Hostal El Jaguar

Hostal El Jaguar

Old Bank 50m East From The Main Plaza, Isla Bastimentos 0101 Panama
Hostal El Jaguar
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4.0
#4 of 8 hostels in Isla Bastimentos
Location
4.3
Cleanliness
3.9
Service
4.1
Value
4.4
The Jaguar Hostel is a comfortable, clean and affordable choice for those who want to stay in Bastimentos, at a suitable distance from the noise and movement of the capital of the province, Bocas del Toro, but without ignoring valid options for your holiday such as excellent places to visit, typical restaurants and the most beautiful views of the archipelago. At short distance of the village are some of the best beaches, surfing spots, trails and more attractions that you will discover as your days are spent in the kind attention of our hostel.
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Public wifi
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Kitchenette
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Budget
Quaint
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish

Location

Old Bank 50m East From The Main Plaza, Isla Bastimentos 0101 Panama
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 60 out of 100
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Bocas Del Toro Airport
Changuinola Airport
17.8 mi
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Sandra D wrote a review Nov 2014
San Jose, Costa Rica
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at this hostel for one night on the Isla Bastimientos. The owner is a very nice local and has the Hostel for about 13 years. Rooms are clean but very basic, you get a double bed, a private bathroom and a fan for 22$ the night. The kitchen was very clean and also very well equipped for what I know from travelling (mixer, pans, spices, knifes etc.). We felt safe all the time and for breakfast you can go to the Hostel Bubba's house nextdoor over a small plank.
I can really recommend this hostel if you search for a good accommodation for little money. Also know that there isn't much at Isla Bastimientos, it's the perfect place to relax and has a very laid-back atmosphere. Make sure to eat the creole chicken at "Roots" and hike up to the eco-farm "Up in the hill"!
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Date of stay: November 2014
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Anna S wrote a review Mar 2012
Sydney, Australia
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
El jaguar, on isla bastimentos ( bocas del toro) is the cheapest place to stay, but don't thing always, cheaper means wors! this place is simple. Over the water. with 7 Rooms. 2 with shared toillet for 14$ and the other with bath for 20$. if you dont mind, the one with the shared is enought. We stayed there for nearly 2 weeks. And Jaguar( the owner) made us a really good price. Yo have got a small kitchen, the pans are not so good, but you can cook. its clean always and you can see amazing sunsets!!! its really nice. You've got 3 supermarkets in the place the one of the most right side of the town ( of a panamás man) is the cheapest one. the other of the "chinos" are a bit more expensive. And there in bastimentos its most really expensive, but less then in Bocas. You find durng all the week a guy seling bread trought the streets, a young kid. The only bakery is in a house over the hill. What else, To go to Red frog beach, dont be silly and dont pay 15$ per person for a boat, is just 2h walking throught the "jungle" moustly on the beach, just be carefull dont take much expensive things with you. its easy to find, and its amazing!!
The tours what they sell over there, its cheaper if you ask El Jaguar (owner).
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Date of stay: December 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Camacho87 wrote a review Jul 2011
Manchester, United Kingdom
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a simple little hostel situated on the water front with a nice view of the neighbouring island.
This hostel has rooms with private and shared bathrooms. I think there are baout 7/8 rooms in total and only 2 share a bathroom. The rooms are clean and have a small window opening over the sea. They also have a fan but no TV an the showers are cold water.

There is also the use of a small outdoor kitchen on the decking. It is small but clean with good utilities. The decking has a couple of tables and sun loungers.
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Date of stay: April 2011Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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the_finchley_lees wrote a review Jan 2020
London, United Kingdom
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
I think other reviewers might live in an altered reality.
Our room was really grim with water coming up from the floor boards and noone emptying the crap bin next to the loo. Our neighbours' shared toilet wasn't working and the staff did nothing. Crabs came up thru their floorboards. Litter greeted us floating round entrance, would have taken little effort to have cleaned it up.
$45 per night for comfort room (!) Whereas lovely place next door was $33 for equivalent.
The owner is lazy. He simply doesn't care. His son is indolent and rude.
The shared kitchens have a filthy broken selection of crockery utensils and cutlery and not enough to go round.
The lightbulbs weren't working. The chairs were broken.
Really not recommended.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Jerry D wrote a review Jan 2018
Norwich, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Spent Christmas week here with my family and had a fabulous time. Great hostel with friendly staff. Location was great with supermarkets and restaurants in close proximity. Ask about the day trips they offer which are well worth checking out. Thank you Jaguar Hostel for your hospitality!
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Date of stay: December 2017Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Arnulfo A, Propietario at Hostal El Jaguar
Responded Jan 23, 2018
Jerry was a plesure having you and your family here for chrismas, and see the girls enjoy their presents,hope you gays enjoy the time with us.Thanks for every thing.
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Glen C wrote a review May 2016
Little Village called Brisbane
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The manager Elisa did a great job of welcoming us and making us feel at home. The place is kept clean and tidy all the time. Wifi was good and you can hire Kayak's to explore the Bay. The Hostel is walking distance to everything in the Village
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Date of stay: May 2016
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Response from Arnulfo A, Gerente at Hostal El Jaguar
Responded Nov 12, 2016
We are glad you enjoy your stay in El Jaguar, we might be on an small Island but there are lot´s of things to do by your self.
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Tahra F wrote a review May 2016
Herzogenaurach, Germany
4.0 of 5 bubbles
It's subdued in colour and a place to lay back and chill. Hammocks and a little book exchange too.. remember to give more than you take. The rooms are very comfortable especially if you have one with AC. Prices are more than reasonable!

