$16 per night, 6-bed dorm with shared bathroom, 5th - 8th September 2015
The higher-than-average cost meant that this hostel was more flash-packer than budget-backer (seriously, there were a group drinking a large bottle of Tanqueray gin in the garden!). Always people milling about for a chat but no crazy parties while we were there.
Located just off Calle 50, and close to neighbouring Paitilla. This hostel is in one the more expensive and fancy areas of Panama City. Whilst this means it is very safe and clean, it also means there are limited budget eating and drinking options within walking distance.
At this price, the facilities were as expected. The dorms have big lockers to hold all your stuff and the kitchen is a decent size.
Considering the price of the hostel, the free breakfast was very disappointing. It wouldn't cost too much more to provide some fresh fruit to go alongside the bread and cereal or some butter to spread on the toast.
Value for money
This is a difficult one. Panama City hostels are all, almost without exception, over-priced. At least in Los Mostros, the dorms have air-con, it is immaculately presented and there is a large pool. We hope we never have to pay $16 each a night again though.
Backpackers looking for somewhere safe for a night or two, and not on a tight budget.
Get to breakfast early. It seems they stop serving when the food runs out, rather than when their official breakfast time ends.
Kitchen, free breakfast, pool, wi-fi, English spoken, TV room, garden, air-con, large lockers, 24 hour reception, tourist info.