Hotel Casa Magnolia Inn

Hotel Casa Magnolia Inn

8-18 Calle Boquete & Calle 8va, 111 Casco Viejo, Panama City 0808 Panama
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4.5
#3 of 59 hostels in Panama City
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Magnolia Inn offers comfortable and spacious deluxe private rooms. Our restored French colonial mansion is full of historic character, as well as modern conveniences such as A/C, orthopedic beds, free Wi-Fi Internet, mini-fridge and safe deposit boxes. We have a total of 16 hotel rooms available, all with private bathroom, A/C and safe deposit boxes. We are a family friendly hotel and are suitable to host large groups. The building boasts stylish social areas to relax and meet fellow guests. A fully equipped kitchen and sunbathed dining room is available for all ours guests to use and coffee and tea is offered free all day. We also have a total of 38 hostel/dorm beds available with comfortable beds and A/C. Within a couple blocks from the hotel you can enjoy Casco Viejo's attractions such as the Presidential Palace, Metropolitan Cathedral, the Canal Museum, National Theater, Las Bovedas, and many others. Casco Viejo also is home to art galleries, great restaurants, and some of the city's best bars. Private car service is available for a fee, you are greeted inside Tocumen (PTY) international airport with a sign. The English speaking driver helps you with your bags and brings you to the front desk of the Magnolia Inn. Our front desk staff is fluent English, Spanish German, Dutch and Russian and will gladly help you with further planning your trip in Panama.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Board games / puzzles
Books, DVDs, music for children
Airport transportation
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24-hour front desk
Non-smoking hotel
Shared kitchen
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3.0 of 5 stars
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Centrally Located
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English, Russian, Spanish, Dutch and 1 more

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8-18 Calle Boquete & Calle 8va, 111 Casco Viejo, Panama City 0808 Panama
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Ann S wrote a review Mar 2020
Champaign, Illinois15 contributions14 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent four nights in this hotel and it was the ideal choice for us. We liked the charm of the old section of the city and it is in a great location. There are many choices for dining nearby and small, pretty plazas every few blocks. There are still some renovations going on in the neighborhood but most of the buildings have been renovated. There are grocery stores, drug stores, and variety stores all within walking distance. In addition, we felt very safe walking all over this neighborhood.

The rates here were very reasonable in comparison to other hotels. I didn't see the dorm style rooms but I did see backpackers coming and going periodically.

We stayed in 2B and this room had two queen beds and was adequately roomy.. The small bathroom was across the hall and this was a minor inconvenience. There was no view to speak of from this room so if that is important to you, you might want to choose another room. There was a public area (sitting, kitchen, tables and chairs) on the floor beneath us and it looked very nice. We did not take advantage of that area but there were typically a few people in there. Everything I saw was very clean and well maintained. The staff was very helpful in terms of giving suggestions for things to do and they also helped us lug our luggage up and down the stairs. We had two flights to climb to get to 2B and there is no elevator. The street level is level 0 so we were, in my tradition, on the third floor. The electricity is 110 so we didn't need a converter and they use the US dollar as their currency. Tip: bring your own hand lotion and tissues. There is a pizza restaurant on the same block that we liked very much and we had breakfast at Tantalo's right around the corner and liked it very much also. If I were to return I would probably choose a room on a lower floor and would try to get one with a better view but, in spite of that, we enjoyed our stay in this beautiful historic building and would go back in a heartbeat.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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ottawac2c wrote a review Feb 2020
Ottawa, Ontario38 contributions18 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Magnolia inn is located in old Panama. It is a partially renovated early 19th century structure with lots of character (which means no elevator). Staff are very helpful and facilities (kitchen, eating area) are available if you choose to use them. Although central my located room was very quiet, cable and AC worked. Good value for the cost.

There are lots of dining choices close by, coffee bars, restaurants and bars. The tapas bar at the end of the street, Cascomar, was excellent and Bistro Rene served a nice set of six Panamanian small plates. CBP at other end of street has great view and excellent Margaritas Classico. Lots of opportunity to try new places on next visit. Day trip to canal worthwhile, but watching a boat transit the locks has to be the most boring thing (yet strangely fascinating) you can do in Panama City.

