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Mamallena Backpackers Reviews

'Casa 7-62, Calle Primera, Perejil', Panama City, Panama

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427 Total Reviews
  • 85%Value For Money
  • 86%Security
  • 76%Location
  • 82%Staff
  • 86%Atmosphere
  • 75%Cleanliness
  • 82%Facilities

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staff needs to be more friendly and helpful


Staff in the day were not as friendly and helpful as staff in the evening. I felt like I couldn't even ask anything about the canal/airport transfers. My friends were staying at another hostel called Machicho in Marbella where staff were friendly so I booked everything through them! There hostel was pretty nice too so hung out there! Pancakes were good, just make sure you buy the fruit etc, as only batter is provided! Other than that could do with more charging sockets in the room!


Air conditioning only from 8pm 8am which is annoying since it's very hot it. Common areas are nice, big dinning area but small kitchen for the amount of people. Overall an ok hostel but there are better in the area.


Excellent hostel - was originally planning on staying here one night and then moving hostels - but ended up staying the whole time. The owner was really nice and provided excellent info. Atmosphere was excellent - had a huge BBQ out in the courtyard with almost 50 people - and great food. Super clean and then beds were extremely comfy. If i come back to Panama city - definitely staying here again. Also - new couches with recliners are awesome.


Good experience, helpful staff. Location isn't great but cabs are cheap and it's very easy to get around. Good overall experience.


The hostel feels like coming home, especially after a chaotic day in Panama City. It is not a typical party hostel but you find social contact for sure. There ALS Staff prepared an awesome Christmas diner! In the hostel are also many places to chill: on your one or with others. The staff prepared an awesome Christmas diner! And besides that, you can make your own free pancakes in the morning!!! LOVELY! Would recommend the hostel to everyone!


Great hostel with English speaking staff and free pancakes in the morning. Cheap bottled water and beer is available, and the patio/garden area is great for a chill morning or evening.Location is not ideal, we needed up paying for cabs on each outing since walking was not an option. The toilet nearest our room also had some troubles. Overall, though, this place was a good value. I would recommend it to anyone traveling on a budget in Panama.

  • 20th Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Comfortable and relaxed place to stay in Panama city. Good price and great that you can do your own pancakes in the morning!!!


A private room is a must at this hostel. The dorms are too packed, noisy, smelly, but the private rooms are the best value. The staff, for as many years as I've been coming to Mamallena (7) have always been incredibly helpful, happy people. When I arrived at 1am and needed my laundry done by 6am, the girl didn't even consider it a bother, she just got it done for me (thank you).

  • 27th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)

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