Comparison of Hostels in Old Town Panama

Over the last few years there has been a surge of new hostels opening in Casco Viejo – the old town of Panama City. There are several hostels in Old Town Panama. But which hostel is right for you?

Hospedaje Casco Viejo

The Hospedaje Casco Viejo claims to be the cheapest hostel in the Old Town and is constructed in a beautiful mansion built during the early years of the past century.

The property offers:

  • Private or shared rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Laundry Facilities

Luna Castle

Luna Castle is, perhaps, the most famous hostel in Casco Viejo. It is set up as a traditional hostel with communal areas for the guests to mingle.

The property offers:

  • Private or shared rooms
  • Free pancake breakfast and free coffee and tea, 
  • Free Wifi and local calls
  • Reception hours: 8:00 am to 11:00 pm with personal lockers
  • Free bikes and ping-pong table
  • Communal balcony, patio, onsite bar and chill room

Magnolia Inn

The Magnolia Inn is more of a hotel than a hostel and is based in a French colonial mansion has been lovingly restored 

The property offers:

  • 16 Private and 6 shared rooms
  • Free Wi-Fi internet 
  • Air conditioning in all but one dorm
  • Orthopedic beds
  • Safe deposit boxes
  • Social areas including fully equipped kitchen and sunny dining room


Selina is part of one of the fastest growing hostel chains in the world. The hostel is very large with over 200 beds

The property offers:

  • Private and shared rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Restaurant and Bar
  • Yoga Terrace
  • Film room
  • Allows pets
  • Swimming pool

Hotel Casco Viejo

Similar to the Magnolia Inn, Hotel Casco Viejo is more than a hotel than a hostel and, again, is located in a beautifully restored colonial building.

The property offers:

  • 8 Private and 2 shared rooms
  • Free Wi-Fi internet 
  • Air conditioning
  • 24-hour security
  • 3 restaurant and bars
    • PIPS all day café
    • STORX roof terrace
    • Skins Night club

All hostels in Old Town Panama – Which Hostel is best for you?

Hostel accommodation is a very fast-moving arena. We suggest: 

  • Luna Castle – if you like a smaller traditional hostel.
  • Selina – if you prefer a very large hostel with a lot going on.
  • Hotel Casco Viejo – if you prefer a touch of luxury while enjoying the dorm experience.

You can book your room online or contact us for further infomation.

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