4th best party spot in Central America!

Those who know… know.  Long before Casco Viejo was one of the region’s premier nightlife destinations, Luna’s Castle was pumping out liquor, the craziest memories, and more than a few unspoken trysts as well 😉  All courtesy of $1 beers during the day for our guests and one of the world’s most famous guest only happy hours (50 cent beers and dollar mixed drinks) Monday through Saturday 9-10pm in our 2 onsite bars: Relic and 1688.

So without furthur ado, we are honored to announce that we’ve been ranked #4 party spot in Central America!

 

To read more see link below.

Rucksackramblings.com

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments

Pancake Paradise!!!


Hey guys.  Luna’s here.  We know the word has been out for sometime that we offer free pancake breakfast for our guests.  In fact, our original tradition has since been duplicated in many other hostels across Latin America, which we find quite flattering! While we are thrilled that our pancakes have brought smiles to many (hungover) faces over the years, we just knew we could make it even better!  So, In our usual spirit of always improving, we have upgraded our Saturday pancake breakfast.  We’d like to introduce you to Saturday Morning’s Pancake Paradise (also known aspancakes 2.0, pancakes on steroids, or in the words of Emeril Lagasse… Pancakes kicked up a notch… bam)! Nutellapancakes, Chocolate chip pancakes, Peanut butter pancakes, etc.  So grab a cup of coffee, cruise out onto our new 1688 balcony, and taste the soul healing deliciousness all while taking in our very own eclectic views of Casco Viejo History 🙂

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments

Supporting our local farmers

So you pull back your privacy pod curtain in room 7, you spend about 2 minutes trying to wipe last night’s relic adventures from your eyes.  Once normalcy has been restored (somewhat) you head to the balcony to enjoy the breathtaking views for a bit before then wandering downstairs to start the day with a solid cup of Joe.  But wait, before that coffee leads to new conversations and friendships that are really just part of a regular day here at Luna’s, we’d like to give you a bit of info on how these fine beans got into our hands so that we could get them into yours.

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That coffee that you are drinking comes from a small cooperative located in the lowland rainforests of the Gatún Lake region. Café Gatún provides job opportunities to local farmers, who work to grow, harvest and roast the coffee of the area. Each cup consumed goes to support grass-roots economic development in rural Panama as well as preservation of Panama’s rainforests.  We became aware of Cafe Gatun’s efforts through the work of a local Peace-corps officer named Jake.  In an attempt to increase economic development in the rural Gatun region, he has helped local farmers find real markets to sell their beans rather than being paid pennies by the big coffee monopolies in the region. Luna’s decided to purchase the coffee from the farmers themselves at the price that the big guys would normally charge.

We built our home in Panama long before the Panama Papers hit the international news cycle.  We actually made our Castle in Casco Viejo before more affluent Panamanians were even comfortable visiting our once humble neighborhood.  As a result we have always had strong ties to the colorful local characters were proud to call our neighbors and have throughout the years found many creative ways to give back to those that have shared their homes with us and allowed us to build a new one for you.  It is with this affection and pride we would like to announce our support of Café Gatún.  So enjoy every last drop just a little bit more than usual… and help yourself to as much as you like because it’s always on us.  Coffee one

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments

World Cup/Copa Mundial Live at Luna’s Castle

No need to elbow your way into a standing room only, smoke filled cantina (though we’ve got nothing against a solid, local cantina :)) for this year’s Copa Mundial games. We’re already well on our way to making sure that we’ll have live viewings for all the futbol games in our communal space. The flatscreen is now unwrapped and the cable package has been installed!fifa

We’re a social hostel – we find our guests prefer human interaction over hours in front of the TV – but the World Cup is an undeniably social event. And what better a place to share in a truly global event than under the roof of a hostel.

We look forward to seeing you all and raising a beer with you to your home team!

 

Monday, June 9th, 2014 Uncategorized No Comments

Our Sweet New Beach Crooozers

Our rides have arrived. The new Cinta Costera waterfront promenade connects the Luna’s Castle doorstep with the high rises of downtown. But let’s be honest, why walk when you can get there in some serious style. We send away many a sad tourist staying at neighboring hotels who come by to sweet talk their way into a spin. Sorry folks,  we don’t rent these bikes. They’re for our guests only. Cost to you guys, the guests? Nothing. totally gratis. Drop your pack, grab a cruiser, and speed away towards the setting sun.

