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Hostal Refugio del Rio
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3 hotel reviews
“Not your average hostel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2013 via mobile

I stayed in a private room, so can't comment on the dorms, but this place is more than your average hostel. Beautiful grounds on the river, attentive staff, 3 minute walk to downtown make this place the best budget option in Boquete. Less of a party scene than some other hostels, but this is the place to be during their Thursday night BBQs! This is one of the places you will likely spend more time than planned!

Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

This hostel was simply amazing. Looks incredible, like a hotel. The rooms are great, kitchen is nice, got nice jacuzzi.
The staff was very nice and helpful.
Paid 33$ for an amazing room with bathroom (hot water) and TV.
They had a nice BBQ night when we were there and the food was good.
The Internet though barely works.
This hostel was amazing, would recommend staying there as much as possible! But stay away from the "treehouse" room, it's lovely and looks good but you'll get ridiculous noise from the river.

  • Stayed July 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

We made a reservion for the hostel and we liked the price (33 dolars for a private room). When we saw the hostel we were surprised, the hostel looks like hotel. The location is amazing, on the river. We got the "treehouse" - room on the river thats made of wood. The staff is very nice and helpful. The kitchen is big and full of tools. Everthing is clean and cozy! Go there, you won't disapointed!

  • Stayed July 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2013

This is hands down the nicest hostel I have ever stayed in. The area by the river is so peaceful and the hot tub is great. The rooms are clean, cosy, and comfortable. The kitchen is clean and really well stocked with everything that you need. The owners and staff are very nice and will fix anything that is not working. The veggie buffets on tuesday are amazing.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2013

This hostel is located just next to to a little river. Arriving in boquete by bus you have to walk down the road in the direction of David. Right before the gas station you take a right and pass a bridge after 100 meters. Take a right again after passing and you will shortly walk into the hostel.

The hostel itself is really beautiful, clean and a friendly vibe going. There are large common areas and a well equipped kitchen. It has a jacuzi out at the river! :)

The staff is really nice and has been a blast to hang out with them.

I highly suggest staying at this hostel as it has been the highlight of my trip so far.

11$ for a dorm bed are a steal for this location.

  • Stayed July 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2013

Great hostel. Big open dorm room with bunk beds.
Staff are very friendly and always willing to help out with anything you may want.
Beautiful outdoor area with garden you can pick fruit, veg and herbs from.
I would definitely go back to this hostel if ever in Boquete again.

  • Stayed July 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2013

I arrived in Boquete without reservations and took down the side streets looking for bed out of the center of town but within easy walking distance.

I found this place. They informed me that they only had one night available.

Great price, great room, very comfortable bed, easy and accessible location, friendly staff, semi-private deck off of the screen doors.

They had a hot tub next to a babbling creek. wonderful. At night, the creek was the perfect white noise for a nights sleep.

The owner was very apologetic in the morning that he reservations for the next night and called a couple other hotels and hostels trying to find me a room.

I would recommend reservations if going to Boquete as it seemed rooms were scarce. I would also highly recommend you make reservations at the Refugio del Rio.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Hostal Refugio del Rio

Property: Hostal Refugio del Rio
Address: Ave. B Oeste, Boquete 0413, Panama
Location: Panama > Chiriqui Province > Boquete
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 48 Specialty Lodging in Boquete
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Known in town as the “luxurious” hostel for backpackers, you are always surprised to discover that such a beautiful house has been transformed into a hostel. Our place has been carefully furnished and decorated and also has 9 private all of which have private bathrooms. ... more   less 
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Hostal Refugio Del Rio Hotel Boquete

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