Do you know the benefits of dorm within a Hotel?

Opting to stay in a nice hostel rather than a hotel many change your entire trip experience. Travelers in hostels are frequently more interested in meeting other travelers. Hostel common areas encourage more lingering and socializing than hotel lobbies tend to do, that why dorm within a Hotel in Panama are important.

What is a hostel?

A hostel is a low-budget accommodation shared among travelers. When a guest books a stay in a hostel, he or she typically books a bed for the night, not a room. The guest’s bed may be in a room with four other travelers, or in a room with up to twenty travelers.

Benefits of staying in a hostel:

  • Generally, the beds are cheaper as you do not get the extras that you get in hotel rooms such as telephones, irons, coffee machines, or hairdryers.
  • It is a great place to meet people
  • You will be able to book all your tours and get advice at the travel desk
  • Hostels are in the local neighborhood and are run by experienced travelers

Benefits of staying in a dorm within a Hotel in Panama:

  • The environment is generally nicer with better common areas, furniture and decoration
  • There are better dining options
  • There are better bars
  • It comes with a concierge service
  • The hotel will probably accept on-line payment using credit cards while many hostels do not
  • Hotels are generally located in better neighborhoods

The Hostel Rooms in Hotel Casa Antigua Casco Viejo Panama

You can receive all the benefits of a hotels and a hostel at Hotel Casa Antigua:

  • The hotel/hostel is located in absolutely the best location at the entrance to Casco Viejo not up some dark alleyway. The location is also more convenient for being dropped off and picked as as you do not have to navigate the narrow one-way streets in heavy traffic
  • The hotel/hostel has the best views in Casco Viejo, overlooking the new city and the bay of Panama
  • You can reserve your room on-line using credit cards
  • The hotel/hostel has its own travel agency for all your tours
  • Excellent food can be found at the street level Pips café which has outdoor seating for the best people watching in Casco Viejo
  • The StorX Sky Lounge has the best views on Casco Viejo
  • Discounted prices at Pips and StorX for residents
  • The ambience of Casa Antigua is much nicer than the standard hostels in the area
  • Choice of mixed or female only dorms

Contact us for more information about our dorm within a Hotel in Panama.

Pre or Post Cruise Hotel in Panama City

With the advent of the Panama City’s Amador cruise port, located right at the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal you will be able to stay in Panama City before or after your cruise. Most of the Cruise lines offer expensive chain hotels as part of their pre/post cruise service but why not stay in the heart of Casco Viejo and experience the real Panama City in a boutique Cruise Hotel in Panama City?

The New Cruise Port

Upwards of 260 cruise ships a year cross the Panama Canal and the new terminal will be able to handle two 5000 passenger ships simultaneously which will greatly increase the number of cruise visitors to Panama City.

The port itself will also include restaurants and recreational centers with a long-term plan is to accommodate up to five mega cruise ships.

At the moment only small cruise ships tend to visit Panama City as the guests need to travel from the ship to Amador by tender which is a very time consuming and, sometimes, dangerous process.

In anticipation of the opening of the port, Panama is in talks with the Miami-based Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association, which gathers all leading cruise companies with Caribbean itineraries, and with global cruise line MSC, which has expressed interest in the new port.

The port of Colon, on the country’s Caribbean coast, operates as a home port, but Amador’s ideal location is expected to significantly strengthen Panama’s position as a cruise ship destination.

Hotel Casa Antigua – Pre or Post Cruise Hotel in Panama City

Nestled on a cobblestoned street in Panama City’s storied Casco Viejo, Casa Antigua blends the rich history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site with the modern comforts and conveniences expected by today’s sophisticated travelers. Ultra-private yet located just minutes from the city’s most celebrated attractions, this intimate, European-style hotel is a favorite of frequent travelers to Panama’s capital city.

Casa Antigua is nearby historic points of interest in Panama City:

– Anita Villalaz Theater – Plaza de Francia
– Esteban Huertas Promenade – Plaza Herrera
– Municipal Palace – Iglesia Catedral
– Museo del Canal – Compañía de Jesús Church and Gardens
– Bolívar Palace and Salon – San Francisco de Asís
– Ruinas del Convento de Santo Domingo – National Institute of Culture
– La Merced Church – Plaza Bolívar
– Teatro Nacional

Are you looking for a Cruise Hotel in Panama City? Contact us.

