La Saloma Hostal

Guesthouse in La Villa de Los Santos

Recently opened on the south side of the main square and opposite the church, this colorful guesthouse counts a dozen rooms. Five of them are in a building dating from the 1870s and the rest are in a newer addition in the back courtyard. The rooms are pretty bare-bones, with no added comforts, and only one has its own bathroom, but the location is great.

There's a music theme going on here: saloma means 'shanty' in Spanish and rooms are named after traditional Panamanian instruments such as the stringed socavón and the tambor drums.