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“Fun & clean”
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Coconut Hostel
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“Fun & clean”
Reviewed July 24, 2012

Super clean hostel. No a/c but the rooms had fans. Nice common area with kitchen. Close to most things in town, right by the town square and markets. The staff is very friendly and will chat with you. Wi-fi available throughout.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

For my experience during this trip (three weeks in Panama) the Coconut Hostel owners were the most accommodating. The place is centrally locates, right across from the park, walking distance to the taxi boat. The dorm rooms are of maximum four and the price is reduced if you stay longer than one night.
Since it is the low season I got a dorm bed in a room of four but only the first night I had a roommate. The three following nights they were so sweet to use other rooms for new travelers so I was by myself. I found them very nice, not to mention they help some local people as well.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Paris, France
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Reviewed May 27, 2012

The owners are pretty relaxed if you get to know them, they're just very strict about the quiet ambiance of the hostel after 22:30 and they don't want to be a party place. apart from that it was a nice stay. Regular price for bocas, close from the party places, little bit different and more chill clientele than the "party" places. but everyone parties anyway in bocas, so being in a quiet hostel is cool when you wanna rest after a party, never partied more in my life ...

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

The hostel was OK, the owners seemed nice at first, and the rooms are alright, kind of small, but only 4 per room which is nice. The kitchen was small and without storage, and the family who runs it also uses the kitchen most of the time so there are limited burners available. The hang out area out front is pretty small, one plastic patio furniture table and the other table has tree logs for seats and is really uncomfortable. No free coffee or breakfast, I don't think. Got kicked out after my 2nd night for being too loud....Hello! It is Bocas Town! to be expected! If you go here and get kicked out for being a party person, go to Bastimento island after to recuperate...then come back to Bocas land for more!

If you are looking for a quiet place that is still on the main strip, I guess this would do. But there are better deals and better places.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Seattle
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 30, 2012

This was one of the worst hostels I have stayed in during my 4 months of travel around Central and South America. The dorm beds were of a poor quality and the foam mattresses dipped in the middle. There was only one tiny locker in a dorm room for 5 people. The kitchen was untidy and small with no storage space. All of the guests food was arranged on the kitchen bench leaving little or no space for preparing food. During my stay, there were many children sleeping in the common TV area which meant it was unavailable to guests during the night.

The owner was very rude. She would not allow me to store my bag for a few hours, claiming there was no space. This was untrue as she allowed another couple to store their bags after I had made inquiries. For some reason, she seemed very discriminant towards me and some of the other guests.

During my stay, I witnessed a dispute between the owner and several guests regarding a key deposit. The owner was unprofessional about the situation. She simply refused to listen to the guests and refused to check her records. After a few minutes, a man (perhaps her husband) stepped in to try to diffuse the situation however, his mannerism was very aggressive.

If you are after a nice, friendly and helpful hostel, I encourage you to look elsewhere.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed November 27, 2011

My wife and I stayed in room 10. It is a simple room with a bunk bed. So you cannot sleep in one bed, but it was cheap. If you stay two nights it was 8 dollars per person per night. Rooms were very clean. It is only a few months old and the lady who runs it is from Nicaragua. Her husband is from Chile. He speaks better English than her, so in both languages you can be helped. The hostal is very basic. Is has a kitchen and a lounche room which is actually the living room from the family. This is not a party place. Think yourself as a guest. Quiet place after 11 pm.

Room Tip: Room 10 is a two bed room (a bunk bed)
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Coconut Hostel
Address: Isla Colon, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Colon > Bocas Town
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 40 Specialty Lodging in Bocas Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Coconut Hostel 1.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
El Coconut is a cosy 12 room hostel with double bedrooms or shared dorms (4 to 6 people), and shared bathroom with hot water. It has a fully equipped kitchen, TV room with comfy couch, free wifi, top roof terrace with hammocks and great view of the island. Ideally located in the center of Bocas, it is #1 backpackers choice when looking for a clean place with chill atmosphere. We offer unique discounted tours for our guest with local guide. ... more   less 
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