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“Affordable spot next to the river in a charming town”
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Hostal Boquete
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4 reviews
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“Affordable spot next to the river in a charming town”
Reviewed 21 February 2010

I spent four days here while I was in Boquete. My biggest pleasure was sitting in one of the hammocks out back by the river, reading in the morning sun. The staff is friendly (David, the owner, is from the US and a good source of info about what to do around Boquete and getting around), the place is clean, there's pretty decent hot water and internet access.

One thing to be aware of: one side of this hotel faces the river, but the back faces the loading dock of a grocery store. I was in a room in the back. I travel with earplugs and slept OK, but these rooms can be noisy, so light sleepers should consider this.

The crowd I met here was a mix of younger backpacker types and retirement age US expats. People were friendly, and those with limited Spanish will get by OK here. There's a small restaurant and porch facing the river that's a fine place to sit and have a beer.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled solo
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Finland
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Reviewed 8 February 2010

We thought it was a very cute, charming hostal. We loved the river just outside and the possibility to sit by the river and relax. Nice vibe and friendly staff. Great location. Our room was a bit dark but otherwise ok, nothing special. Would stay there again.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with friends
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Riga, Latvia
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Reviewed 24 January 2010

The location of the hostel is the best in the whole town - riverfront makes it beautiful and the very center makes it practical! You can find more romantic places out of the town, but if you want to be in a close walking distance to everything (bus station, shops, restaurants and meeting&booking point for the organized excursions) and not to spend a fortune, and also to be lulled in sleep by the river, then definitely stay there.
Rooms are rather plain and look a bit more dirty than they are (actually they are not), but hey - what can you expect for that price, and with such an amount of outdoor activities as Boquete offers you are not going to stay much indoors anyway. And - there are lovely balconies!
A great asset is the owner David. He is very welcoming and gives great travel tips.
We also liked a lot, that he was very quick and efficient replying our booking e-mails.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 22 December 2009

Great place to stay that is one block away from the heart of town, within walking distance of the three bars, as well as all the tour operators. It's a clean, quiet place along the river, but there are always travelers there looking to talk about their experiences.

David can give you a few good suggestions on what to do and knows the area very well.

Nice, clean rooms, with towels, soap and shampoo. Bed's vary in comfort, find a good one if you're going to stay there more than one night.

Don't forget about the restaurant, they have great food whether you want something local or something to remind you of home.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled with friends
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Ontario
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Reviewed 2 September 2009

Great room, great location, great tips. David made our time in Boquete so easy and fun, he had so many recommendations for things to do. View from out room was beautiful and the staff was very friendly!!!!

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco
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Reviewed 28 August 2009

We very much enjoyed our stay at Hostal Boquete. The location is perfect (very close to the downtown area, within blocks), but nestled right on the river, so you fall asleep to the sound of the water, not whatever else is going on in the streets. The rooms are simple, yet very clean and the bathrooms were nicely tiled and also clean. There are several different rooms, so you can choose how large of a room you want and where you want to be located within the hotel. Also, we were two rooms sharing a very large common space, with couches, TV and kitchen. If we had been a group of 4 it would have been like having our own apartment. There is also a great area in the back, with hammocks strung and seating areas, where you can enjoy the cool Boquete breeze and listen to the water. The lobby is full of guests chatting and giving tips to one another. We met some great travelers there.

Most importantly, the staff was wonderful. Very friendly and helpful, offering as much advice as you want about activities. We had a last-minute change and the owner was even nice enough to let us back out of our second night and check out WAY later than we should have. They definitely go above and beyond to ensure their guests are well taken care of.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 August 2009

Easy to find....turn left before the bridge. Best location.... can hear the river rapids.....friendly staff and sometimes have a mad Yank called Joey who keeps you entertained and liquored up with amazing cocktails! Owner extremely hospitable and has a presence about the place. Very clean and bright. Great breakfasts. Excellent value

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with friends
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Property: Hostal Boquete
Address: Ave a Este Casa sn Runta 21 D | 4A Sur, Boquete 0413, Panama
Region: Panama > Chiriqui Province > Boquete
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 49 Speciality Lodging in Boquete
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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