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Hostal Mar e Iguana

Playa Ismito - Bocas Town - Isla Colon | Frente a la entrada de la playa el Istmito, Bocas Town, Isla Colon 06-100, Panama
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 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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Olten, Switzerland
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70 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This hostel is 15 minutes on foot away from the town-center. Some restaurants and a super-market are close by. The place is clean and the bar/restaurant is a cool place to hang around. The staff is very nice and forthcoming. The dorm is small but has enough space for your luggage and as a/c! Wifi is fast and But, on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

the vibe in this hostel is very nice, lots of common space in a nice garden,, rooms were bit small but very clean and with everything I need.. the bar is very cheap specially in happy hours, is easy to meet other travellers here... they offer very good boat tours... I hope to be back soon....

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Bloomington, Indiana
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was really looking forward to this stay but was rather disappointed. There is a great two-story terrace where yoga is sometimes held in the mornings, with several hammocks and wifi accesible. The staff were all very nice and helpful as well. However, the reservation I had made via email earlier in the spring was lost somewhere along the line.... More 

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Friedrichshafen, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015 via mobile

I loved the hostel! The staff and the People are very friendly. It's a nice and relaxed atmosphere there and because it's a 15 minutes walk from town also quite at night. You just have to cross the road and you're already at the beach. The hostel and the rooms are clean. If you want to make a tour to... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Staying at Mar E Iguana is an experience in and of itself, not a jump off point to be used for going out at night in Bocas town, as it is rather far away. The private rooms are nothing too special, and the kitchen is a little dirty and lacking important things such as lids for pots... but it's all... More 

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Windhoek, Namibia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

As the name suggests, it is a very calm and laid-back hostel. Certainly one of the better places to relax at if you ever get tired of all the ruckus in town, and even if you don't it is a good place to go to. I have been in BDT for 9 weeks and I can safely say that they... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We stayed here the first night we arrived in bocas. My boyfriend and I slept in the dorms which wasn't a bother. The air conditioning was nice! We liked the place enough that on our final day back to bocastown we stayed there for another two nights. This time we had a private room. The place overall is super chill,... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The Mar e Iguana (mariuana...get it?) has a nice, if cramped, central bar/kitchen/office (in that order). It also has a beautiful hammok tower that if the weather is nice overlooks the ocean. That's about all I can say for this place. First of all, it's a solid 30 minute walk from when you arrive in Bocaslight town. There is nothing... More 

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mareiguanahostal, Manager at Hostal Mar e Iguana, responded to this review

Fist of all you should have said that you tried to leave without paying , you started lying right from the beginning, saying you did not have money to pay at the moment but that you were going to pay later confirming this way your 3 day reservation. After the first night, the next morning, you wake up and show... More 

Mackinac Island, Michigan
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28 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Had a great time staying here basic dorm rooms with AC. You will need AC if you plan on sleeping in Bocas it is so hot and humid. I stayed in a dorm room as I was a solo traveler and it was just fine for me. No lockers for rent so valuables can be a problem if you do... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

We had a private room, just opposite reception/the bar. It was nice enough; the a/c was fixed for us before we moved in. Cold shower was unpleasant, though not entirely unexpected. The kitchen is small and everything in it needs a good clean (most likely from other guests not washing up properly). There is a good bar, with $1 beer... More 

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