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Hostal Refugio del Rio

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Lugano, Switzerland
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After 45 days in Panama and 8 hostels, finally a cozy place where one can feel at home. The huge house looks like a Swiss chalet with wooden high ceilings. Nice garden near a stream with wooden double lying chairs. The dorm is fantastically spacious with only 11 beds (5 bunkbeds). Lockers and towels available. The whole house is very...

Thank 42Manuela
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We are a family with two young children, we had a private room with our own simple bathroom. We loved this place. Super friendly and helpfull staff, clean room, and a communal kitchen which wasn't perfect, but functional and just fine. Later on in our journey we decided to come back, we got 'our' room again, and it felt a...

Thank Antoinette K
Chengdu, China
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

We stayed one night at this hostel. We had a private room and bathroom for 40$US. All was very clean . The kitchen well équipe. Access to the river with hammocks to relax Good location. I recommend this place!!!!

Thank Danielleidou
Utrecht, The Netherlands
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

We tried the cabin, the private room, and the rooms with shared bathroom... 1. The cabins are lovely at the river front. You have a small terrace for the two of you and a nice bathroom. Throughout the hostel they use bottles as building material, which gives the room a unique and coherent look. Big LIKE! 2. The private room...

Thank peeterstom
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Reviewed 11 January 2017

I stayed at Refugio del Rio for 5 nights in 3 different rooms. Overall, this was my favourite accommodation in my 2 weeks in Panama, It was a very warm and friendly atmosphere that felt like a home away from home. The hostel could use a little TLC (ex: dorm bathroom/kitchen), but it's part of the charm. I really liked...

Thank Annatravels55
Reviewed 9 January 2017

This place really is great for recovering from exhausting hikes,trips, adventures etc. We arrived after spending half a week of adventure in the middle of the jungle in a low-cost backpacker hostel (Lost & Found) and loved el Refugio del Rio from the first day. The location and decoration is just utterly beautiful with some hammocks just next to a...

Thank Moritz W
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Unless you're not a cat lover, this is an amazing place to stay, very close to Boquete Town (2 blocks), close to Cheap restaurants, supermarket, stores, atm, bus stop to go back to David, etc. Its a very Cheap hostel, the staff is very lovely people and everything is so clean and tidy. The best part, is the breakfast! Nice...

Thank Alexandra P
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed 29 December 2016

We stayed in a private room for 4 days. The place was ok, but not great. The staff was very friendly and helpful and the area of the hostel was good too. We did not like our room though, there were tiny black ants everywhere and it was not very clean.

Thank EliseCamilla
Lubeck, Germany
Reviewed 3 December 2016

A friend recommended this place and i do not regret following her advice! The staff were super friendly and helpful and made you feel right at home. The girl working the tour desk helped me plan my adventures in and around boquete and had great tips for hikes. The dorm i stayed in had 12 beds, but provided tons of...

Thank Thorben H
Market Harborough, United Kingdom
Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Excellent place to stay. Friendly people, bright, clean rooms and lovely communal space in a great location. Helpful about trekking and onward travel etc. Would absolutely highly recommend. We didn't have the breakfast but looked delicious and nice, clean communal kitchen.

Thank Lucy H

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“Ask Luccini about the story of his German girlfriend”
 of 5 bubbles Tarant88, 21 Jun 2016 | Read review
“Private rooms upstairs are spacious and very good value for money”
 of 5 bubbles S1047DSchrisc, 3 Jun 2016 | Read review
“Loved the private rooms upstairs with shared bathroom, affordable, comfortable, great views and sweet river sounds”
 of 5 bubbles SpokeyDokeys, 15 May 2016 | Read review
“Try the tree house out for a unique experience”
 of 5 bubbles jds88, 26 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Rooms 1 & 2 are closest to the river and you can hear it as you go to sleep.”
 of 5 bubbles jocko, 23 Mar 2016 | Read review
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