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“Just stay here” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hostal Refugio del Rio

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Hostal Refugio del Rio
Ave. B Oeste, Boquete, Panama   |  
Hotel amenities
Certificate of Excellence 2014
London
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Just stay here”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012 via mobile

Great atmosphere, clean rooms at a great rate, lovely gardens, go to sleep to the sound of the river. We loved Boquete and Refugio del rio. Stayed longer than we planned in both a private room in the main building then the treehouse. Both were great, especially the treehouse. Would book that again but you need to not mind it being slightly open to the air. You dont need to look anywhere else!

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Soorts-Hossegor, Aquitaine, France
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

Nice rooms, big kitchen, nice location!
Only few rooms in the Hostal that makes it a quite place. Good place for couples.
Staff was friendly and helpful. A 5mn walk from the center of Boquete.
I'll go back there for sure!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Torreon, Mexico
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

I stayed here for my last night in Boquete after moving out of one of the other very popular hostels in town. It was so quiet and peaceful that I wish I had stayed here the entire time. It is still very close to all of the activity in the center of town, but you are next to the river and don't hear any of the hustle and bustle. They also rent scooters at cheaper rates than anywhere else. If you're looking for the party crowd, try elsewhere. If you'd like to be in a great location but have space to breathe and relax, check it out.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

Three of us stayed at the Refugio in May 2012 for 5 days. The hostel is fantastic. Beautiful grounds, right next to the river with a large garden with hammocks/lawn chairs to relax in. The building itself is beautiful and clean. We stayed in the Colibri room (triple) which had a private bathroom and a large, airy room with 2 twin beds and one queen or king bed. It was very inexpensive and overall just an amazing find.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

As a weary traveler, I arrived in Boquete after 2 months of travel and being "on the go" and Refugio del Rio was just what I needed. The creekside location was perfect, tranquil and just 2 blocks from the town center. The staff was really helpful, the place was clean, and the kitchen was the largest I have seen for a hostel. Free wifi was great and even better 4 computers to use (backing up pictures and such) so rarely had to wait for one. The patio was the nightly hang out for all the guests and was a very homey feeling. I highly recommend this place and if I go back to Boquete there is no other place I would consider!

Room Tip: All rooms are good!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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St. Louis, MO
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19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
205 helpful votes 205 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

My cousin/travel buddy chose Hostal Refugio del Rio after reading the favorable reviews on TA and it was at the edge of town which is convenient since we don't have transportation while visiting Boquete. I tried via many emails over a period of weeks to set up a reservation for 3 nites for the end of November, however no one ever returned my emails except the first email where I asked if they offer rooms with 2 beds. We would have loved to have stayed at Hostal Refugio del Rio, the pictures look inviting and you can't beat the price or location to "downtown" Boquete. However, after numerous attempts to reach them via email and never hearing back from my inquiries and request for reservation we figured that is not a good sign or good customer service so we made plans to stay somewhere else in Boquete. Someone at Hostal Refugio del Rio needs to return emails promptly so reservations can be made, otherwise you loose business like mine!

Room Tip: Very difficult to reach via email to make a reservation.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Luchini L, Owner at Hostal Refugio del Rio, responded to this review, October 2, 2012
Hello Love2dance2381,

we regret not to have had you as a guest and we will find out where/ why our correspondence got stuck. If you decide to come back to Boquete we would be happy to prove you, that we have worked on our communication reliability for you, our customers satisfaction.
Thank you for your review even if you did not stay at our place.

Luchini lescure
owner
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Nelson, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

Wonderful location!
Very helpful staff!
Reasonably priced!
Lovely property and accommodations!

~and the owner Lucini, was extremely professional and accommodating ~ you will be well taken care of.
~I came upon this hotel by accident (back in May) while I was looking for something else...and I plan to return for a month in November. Lucini also has another hotel ~ it's gorgeous, beautifully designed ~ which would be perfect for a writer's retreat, or a romantic get-away.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hostal Refugio del Rio

Address: Ave. B Oeste, Boquete, Panama
Location: Panama > Chiriqui Province > Boquete
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 39 Specialty Lodging in Boquete
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Known in town as the “luxurious” hostel for backpackers, you are always surprised to discover that such a beautiful house has been transformed into a hostel. Our place has been carefully furnished and decorated and also has 9 private all of which have private bathrooms. ... more   less 
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