First, the good:
The staff is super friendly and helpful.
The rooms have been updated with nice tiles, etc. in the bathroom.
It is centrally located (if that's what you want)
A/C in the rooms
Now, the bad:
There isn't really a chill place to hang out. There are crowded folding chairs downstairs, and the upstairs balcony is really an extension of the rooms there, so not really common areas.
The rooms are not sufficient to hang out, and given that there is no other area, you're pretty cramped. That's fine if you're out doing tours all day and then at the bar and just need a place to crash. But if you actually want to hang out for a a day or two, it's not a good option.
It is centrally located, but a short walk leads to much more chill areas. Again, if you're not looking for peace and quiet, have at it.
When I booked (which was super easy) they didn't have a private room so they put us in a dorm room to have for ourselves for the same price. The room (#3) was a terrible, dank, dungeon-y place that was worth nowhere near the $35 they charged for it. I wouldn't have paid $5 to stay in that room.
The following night we were put in a proper room that was dramatically better, but still, there was nowhere to hang out.
Basically, if you just want a place to sleep and need A/C, this is not a bad option. If you want a private room and a relaxing place, look elsewhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on Colon Island's Main Street, Calipso Hostel is right where all the action takes place but with enough distance from the main bars and clubs allowing you to have a pleasant night's sleep. With 6 dorm rooms and 3 private rooms, all of which are air conditioned and have their own private bathroom, this youth hostel has a welcoming international backpacker vibe. Beds in a dorm room go from $10 per night and private rooms go from $35 per night. The hostel has free wifi internet, an ample balcony, a common kitchen and 24 hour reception service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Calipso Hostel Bocas Del Toro, Panama - Bocas Town