The Best Hotel with balcony in Casco Viejo Panama

Hotel Casa Antigua

Nestled on a cobblestoned street in Panama City’s storied Casco Viejo, Casa Antigua blends the rich history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site with the modern comforts and conveniences expected by today’s sophisticated travelers. Ultra-private hotel with balcony in Casco Viejo Panama yet located just minutes from the city’s most celebrated attractions, this intimate, European-style hotel is a favorite of frequent travelers to Panama’s capital city.

Rooms with a Balcony

What is a better way to watch the people coming into Casco Viejo than from your own private balcony at Casa Antigua Hotel?

The hotel is situated at the entrance to Casco Viejo so that you can see, hear and smell the vibrant atmosphere of locals and tourists arriving in Casco Viejo either for the wonderful sightseeing or exciting nightlife.

Storx Sky Lounge

If you wish to get the best views over the whole of Casco Viejo, the Bay of Panama and the high rise new town StorX is a rooftop bar with light music and specialty cocktails.

The rooftop bard is Reached by glass lift from Casa Antigua Hotel lobby.

. The charm of Casco Viejo will add that special touch and ensure an unforgettable experience.

Enjoying the Neighborhood – Hotel with balcony in Casco Viejo Panama

What I most enjoy about the Casco Viejo is its light. Perhaps because it’s by the sea or because of the way the sun slips easily between its low lying buildings, but anyone walking around the neighborhood will be captivated by the sunset falling over the Bridge of the Americas and astounded by the color of the stones in the ruins of the religious buildings. Visitors will become immersed in the feast of colors of the facades adorned with bougainvillea, imagining the history of the walls and windows through the paintings and broken forges.

Make your reservation today in our Hotel with balcony in Casco Viejo Panama, click here.

Visit Panama City – 500 years old

Panama City will celebrate 500 years of foundation on August 15, 2019 and it is the oldest city erected by the Spanish in the American Pacific.

As part of this celebration, the Commission of the 500th anniversary of the founding of Panama City and the Mayor of Panama with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) launched the activities “Years of founding of the city of Panama.”

Locals and visitors can enjoy a series of events aimed at the whole family in which, through different activities of art, culture and music, among others, you can know or remember all the facts of this story.

Visit Panama City Today

There are so many things to do while visit Panama City compared to all the capital cities in Central America (we are not including Mexico City here as it is a north American country) and many of the capitals in south America as well.

Panama Canal

If you do not visit the Panama Canal whilst in Panama then you must have a screw loose.

There are several ways to visit the Canal:

  • Miraflores Visitor Center is where you can watch ships pass through the locks, enjoy an informative film about the Canal, and visit an interesting museum about the canal, the environment and its history. The visitor center also has a good restaurant and a gift shop that will happily sell you a souvenir of your visit.
  • Take a full or partial transit of the Canal
  • Agua Clara Visitor Centre on the Atlantic side where you will find the famous Gatun Lake and great views of the Canal expansion

Panama Viejo

Panamá Viejo, also known as Panamá la Vieja, was the original Panama City. It has the distinction of being the oldest European settlement on the New World’s Pacific coast.

Casco Viejo (Casco Antiguo)

Casco, as it’s called locally, is now the historic district of a very modern Panama City. This beautiful and charming district is made for walking, a hot spot for Panamanians and tourists alike. In this small area of only 15 or so streets, there are at easily 25+ restaurants and 15+ bars, coffee shops and night clubs. There are also dozens of shops, galleries, museums, and of course, lots of Spanish colonial houses. Casco is one-of-a-kind thanks to all the street art and the colorfully-dressed Kuna Yala selling their brilliant, handmade molas.

