesn’t offer many amenities in walking distance. But given the high occupancy rates in Panama City and the surprising lack of mid-range hotel options, Hotel Plaza Roma is worthy of consideration. Hotel Roma Plaza also has a decent, though overpriced restaurant in the lobby, which seemed to be popular among locals. Additionally, the hotel has a small, though well-maintained pool on the roof. When making a reservation, make sure to ask for a room with a window. The...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 22, 2009

Hotel Roma Plaza
Avenida Justo Arosemena
Panama City, Panama
(0)227 3844