Panama Hotels

In Panama, accommodation options vary greatly depending on location, style and price. Panama definitely has its share of hostels and budget hotels, but it is also home to a growing number of luxury hotels and resorts as well. Guesthouses, B&Bs and beachside huts all fall somewhere in between, providing interesting and affordable mid-range choices. Plus, due to its large coastline, many Panama accommodations are on or close to the water, and have pretty views and beach access.

Panama Budget Hotels and Panama Hostels

Lots of backpacker-friendly hostels and cheap budget hotels are located in Panama City. Some of them are more seedy than others, so go by word of mouth or check out a room before taking it. Many of the hostels include breakfast and Internet, either WiFi or otherwise. In Panama, hostels typically have dorm rooms or private rooms available. Dorm beds run about $10-16 per night, while you can find privates for about $12-35. These privates either have shared or private bathrooms, depending on the place. There are also a few reasonably priced inns with pools and on-site restaurants scattered throughout Panama. Budget hotels are sometimes worth the extra few dollars, for more privacy, improved cleanliness and additional amenities.

Panama Luxury Hotels and Panama Resorts

There is no shortage of luxury hotels and resorts in Panama. Resorts can mostly be found in Boquete, Bocas del Toro and on some of the secluded islands off the coast. First-class hotels, many complete with spacious suites, Jacuzzis, balconies, high speed Internet and air conditioning, compete with fancy all-inclusive island resorts and high-end spas. In Panama, luxury hotel prices tend to hover between $150-300 a night. Panama City is also home to the huge Riande Continental Hotel and Casino, which is frequented by business executives and goes for about $150 per night. Private guesthouses on the water can be reserved for about $60-120 per night.

Panama Camping and Other Panama Accommodation Options

Although it is not extremely popular, camping is certainly possible in Panama. Camping is permitted on most Panamanian beaches since they are all considered to be public property. Some camping resorts have actually been set up in some places in Panama, such as in Chilibre. Also, some national parks allow camping, but they usually charge a small fee. Many of the best Panama camping spots tend to be in more deserted areas will less developed infrastructures.

In places such as El Porvenir, Coco Blanco and nearby islands, a lot of the accommodations come in the form of cabins or huts on the beach. For about $35-50 per person per night, these accommodations frequently offer package deals that include nightly stays, three meals a day and boat trips. Those looking to stay in Panama City for a few weeks or months at a time, may find renting an apartment there a good, economical choice.

  • Casa Acuario

    Just three minutes from Bocas, this small and charming inn is practically floating on the water, meaning guests can peacefully watch boats pass while lounging on hammocks strung about the wraparound deck, or walk out the front door and take a dip (or snorkel).