Casa Antigua Hotel

Is situated on a cobblestoned street in Panama City’s storied Casco Viejo, Casa Antigua blends the rich history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site with the modern comforts and conveniences expected by today’s sophisticated travelers. Ultra-private yet located just minutes from the city’s most celebrated attractions, this intimate, European-style hotel is a favorite of frequent travelers to Panama’s capital city.

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The most trendy Rooftop Bar in Casco Viejo Panama

We all love a good rooftop bar–with the breeze, the booze and that picture-perfect sunset glow that renders Instagram filters functionless. Our rooftop bar in Casco Viejo Panama has the best bay view.

Casco Viejo in Panama City is arguably one of the best cities in the world when it comes to rooftop bars and terraces. You can find luxurious, relaxed, party going, fancy and cozy rooftop bars in every part of old town. But nothing ruins a night out with some sweet summer drinks in Panama like an obnoxious crowd,

What better place to relieve the stick heat than in a rooftop bar in Casco Viejo?

Amazing Views

In the old town of Casco Viejo, there are plenty to choose from and they are so close together that you can look out and see what is happening at the nearby bars.

The views are amazing of the historical old town, skyscrapers in the new town and the giant ships in the Pay of Panama waiting the transit the Panama Canal.

The problem is with most of the rooftop bars is that they don’t come cheap but there is one roof top bar in Casco Viejo where sky-high views don’t necessarily mean sky-high bar tabs.

StorX – the affordable rooftop bar in Casco Viejo Panama

Storx is ideal for a casual date, a random drink and a delicious bite in Casco Viejo offering stunning views and a good atmosphere at affordable prices.

There is rarely a place that can match the occasion itself! StorX is a rooftop with fantastic views over whole city and Panama bay with light music and speciality cocktails.

Situated in Casco Viejo, in the oldest district of Panama , Casa Antigua Hotel provides breathtaking views of Panama City and the surrounding bay.

The charm of Casco Viejo will add that special touch and ensure an unforgettable experience.

Location of StorX

StorX is reached by glass lift from Casa Antigua Hotel lobby.

Nestled on a cobblestoned street in Panama City’s storied Casco Viejo, Casa Antigua blends the rich history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site with the modern comforts and conveniences expected by today’s sophisticated travelers. Ultra-private yet located just minutes from the city’s most celebrated attractions, this intimate, European-style hotel is a favorite of frequent travelers to Panama’s capital city.

Contact us for more information about our rooftop bar in Casco Viejo Panama.

St. Patrick’s Day Party in Panama 2019 – Pips Gastro Bar 16th March

St. Patrick’s Day observes of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. The holiday has evolved into a celebration of Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, drinking and a whole lot of green. Be our guest at the St. Patrick’s Day Party in Panama 2019!

History of St Patrick

Patrick’s birthname was Maewyn. He was born in Roman Britain. He was kidnapped into slavery and brought to Ireland.

He escapted to a monastery in Gaul (France) and converted to Christianity. He went back to Ireland in 432 as a missionary. While Christianity had already taken hold in the country, tradition has it that Patrick confronted the Druids at Tara and abolished their pagan rites, making Christianity more widespread.

Patrick became a bishop and after his death was named Ireland’s patron saint. Celebrations in Ireland were understated though. When the Irish emigrated to the U.S., they created the bigger celebrations and parades known today.

Eighteenth century Irish soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War held the first St. Patrick Day parades. The celebrations became a way for the Irish to connect with their roots after they moved to America.

Come celebrate the luck of the Irish at our St. Patrick’s Day Party in Panama 2019!

To make it easier for you to get out of bed on Monday morning, Pips Gastro Bar is starting their St Patricks Day party on Saturday 16th March.

So by the time St Patricks Day kicks in on 17th March you will be in the right mood to party!

Location:  Pips Gastro Bar and StorX Sky Lounge

Address: Calle 9 entre Ave. Eloy Alfaro y Ave. B Edificio Casa Antigua

Panama City, Panama (at the entrance to Casco Viejo)

Date: 16th March 2019

Time:  1730 to 0400.

Special Offer: First drink free for ladies

 

 

How to spend a week in Panama?

For most people visiting Panama on vacation it makes sense to come for at least a week due the distances and time involved travelling from the north and west coast of the USA, Canada, Argentina, Brazil and Chile.  How to spend a week in Panama?

