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“Good value and great host”
Review of Hostal Bastimentos

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Hostal Bastimentos
Istanbul, Turkey
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81 reviews
73 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Good value and great host”
Reviewed 3 August 2013

PROS
Incredibly friendly and helpful staff - nothing too much for them and they will go out of their way to make your stay memorable
Very clean rooms
Good value for money
The verandas with hammocks are perfect for lounging - especially the view from the hammocks on the top floor!
Kitchen is pretty clean

CONS:
The rooms are quite dark
The fan doesn't actually blow air onto the bed (where you need it the most!)

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 14 July 2013 via mobile

We where here for 5 days. We had the private double on the top floor. View is beautifull rooms are nice. Bathroom was not super clean but oké! (it is a hostal!) Patrick was the host (King of the castle) when we where there. Super nice guy, gives lots of information and local tips! For me bastimentos is the place to stay in bocas! The hostal is a good base to explore the island and get to know the rastas in oldbank.

Patrick if you are in Holland you know how to find us!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Brooklyn, New York
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307 reviews
86 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2013

I stayed here for two nights and had a good time. I paid for a private room, but there were no available when I checked in so I got a dorm room to myself. I loved the hammocks all over the place, especially on the top floor where I was because you have a lovely view of the water and the docks. I got a chance to see the cabana type rooms in the back and they were very lovely. The island is small enough that everything is close to everything. Staff was wonderful and friendly, especially the owner. I had no complaints and would recommend this place.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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Reviewed 1 April 2013

Was staying somewhere else on Bastimentos but wanted to extend our stay so I went in and asked a day or two beforehand, staff booked my boyfriend & I a room (private double room with private bathroom and AC, $40 a night). Room was great, AC worked really well, the showers were actually very hot (my first real hot shower in all of Panama).

Great atmosphere, lots of hammocks, open air kitchen and dining area, laundry available for $5 dollars/load. Enrique and Patrick are really helpful with anything, especially for information about the island. Highly recommend the cave tour (but only if you're ok with getting wet and muddy!)

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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London
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92 reviews
32 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 9 March 2013 via mobile

Great hostel, beautiful view over the water, lots of hammocks to chill in and really friendly staff. The dorms are spacious but a little dark, they have lockers. There are lots if areas to chill and meet others and they recently opened a nice chilled bar at the back if the hostel for a beer or two if you want. I really enjoyed this place, the people who stayed there were nice and the staff friendly.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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94 reviews
53 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2013 via mobile

Ok hostel, dorms are spacious and there's plenty if sitting areas. Good wifi. Kitchen basic but the fridge really needs cleaned out!
Dorm bed is $8.25 a night once they've added tax, not $6 as I'd thought. No free brekkie.
Nice staff
Cold showers

  • Stayed February 2013
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Tampa, FL
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14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2012 via mobile

We had a great experience at this hostel. We decided to call in advance and spoke with the owner Enrique. He was very polite and answered all my questions. He even suggested to bring some fruits from the main island as it could be difficult and pricier in Bastimentos.

Checking in was fast. They show you the rooms that they have available and then you decide how much you want to spend. Private room range from $10-45 night. Dorm is $6

Enrique is very good giving tips about what to do / where to eat. Have a meal with him, it is good to talk to him.

The lady that helps him is very nice. She did out stinky laundry for $5 dollars. I had some stuff drying outside of my room. She moved it to a better place so it could dry faster.

Decoration is very neat. He was able to keep some of the stuff from a "survivor" type show that was filmed there.

The dogs are amazing guards. Somehow they recognize the guests from the locals.

Kitchen is fully equipped.

Good: price, location, customer service.

Bad: nothing

  • Stayed October 2012
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Property: Hostal Bastimentos
Address: Isla Bastimentos, Isla Bastimentos, Panama
Region: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Bastimentos
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 20 Speciality Lodging in Isla Bastimentos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostal Bastimentos 2*
Number of rooms: 22
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