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Boquete, Panama
Reviewed October 12, 2016 via mobile

Tio toms guesthouse is a nice place and offers some of the best food of the region. But I can see how some travelers may give it bad reviews if they're not used to Panamanian life and may suffer a bit of a culture shock. Things are a bit slower on islands and on top of that on islands in...

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Brussels
Reviewed October 6, 2016

I stayed a couple of nights a few years ago and I remember it as the best place I stayed in Panama, really off the beaten track and authentic. Hosts were uber sympathic :-) and the view from the deck on the hamac was just heaven!

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Frankfurt Am Main, Deutschland
Reviewed April 10, 2016

Rooms are rustic (typical for the island) but well-kept. The owner filters water so you can your bottles refilled which in a place with serious fresh water problems is great to have. He also provides home-made family dinners and hearty pizzas. His drinks are solid! The staff may appear a bit rough at first sight but warms up to the...

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Toronto, Canada
Reviewed February 2, 2016

After booking confirmation and multiple emails with Tom I arrived,but no Tom, no reservation, no room for me, no help, they just rudely said to leave. I hung around for Tom, and looked around the area, and saw you can easily do better. The rude staff had no clue, and no interest......seems more of a restaurant anyway, and if you...

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Zurich, Switzerland
Reviewed January 4, 2016

When we arrived we got an upgrade to the Bungalow, which has not just an own double hammock but also a beautiful view. The room itself was comfy and clean. Breakfast was not included but very delicious, (we were in need of good coffee after being kept awake by the neighbor's rooster) as well as the "Family Dinner" for 8$....

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South Houston, Texas
Reviewed December 13, 2015

I have had the immense pleasure of staying at Tio Tom's for 10 wonderful day's. I stayed at a competing lodge first then visited most of the hotel and lodging accommodations on the island. Tio Tom's provided the water front experience that I was looking for, with convenient boat pickup and drop-off from the deck. The owner and his wife...

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Ballito, South Africa
Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

It is an idyllic view that greets you when approaching Tiotom's by boat. Set right on the ocean and all rooms facing the ocean you are tempted to jump into the water from the deck but then you realise that the water has a muddy brown colour from all the sewage that flows from this town into the ocean. The...

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Ballito, South Africa
Reviewed December 10, 2015

The most revolting experience ever - couldn't care less Chris sleeps in as late as lunchtime and smokes in the kitchen and diningroom - incredible noise from neighbours only subsided at 02h00 - only CASH is accepted. We were under quoted $20.00 on an excursion which caused us considerable embarrassment. Impossible to checkout before 08h00. There are dogs on the...

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Reviewed December 1, 2015

This place is great. My room was clean, the bed was very comfortable and the shower worked great, and the fan was really appreciated. All the food there is good but the dinners were gourmet quality. Service was excellent and the atmosphere is truly Caribbean. The hammocks by the water are great for meeting people from all over the world....

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Midland, Canada
Reviewed November 28, 2015

We had a very nice time at Tio Toms, The best parts were meeting interesting people from all walks of life,staying in a room over the water,It was nice to get up in the morning or anytime you want walk 20 ft and jump into the bay or just lie in several hammocks at waters edge.The couple who run the...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
You are looking for a nice place at the Caribbean? Our family-guesthouse is builded over the water of the lagoon and located in the centre of the village Bastimentos on the same named island in the north of Panama at the archipelago Bocas del Toro. ... more   less 

Additional Information about TioTomsGuesthouse

Address: Main Street, Isla Bastimentos, Panama (Formerly Pension Tio Tom)
Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Bastimentos
Price Range: $45 - $48 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Also Known As:
Pension Tio Tom Hotel Isla Bastimentos
TioTomsGuesthouse Panama/Isla Bastimentos, Bocas Del Toro
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“Bring CASH most businesses on the Isla do not accept credit cards. Bocas Town is only a 8 minute boat ride away with an ATM.”
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 of 5 bubbles 495maxg, Dec 13, 2015 | Read review
“Any room is great but there are only a few so book early.”
 of 5 bubbles 15joew, Dec 1, 2015 | Read review
“There is one room in front off to the side that room has the best views.”
 of 5 bubbles laurelr_61, Nov 28, 2015 | Read review
“Choose a room that faces away from the water taxi dock so people aren't constantly looking into your window!”
 of 5 bubbles iluvcamby, Jan 5, 2015 | Read review
“Several rooms are next to the main boat landing, so the bungalow on the other side might be better if you want less noise during rush hour.”
 of 5 bubbles donp787, May 22, 2014 | Read review
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