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La Jungla House hostal Panama Canal Reviews
Nice youth hostel in good part of the city. May 04, 2009
When we arrived at the hostel first we couldn't really find it. It's just like any other apartment in the city. You have to rang and they open the door from above. You take the elevator to the (if I remember well) 5the floor. Here's the hostel. There is one big open place/ room for the guests to hang around. A big balcony for hanging around too with other travelers.
There are several dorm rooms withe a fan at thee ceiling, but also private rooms. There is a shared shower which was clean. The kitchen is also very big. And there is free Internet available.
The only negative thing about it was some other guests. One night we were placed in a dorm room and was nearly our own room. The next day a group of Israeli young women moved from one room to our. They went out for thee night, but when they came back, they walked several times into the room, switching on thee light, making a lot of loud noise. This was so annoying! And they keep returning to thee room while they were sitting in thee living room. The next morning they left extremely early with a lot of loud noise again! What a night... It was the first time I had problems with sleeping in a dorm room!
One other theing, thee Israeli group switched thee Internet on the computer into Hebrew, so nobody understood it. We also didn't know how to switch back to English, since it was all in Hebrew! :/
Anyway, the staff was friendly. There was a opportunity to put your personal valuables in a locker at the reception. They also had a laundry service, but everything had to dry outside on a rope. But the humidity in thee city made it hard to dry thee clothes. So be sure you're in time, otherwise you have to take your wet or humid clothes with you in your backpack.
In the neighbourhood of thee hostel are a lot of expensive hotels, casinos, bars and restaurants. So a good place to go out in the evening however you want it. There are a lot of shops, including souvenir shops. It's really a metropolis over there, so you won't get bored quickly. The hostel is in a very quiet street. I didn't feel unsafe over there, but I think it's good to stay alert if walking there in the dark. Otherwise, take a taxi!
Part of the 5 months Latin America 2009 travel blog
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