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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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Friedrichshafen, Germany
2 reviews
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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 18 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
2 reviews
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
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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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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Uralsk, Kazakhstan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

I chose this place thinking that it has a walking distance to the beach. Yes it has, but this beach is very dirty, you can't swim there because of sand moving by waves 20-30meters of shore string. However if you need calm place 15 minutes walking from town and supermarket close to it, this place is for you. We had... More 

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Bay City, MI, USA
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13 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

I'm not sure how this place has gotten a single good review. It is the worst hostel I have ever seen. First of all, they are not located on the beach. The beach they are referring to is across the street, behind a restaurant and it is not maintained at all. The beach is almost always empty because there is... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

I recently stayed at Mar e iguana hostel for one week in January. The hostel had decent facilities with comfortable beds. The prices were very competitive. The staff is super friendly and were very very helpful. The only drawbacks to this place is that it is out of bocas town (which could be a good thing if you dont want... More 

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