3 days are probably enough time to see the highlights of Panama such as the Panama Canal, Casco Viejo and the amazing skyline of the new city.

If you are stating in Panama for a week we feel that you basically have two sensible options:

  • Stay in Panama City for the whole 7 days and make day trips
  • Visit another destinations  a bit farther afield

Destinations Further Afield for a week in Panama

Bocas del Toro

Bocas del Toro is located on the northern Caribbean coast of Panama Bocas del Toro has also become one of Panama’s most visited eco-tourism destinations because it is one of the most biologically diverse places on earth.

The archipelago has 9 main islands, 52 cays, and thousands of islets and is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Panama’s first National Marine Park.

Bocas del Toro is not full of swanky hotels and is more suited to the adventurous traveler who likes to sail, zipline, scuba dive or surf.

Air Panama fly to Bocas del Toro twice a day from Allbrook Airport. The cost is about $200 return for the 1 hour flight.

Boquete

Boquete is located in highlands of Panama at 1,200 meters above sea level, near the Costa Rica border in the province of Chiriqui.

Boquete is situated in the foothills of Baru Volcano, the country’s highest peak in a tropical cloud forest.

Things to do in Boquete include:

  • Whitewater River Rafting
  • Hiking
  • Ziplining
  • Coffee Tours
  • Visit Caldera Hot Springs
  • Horseback Riding
  • Rock Climbing

You can reach Boquete taking a 30 minute David and driving to Boquete 38 km away or by driving all the way from Panama City which will take about 6 hours.

Pedasi

Set in an environment alive with native flora and fauna,  Pedasi accounts for 378 square miles of raw, natural beauty– with rolling green hills, pristine rainforest, white-sand islands. The location of Pedasi’s makes it one of the sunniest, yet coolest parts, of Panama.

The village of Pedasi is centred around a beautiful plaza which has the main shops, bars and restaurants.

Pedasi Panama & Playa Venao are places to relax but more physical activities include surfing, diving, snorkeling, sport fishing, zip-lining, exploration by horseback, and visiting the many beaches and surrounding islands.

You can travel from Panama City to Pedasi on a 45 minute flight or a 5-hour drive good roads and highways.

 

 

How to spend 7 days in Panama?

For most people visiting Panama on vacation it makes sense to come for at least a week due the distances and time involved travelling from the north and west coast of the USA, Canada, Argentina, Brazil and Chile

3 days are probably enough time to see the highlights of Panama such as the Panama Canal, Casco Viejo and the amazing skyline of the new city.

If you are staying in Panama for a week we feel that you basically have two sensible options:

  • Stay in Panama City for the whole 7 days and make day trips
  • Visit another destinations  a bit farther afield

Day Trips from Panama City – Visiting Panama on vacation

The Pearl Islands

A 1.5-hour ferry ride from Panama City is a beautiful archipelago of islands with white sand and clear, turquoise water. Leave Panama City at 7am return from Contradora at 3pm.

San Blas

San Blas is an archipelago of over 300 islands on Panama’s Caribbean side and home to Panama’s indigenous Guna people.

Visiting San Blas is an long day trip that involves leaving the city around 5 am, two hours by road, then a boat to the islands, and arriving back in the city around 7 pm.

El Valle

El Valle de Anton is a small town located in an inactive volcano crater which is the largest inhabited crater in the world.

You can travel to El Valle by bus or by car and it takes about 2.5 hours to reach.

Agua Clara Locks, Portabelo and San Fernando Fort

This tour will start at 6am when you will take the train along the Panama Canal.

The rest of the tour is by road and you will visit San Lorenzo Fort, the observation center of the Agua Clara Locks (Panama Canal locks located in the Atlantic) and The Gatun Locks, and continue to the Portobello city established during the Spanish colonial period.

The next section of this blog will look at options of lodging outside of Panama City. Follow our blog to know more about things to do while visiting Panama on vacation.

Why choose our budget accomodation in Casco Viejo Panama?

