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“So good time.” 4 of 5 stars
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3rd Street, between E and Central Avenue | Across the Municipal Building, Bocas Town, Isla Colon 01010, Panama   |  
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Helsinki, Finland
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“So good time.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

The Staff are very nice and helpful. Location is great. Near of everything. Open kitchen is a such a big plus and clean. You can have a pancakes and coffee for free for breakfast. ;-) Ambience is so good. I Stayed 5 nights and if i ever go back to Isla Colon, i would stay in Tungara again. I recommend.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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panamajoules, Owner at Tungara Calipso Hostel, responded to this review, February 11, 2013
Hi Elie,
Thanks for choosing us. We're so glad you had such a great time and that Tungara allowed you to enjoy Bocas at its fullest!
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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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Thunder Bay, Canada
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

I stayed 6 nights at Tungara in late December and fully enjoyed my time there. It was clean, there was comfortable matresses, free, purified drinking water, wifi, a computer with internet, and our room had a/c (I believe they all do?) for a very good price. I stayed in a 6 bed dorm that had large lockers for backpacks and a large bathroom/shower dedicated to our dorm room. Carlos, Duan and the rest of the staff were very helpful and friendly. I would definitely stay here again. TK

  • Stayed December 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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panamajoules, Owner at Tungara Calipso Hostel, responded to this review, February 11, 2013
Hiya there!
Clean, comfortable, welcoming... that and more is what we aim to be. Thanks for spreading the word!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

When I go to Bocas, I always return to Calypso. Friendly staff, clean spaces, free pancakes and coffee in the morning, second floor balcony,semi-private decks off the rooms, cool travelers, - all right in the center of Bocas. I recommend this hostel.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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panamajoules, Owner at Tungara Calipso Hostel, responded to this review, February 11, 2013
Heya Max, so cool to hear we are the place where you return each time you're in Bocas... THANKS!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

me and my boyfriend stayed a couple of nights in this hostel when we arrived in bocas. the guys at reception are really nice and helpful and try to make your stay as pleasant as possible. the rooms are really clean and every room has its own bathroom and air condition. for only 10 $ pp a night that really a bargain!theres a tour desk right belonging to the hostel, and they can help you out and give information about the tours and activities around. the hostel is located right in the center of the town, opposite of the park on the mainstreet and therewith really safe. in the mornings, they offer free pancakes, which you can prepare yourself in the kitchen which is a really nice plus. only down, the rooms are a little bit dark but in the end of the day your in bocas to enjoy the island and not to sit around in your hostel room. you will also have a locker in your room for valuable staff and the day your leaving, you can store your bags behind the counter which is really convenient. if your looking for a nice, clean place to stay, with helpful and friendly service at the front desk in the middle of the town this hostel is really recommendable.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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panamajoules, Owner at Tungara Calipso Hostel, responded to this review, February 11, 2013
Hi Kira! Glad that we're delivering what we promise and since your feedback we've added some more lights to the dorm rooms. Hope you return one day!
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Telluride, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

We stayed here for 5 days and had a great time while staying. The beds were sooo clean and so comfortable. The rooms were fairly quiet and the staff were very friendly. Having A/C in the dorm rooms was also a big plus. I would recommend staying here if you are looking for a nice, affordable, central location with a yummy pancake breakfast and good people. Come and stay!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hartford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

I really enjoyed my recent 5-day stay at Tungara Calipso Hostel in Bocas Town. Dwan at the desk was very sweet and Carlos out front at the Tourist office was very kind and helpful. What a great location; our second floor balcony overlooked the main road across from the town park, from where we could watch the parade of young backpackers and local characters strolling by, young mothers with children balanced on their bicycles, guys skateboarding. And a fabulous spot to watch the huge parade for Bocas del Toro provincial holiday - a cast of thousands. Our private room was simple but comfortable with our own private bath (although only cold water, but it was so hot out, we didn't mind), one queen bed and one double bunk. The room next door was a dorm with maybe 8 bunks.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Catania, Italy
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

We stayed 4 days at Tungara's with my friends. The people who manage the hostel (Carlos and Dwan) are LOVELY!! they were so helpful and nice, we arrived very early with a bus from Panama city and- since the people in our bedroom hadn't checked out yet, they arranged for us to rest in a dorm that was empty, with clean bedsheets, until our room was ready.

But what was really Great is that I left a brand new lycra that I use for surfing hanging somewhere at the hostel, I called them once I realized that from Panama and they found it and hold it for me until my friend gets it this weekend (he's going back to Bocas and staying there again).
The location is great and the staff is amazing!

Room Tip: the veranda is great!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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panamajoules, Owner at Tungara Calipso Hostel, responded to this review, February 11, 2013
Hola Ameriga, we love that you loved us! Your surf lycra is so nice that we're glad you have it back =).
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Address: 3rd Street, between E and Central Avenue | Across the Municipal Building, Bocas Town, Isla Colon 01010, Panama
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Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Colon > Bocas Town
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 32 Specialty Lodging in Bocas Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on Colon Island's Main Street, Tungara Calipso Hostel is right where all the action takes place but with enough distance from the main bars and clubs allowing you to have a pleasant night's sleep. With 7 dorm rooms and 3 private rooms, all of which are air conditioned and have their own private bathroom, this youth hostel has a welcoming international backpacker vibe. Beds in a dorm room go from $15 per night and private rooms go from $45 per night. The hostel has free wifi internet, an ample balcony, a common kitchen, 24 hour reception service and free breakfast. As of March 2012, Tungara Calipso Hostel is under new management and its quality has been upgraded. ... more   less 
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Tungara Calipso Hostel Bocas Del Toro, Panama - Bocas Town

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