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“Highly recommended” 5 of 5 stars
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Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama   |  
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Vancouver, Canada
1 review
“Highly recommended”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2011

Stayed for a week and had an awesome time - the atmosphere was great, the owners/staff were super friendly, and the bar had the best happy hour in town. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed January 2011, 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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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Cologne, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2010

Just an really amazing place, is perfect for partying and having fun! Nice dorms and private Rooms, i stayed in the tree room with was kind of exiting!the staff is really friendly and can give a lot of advices about the island! Thanks! Dont miss the Happy Hour in the Bar and try the Tequila Suicide and read the quotes on the toilet!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kodiak Island, Alaska
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2010

Mondo is a hostel of epic proportions! Great owners, great vibe, great place to stay in Bocas!!! Enjoy the community around you as you enjoy the happy hour specials every night followed by an all out themed party every night! Do not stay here if you want any sort of peace and quiet as this place will rock your world!! I love it and will be back again!!!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2010

A few years ago I went to Oktoberfest in Germany and all agreed it was the best experience we had ever had, I feared it was a peak that would never be reached again, then I went to Bocas Del Toro and stayed at Mondo Taitu. Screw Disneyland, this is the happiest place on Earth. Many hostels just let you stay there, Mondo wants you there, and does everything possible to make your stay there a highlight. No other hostel puts on a party like this one, and no other hostel makes it so hard to avoid the party. You'll leave with a sore liver, but it'll all be worth it.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bogota, Colombia
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2010

So many places to choose from when you get to the island. I was lucky enough to end up here. Staff were friendly and helpful and the owners know how to keep guests happy. Rooms were clean and not too noisy. Great location, just an all round great experience. I would recommend to everyone....

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Barbara, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2010

When I stayed at Mondo Taitu, I had not planned on venturing into Panama at all. Somehow, five days into my backpacking trip around Costa Rica, I was drinking 50 cent beers and partying in 80's attire in the crazy party atmosphere of this hostel, in an entirely different country than I had originally intended.
The hostel lends a laid back vibe, with young, fun staff who speak both English and Spanish, who are always down to party. They also know the island well and can orient you wherever you want to go. Mondo isn't the place to stay if you're looking for a quiet time, but it is definitely the place to go if you want to meet other travelers, be social, and throw back a few...or ten. The themed nights in the bar are something you can't find anywhere else, and they even supply costumes for you.
Located across the street from the water, and at the end of the main drag of Bocas Del Toro, Mondo's location is prime...also directly across the street from a bar that serves $3 draft pitchers all day, and is on a boat which you are welcome to jump off of and take a dip.
The communal areas aren't the cleanest of any hostel, and they get especially dirty at night, but they are bearable, and a full time cleaning staff is always working on keeping them up. The decor of the place (traveler's messages written all over the walls) makes it seem a little dirtier than it actually is, but I really enjoyed reading the messages that those before me left.
Our first two nights we stayed in a fan cooled dorm, which was hot and miserable. I would definitely recommend splurging the extra $2 for an air conditioned room. They're quieter and cooler, and not in the main building directly above the bar, but next door.
After my four night stay in Bocas I was extremely sad to leave, but just a few weeks later I found myself back in Mondo Taitu...I just couldn't stay away for too long. And I can't wait to go back again.

  • Stayed August 2010, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2010

One of the greatest experiences of my life, so much fun and has to be one of the best parties in the world, period. For anyone hating on it, get over it it's a hostel not a hilton and I'd pay double to stay at a fun place with fun people and fun parties then anywhere else in Bocas! Love Bocas and love Mondo Tiatu! Will be back soon enough I promise!!

Charlie

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 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 Mondo Taitu

Address: Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Colon > Bocas Town
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 30 Specialty Lodging in Bocas Town
Number of rooms: 20
Also Known As:
Mondo Taitu Hotel Bocas Del Toro Province
Mondo Taitu Bocas Del Toro, Panama - Bocas Town

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