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Tungara Calipso Hostel

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3rd Street, between E and Central Avenue | Across the Municipal Building, Bocas Town, Isla Colon 01010, Panama
Tungara Calipso Hostel
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Italy
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

What a awesome place!! I felt as it was my home! The rooms are clean and beds are very good, there is big clean bathrooms inside the dorms. Rooms getting cleaned every day. There is aircondicion and free coffee all day long, and do it yourself pancake mix for breakfast. The kitchen is very big and has every imaginable kitchen... More 

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Canton of Bern, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The hostal is in the Center and the pups and restaurant are arount it. the wifi is free and the rooms are clean. They have a nice balcony with fluffy pillows. The staff there are very helpfull and they have also a own bar.

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El Castillo, Costa Rica
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stayed at Tungara for about a week. It was the cleanest $10 hostel by far, and really welcoming. Great location, had a room that looked out on the balcony and park. Really nice staff as well. My only complaint would have been the lack of hot water, but it was so warm in Bocas anyways that that rarely bothered... More 

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Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My first stay in Bocas was in mid February 2015. I came across this hostel by chance and was super happy I found it. I felt very welcome and comfortable right from the start, thanks to the really friendly and helpful staff, so I stayed for almost one week during carneval. I liked and appreciated that they offered free water... More 

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Salzburg, Austria
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I've stayed at Tungara for 4 nights and loved it! the staff was amazingly friendly, fun and also very helpful! the rooms are big and I absolutely loved the bathroom within the room: shower, 2 sinks, lots of space to leave your toothbrush etc. there's also a balcony where you can leave wet bathing suits/towels or similar. the aircon didn't... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 via mobile

Got a room in this hostel. Later read tripadvisor reviews stating bed bugs. Checked the room and sure enough they were crawling in the sheets. Had to find another hotel an midnight. Rooms were decent enough and staff very friendly but clearly they have an infestation that has been going on for a couple months (based on reviews). Strongly encourage... More 

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panamajoules, Owner at Tungara Calipso Hostel, responded to this review

We're very, but very sorry about this. And we wouldn't have put you in this room if we thought there was a problem there. We have a new management and maintenance team that has been tackling this situation and fortunately it's under control now. Besides using special products to treat the rooms, we've acquired two machines, one that blows hot... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 via mobile

Between the hours of 5pm to 3am, a fellow backpacker and I were moved into 3 different rooms, all with bed bugs. There was not a massive amount but bed bugs are bed bugs. On a more positive note the staff gave us a full refund, sincerely apologized and offered a couple free drinks.

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panamajoules, Owner at Tungara Calipso Hostel, responded to this review

We're very, but very sorry about this. And we wouldn't have changed you to several roomsif we thought there was a problem in each of them. We have a new management and maintenance team that has been tackling this situation and fortunately it's under control now. Besides using special products to treat the rooms, we've acquired two machines, one that... More 

Hamburg, Germany
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I stayed in the dorm for almost 2 weeks and for me there was not a thing to complain about! Tungara has good mattresses, friendly and helpful stuff available all day, lockers in the room, the best bar in town just in front (but not to be heard at night), good wifi and free coffee and water refill. Plus while... More 

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Hamburg, Germany
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

A great vibe and great people working there. The room, beds and bath were clean and animalfree. The kitchen was well equiped and always restored with new pans or spices. The proper bar was full of delicious drinks and good souls to meet and hang out. All in all, would always stay there again.

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 via mobile

Booked in advance as I was doing Spanish school with Habla Ya (which I would recommend if you're in Bocas). But there's a reason why they have such a firm refund policy & demand a deposit with booking... you turn up and are faced with a grotty hostel without the service to make it Bad because... - unhelpful receptionist desk.... More 

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