Reviews

Lonely Planet Panama 2008 – Author’s Pick “From the twisted minds that brought you Mondo Taitu and Hostel Heike in Bocas del Toro, Luna’s Castle is, bar-none, the best backpacker spot in Panama City. Housed in a creaky, colonial mansion near the water’s edge, Luna’s Castle blends historic Spanish architecture with funky, laid-back backpacker vibes. Although it’s the newest accomodation in the capital, the owner’s winning formula of professional service, international atmosphere and shoestring prices are sure to make this a legendary stop on the Gringo Trail.”

EyeOnPanama.com says, “Set in the historical UNESCO-heritage site of Casco Viejo in Panama City, Luna’s Castle is an excellent example of the old being further preserved and appreciated by something new.  Located in a three-story mansion constructed in the 1800’s, once home to a wealthy family and later to senior citizens, Luna’s Castle now holds over one hundred travelers at full occupancy.  The natural beauty of the architecture is enhanced by fresh paint, funky furniture and plenty of paintings and sculptures to fill in the negative spaces.  All guests have complimentary access to computers, wi-fi internet, pancake breakfasts, unlimited coffee and tea, ping-pong, and even a small movie theater.”

Moon Guides Panama 2009 – “Luna’s Castle is in a lovely three-story colonial house with high ceilings and ornate balconies. French doors on the second floor and third floor open onto a million-dollar view of Casco Viejo, Panama Bay, and the downtown skyline. Original fixtures include tile floors and a hoandsome wooden staircase. A rear patio opens onto the back of dilapidated buildings that are still very much occupied by the poorest families in Casco Viejo; a friendly greeting will almost certainly be warmly returned. There are 60 beds in dorms and private rooms, a number that will probably increase. The owners have big plans for this place. One that sounded specially appealing was the “triple-decker, stadium-mattress-seating, full-size movie theater.” There’s a lounge area, Ping-Pong table, and computers with free Internet access. The included breakfast consists of (make-your-own) pancakes, bananas, coffee and tea.”

The Rough Guide to Central America on a Budget February, 2009 “Currently only with dorms open, Luna’s will inevitably become a hotspot in San Felipe thanks to its huge property, experienced owners and creative and hard-working staff. Wi-fi, shared kitchen, solar hot water, laundry, balconies and an on-site bar. Dorms”

Footprint Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama Handbook 2008 ” Undoubtedly the best hostel in Panama City. You’ll find a wealth of amenities here including comfortable communal spaces, Wi-Fi, table tennis, guitars, book exchange and a kitchen. There’s even a cosy movie theatre showing flims until midnight. At the time of research there were only dorm beds, but plans for rooms were in the works. “