Best Hostel Old Town in Panama City

We are a hostel within a boutique hotel in the heart of the old town with a good atmosphere where you will find other travelers with whom you can share your experiences. We just have two dormitories – one shared and one for ladies only, in our cozy hostel old town Panama City.

A friendly smile and warm, heart-touching service await will help you at our hostel with everything you need such as transport information and how to spend a great time in Panama City. A friendly smile and warm, heart-touching service await you at all of our hotels.

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Bars and Restaurants 

Within the building we have three places to eat and drink:

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. By day, guests of all ages gather beneath broad umbrellas to enjoy fresh salads, pizzas and perfectly cooked burgers on Pips Café’s sunny terraced sidewalk. By night, the atmosphere shifts into high gear, as stylish young crowds spill from the cafe’s broad French doors, enjoying music, sipping cocktails and dancing in the streets.

StorX Rooftop Lounge

The perfect rooftop for enjoy the city

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. Reached by glass lift from Casa Antigua Hotel lobby.

Skins

Skins is a nightclub situated next to Pips Terrace Cafe & Gastro Pub at street level where you can meet new friends and dance the night away.

Location of  our Hostel Old Town 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 todays travelers.

The hostel is located at the entrance to the old town so it is easy to travel to the other parts of Panama City without having to travel very slowly through the cobblestoned street to get out of Casco on the other side.

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Looking for a boutique hotel in old town Panama?

Creating a carefully crafted design that tells a strong story is important for both the interior and exterior of a boutique hotel. You will find this at Hotel Casa Antigua, boutique hotel in old town Panama, which blends in with the surrounding iconic architecture.

Hotel Casa Antigua creates a sense of uniqueness and identity in all aspects including aesthetics and functionality included. Our goal is to create a memorable and sometimes unexpected experience for our guests. 

Hotel Casa Antigua has been designed to a very detailed level with a strong focus to create spaces where people want to gather.

Places for People to Meet

To this end Hotel Casa Antigua has two excellent meeting points:

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. By day, guests of all ages gather beneath broad umbrellas to enjoy fresh salads, pizzas and perfectly cooked burgers on Pips Café’s sunny terraced sidewalk. By night, the atmosphere shifts into high gear, as stylish young crowds spill from the cafe’s broad French doors, enjoying music, sipping cocktails and dancing in the streets.

StroX Sky Loung Panama – rooftop bar in Casco Viejo Panama

The perfect rooftop for enjoy the city

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. Reached by glass lift from Casa Antigua Hotel lobby.

Casco Viejo is there for you to discover – Boutique hotel in old town Panama

We don’t tell our guests what they should think about the hotel—the connection to Panama City and the old town neighborhood is there for you to discover.

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.

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Best hotel to stay at in Casco Viejo

Deciding where to stay is not easy, especially in a place that you have not visited before. Thankfully we have you covered on places to stay in Old Town Panama.

Best area to stay in Panama City

First of all, you have to select which is the best area to stay in Panama City.

You have a lot of options on where to stay in Panama City:

  • You could choose a golf club such as Santa Maria or Tucan Country Club which are a little outside the centre
  • You could choose a beach resort such as Dreams Playa Bonita Panama or a rainforest resort like Gamboa
  • You could choose a large brand style hotel in the new town such as Marriot, Inter-Continental or Hilton
  • You could choose a hotel in the famous old town of Casco Viejo

Places to stay in Old Town Panama: Casco Viejo Overall Best Area to Stay in Panama

Panama City’s historic old town, known as Casco Viejo, is a Unesco World Heritage Site  and has many of the finest places to stay in Panama City as well as lots of things to do.

Casco Viejo offers just about everything you could want if you are on vacation.

It has many places to eat from fine dining to street food a range of accommodation from upscale luxury hotels to hostels, the best nightlife scene in Panama City with craft beer bars, cocktail bars, rooftop bars and nightclubs.

Everything is in walking distance and it is perfectly safe to walk at any time of day or night as it is patrolled by the friendly tourist police.

Panama City’s Best Attractions

There are many historic attractions to visit in Casco Viejo. These include:

  • The Panama Canal Museum
  • History Museum of Panama
  • Many churches – including Cathedral Metropolitana, Iglesia de San Jose and Iglesia de la Merced
  • Many squares – incuding Plaza de la Independencia, Plaza de Francia and Plaza Herrera

Best Location within the Old Town Panama

This must be Hotel Casa Antigua which is located at the entrance to the Old Town giving easy access to the business district, the Panama Canal and the Cinta Costera.

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.

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Visit Casco Viejo In Panama

Location, Location, Location: Panama city old town hotel

Casa Antigua Panama is the best located hotel in Panama City. Panama city old town hotel is located at the entrance to Casco Viejo, which was was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997, Hotel Casa Antigua has the following location advantages:

  • Located in a very safe part of the old town, just a few minutes’ walk to all of the attractions
  • A minute walk to the Cinta Costera – the amazing 5km costal strip in Panama City
  • No need to travel all the way through the old town when taking a taxi to the many amazing sights in Panama City

Casco Viejo – The Old Town in Panama City

Casco Viejo is the historic district and cultural gem of Panama City. The old town was established around 1673 by the Spanish colonialists, the Catholic Church, and other settlers.

