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Hostal Boquete
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Taken there by our tour guide. Tucan Tours booked it. We had thought we had paid for hotels but cheap and cheerful Tucan had booked us into this dirty cheap hostel. Prices are $20 per night and even that is a rip off. Rooms where dirty. Bedding was ancient and suspicious. Kitchen was so awful i took pictures to seek a refund. Over half the tour group revolted and refused to stay there and made Tucan put us in a proper hotel. Front of the hostel faces the rear of a large supermarket. Waterworks outside in the street so they had no water for the toilets and showers. Our room was dingy with only a small window. No view. No tea and coffee making facilities. No fridge. And no air conditioning. Only a tiny fan. Avoid. We refused to stay there.

Room Tip: Sleep on a park bench it would be cleaner.
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  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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MIKEPS21, Owner at Hostal Boquete, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2017

I understand the importance of a first impression and I utilize comments and complaints to improve on things at the hostel, but only when the complaints are genuine. The fact you believed you were coming to a hotel is also a strike against your expectations. I understand about the construction in front and lack of water for a short time at the time of your arrival and apologize, but that is out of our control and your tour guide was informed 3 days prior to your arrival. Construction I will also add that is occurring in the whole town, not just in front of the hostel. I am very skeptical about your comments concerning the other things when before stepping in the lobby hearing a person in your group say "I don't want to stay here". An example of the reason I am skeptical is your complaint of the kitchen. If you had stepped foot in the kitchen you would have seen that it is a fully equipped kitchen with Stove, microwave, coffee machine, hot water dispenser and large REFRIGRATOR. I don't understand how you could have missed it. The rest of your group that stayed found it quite enjoyable and had made a great dinner on their last night.

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Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Pro's: The name says it all. It's an Hostel and doesn't pretend to be anything else. Good location close to centre of town and a fast flowing mountain stream at the back of the Hostel. Very friendly, helpful staff inspite of limited English speaking ability.

Con's: Not many. It's an unpretentious Hostel. Construction work at the back made the place look dirty and filthy.

Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank OzTrottingGlobe
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Reviewed 13 June 2016 via mobile

As a hostal get the work done, it does have a nice location. Rooms are overall good, small tv, cable, Wi-Fi, small fan(which you probably wont use), hot water and a nice balcony. Recommended for people with a budget who only need a place to stay.

Stayed: June 2016, travelled as a couple
Thank Estefani U
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Reviewed 23 April 2016

I have never done a review before, but I find them very helpful, so here goes...

I stayed in room 7 for six nights in April. I would definitely stay here again. My room had a private balcony over looking the river, The location can't be beat - right next to the biggest grocery store in town and one block from the center of town. Several people on here mention issues with the temperature of the shower- I did not have any problem - it was easy to get it to the temperature I like.

My room was clean and comfortable - keep in mind, this is a hostal, not a fancy resort and you won't be disappointed. The reception staff don't speak fluent English, but they know the basics, and the owner (from the U.S.) is often in the lobby to help. He mentioned that he is slowly upgrading the hostal, one room at a time.

  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 23 April 2016

The location for this Hostal is great but that is about all that is good about it. I was with a group and we had five rooms. All were dirty it looked like all they had done in the last month was change the sheets. The reception closed at nine every night but we were not told this. The rooms were overcrowded with beds three in each room which left no space for luggage. Would definitely not recommend.

Room Tip: do snot stay here
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  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled with friends
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Thank agmc
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Address: Ave a Este Casa sn Runta 21 D | 4A Sur, Boquete 0413, Panama
Region: Panama > Chiriqui Province > Boquete
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #34 of 52 Speciality Lodging in Boquete
Price Range: $51 - $66 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostal Boquete 2*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A charming inn/hotel on the river/ private rooms, private bathrooms, hot water, cable t.v. wifi, internet truly the best location in Boquete. ... more   less 
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