My girlfriend and I stayed there for a night and at first we were very happy with what we had found. Everyone seemed friendly and helpful. However that changed very quickly. After we declined the communal meal of lamb, because, we are vegetarians, Tom seemed to have become very offended. When I asked what other local restaurants his guests liked his reply was "my restaurant" and he coldly walked away.
We did not feel welcomed at all. After we left and ate out, we came back planning to hang out on the dock and enjoy the beautiful location. Upon arrival Tom glared at us as we patted his dog and didn't say a word. We then went to our room and planned our departure as soon as possible.
He has many rules which is fair enough as he is running a business but the sinks and toilets, toilet paper he tells you to flush, goes straight to the ocean below. He is environmentally conscious when it benefits him. Either way we followed ALL his rules and didn't even shower to help conserve water when it seemed to low.
It's too bad as he has an amazing location on a beautiful island. I should say his wife was very nice and welcoming. If Tom had stayed behind he kitchen and chain smoked out of sight we would have stayed there much longer. Maybe if you speak German or like having your evenings dictated out this could be the place for
You. If not I suggest checking around.
- 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