Historically one of the richest and most densely populated neighborhoods in the Americas, Casco Viejo went on to experience decades of neglect around the 1950s but is now being restored to its original architectural beauty.

Cathedrals and churches and churches in the main squares have been painstakingly restored and crumbling buildings have been converted into chic apartment blocks, amazing restaurants with cuisine from all around the world, sophisticated rooftop bars and designer hotels.

Next door to a remodeled building you can still find buildings in disrepair.

Cinta Costera – Coastal Belt

From the Cinta Costera you can view the amazing Panama City skyline, look at the huge ships waiting to transit the Panama Canal from the Pacific Ocean and take some much-needed exercise by foot, push bike or skateboard.

Five minutes’ walk from hotel Casa Antigua you can enjoy super fresh fish that have just been landed at the famous fish market restaurant which won’t break the bank.

Panama City Attractions

There are so many things to in Panama City – some of the best are:

  • Panama Canal – transit the canal by boat, take the canal railway to the Atlantic side or see the ships in the locks at Miraflores
  • Panama Viejo – the original Panama City that was destroyed by Henry Morgan – visit the ruins inside the new Panama City was never rebuilt
  • Amador Causeway – connecting the small islands of Naos, Perico and Flamenco. It is a great place to relax, take a boat trip and watch the ships enter and exit the canal

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What Is a Designer Hotel and Why Are They So Trendy?

What is meant by the term ‘Designer Hotel’ in Panama?

In the hotel world, we see the term “designer hotel” a lot. But what does designer hotel in Panama really mean? And what can you expect a design hotel to be like?

The Basic Definition: a Designer Hotel is Notable for its Design…Its Architecture, Interior Decoration and Furnishings.

A design hotel’s message and primary appeal is its appearance.

Casa Antigua Hotel is located in a restored colonial building with modern comforts and conveniences expected by today’s sophisticated travelers.

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.

A Designer Hotel in Panama Is One-of-a-Kind

A Design Hotel in Panama must be unique.

Casa Antigua is a completely unique hotel situated in the best location in Casco Viejo. Most of the suites come with full kitchen facilities.

A Design Hotel Makes a Style Statement Inside & Out

A Design Hotel’s Style Message Carries through, Indoors and Out.

The outside of Hotel Casa Antigua has been beautifully restored to look exactly the same as it did 100 years ago while the inside is decorated with class.

Most Design Hotels Are Luxury Hotels, But Not All

Hotel Casa Antigua may not come with all the facilites of a 5 start hotel such as swimming pool, spa, etc but it has good comfort, great history set in a unique location.

A Design Hotel May Be a Style Icon from Another Era

A Design Hotel isn’t necessarily new. The contrast at Hotel Casa Antigua between history and style is exciting to behold.

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Air Europe Madrid to Panama

Skyteam member Air Europa will begin flights between Madrid Madrid’s Barajas International and Tocumen International Airport Panama City using the latest Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft on June 3rd2019. Initially, there will be 4 flights a week on this route, Air Europe Madrid to Panama, which will be increased to 5 and 6 flights a week during the next 12 months.

The addition of Panama City will bring the number of Air Europa, the Latin America specialist airline, routes to the Latin America region to 20 destinations, in thirteen countries.

The flight will depart Panama City at 19.40 and is the latest departure time to Europe allowing the passengers to enjoy a full day in Panama before leaving for Europe.

Air Europa’s second destination in Central America – Air Europe Madrid to Panama

Panama, after Honduras, is Air Europa’s second destination in Central America.

Panama City is an important city of commerce as well as tourism and Air Europe will cater for both business and leisure travellers who will have the pleasure of experiencing travel on the environmentally friendly Dreamliner aircraft with its superior level of passenger comfort and onboard services.

Air Europa Copa Airlines Code Share Agreement

Air Europa and Copa Airlines have reached a code-share agreement to enhance the new route.

The flights will enable passengers to reach four Central American countries using Copa Airlines to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala by transiting at Tocumen International Airport.

The connection with Air Europa to Madrid will allow passengers of the Panamanian airline to connect with 23 destinations in Spain and 15 destinations in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

Experience the real Panama City – stay in Casco Viejo

The best place to stay in Panama City is in Casco Viejo with its Colonial-era landmarks including the twin-towered Metropolitan Cathedral and the waterfront Palacio de las Garzas presidential home.

Casco Viejo is also popular for its lively dining and nightlife scene with cocktail lounges, rooftop bars, and international restaurants line the old cobbled streets.

Casa Antigua Hotel

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.

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

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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

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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.

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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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