We arrived on Bastimentos without having a hostel reservation or any idea where to stay. We saw TioTom from the boat when we arrived and we had a look at the rooms - they were great- so we stayed!
The room we got was super clean, had many little accessories that we were missing in almost every other hostel (Table, Bedside lamp, shelf for cloths etc.) You could hear some noise from the dock next to the hostel, but you know that when you check in, because you normally arrive on that dock and for us it was anyway super quite compared to the noisy hostels we've stayed on Bocas. We actually thought it is nice to hear the boats and the water lacking up against the floor and the great view out of the window.
They have a family dinner every night for a fair price. The food was not extraordinary but good.
They also offer breakfast, but we always had our own.
They have a few rules and yes they like to remind you, but hey it's their hostel and these are their rules. We tried to take it easy and not be bothered to much about it.
The owners are definitely two special characters and I think either you like them, they like you and you have a great time at their place or NOT....
They have their own way of saying things and if you are sensible you should maybe not stay there as you could think they are rude. You should take what they say with a pinch of salt and you will have a great time!
We definitely had an amazing time and enjoyed the stay at TioToms.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- You are looking for a nice place at the Caribbean? Our family-guesthouse is builded over the water of the lagoon and located in the centre of the village Bastimentos on the same named island in the north of Panama at the archipelago Bocas del Toro. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Pension Tio Tom Hotel Isla Bastimentos
- TioTomsGuesthouse Panama/Isla Bastimentos, Bocas Del Toro