Looking forward to a return trip.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Tom F wrote a review Jan 2020
Calgary, Canada24 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for 3 nights when we landed in Panama. the staff gave great advice on what to see and do in Casco Viejo and for day tours around Panama City. The room we had was clean and well appointed. We used the shared kitchen area for our breakfasts - it had all the utensils and gear that we needed. The restaurants nearby had a great variety of food.
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Date of stay: November 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Kelly M wrote a review Apr 2022
8 contributions1 helpful vote
2.0 of 5 bubbles
After my stay, I sent this email:
I just wanted to let the management know about my experience during my stay. Vickie was the main person that I spoke with during my stay and she was very pleasant and genuinely seemed like she cared about the guest's experience. Unfortunately, wifi did not work in my room at all during my stay. I did report it to Vickie and she said that she would need to do something. I'm not sure what that was, but it still wasn't working when I got back to my room that evening. She also mentioned that she would call one of their drivers to take me to the airport at 4:30am for my early flight. She couldn't find her contact book at that time, but said that she would leave a message for me with the evening person. That was at 11am, the day before check-out. I arrived back at the hotel around 6:30pm and I asked the man at the front desk regarding the message. He looked very confused and said he didn't know what I was talking about. I explained to him the situation and he said that she didn't leave a message, but he would try to call her. He didn't call her. He then said that I could take an uber and said that things were hectic when he got there, so maybe that was what happened. If Vickie left at 3pm, that would be 4 hours where I don't think it was completely hectic that whole time. Even so, that is not a reason not to do something, especially something like transportation. His response was not very professional. Yes, I can take an uber, but that wasn't the point. He could have tried to call himself, but didn't. It was pretty obvious that he was just being lazy and didn't want to deal with anything. Between the wifi and his attitude (won't even mention the water pressure, noise and other things), I would expect that out of a $30-40/night hotel, but I paid over $100. It's just not ok.
Of course, there was no response to this email, which had me take off more stars than I would for just the stay itself.
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Date of stay: April 2022
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Magnolia Inn, Owner at Hotel Casa Magnolia Inn
Responded Apr 24, 2022
Hello Kelly, I am sorry to hear your email was not answered, I looked again but could not find the email in question. Please resend to magnoliapanama@gmail.com and I will be happy to respond. At Magnolia Inn we aim to please and this is why we would like to extend our apologies for the human error that took place regarding the car service you needed. About WiFi, we did start the report with the carrier as it was not an inside problem but the entire area. We are hoping you can see that Vicky did try to help but sometimes the solution is beyond our control. We are also happy to report that thanks to that situation, we have taken the steps to improve our network so that we are better prepared. Please believe that your words are taken as opportunities to grow and be better. Hope you stay awesome and hopefully visit us again! Cheers from Magnolia Inn
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Piotr J wrote a review Sep 2022
Dubai, United Arab Emirates19 contributions9 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I’m not sure who writes these reviews but must be more likely friends and family members of the staff. I had to cancel my staying right before checking in. The first turn off was that some Asian turist kept his bare feet on the lobby table and the staff was walking by indifferently. I paid heed twice finding it disturbing and biohazardous (simply disgusting) but the receptionists ignored my request. Second I was refused to see the room I booked and prepaid! First they kept me waiting for the room was not ready changing the ideas of how long they need to clean and prepare it. And finely they admitted that the previous guest hadn’t left yet! Another word zero reliability, zero professionalism, zero courtesy and poorly understood hospitality. The interiors should be be renovated and the staff should pay attention to the hygiene. Actually it’s more of the youth hostel than a hotel. If you like your money, and want to be treated more seriously skip this one and check in to many good hotels with better prices around. And btw, filling the complaint to the management don’t expect any response. It’s their way.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Don K wrote a review Mar 2020
Boyne City, Michigan15 contributions2 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Room at Magnolia was nice but no elevator and 71 steps to get to.
In a noisy area. A White Noice Machine was in the room and earplugs offered.
Room was not cheap ($130./nite). Those things should be disclosed up front.
It’s next door to the Tantalo which does disclose it can be noisy and chose Magnolia for that reason. Same noise but no disclosure.
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Date of stay: March 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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Reg B wrote a review Feb 2024
Oakville, Canada25 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Magnolia Inn is a terrific low cost option for accommodation in Casco Viejo. We stayed on two separate days. Each time we had a room on the ground floor. There was some street noise one night but it did not last too late. The beds were very comfortable and while we did not use the common room of the hostel with the large sitting area and large kitchen, it looked tidy and comfortable. The desk staff were very pleasant and helpful. We were able to store our luggage for 3 days while we went to San Blas. The wifi worked well and the Uber drivers were able to find us at this location. The hotel is located in the very middle of Casco Viejo making it easy to walk the entire neighborhood.
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Date of stay: January 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: They offer luggage storage and can arrange transportation to and from the airport.
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John B wrote a review Apr 2024
Salt Lake City3 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The Casa Magnolia Inn is located in the center of Casco Viejo and a very good option with value consideration. It is partly a youth hostel and partly a renovated hotel. We stayed in rooms that were part of the renovated hotel. They were small but very nice.

The location is excellent for wandering around the quaint and interesting Casco Viejo. For us it was much preferable to stay in this part of Panama city rather than downtown - which is "all business".

Casco Viejo is a World Heritage site and it is, reportedly, being entirely renovated to meet its World Heritage status. But, this is a "work in progress". So, there are dilapidated buildings right across narrow streets from buildings that have been nicely renovated. This is true for the Magnolia Inn. So, don't come here expecting that it is all about glamour. It isn't. It is all about history and a view to the past.