  • La Coralina
  • Hotel Coco Blanco
    If you are looking for a rustic island paradise this is your place. Set on one side of a small island with great views of other islands there are four huts catering for twins, doubles and triples, each with a rustic en-suite cold-shower bathroom. The huts open out onto a grassy area by the small be
  • Dos Palmas
    This is next door to the kind-of new Hotel Olas. The owners could be a little more helpful, but it is a good option if you are seeking a place on the sea. It offers clean, if dated rooms, that have terraces complete with hammocks to swing in as the sun sets.
  • Tropical Suites
    First Class Waterfront Condo Hotel offering large Suites with full size Jacuzzis, a complete kitchen with breakfast bar, large balconies, free high speed WiFi Internet and of course airconditioning.
  • Casa Carmen
    Overview . This place offers a little peace in a bustling city and the owners are always on hand to offer much-needed advice to negotiate the town's perils and find its pearls. Rooms are spacious, clean and come with fans or air conditioning. There are two large comfortable communa
  • Hostal Boquete
    This gem of a place is located just down from the main square beside the rushing Rio Caldera. It offers clean, spacious rooms with luxurious decor for a good price and there is a terrace for guests to while away their time by the river. For something a little special ask for the upstairs room with
  • Hotel Olas de la Madrugada
    . This impressive place is newly built and very smart. Probably the best bang-for-your-buck in town it offers stylish clean rooms with private bathrooms at excellent prices, and while it lacks that hostel feel it more than makes up for it with the smart first floor sofa terrace and the bay-level de
  • Valle Escondido resort, Golf & Spa
    Nestled in the Chiriqui Highlands, at the base of an ancient volcano, lies the picturesque town of Boquete. Home to the world's best coffee, Boquete is also famous for its year round spring-like weather and its beautiful scenery. At the edge of town, in a hidden valley, on the banks of a rushing riv
  • Pension Doña Cata
    This newly renovated place is spacious, clean and friendly. The long thin corridor leads past a hairdressers (bizarre, but maybe useful!) and a reception room to a dining area and kitchen and out to a nice rear garden. There are plenty of clean rooms from 'family' to twin and all are a good size,
  • Hostal Palacios
    The friendly American owner of this smart looking place will welcome you with open arms as you stroll across the main square. Inside rooms are adequate, if a little scruffy, and the rear garden lacks some floral flair, but is pleasant enough. There is a kitchen inside and information on activities
  • Hotel San Blas
    Set on one of the main inhabited islands a five-minute boat ride from El Porvenir, this popular place has rooms in a purpose-built house or cabins with sandy floors by the beach. It is not the idyllic island paradise, as there are about eight tightly-packed cabins in a line facing side-on to the be
  • Hillside View Aparthotel
    Housed in a tall pink building, the rooms here are clean and simple and better than some of the more rustic accommodation found on this island. Address Isla Bastimentos Phone 66286897, 65273859
  • Hostal Bocas del Toro
    This place is one of the new spots but it is very pricey for what it is. Rooms are trendy and modern and the entrance hall is more smart-hotel than homely homestay. There is an attached bar and restaurant, which is a bit pricey, and budget travelers will only find themselves staying here when eve
  • Bahia Del Sol
    Bahia Del Sol is a private guest house that consists of two homes, side by side, connected by a joined dock. The main home has four rooms, each of which is available to rent by the day. Next door is Casa Rosada, which has a more rustic feel and features three cabin-style rooms built over the water.
  • Hospedaje Heike
    One of the best value options in town. The owner of this place is friendly and accommodating, but this place is so successful the rooms are available only on a first-come, first-served basis. Right in the heart of the action on the main square, this hostel has a front terrace to watch the goings on
  • Las Brisas
    This once popular place by the sea tries to keep up with the modern spots but, unfortunately, is struggling. The rooms are comfortable enough but the decor is jaded and the terrace, which looks like it could be good on the fliers, is scarce of chairs and merely serves as a pointer to former glories
  • Hotel Bahia
    This big green place is plush. A large modern hotel, it has a smart restaurant on the deck outside and a reception where you can check into one of the abundant, neatly decorated rooms. Even this place gets sold out, however, and $50 is the base price for a bit of luxury overlooking the bay.
  • Hotel Carribean View
    This is a smart place for Bastimentos but it is worth the money if you want your luxury on a more seculted island. Rooms are modern with varished wood walls and floors and smart wooden beds and there is a balcony overlooking the waterfront and the more rustic accomodation used by the locals.
  • Hotel Cayo Zapatilla
    This Chinese-run tall pink building does not look much from outside, sitting above a supermarket, but the rooms are some of the best value you can get in town. There are 17 very clean rooms with large-tiled floors, funky decour and en-suite bathroom. Check the state of the water though, as the pro
  • Anitas Inn
    Anita's Inn is a small and friendly hostel located in the most central area of Panama City. The hostel is in an excellent location for exploring the country. Anita's Inn has seven single rooms and four shared bathrooms. There is also a dorm room for $13 per night and the inn can arrange for suites f
  • Villa Michelle Hostel
    Villa Michelle is a luxurious bed and breakfast hostel in Panama City. The hostel is peaceful and secure, within walking distance of city attractions. The villa is located in Panama City's financial district in a neighborhood called Altos Del Golf. The well-appointed rooms, which are fully furnished
  • The Haven Spa & Hotel
    The Haven has been created to offer its customers a place where health, relaxation and elegance meet. International standards, modern facilities, personalized service and great experience make this Spa, Fitness Center, Health Clinic and Hotel a place to visit.

