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#8 of 154 Speciality lodging in Panama City
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
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Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
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Shared bathroom
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Air conditioning
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English, Spanish


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Grade: 70 out of 100
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Joanna S wrote a review Dec 2019
Burnley172 contributions80 helpful votes
We stayed at Mamallena before starting our San Blas trip as a recommended hostel from San Blas Adventures. We really enjoyed our stay here - we arrived at a very unsocial hour but reception let us in and let us rest there before a room was available for us, letting us use the WiFi, breakfast and coffee facilities before we’d officially checked in. Our private room was good - nice bed, enough space for us and decent air conditioning. The pool was great to cool off in at the end of a hot day and we also cooked numerous times and have no complaints about the cooking facilities. All the staff are very friendly - always smiling and swapping a greeting when we saw them. They’re always at hand to provide information and give recommendations too. We also fell in love with Choco the hostel dog (and the hostel cat, although we didn’t catch his/her name). Showers were powerful but cold, which we didn’t mind due to the heat in Panama and the pancake breakfast is good with fruit on offer too! We were told by a tour guide that the area could be quite unsafe, however we didn’t have any problems and didn’t feel at risk while in the area - the hostel’s security measures and regular police presence was all very reassuring. We walked to the business district and the old town each day along the waterfront which was nice - just to note it was about a 30 min walk to the old town in case you wanted to be closer. It’s also easy to get an Uber into town too which are quite cheap. Top tip - make sure you head to the HUGE supermarket (turn left out of the hostel then turn right down the main road) - it’s great if you’re planning to cook for yourself and has so much to choose from
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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There and back again wrote a review Aug 2019
Toronto, Canada79 contributions93 helpful votes
Panama City has it's spots but it's mainly a starting point in getting you to other destinations within the country. I recommend this hostel if you are around for a day or two and looking for decent priced accommodation. I booked a private room which had AC. It was pretty small and bare bones, slightly run down, but it worked. Hotel has a large kitchen available, a few hang out spots, a small pool, and fair priced beer. The area is close to most points in the city worth seeing. The area outside is a bit seedy with no franchises or noticeable stores to get food so I did find that as a pain, ended up eating some budget Panama style fried chicken. In the hostel you may meet some others on the same route as you or coming back from similar destinations. The people I met ended up flying to the same town as me and being in the same hostel which seemed common. Everyone there is either returning from a trip and looking to rest or just about to leave for one. Breakfast was typical hostel style so I skipped that and bought fruit from the store around the corner.
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Date of stay: May 2019
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lifeinthetopbunk wrote a review Jul 2019
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania409 contributions206 helpful votes
Mamallena is a popular backpackers with a small pool, cheap beer, and very convenient location. There's air con in the provate rooms, but the rooms themselves are just okay. The place is kind of run down, and breakfast is pancake batter and bananas - which can be a pain during super busy times, especially when people aren't cleaning the pans properly. The staff are friendly and the common spaces are nice... pretty average hostel.
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Dom B wrote a review Dec 2018
Bogota, Colombia40 contributions7 helpful votes
Stayed here for 1 night after doing the San Blas tours. The rooms were nice and spacious, with aircon at night and the facilities are good with a big TV room and games room. The guy on reception was really nice and friendly and there's some cute cats roaming around that are good for a stroke. Also free pancakes for breakfast which is a nice touch :)
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Date of stay: December 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
Passport50697750445 wrote a review Nov 2018
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Nice hostel, has everything you need. It's clean, cozy, friendly, good located and cheap. For everyone who wants to stay at a nice place in Panama City this is a good solution! i enjoyed the stay there!
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
US$10 - US$33 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hostal Mamallena
What are some of the property amenities at Hostal Mamallena?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and airport transportation.
What food & drink options are available at Hostal Mamallena?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Hostal Mamallena?
Conveniently located restaurants include Domino's Pizza, Simplemente Francés, and Ristorante Adagio Panama.
Does Hostal Mamallena have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Hostal Mamallena offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Hostal Mamallena located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of Panama City.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hostal Mamallena?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Hostal Mamallena?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Capilla San Jose (6.0 km) and Panamá Viejo (6.6 km).