Mama Llena , Panama city , Panama

Hostel Mamallena is a real backpackers hostel. It is super clean with all the trimmings you could ask for. Tasmanian owner, Stuart has a super relaxed attitude towards the running of the hostel which only adds to the great ambience. There are no set rules you have to follow but you are asked to respect the hostel and it's guests.

Due to the overwhelming amount of apartment blocks going up in Panama City, after taking over the hostel in 2006, Stuart has had to move the hostel to a this new location. The hostel is now located in a quiet street off Via Espana where the local kids come to steal the cricket bat for a quick game in the street. It has a few supermarkets around that can supply the basics, it's also walking distance to the old part of town and more importantly, the nightlife. Even if you don't stay here, pop in and have a beer and a chat - you are more than welcome!
Currently there is one private room for $27.50 as well as a dorm accommodation (between 8 and 12 beds) for $11. All rooms come with shared bathroom and air conditioning. The plan is to put in a number of private rooms and possibly some smaller dorms too.
The hostel offers a free all day pancake breakfast (just ask if there is no mixture), a fully equipped kitchen, internet access (with skype and WiFi), cheap honesty system bar, a growing book exchange, safe boxes for your personals and a DVD library. The reception is open 24 hours and there is no curfew. The common areas and outdoor patio provide for a great way to meet other travellers.

There is a wealth of information on things to do in and around Panama City ranging from the top 10 must do's to a run down on the favourite bars. Tours to the San Blas Islands and boats to Colombia can also be booked here and Stuart keeps an updated list of captains sailing to Cartagena as well as a comments book for those who have made this trip to provide some insight for other travellers. There are also plans to get on board with some local operators and provide cheap day trips from the city.
How to get there...
If you take a cab (cheats), ask for Calle Primera, Perejil. If the driver doesn't know where this is ask for Via Espana close to Hotel Bella Vista this will drop you down the road but look for the Govimar and that's your street. The house is a couple of doors up on the right and the locals will happily point you in the right direction.

If your taking the bus, chances are you will come from the Albrook Station. Jump on any bus that says Via Espana and ask to be dropped off on Avenida Peru near Farmacias Arrochas in Perijil. Via Espana is one block further away at this end of town.
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Report & Photos by: Kate Dombkins and James Marsden
Contact Info...
Casa 7-62
Calle Primera
Perejil, Bella Vista
507 6676 6163
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