Hostel Mamallena is one of the longest operating hostels in Panama City, and has been rated as one of the best for many years.

We are also one of the most experienced tour providers for the San Blas Islands, having been the very first hostel to organize these trips.

Mamallena Panama City is located in one of the traditional city neighbourhoods, Perejil. It survived the wreckers ball that has seen many parts of Panama City redeveloped and has kept it’s local charm. If you’re after the glitz of the big city it might not be for you, however that can easily be found nearby. If you want to experience a real Panamanian neighbourhood, this is the place for you.

San Blas Island Tours


We work directly with  Guna hosts, transport providers and local guides to provide  a full tour experience and honest information about the San Blas Islands

Contact us to for more information and to reserve.



Guests can use the WiFi, with full coverage in all rooms and social areas of the hostel.

Nearby Bars

There are plenty of nearby bars and restaurants. Unlike many hostels, guests are also welcome to bring their own alcohol.


At Mamallena we also have our very own tour agency. We can help with any reservations and recommendations.

Friendly Staff

Our English speaking team are on hand all day to help. They can share great local knowledge and answer any questions..

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Located right on the beach. You can take a few steps from the hostel and be in the sea.

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Where to find us
We are conveniently located near to bars, restaurants, shops and the bus terminal.
From The Airport
A taxi from the Tocumen International Airport will cost approximately $30.

We have our own shuttle service from Tocumen as well. Contact us now for more information and prices.


From The Bus Terminal
Taxis are easy to find at Albrook Bus Terminal. The journey is 10 to 15 minutes depending on the time of day. You should agree a price with the driver before starting the journey as taxis in Panama do not have meters. $5 should be the standard price to Hostel Mamallena during normal daytime hours. If you are arriving late at night, on a weekend or holiday then the price may be slightly more.

Getting to us by local bus from Albrook Terminal is easy, so long as you know where to get off. First you will need to prepaid card from inside the terminal, local buses do not take cash.

Get a bus that says VIA ESPANA on the front and tell the driver you want to get off at the ‘Hotel Venecia’.

From there cross the street and go up the hill towards Via Espana. You will pass the ‘Pio Pio’ chicken fast food shop on your right hand side. On the next corner you will see ‘Farmacias Aroccha’. This is Via Espana. With your back to ‘Farmacias Arrocha’, cross Via Espana and go up the street that is in front of you. About 50 metres up on the right handside is a white house, you’ll see our signs on the first floor of this house. Go to the second door and hit the buzzer. Say Hi and come on up.

If you are looking at taking a sailboat from Cartagena to Panama and the San Blas Islands, then be sure to contact us for more information about your options.

We can arrange your sailing for you as well as making sure you have accommodation arranged for when you arrive in Panama. tours@mamallena.com

Most boats finish in Puerto Lindo, Portobelo or San Blas. We can arrange a shuttle transfer to Hostel Mamallena or you can take public busses to Albrook Bus Terminal in Panama City.


Calle Primera, Perejil| # 7-62 | Panama City | Panama
Call Us: +507 66 76 61 63