Going to Panama in September was a challenge for me, since I am not really an enthusiast of rain and thunderstorms and have heard that the rain can get crazy! My friend started looking for hostels online. She found some incredible photos of Hostal Armonia on various websites and we decided to try it out.

What attracted us most was the cool design ideas and unique characteristics, as well as the hostal dog, Lily.

We travel together often. Like a lot. One could say we are pro-travelers! Sometimes the hostels are nothing like they look like in their website photos, or descriptions. But when we arrived at Armonia, we realized that it was even better than we expected, and the website photos showed a lot, except they did not really portray the chill vibes and welcoming home atmosphere.

Ok, this pool was fantastic! I loved the feeling of safety in the area, and the location was close to tons of shopping. The whole place was fantastic! Everyone was more than welcoming, always ready to help to give us different information about Panama City and answer our bizarre questions. (Anyone else have trouble finding reliable information about Panama?? Kris can help you and if she doesn’t know the answer, her partner Carlos is ready with the directions hehe)

Woops, I nearly forgot to mention the free daily home-cooked breakfast served in the morning and the amazing brownies that you can buy at the front desk! Everything was fresh and made with love, like we were their friends staying over the weekend.

To end our stay in great style, the owners gave us a room upgrade, so we had a suite of our own to spend Sunday night. All these little treats made our trip to Panama City so special that solidifies, I’m coming back next year to explore more of beautiful Panama and staying right there again in Hostel Armonia.

This travel story was sent to us by Johanna Cupito, a world traveler and story writer.

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