Hotel Casa Antigua is the perfect combination of hotel and hostel and the best budget accomodation in Casco Viejo Panama.

Hotel Casa Antigua is the most central and inexpensive choice for budget-conscious city travellers in Panama.

Combination of hotel and hostel

The innovative combination of hotel and hostel under one roof offers our guests a variety of different room options suitable within everyone’s price range.

That is why Hotel Casa Antigua is a favourite among many different customer groups, such as backpackers, solo travellers, families and small groups.

Due to our international clientele it never gets boring at Hotel Casa Antigua Our young and friendly staff takes care of our guests on all 365 days of the year 24 hours a day in order to offer them a pleasant stay and relaxing nights.

If you’re looking to stay at the most recognized Hotel / Hostel in the heart of Casco Viejo, then Hotel Casa Antigua is where you’ll find yourself.

Located at the entrance to Casco Viejo

For our guests, the vacation begins from the moment you step in to Casco Viejo. Upon arrival at the hotel, we find that our guests are always amazed at the actual location of our premises. Situated on a just off the Cinta Costera at the entrance to Casco Viejo.

With Casco Viejo (which has the best nightlife in Panama ) right at your doorstep, and the ocean side promenade, known as the Cinta Costera, only 3 minutes walk away you will be staying in the best location in Panama.

Our Reception offers Internet access, free safety deposit boxes and endless tourist information with maps, brochures and guides of Panama.

Why Choose Us as Budget accomodation in Casco Viejo Panama?

  • People watching Pips Terrace Cafe & Gastro Pub open for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • StorX Sky Lounge Rooftop terrace with the best view
  • Air-Conditioning in all the rooms
  • Hot Water; 24 hours a day
  • Nightlife: 1 minute walk
  • Cinta Costera: 3 minute walk
  • No Curfew or No Lock-outs – everyone has their own key
  • Free internet access and WiFi is available in the rooms, at the roof terrace and the bar area
  • Single, Double, Triple and Quad Private Rooms (with bathroom)
  • Single Sex 10 bedroom Dorms
  • Free Baggage Storage (left luggage)
  • Cash Payment

Contact us to book on our budget accomodation in Casco Viejo Panama

Stay in the best hostel in Casco Viejo Panama

Casa Antigua is a boutique hotel located at the entrance to Casco Viejo. The location is ideal because your taxi will not have to navigate the narrow streets of Casco Viejo and it is only 2 minutes from the Cinta Costera where you can take some exercise and stroll to the skyscraper part of the city. In the best location in Casco Viejo.

The hotel has recently opened up two 10 bed dormitories so now you can enjoy the low cost of a dorm bed while enjoying the facilities of a renowned hotel.

Casco Viejo is filled with lots of great bars, cafes, restaurants, and shopping. The hostel is within walking distance of all top sights in Casco Viejo.

Features of our hostel in Casco Viejo Panama

The property has:

  • Cool rooftop terrace with fantastic views of Panama Bay
  • Free WiFi
  • 24-hour reception
  • New rooms with comfortable bunk beds
  • Gastro bar
  • One dorm for boys and another dorm for girls

Our Rooftop Bar – StorX Sky Lounge

This perfect rooftop bar to enjoy great views of Panama City whilst relaxing and having a few cocktails listening to light music after a busy day sightseeing, adjacent to our hostel in Casco Viejo Panama.

There is rarely a place that can match the occasion itself!

StorX is eached by glass lift from Casa Antigua Hotel lobby.

Our Café & Bar – Pips Terrace Cafe & Gastro Pub

Capturing the essence of Panama City’s pulse-quickening tropical vibe, Pips Terrace Cafe & Gastro Pub is all things to all people.

During the day our customers gather beneath broad umbrellas on Pips Café’s sunny terraced sidewalk watching everyone some in Casco Viejo or enjoy the air-conditioned cafe to enjoy fresh salads, pizzas and perfectly cooked burgers.

In the evening Pips Terrace Cafe & Gastro Pub is very popular with the younger crowd who use the café as a base before heading to the many nightclubs or rooftop terraces.

Contact us and book in the best hostel in Casco Viejo Panama.

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