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Posted by on Oct 30, 2013 in Ardun recommends, Central America, Latest Posts | 2 comments

Where to stay in Panama City


Heading north from Colombia one of the first stops is likely to be Panama City whether it be by plane or sail boat through the San Blas Islands. So when you arrive in this huge city you will need somewhere to stay, so where do you stay in Panama City? Here’s my choice:


Hostel Siriri


hostel siriri


Who runs it?


Hostel Siriri is run by a great young couple Pablo and Vicky. They have been renovating the hostel for some time now to get it to where it is today. They are both very welcoming and are happy to put on a BBQ in the evenings, in fact we were their first guests and had an awesome time celebrating the opening of their hostel. Pablo is from Spain but has travelled a lot through Panama and surrounding countries and Vicky is a Panamanian so between the two of them they can help you plan your itinerary or tell you about the best beaches to see etc. while you are in Panama.


How’s the Hostel?


Hostel Siriri is only a few weeks old and used to be the Thai Embassy here in Panama City. The large house has been fully renovated and now boasts more features than most hostels;


hostel siriri

Great swimming pool is a must in Panama City


Swimming pool

Fitness Equipment

Poker table

Pool table


Large common areas

Modern kitchen


Air Conditioning

TV room


hostel siriri

Pool room, bar and poker

hostel siriri

Exercise equipment


There are 8 bed dorms available and each bed has its own power supply and lockers are available downstairs for valuables. Air conditioning is provided in all the dorms and is switched on from 9am-9pm. There is also a 4 bed dorm available. Dorm prices are as follows:

4 bed dorm- $10 US

8 bed dorm- $14 US

Breakfast is included in the price and consists of bread, jam, juice tea and coffee.


hostel siriri

All beds have their own power supply


hostel siriri

New lockers


Where is it?

Hostel Siriri is located a few steps from Calle Uruguay, the main party street in the center of Panama City. The area has restaurants, supermarkets, ATMs and casinos and a train station nearby. Taxis to the old town are $4 US and the airport is a 20min. drive away.


hostel siriri


Want to find out more about the hostel or book your stay? Click on one of the links below or head to their Facebook page and ask Pablo a question.



Hostel Siriri


Thanks Pablo and Vicky for making our stay in Panama City even better than we could have expected.


  1. You guys look good, so glad to eyeball a photo after a bit of a dry spell. You wouldn’t be heading North would you… stop my fluttering heart? We are having a spectacular fall with warm days and crisp nights, perfect for Halloween. Keep those posts coming. xo Dar

    • Apologies for that Dar 🙂 Safe and sound here just having too much fun. We are in Central now but won’t make it as far as your place 🙁 unless there is a pot of gold up in those mountains 🙂 Got a bit more coming now with the blog though. Good to hear the weather is good there for you. Hope you are making the most of it xx

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