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Hostal Garden by Refugio del Rio
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Reviewed 15 May 2014

The location is just right being off the main road but everything is easy to walk to. The price was spot on and a better value than any other place we stayed in panama. The staff could absolutely not have been anymore hospitable or helpful. It really feels like you are staying with friends more than you are in a hostel. Muy tranquilo.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 April 2014

We stayed here for 3 nights in February. We took the bus to Bouquette; it was a little challenge to find, but is in a nice location near downtown. It is off the main streets which minimizes traffic. The location by the rushing creek is pleasant, and there is a nice lawn area by the creek when it is nice to sit out, (it was mostly windy or drizzly during our stay). The small cabins with balconies overlooking the creek are nice little retreats, and it was nice to have your own bathroom. Air conditioning is unnecessary due to good breezes. The staff was always helpful and friendly. The communal kitchen and dining area are often busy, which you would expect, but a great place to chat with folks from around the world.

Room Tip: Get a cabin with a private bath and balcony if you can
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

Location was great. Price was good. Hostel amenities were amazing. The room itself was good, but not great. The room was clean and perfectly serviceable, but kind of in a weird location and the bathroom was just okay. We arrived very early in the morning and the hosts let us hang around until our room was ready. They were helpful with booking onward transportation.
There is a river running through the back with places to sit and relax ... lots of places to sit and relax.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank WanderlustCarolyn
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Reviewed 7 April 2014 via mobile

I stayed here for three nights in a dorm room. As the door is constantly open, the cat of the hostel always lies in the dorm beds.

As I am allergic, that is a no-go. Staff put a sign on the door, which was nice.

There are many people hanging out, so it was never clear to me, who actually was staff and who was a guest. The staff I recognized was always super friendly.

The whole three days I stayed there, the dorm and bathroom wasn't cleaned once.

The worst experience was but the snake on the window sill, which must have come into the room somehow. But as nobody ever cleans, it wasn't discovered early. Someone took it and saw that it was already dead. So nobody seemed to care much about it.

The nice thing was the hottub outside near the river. Wouldn't stay in the dorm again.

  • Stayed: January 2014
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Thank Corinna S
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Reviewed 1 April 2014

We stayed a week in a private room overlooking the river-that you would easily pay 4 times more for in the states.. So beautiful and relaxing. The staff was so helpful and friendly. Such a great location-so private but two minutes from downtown.We are in our 60s and felt totally welcome even though most guests were in their 20s. Loved having access to the kitchen. Can't wait to come back.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 March 2014

The location of this hostel is fantastic and walking distance to most everything in Boquete. I thought we had booked the treehouse room, as we wanted private rooms, a bathroom, and a view, but my dad had arrived a day prior for check in and didn't realize that we had asked for the treehouse. When we arrived, it was occupied.

The room we ended up in did have a private bathroom, which was great; but it shared a front room and an abandoned kitchen that now occupies random old appliances and is not in use. The only window in our room was about 3x3 and above the top bunk, so we didn't have much air or any views. Ultimately, it wasn't a deal breaker for us, and the place overall was nice. People were friendly, and the place was clean. There were definitely other rooms that had nice views of the river. I think we just were unclear on which rooms we wanted.

Room Tip: Specify if you want a room on the river with a view, or the treehouse.
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 March 2014

I honestly do not know how anyone can find fault with this hostel.

Anna and Gina, especially, delivered absolutely amazing client services.

Clean, comfortable, friendly, in a great location with excellent amenities and the most polite “clean up after yourself” signs I have ever encountered, this is one of the nicest hostels, ever.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank SocklessJ
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Additional Information about Hostal Garden by Refugio del Rio

Address: Av A Este | Bajo, Boquete 0413, Panama
Region: Panama > Chiriqui Province > Boquete
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 50 Speciality Lodging in Boquete
Price Range: £7 - £17 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostal Garden by Refugio del Rio 2*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Known in town as the “luxurious” hostel for backpackers, you are always surprised to discover that such a beautiful house has been transformed into a hostel. Our place has been carefully furnished and decorated and also has 8 private all of which some have private and some have shared bathrooms. ... more   less 
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