Our favorite hostels & hotels in Panama
We have made multiple trips through Panama and during our travels, we always search for the finest hotels and fun hostels. A good accommodation can make your trip even more special. In Panama, there are a lot of great places to stay. From cozy hostels to beautiful boutique hotels, and from a unique lodge in nature to a cute bungalow on the beach. Below you will find our favorite hotels and hostels in Panama where you can count on a wonderful stay. Many of these hostels and hotels are very popular, so be sure to book in advance.
Note: We mention 'starting prices'. The prices of hotels depend heavily on your travel period and how far in advance you book. Therefore, the starting price can sometimes differ significantly when you book late and/or travel in high season.
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Bambuda Lodge is a unique eco-lodge located on Isla Solarte that combines the characteristics of a boutique hotel with the coziness of a hostel. It has a beautiful pool, a 45-meter-long slide that ends in the sea, and a really cool atmosphere. The location is incredible with lots of flora and fauna, such as various flowers, hummingbirds, and even sloths or monkeys sometimes pass by.
Double room starting at $100 | Dorm starting at $25
Bambuda Bocas Town
Bambuda Bocas Town is a cozy accommodation built on stilts in the water, which allows for a phenomenal view. Many cool activities are organized, such as yoga and salsa lessons. It is definitely not a party accommodation, but it has a friendly atmosphere and you can easily meet other travelers. Book a room directly by the water for an extra special stay!
Double room starting at $70 | Dorm starting at $15
Located in the heart of Boquete, Selina Boquete offers a peaceful atmosphere compared to many other Selina hostels. While there is often live music in the evenings, it becomes quiet by 11:00 pm. There is a variety of room types available to suit different budgets, and guests can enjoy a large garden area with a campfire in the evenings and yoga lessons in the mornings. It is a great base to explore Boquete.
Double room starting at $55 | Dorm starting at $25
Bambuda Castle is a unique castle transformed into a beautiful accommodation just 10 minutes' drive from Boquete's center. The castle offers a breathtaking view and a nice swimming pool, perfect for relaxing after exploring Boquete all day. They have double rooms as well as dorms, and guests can even stay in a hobbit house, how unique is that!
Double room starting at $75 | Dorm starting at $20
Bodhi Hostel & Lounge
Bodhi is the coolest hostel located in the center of El Valle de Anton. The atmosphere in this hostel is very pleasant, and it's easy to meet other travelers. The hostel offers many activities such as yoga classes and group hikes. You won't have to search far for breakfast because it's delicious here.
Double bungalow starting at $35 | Dorm starting at $20
Casa Grimaldo is a lovely bed and breakfast in a great location in El Valle de Anton. You will stay in a spacious room that is beautifully decorated, and there is a beautiful garden with plenty of seating areas. A delicious breakfast is served in the morning, and you can start your day in peace. Relax in the refreshing pool after a hike.
Double room starting at $80
This is the perfect hotel to end or begin your trip to Panama in style. The rooms are comfortable with a lovely bed, a good shower, and an amazing view of Panama City. What makes this hotel even better is the infinity pool on the 15th floor. While swimming a few laps, you can enjoy a brilliant view of Panama City.
Double room starting at $95
Selina Casco Viejo
If you are looking for a lively atmosphere, then Selina Casco Viejo is the place for you! This creative hostel not only has a fantastic interior, but it also has a large rooftop bar where there is often live music or a DJ in the evening. On the rooftop, there is also a swimming pool and a bar. It is located in Casco Viejo, so the location is great. Keep in mind that the rooms can be noisy.
Double room starting at $90 | Dorm starting at $25
Selina Hostel Playa Venao
Selina Playa Venao is the place to be in Playa Venao if you want to stay in a fun and friendly environment. You will easily meet other travelers here and there is a relaxed atmosphere. The location is perfect as it is situated right on the expansive beach. There is a large swimming pool for when you don't feel like getting sandy feet. Both the pool and the yoga deck offer fantastic views of the ocean.
Double room starting at $80 | Dorm starting at $35
Eco Venao Lodge
Eco Venao Lodge is also a small tropical paradise. There are many different types of accommodations such as bungalows, villas, or nice double rooms. All accommodations offer plenty of privacy and are surrounded by nature. So you can enjoy your time in Playa Venao in peace! From the lodge, you can do many fun activities such as horseback riding, hiking, and yoga & surf lessons. For the ultimate relaxation, book a massage.
Double room starting at $55
Bodhi Santa Catalina
One of the nicest places to stay in Santa Catalina is Bodhi Santa Catalina. This social hostel has a super cozy atmosphere and there are many hammocks to relax in. Choose a dorm when traveling on a budget or a cozy double bungalow. In the morning you will receive a delicious varied breakfast and many activities are organized from the hostel.
Dorm starting at $20 | Double bungalow starting at $60
Villa Coco is perfect if you are looking for a luxury hotel with a lovely pool. You will stay in a cozy cottage with plenty of privacy, good air conditioning, and even a warm outdoor shower. There are many sun loungers by the pool and a beautiful garden full of flowers and plants. You don't have to leave the hotel for good food because there is a great restaurant in this hotel.
Double room starting at $125