    The Hotel has 5 Deluxe rooms wit
  • Tesoro Escondido
    This is a beach front eco-lodge with stunning views. Prices start at $35 for two, in the main lodge. All rooms with private bathroom, hot water and shared kitchens (two). Three private cabinas available, with large balcony and lovely views, hammocks, kitchen and bathroom. Very relaxed and laid bac
  • The Executive Hotel
    The Executive is definitely the least impressive of Panama City's top-tier hotels. Other spots in the area offer a far glitzier stay for a similar price. One significant factor that sets the Executive apart is that it does not have a casino, making the place seem more family-friendly. Price includes
  • The Haven
    Run by an English couple with a combined background in acupuncture, nutritional therapy, reflexology and naturopathy, this spa and treatment center is located in a secluded, natural setting. Whether you have a kink in your back, a chronic condition or are looking to just relax and enjoy a weekend o
  • Hotel Nacional
    Un hotel acogedor para la familia y el ejecutivo, en pleno centro de David, capital de Chiriqui, un paraiso por descubrir.
  • The Purple House Hostel
    The owner of this very purple place is very friendly and organized, right down to her informative booklet-pick up a copy in any one of the bathrooms-explaining herself and the hostel's background. The purpose-built hostel, which has a nice garden area with hammocks and chairs and a comfortable commu
  • Hotel Zapatilla
    This hotel is one of several standard, mid-range places that offer clean rooms for $15-$25. The one thing that sets Cayo Zapatilla apart is their 24-hour reception. It's by no means a seedy or unsafe place, but it is the place to go to if, for whatever reason, you find yourself in need of a private
  • Hotel Tower House Suites
    A mid-range option conveniently located near the bars of Calle Uruguay. The place is nothing flashy, but rooms are clean, new and well-kept. They're also quite spacious and feature more than one bed. Price includes breakfast. Pricier rooms have a small kitchen.
  • Los Mandarinos Boutique Spa And Hotel
    Los Mandarinos Boutique Spa and Hotel is inspired by the anti-aging Thermae concept, which uses natural techniques to slow down aging and to revitalize the body and mind in a healthy manner. With a swimming pool, three Jacuzzis, and a spa with a sauna, a Turkish bath and a biothermal shower, Los Ma
  • Hotel California
    This lovely place is the best hotel in its price range. Similar to others in the area, it features WiFi, a restaurant and clean well-kept rooms. What sets it apart is the small but efficient gym and its fantastic rooftop jacuzzi. You can check out any time you like, as long as it's before 3 p.m.
  • Hotel Costa Azul
    Hotel Costa Azul is a clean and safe mid-range option with an on-site restaurant and free parking. The hotel features cable TV, hot water, internet and air conditioning.
  • Nomba
    For those on a budget, or for those who want privacy, you will find comfort in our rooms, two kitchens, clean environment, and helpful staff. In no other place in Boquete can you find budget accommodations with a "center of it all" location, and more welcoming atmosphere than at Hostal Nomba. We're
  • Hostel Hansi
    This is the cheapest private room in Boca del Toro. Hostel Hansi is a clean, safe place to get some privacy. The hostel has a lot of rules however, and has drawn some sharp reviews as a result. Ten dollar rooms are small and spare, but give you what you need including a comfy bed, fan and insect net
  • Gran Kahuna
    This hotel provokes a mix of feelings. There's no question that it has an excellent environment. There are plenty of hammocks, a common room with near-constantly running movies, an in-house bar and a great foosball table. It's also affiliated with the rocking Iguana Bar and guests get a discount the
  • Hotel Finisterre Suites And Spa
    The lovely Finisterre Suites and Spa Panama offers luxury, extraordinary service and local area entertainment. This hotel is centrally located in Panama City's business and commercial district, surrounded by shopping areas, restaurants and modern clubs. Its centric location also offers easy acces
  • Hospedaje Casco Viejo
    While it's tough for them to compete with the glitz and glamor of Luna Castle, Hospedaje Casco Viejo offers decent $10 dorms in a quiet setting. They have all the amenities you'd expect (WiFi, common room with cable TV, sound kitchen, lockers, etc). It's less of a party vibe then Luna Castle, and a
  • Luna's Castle
    Luna's Castle is, without question, one of the best backpacker hostels in Latin America. Beds are new and comfy. Amenities are top-notch, including a ping-pong table and an absolutely legendary movie theater. Most importantly, the laid-back owners are always on the premises, full of information and
