HostelWorld review (500 character limit):
Nicest dorm on our 4 week CA trip: only 6 beds, *AC*, bathroom, *hot* shower, second sink and counter area, closet. Hostel: shared kitchen, on the ocean, *nice* pool table, hammocks, bar with food. Re "rude" staff reviews: Juan and family were always nice. E.g. 1st day we arrived late and hungry: they reopened the kitchen and made us burgers! So, go to the Hilton if you want the staff to kiss your as*. But, if you want to stay on the ocean with *real* people for $15/night, stay here.
I think the problem some people have with this place (the "rude" staff reviews) is that the facilities are actually too nice. For example, the dorm rooms have AC, warm showers, and sliding windows with screens, whereas cinder blocks are a typical Central American window! So, maybe some people arrive and notice that it looks like a $200/night resort, forget that they paid $15, and expect to have their as* kissed like they were staying at said $200/night resort. Just relax, treat Juan and his family with the same respect you expect, and I think you'll find like I did that they're great, *genuine* people. But, yes, if you expect Stepford Wives-esque groveling hospitality robots it's possible you'll be disappointed.
- Also Known As:
- Pukalani Hostal Bocas Del Toro, Panama - Bocas Town