Bathrooms have running water for longer hours than other hostels around. Rain water bottles are kept in the shared kitchen. In the evening food is often shared.
The volunteers are very helpful in arrangig trips including a special fishing trip with local fishermen.. if you are lucky El Jaguar will join you.
Our host is a very caring person and extremely charming to talk to- also fluent in English.
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Date of stay: April 2016Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from Arnulfo A, Gerente at Hostal El Jaguar
Responded Nov 12, 2016
Thanks for the kind review, since your stay we have worked a little bit on the expansion. Now we have a bigger kitchen and double the size of the terrace. Also next year is already planed a bigger well that will bring more fresh water to Bastimentos Island. Hope to see you back so we can go fishing!
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Marina W wrote a review Nov 2015
Vienna, Austria
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Warm hearted, funny and friendly Jaguar will make your time at Bastimientos memorable! Clean, cheap and nice rooms! Adorable volunteer from Colorado named Hunter did a great job there!
Will miss it a lot!!!
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Date of stay: November 2015Trip type: Traveled solo
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Gerjanne V wrote a review Jul 2015
Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jaguar hosted us very friendly.It's a small hostel and there were only two more couples besides us, a nice informal atmosphere.The rooms are quite basic, but the communal space is a nice area to hang out. We bought fresh fish and cooked in the kitchen. If it weren't for the rain, we would have stayed a bit longer.
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Date of stay: May 2015
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: reserve the 15 dollar room in advance!
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renecanham wrote a review Aug 2014
Ensenada, Mexico
4.0 of 5 bubbles
If you are looking for party central, then the Hostal Jaguar is not for you. If you want to swing in a hammock on a covered porch over the water and sleep in a room where you can see the waves through cracks in the floor, then it is just perfect. The price was excellent and the owner the perfect host. Bastimentos water taxis will deliver you right to the front door, er ..., dock.
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Date of stay: July 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: Try to get a room far away from the neighbor's air conditioner.
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Answer from Hostaleljaguar
Isla Bastimentos, Panama14 contributions
We do not have lockboxes. Sorry.
Brad N asked a question Apr 2015
Austin, Texas140 contributions46 helpful votes
How does one reserve a room here or is that not possible? Any number to contact them? Thanks
Answer from Maurissa-Klaire
Isla Bastimentos, Panama3 contributions
You can reserve a room on AirBnB. Search AirBnb, Bastimentos, and look for Hostal el Jaguar, and from here, you can see Arnulfo's profile and view room types. Another method is to email Arnulfo and someone will contact you directly. hostaleljaguar @ yahoo . com
Italo Paz asked a question Dec 2019
San Miguel, Peru7 contributions1 helpful vote
Hola desde Ciudad de panamá como llego? Gracias
edevolder wrote a tip Feb 2018
Vancouver, Canada14 contributions5 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Get A/C, fan is not quite enough to make the room comfortable"
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sn0wgrl wrote a tip Mar 2016
Kamloops, Canada11 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Pick a room with A/C, it's more comfortable during the day if you need to have a break from the heat."
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DDgotravel wrote a tip Feb 2016
Tulum2 contributions1 helpful vote
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"No beach but a terrific over the water veranda."
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LoveThoseChickens wrote a tip Feb 2016
Chicago, Illinois5 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Read, Read and did I say, Read the description. It is very accurate."
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Gerjanne V wrote a tip Jul 2015
Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica18 contributions16 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"reserve the 15 dollar room in advance!"
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PRICE RANGE
$24 - $26 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
PanamaBocas del Toro ProvinceIsla Bastimentos
NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hostal El Jaguar
Which popular attractions are close to Hostal El Jaguar?
Nearby attractions include Red Frog Beach (2.2 miles), Gypsy Travel Panama (2.2 miles), and Enigma Bocas (2.0 miles).
What are some restaurants close to Hostal El Jaguar?
Conveniently located restaurants include Arboloco, The View at Oasis, and Leaf Eaters Cafe.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hostal El Jaguar?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
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