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Our beach cruisers posing for a Cinta Costera moment

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Thursday, April 18th, 2013 Uncategorized No Comments

Lunas in the London Guardian!

follow this link to read the article…  🙂

Guardian’s Panama Hostel Pick

Monday, May 21st, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Eating in Casco Viejo

Casco Viejo is home to some of the best restaurants in Panama but it is also home to some of the best hidden secrets as well. Locals flock to the cafeterias, fondas and carts at lunch time. And once you discover your favorite spot you’ll come back hungry for more.

One of the many great things about eating like the locals do is that the price matches. You can get a $1 hotdog, “con todos”, from a cart in Plaza Catedral that is sure to fill your belly for the afternoon. Full meals at the cafeterias are between $3 and $4. A fonda at the end of Calle 4oe serves up “pechuga” or “chuleta” with rice, salad and a fried plantain for just $3.50. And the BBQ cart near Plaza Bolivar might make the best BBQ in all of Panama; workers line up around the block waiting for that Styrofoam box of goodness.

Are you comfortable ordering food in Spanish? If not consider a ½ day Backpacker’s Spanish Course at the Casco Antiguo Spanish School. Casco Antiguo Spanish School is located in the heart of Casco Viejo within walking distance from Luna’s. Their ½ day Backpacker’s course teaches you basic phrases and grammar making day to day communication a breeze! Ask your friendly front desk receptionist for directions and a coupon for a free one-hour class!

 

Saturday, May 5th, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Conversational Spanish

Fast, rapid, and beautiful, conversational Spanish sounds like music. However, having a simple conversation can be anything but simple when you are communicating in a language foreign to you. Ordering food and asking for directions can prove to be nearly impossible. Being able to communicate on even the most basic level can change your entire experience.

 

The Casco Antiguo Spanish School offers a free conversational Spanish class on Saturday mornings.  Every level of Spanish speaker is welcome and encouraged to participate. Practice makes perfect so why not monopolize on an opportunity for free guided practice. The conversational Spanish class is an opportunity to develop your vocabulary and meet new people

 

The Casco Antiguo Spanish School is located just off Avenida A on Calle 4 about a 5 minute walk from Luna’s Castle. To make a reservation email sophie@cascospanish.com or call +507 838 5592. Their classes will lead you one step closer to speaking conversational Spanish.

 

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

A Day in Panama City

Many travelers only have one day to spend in Panama City and with so much to see where do you begin? Panama City is a giant metropolis filled with history and culture. Panama City is about 106 square miles which is roughly one tenth the size of New York. The close proximity of everything makes it very easy to squeeze a lot into one or two days.

The Panama Canal seems like an obvious destination. However, many travelers over look this popular tourist destination and don’t take time to visit the Miraflores Locks. It’s a rather humbling experience to watch monstrous cargo ships pass through the Canal.

Casco Viejo is a neighborhood bursting with history and culture.  The ruins of once great buildings allow you to picture Casco Viejo of the past. Local artists sell their wares in plazas and cafeterias serve up heaping plates of fried plantains, rice and chicken.  Avenida Central is a bustling street filled with shops selling everything your heart desires.  You can easily spend a day exploring Casco Viejo and the surrounding areas.

Want to improve your Spanish while traveling? Casco Antiguo Spanish School is located around the corner from Luna’s and offers classes to fit the backpacker budget. Their half-day Backpacker’s Spanish class is only $39 and helps you learn necessary phrases to help make day to day life in Latin America easier.

 

Thursday, April 26th, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Learn Spanish Panama

Weather you are here for a week or a month you should dedicate at least a few hours to learn Spanish in Panama. Being able to communicate on even the most basic level enriches your travel experience as a whole. No matter where your travels lead you learning Spanish in Panama will create another amazing memory.

 

The Casco Anitugo Spanish School offers each new guest here at Luna’s Castle a free one hour Spanish class! Located a mere 5 minute walk from Luna’s in the heart of Casco Viejo. Their offices are nestled in the Santa Familia building on the edge of the bay with beautiful views of the Amador Causeway and a cool sea breeze perpetually flows through the classrooms.

 

But the Casco Antiguo Spanish School has much more to offer than just Spanish Classes. They are partnered with many local NGO’s and have volunteer opportunities doing everything from teaching dance to gardening and helping at an animal shelter. The Casco Antiguo Spanish School offers tours through local tour companies at a deeply discounted rates, sure to make every backpacker’s wallet happy. Their conversational approach allows you to truly learn Spanish rather than just conjugate verbs.

 

Their experienced teachers and in house developed curriculum makes learning Spanish in Panama a breeze. For more information email sophia@cascospanish.com or visit www.cascospanish.com. Swing by their offices off Avenida A and Calle 4 and make your memory of learning Spanish in Panama.

 

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments