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“Very pleasent!” 5 of 5 stars
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Hostal Refugio del Rio
Ave. B Oeste, Boquete, Panama   |  
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Very pleasent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014 via mobile

Stumbled upon this place while searching for a hostel in Boquete. We were looking for a hostel with private rooms and privets baths. This beautiful place is located a couple of block from the town square sitting alongside a small river. It was clean and very affordable. The staff were super helpful. For the price we were blown away by how nice the amenities were. We plan on more trips to Boquete and El Refugio will be our top choice.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Willingboro, New Jersey
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

So much more than just a hostal, Refugio del Rio is a beautiful place to stay in Boquete. The main house is clean and a great place to read or relax. The kitchen is stocked and always smells wonderful as guests cook throughout the day. The outside area is incredible; I met so many cool people from all over the world just by hanging out on the patio. Soothing sounds of the river make the backyard an excellent spot to chill, and the sauna was a welcome respite after a hike up Volcan Baru. Don't be scared of the outdoor shower and toilet, they work great. Many travelers stayed in their tents next to the river and I can definitely see why.

The staff is very friendly and helpful despite my limited Spanish (hola Gina!). Wifi was solid throughout the entire property area and they have four PCs for use as well. Two different travelers who had been all over told me this was there favorite hostal in the entire world. Such a great spot.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
    • 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
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Consecon, Canada
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5 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

Rented a tree top room for 6 days. Great views, nice quiet area. Wifi always worked from our room so we didn't have to go to the common area.However the common area was nice & clean, like the rest of the property. Free coffee in the mornings was a nice touch.
Pleasant, helpful staff

Room Tip: If you want more privacy book a tree top room. You can still meet fellow travelers but only have to...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Refugio del Rio is true to its name, it is a refuge by a wonderful river. The sound of the river can be heard from the tents or from the private treetop rooms. All reasonably priced and worth much more than you pay. It is more than just a hostel, it's a home. The staff treats you like family, the facilities are immaculate, and the location is centered perfectly in the middle of the small town of Boquete.

I could continue to go on about the surroundings and decor, but it should be reemphasized that they really treat you like an old friend, or a traveling family member. So open, warm and friendly.

Room Tip: Get a treehouse!!
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  • Stayed February 2014, 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
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Panama City, Panama
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

The individual rooms are great for the price: 36/night for a nice and quiet room by the river. There's a big kitchen, a jacuzzi and functional WIFI. Be careful about booking a day trip, you can do most of the hikes on your own without paying for a guide.

Room Tip: For couples the rooms by the river are with the 10 extra compared to a dorm.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

Really cheap for what you get. You won't like it if you don't enjoy meeting new people. Big house with wifi, four pc's and really nice kitchen. There are contacts everywhere so you won't suffer because of low battery : )

Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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North Hampton Massachusetts
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

Great service, big shared kitchen, hot tub and lovely grounds make this a great place to stay in Boquete. The riverside cabins are a great value (we didn't stay in one as they were fully booked), the other rooms vary (try to book one facing the river rather than one behind the kitchen) and they also offer camping (tent, air mattress and sheets provided) when it's full. The owner is a great guy!

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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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 #3 of 37 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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