The people running the hotel were excellent overall. We were checking out of the hotel in late morning but checking in to the hotel used by our tour later that day. The Magnolia people were very accommodating to storing our luggage and then even allowing us to use the showers (we didn't need them) and the lounge which were parts of the hostel accommodations. This made our transition very easy. We wandered Casco Viejo in the late morning and early afternoon, then took an Uber to or new hotel to begin the tour part of our adventure.

The individual at the front desk did make one mistake: recommending Cafe Baloo as a place for breakfast. It was absolutely the worst! Service was incredibly slow, food was poor quality, the milk for the coffee was curdled and the food was not even what we ordered! This happened on our first morning arrival in Panama and we were trying not to be "ugly Americans" by raising a fuss. However, do not ever go to Cafe Baloo in Casco Viejo!

Otherwise, we would certainly use the Magnolia Inn again. There are fancier hotels if you want to pay for them. But, this was a very good value for our needs.
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Date of stay: March 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Know that there is a part of the hotel that is hostel and a part that is renovated hotel.
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rtln wrote a review May 2022
California134 contributions61 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A couple of notes. The $35 taxi they send for you is not immediately outside the door at the airport. You have to cross the street and look for the number 10 -- read the instructions carefully. Also, there isn't an elevator, so the penthouse is a walk up. We don't have much luggage so it didn't matter. The view from there is great, you can see the skyline, doing its best impression of the Bund, or Kuala Lumpur. The hotel is really a lovely place in the heart of the old town and the only thing I'd change is to stay longer!
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Date of stay: May 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: The top floor is good
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Tianna Colvin wrote a review Oct 2022
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is my second time staying at the Magnolia Inn and all I can say is I would recommend it to anyone. They have a variety of rooms for all types of travellers and all VERY clean! The shared kitchen and common area is perfect for meeting other travellers, making your meals, and having a coffee on the balcony. The staff is SUPER friendly and always welcomes you every time you come back from being out in the city, while also giving good advice on where to eat etc. The location is perfect for anyone looking to explore Casco Antiguo as it is in walking distance to everywhere in this area! The Magnolia Inn is a perfect home away from home in this busy city.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Answer from Justine28
Yellowknife, Canada2,151 contributions1,059 helpful vote
We stayed in a street-level room with window going out to a back street. Surprisingly, we didn't have any issues with noise. I think it may depend on the time of year and/or if much is going on in town during your stay, but, thankfully, it wasn't a problem for us.
Answer from Heather H
Santa Barbara, California95 contributions9 helpful votes
I would doubt it. My room opened onto a veranda. All other rooms seemed like they did as well.
Answer from Magnolia I
Taos, New Mexico
Hi Ms Roaming, We have an English Speaking airport pickup service for $35, a yellow taxi should be around $30. Uber does operate but their price is not fixed, it should be around $25-30. Buses are cheap but not always convenient, and they will drop you off at cinco de mayo, which is still a 15 minute walk from Casco Viejo. Bus schedules do not exist here in Panama, you just wait till the bus shows up. For more info send us an email at: magnoliapanama at gmail . com and we will gladly assist you from there.
Answer from Magnolia I
Taos, New Mexico
Hi Swati! We have room 2A available with a queen bed and twin bed, with private bathroom. Please go to our website for a more detailed impression of the room and to make your booking. Kind regards, Joeri van der Linden
DocHatton asked a question Mar 2016
West Milford, New Jersey12 contributions10 helpful votes
How does airport transportation work?
goodinfo wrote a tip May 22
Kabul167 contributions155 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"I had room 9, which was good"
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Monique L wrote a tip Apr 2024
78 contributions4 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Put everything in your lockers!!!"
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John B wrote a tip Apr 2024
Salt Lake City3 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Know that there is a part of the hotel that is hostel and a part that is renovated hotel."
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Reg B wrote a tip Feb 2024
Oakville, Canada25 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"They offer luggage storage and can arrange transportation to and from the airport."
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Travel4Fun wrote a tip Feb 2024
Norfolk, Nebraska114 contributions18 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"The street noise on the one side is awful. Ask for a room that is on the top floor and not facing the noisy street. The staff can help."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Casa Magnolia Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Casa Magnolia Inn?
Nearby attractions include Casco Viejo (0.1 km), Dress Like Panama (0.3 km), and Panamá Barcrawl (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Casa Magnolia Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, airport transportation, and a concierge.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Casa Magnolia Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Caleta, Restaurante El Nacional - Sabores de Panama, and Ammi Skybar.
Does Hotel Casa Magnolia Inn have airport transportation?
Yes, Hotel Casa Magnolia Inn offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hotel Casa Magnolia Inn?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, German, Russian, and Dutch.
Are there any historical sites close to Hotel Casa Magnolia Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Museo del Canal Interoceánico de Panamá (0.1 km).
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