  • Yandup Island Lodge
    This beautiful, secluded lodge on a private island has excellent meals. Its tours include visiting a deserted island with crystalline water, white sand beaches and mangroves; hikes to the tropical forest, a waterfall and river; and tours where you can experience the Kuna Indian culture firsthand.
  • Hostel Mamallena
    Mamallena ticks all the right boxes in terms of what it offers as a hostel : reasonable dorm beds and private rooms ($11/27 per night), inclusive breakfast (DIY pancakes for guests to prepare in the communal kitchen), free internet access (and Wi-fi for guests with laptops), and spacious indoor and
  • Voyager International Hostel
    Popular with Israeli travelers, Voyager International offers barracks-style dormitories. The hostel features a television and free internet, and includes a toast-and-coffee breakfast early in the morning. Hostel staff definitely need to work on their manners, however, and the hostel can be tough to
  • Hostal Balboa Bay
    A reasonable hostel in the Bella Vista neighborhood with a common room, kitchen and internet access. Not the best hostel in the city, but the cheapest place to stay in Bella Vista. Quiet and safe, with easy access to Calle Uruguay.
  • Zuly's Backpackers
    When we visited Zuly's in July of 2008, they were in the process of moving to new digs down the street. This new hostel, although in its embryonic stage, looks set to be a great one. It features a spacious kitchen and a barbecue pit. Other features include free WiFi, hammocks, and lockers. Although
  • Hotel Marparaiso
    The best place to stay in Panama City. We will do our best to make you feel welcome. We have 75 single, double, triple and family rooms. In the center of the city, Hotel Marparaiso is quiet and clean with beautiful rooms. We have a bar/restaurant, room service, laundry, Internet room open 24 hours,
  • Arcos de Bella Vista
    Lovely colonial house located in Bella Vista at walking distance from great restaurants and Marbella's classy nightlife:-)
  • Hotel Bahias Suites
    This is the flashiest hotel in the area, though their staff are startlingly inefficient. Bahias Suites features WiFi, a restaurant and a swimming pool. All rooms have A/C and cable TV.
  • Hotel CentroAmericano
    CentroAmericano offers no-frills rooms with a desk, television, mirror and closet. While it's not the best mid-range, it's a perfectly reasonable place to stay.
  • Hotel Discovery
    At $25, Hotel Discovery offers one of the cheapest private rooms in the city, though the rate probably jumps in high season. Rooms feature WiFi, A/C, cable TV and a very old public computer. Discovery also has an in-house restaurant.
  • Hotel Via España
    Very secure and organized, Via España is a solid mid-range option, though the pricier rooms are not worth the difference. There's an on-site restaurant, bar and tour agency. They also offer free airport pickup and drop-off for guests. Rooms are slightly worn but well taken care of and feature air
  • Hotel Bella Vista
    This basic, somewhat dingy hotel has a problem with mosquitoes. It also has a problem with rude receptionists. Not the worst place in Panama City, but there are better ones for the price.
  • Hotel San Remo
    Rooms are not spectacular, but they are reasonable for the price. A little bit extra gets you a larger room with a window. On-site restaurant.
  • Resedencial Texas
    Hotel Texas is the cheapest option in the area. Furniture and bedding are definitely older, but all in all the place is clean and maintained. Rooms have TV, phone and air conditioning. There is no elevator.
  • Voyager International Hostel
    Overview This is your typical cheap city hostel. Take the lift to the third floor of the Di-Lido building and you'll be greeted by a wooden door which, when opened, reveals a messy communal area with computers and people slobbing around. The entrance feels dirty and the small rooms
  • Wyndham Grand Veneto Hotel
    For those who truly have cash to throw around, their $800 presidential suite was the priciest hotel room we were able to find. A palatial hotel with conference rooms, five restaurants and a sprawling casino.
  • Hotel Riande Continental
    An excellent five-star hotel with all the predictable features, including a casino. Centrally located and efficiently staffed, it's what you'd expect from an establishment of this caliber.
  • Hotel Caribe
    A reasonable but unexceptional midrange hotel. The place is a little run-down, but has a funky color scheme and some decent amenities.
  • Hotel El Panama
    This is one of the swankiest hotels in Panama. El Panama is located within a sprawling complex that includes shops, a Continental Airlines office and a casino. It's a five-star place, with all the amenities you'd expect.