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Mamallena Backpackers

Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Great Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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Property Description

FREE secure luggage storage, FREE super early check-ins, FREE breakfast even before check-in, FREE BYO booze, FREE tea and coffe 24/7, and FREE hugs whenever need them.

As one of Panama City’s original backpackers Hostel, Mamallena has been successfully providing a Good Vibe at Great Prices with Friendly Staff for over 13 yrs now in a safe and traditional Panamanian neighbourhood.

Excellent coffee along with English Breakfast and Green tea are available 24hrs per day. Our Free ‘’All you can eat’’ Pancake breakfast we remain very proud off, we let you cook it and we don’t take notice of how much you have, seems a good deal to me. To accompany the Pancakes on offer from 5am to 11am, we include Rolled Oats and Fresh Bananas.

Arriving to Panama City super early from a night bus or flight and wondering what to do before the midday check-in? That's simple, arrive to Hostel Mamallena any time you like. Get the WiFi password, grab a coffee or tea, help yourself to some breakfast from 5am or head upstairs and have a nap on our patio sofas, all for free of course. Our policy is to check people in from 7am, as soon as the bed is ready.


We have a well-stocked, spacious and available 24hrs a day Guest Kitchen, lounge areas for watching movies, hammocks by the garden, a ping pong table, large tables for those group meals …and of course the Swimming Pool.

An on-site travel agency can take care of that must do trip to the “San Blas Archipelago” and we can also put you in-touch with our people who arrange great boat trips from Panama to Colombia.

Our air cons are available 24hrs a day, as is our reception and the guest kitchen if you need it. There is no curfew, so long as you return quietly, and we also offer free luggage storage while away for up to three weeks for all guests.

Our dorms vary in size from 6 bed ensuite to 8 and 12 beds, and if 12 beds seems too much for you don’t worry, it’s a good sized room giving you lots of space to arrange your things before the next leg of your journey.

Our private rooms are small and cosy and have proven to be perfect for the needs of those who like a little extra privacy. 24hr air con keeps you cool but if outdoors is your thing, the chilled out garden area is only metres from your door.

We prefer things to quieten down from 11pm onwards and are not a party hostel but if fun is what you are after, we encourage that too. Just be respectful of your fellow guests is all we ask.

We offer a very relaxed and chilled out environment for people to come and enjoy what the city has to offer, while seeking information from our knowledgeable staff. The MiBus stops just 50mtrs from the hostel and the Metro is an easy 5min walk away.

Uber is increasingly popular in Panama and offering fantastic prices to navigate this very spread out city, for $3-$5total you can be in most places you would want to be. A fantastic deal for door to door service right?

We have a decent and enjoyable selection of restaurants close to us, places where you can enjoy the budget prices Casco Viejo no longer offers while also mingling with friendly locals and seeing the authentic side of how Panamanians live.

Well stocked mini markets are minutes away and open until 11pm and the Supermarket is 10mins walk. Our Fridge is always stocked with super cold cheap Beer so no need to bring your own if you feel lazy.

So come visit Roxana, Marialina and their hard working team and let us show you the true spirit of Panamanian hospitality. We know we will not always get it right, but you can be assured that we will always be doing our best to make your stay, and time in Panama City, the best we think it can be.

Not sure on any of the above, or have further questions, just let us know. We are here for you 24/7.

Oh, And if you ask him nicely, Choco (Panama’s most bestest ever dog) will even let you take him on walks through town, he loves showing you the 10minute way to the stunning sunset views from the Cinta Costera and waterfront. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.5

  • Security 9.4

  • Location 7.4

  • Staff 9.3

  • Atmosphere 8.5

  • Cleanliness 8.4

  • Facilities 8.4


Latest Reviews

  • 9.4

    Superb

    22 Jun 2019
    Nice staff, clean and good facilities. Just a little out of the way but easy to get taxis or ubers around. Australia owner was lovely and very accommodating and the pool was great too.
    Australia, All Female Group, 25-30
  • 9.4

    Superb

    11 Jun 2019
    The staff were all very friendly and helpful. It was awesome that they help you arrange your San Blas Islands trip. Because I arranged my trip at the hostel, I got a free night stay. They have pancake batter available all day so you can make breakfast, and water available for purchase. I stayed here only two nights. Everything was clean, and wifi worked well.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 9.4

    Superb

    11 Jun 2019
    Cool hostel! Staff were very friendly and helpful. We even got to take the dog choko out for a walk with us which I’m glad of as am always scared walking around in the dark. Beds were comfy, free pancakes and coffee for breakfast and the pool looked really nice although we didn’t get a chance to go in it as were only staying one night. Would stay here again!
    Scotland, Female, 25-30
  • 9.4

    Superb

    07 Jun 2019
    Staff are so helpful! Told us about what to do, where to eat and helped me do some admin. Air con in the rooms is amazing and definitely needed! Can be quite loud at night as the road has lots of bars.
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 9.4

    Superb

    21 May 2019
    Lot of space for chilling, and helpful and friendly staff. The area is apparently not very safe during night, but there were gates and fences and stuff so I felt very safe. Quite near the ocean promenade and there is also a metro couple of blocks away. Lots of cheap restaurants nearby. Had a good sleep, there was aircon in the room.
    Finland, Male, 31-40
  • 9.1

    Superb

    24 Jun 2019
    I only stayed one night. Beds were big and comfy. Dorm room #5 was spacious and had A/C but didn't have windows, which didn't bother me but might matter to some. Each bed had a cage locker, not big enough for a backpack, but enough for essentials. Sadly, I didn't have time to use the pool, but it looked clean and inviting. For those with pet allergies: There is a sweet dog and two cats in the common areas.
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 8.9

    Fabulous

    31 May 2019
    This hostel works out really well if you are arriving early as they will let you check-in by 7am and they give you the bed early. The pool was great. Breakfast good but the kitchen is a little small for the size of the hostel. It is not in a great area but we just caught ubers. I liked the common spaces. Would stay here again. Air con in the dorms was great.
    Australia, Couple, 31-40
  • 8.3

    Fabulous

    29 May 2019
    Solid hostel. Checking out wasn't that easy, as the guy at the front desk seemed new and confused on what we should be charged. Most of the employees at the hostel were great, and the pancakes were awesome! It is not ideally located, but it can't be beat for the money!
    USA, Male, 18-24
  • 7.4

    Very Good

    03 May 2019
    The hostel is in a good, safe location, close to the old town and sea front. Furthermore, the staff is very friendly and the tour agent who was based there helped us in planning our trip to San Blas. However the room was tiny (practically no space except for the beds), it had no window and the air-conditioning was very loud and it was not working properly.
    Greece, All Male Group, 31-40
  • 6.0

    Good

    21 Jun 2019
    Stayed here on the back of my experience at Mamallenas in Bocas, but was very disappointed. Turns out it’s not the same owner. Was in a pretty sketchy part of town and the hostel itself was a bit run down. The pool wasn’t nice and there were no nice areas to chill out. The free breakfast included oats as well as pancakes, and you could eat it from 5am, but I wouldn’t recommend this hostel.
    England, Female, 31-40
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Facilities

Free
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
General
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Cable TV
  • Common Room
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Swimming Pool
  • Washing Machine
Services
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Airport Transfers
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
Entertainment
  • Games Room
  • Wi-Fi


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