Group Booking Terms and Conditions

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General Group Booking Terms

By making a group reservation through you agree to the following terms and conditions as set by and as set by the hostel in question.

  • In order to make a group reservation on it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
  • are not responsible for changes or amendments to your reservation once it has been processed. All correspondence with regard to changes to your booking need to be dealt with directly with the hostel.
  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
  • It is your responsibility to pay the balance of your accommodation cost to the hostel in accordance with their payment conditions (see below). Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled by the hostel.
  • Individual hostels may have special booking conditions relating to group stays, please read the hostel booking conditions carefully before making your reservation.

Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card on arrival. Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.

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  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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Property Description

Hostal Casa Areka has the best offer for trips to the San Blas Islands!!!

Hostel Casa Areka is located in the heart of Panama City in a nice neighborhood. There is a 24hr supermarket and restaurants opposite the hostel. The famous Beachwalk is a few steps away as well as two big malls, rooftop bars and even a park at the sea!

The highlight is the amazing pool area surrounded by palm trees with a BBQ area to relax after a busy day in the city. The common area with pool table, sofas and great internet connection invites to chill. The common kitchen is equipped with everything you need to cook your own meals.

You can choose between private rooms as well as dorms – all with air-conditioning. Breakfast, Wifi, lockers and towels are included.

It is a great place to meet people with a very nice atmosphere. Owned by a Panamanian and his Swiss woman, they have found the way to make you feel at home at this small Hostel with their friendly STAFF. View House Rules


With its outdoor pool flanked by palm trees, Hostal Casa Areka's a tropical haven in the middle of Panama City. You'll have Wi-Fi on the terrace so you can stay in the sun while scrolling – though if you do want some shade there's a common room with a pool table and comfy seating. When you're not barbecuing in the garden, make use of our guest kitchen by whipping up dishes with ingredients from the 24-hour supermarket across the road. Breakfast, just like our awesome vibes, is free.


We organise transfers of about 30 minutes from Tocumen International Airport, or you can catch the Metrobus to the Multicentro stop (about an hour), then take the brief walk to our door. There are local restaurants and vibrant bars near the hostel, and you can stroll to the shore of the Pacific Ocean in under 10 minutes. A bus that takes you to the Panama Canal stops nearby, too. You've probably heard about the city's rocking nightlife – now you can experience it yourself on Calle Uruguay, just 25 minutes away on foot.

Rooms and Dorms

We've got mixed and female-only dorms as well as private rooms with cable TV. All have air con (we're thankful for it here in the city) and some have en-suites. You'll get free bed linen and fresh towels to use after your always-hot showers. Stash your gear in a security locker during the day so you don't have to tote your valuables around town.

Extras and activities

Our reception's open 24 hours – handy for late check-ins – and regular housekeeping makes sure the whole place is spick and span. Speaking of clean, freshen up your favourite shorts with our on-site laundry facilities. When you're craving a cold one after a long day of exploring, make for our bar or perk yourself up with free tea and coffee. And if the San Blas Islands or Cartagena are on your must-see list, let us know – we organise our own sailing trips!

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.9

  • Security 9.6

  • Location 9.5

  • Staff 9.7

  • Atmosphere 9.3

  • Cleanliness 9.2

  • Facilities 9.1

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    09 Jul 2021
    We loved the stay! The staff was so nice and friendly and there was an overall really good vibe to the place. Definitely recommend 👍🏻
    Israel, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    26 Jun 2021
    My experience with Hostel Casa Areka superseded anything I expected. I felt like part of the family when I was there. More like a home and less like a hotel. Everything ran smooth, everybody was super respectful and kind. It was the absolute best experience in my life and it was my first hostel. It was actually the best experience in my whole 2 months in Panama. I recommend it to everyone young old and in between. They will fit right in.
    USA, Female, 41+
  • 10.0


    18 Apr 2021
    This is a wonderful hostel. The staff are very welcoming and accomodating. They have staff that well may speak a languagge that you can. The hostel is located very centrally so that you can access shopping for any need, easily access COVID pre-travel testing and access all transportation. The hostel attracts and diverse clientel that are intelligent, generally fun to talk to that will share stories about experiences. You can also get lots of travel advice from staff and guests.
    USA, Male, 41+
  • 10.0


    09 Feb 2021
    Probably the best hostel experience I’ve ever had. Jesus and staff couldn’t have been more friendly and welcoming and accommodating. The pancake and banana breakfast was fantastic. All of the facilities were very clean. The AC was cold, the shower was hot, and the WiFi was strong. I also had the pleasure of meeting an incredible fellow traveler and having one of the best conversations of my life. An oasis in Panama City. I would definitely return. 10/10.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    31 Jan 2021
    I enjoyed my time at Casa Areka. The staff was friendly and helpful. The facilities are clean and well kept. Several nice areas to sit and chill by the pool. Also, the dorm rooms have running air conditioners which make the experience much better in the hot summer months. 10/10
    USA, Male, 18-24
  • 10.0


    19 Nov 2020
    Awesome place!
    Switzerland, Male, 25-30
  • 9.7


    08 Jul 2021
    Had a great time in Casa Areka
    USA, Mixed Group, 25-30
  • 9.7


    08 May 2021
    Casa Areka is an excellent choice of hostel in PTY. Traveling solo I was able to meet fellow travelers to go out on the town with an explore. Classic hostel vibes in the hostel itself, with great social areas and a cool pool to chill out in after a day of exploring. Staff are friendly and always cleaning. Location is OK, youre ten minutes from everything via a $3 Uber. Only thing I'd change is moving the long-termers on as it's a hostel not an apartment building. Would recommend and stay again.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 9.7


    26 Mar 2021
    From the moment we walked in Olivia greeted us with a welcoming smile. We arrived late in the night to Panama. She was so kind and helped carry our bags to the top of the spiral staircase. We had a clean private room at the top with a nice shared bathroom. Oswaldo worked during the night and was very kind as well. Down to earth and also helpful on activities to do. The people we met in the hostel were very kind and respectful. I would definitely recommend this hostel for everyone. Thank you
    Wales, Couple, 25-30
  • 7.4

    Very Good

    16 Jun 2021
    Not sure how this place had 9+ stars. I mean for the price, I guess I get it. The staff were helpful, nice and inclusive. The facilities were just... old/kinda dingy. But at least the AC in the room was great and so was the wifi. Location was good too.
    USA, Female, 31-40
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
  • Air Conditioning
  • BBQ
  • Book Exchange
  • Cable TV
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Common Room
  • Cooker
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hot Showers
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Swimming Pool
  • Washing Machine
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Airport Transfers
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Tours/Travel Desk
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Pool Table
  • Wi-Fi