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“Nice atmosphere but quite dirty ”
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Coconut Hostel
Berlin, Germany
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10 reviews
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“Nice atmosphere but quite dirty ”
Reviewed January 14, 2014 via mobile

We just slept there one night because we grabbed it as the first opportunity and searched than for better options. We had a small private room which was OK. There is a nice common area were you get also help from the friendly staff. But the hostal, especially the bathrooms were quite dirty. With the shower and the toilets in one room it was very uncomfortable. Many showers were broken and there was no hot water.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Antwerp, Antwerpen, Belgium
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28 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed January 9, 2014

at first sight this place looked ok, but we soon discovered something else. First of all, we had to bargain for the price of a private room, when we said that 45 USD was too much for us, the lady soon lowered her price to 35 USD. This is the first time we experience this in Panama (or elsewhere in the world). After we came back to our room from some sightseeing in Bocas, we discovered other people's bags in our room, so we had to figure out where ours were (apparently moved to another room withouth noticing us). Our new room was not yet cleaned, they promised that it would be done soon, but even after asking a second time, we had to put up with the rubbish that the previous inhabitants for the rest of our stay (2 days). Also bathrooms are not cleaned regularly. After one night, we discovered that some matresses needed to be desinfected (from some kind of bugs), so the hallway was filled with matresses smelling like pesticides, and youcould smell it in your room at night as well.
Another downside: pancake breakfast was promised, but apparently you are only allowed to eat one small pancake (more the size of a cookie) and one coffee per person, for which you have to wait half an hour. Some people can get more pancakes, but only if you are small children or sexy flirty girls.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed November 10, 2013

before i begin the stinkfest that is my review of the coconut hostel, i will first write of the amenities we experienced during our stay there

1. it is close to the centre of town
2. there is a kitchen
3. it is cheap - especially for where it is located and especially if you have a tent

but . . .

the coconut hostel is the type of place that members of opus dei or other communities of self-inflicted pain would excitedly tell their brethren as a "painful must-go". it is uncomfortable , loud, and misleading. if you define a nights rest with the action of "sleeping" you may find yourself at odds with the coconut hostel's radically different understanding of a night's rest - a time when everyone in the hostel gets to listen to dub-step bellowing from a blown out set of computer speakers and sweat profusely on something that is liberally considered a mattress. while this definition may seem like the ideal set of circumstances if you were at Burning Man and profusely sweating with someone else - this is more like finding yourself trapped, tired, and alone in a sweltering Bikram yoga studio.

the next morning you may wake up, as i did, and think "well, at least the free breakfast will mend and maybe change my less-than glittering impression of this sweatlodge" - but no , the coconut hostel aims to test how disappointed their patrons/victims can become. the breakfast - comprised of a sole buttersworth pancake and a cup of coffee (if available) made me feeling as if i were cast in a contemporary rendition of Oliver Twist asking "¿por favor, señor, quiero un poco más?"

this is a great place to recommend to enemies, but since there currently isn't a travel website intended for that kind of malice, i encourage you to consider some of Boca's other hostels before following your wallet or lack-of-planning into the iron maiden that is the coconut hostel.

Room Tip: avoid the bottom floor unless you hate sleep.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Emmeloord, The Netherlands
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8 reviews
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

In our opinion (me and my wife) the owners of a hostel must be polite and helpful. Well, she was not AT ALL. Didn't speak any English which is not that strange for Panama is Spanish speaking but come on, again, you are a HOSTEL. Meant for travellers around the world. Honestly we have to say that her husband or friend was very polite and helpful to us AND he was english speaking. But he was almost never around.
The kitchen was dirty and the toaster didn't barely work so why don't you remove it? The beds were just ok, nothing more or less. But private isn't that private because there's a small part that's open just under the ceiling which makes it very noisy and also the walls are very small.
What makes it so worse is that we did not felt a welcome feeling. She did not try to help us with some questions we had and we had to wait till some other guests decided to help us out.
Just don't go there, there are a lot, lot of other hostels around .You deserve better!!!

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Maria Chiquita, Panama
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed April 15, 2013

A few of our employees made the trip to Bocas a year ago and stayed here while travelling. They had good things to say about the place and especially the roof deck, with its multiple comfy hammocks and great view of the center of Bocas Town. The view also takes in the community park.

Overall a good experience with the showers being good and cold, the fans in the rooms working well, and the relatively good privacy for a hostal.

Would recommend for short term youthful travellers looking to party and arrive back late - the owner is very forgiving of this!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Richards D, Propietario at Coconut Hostel, responded to this review, May 18, 2017
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed March 24, 2013

I stayed in Coconut during the Carnaval. They asked 10 dollars for a leaking mattress on the roof. I had a 20 dollar bill, and had to push them hard to give me back the change (as they claimed they don't have any change at that moment). It was way overcrowded, people sleeping everywhere and there was basically nothing I could enjoy. There was no sense of security and I had a feeling that the whole town is staying there. It started raining during the night. Wouldn't it be for the bad planning, I would have run from there immediately. This way I had to wait for the next morning, as everything else was already full.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Thank P J
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Lucerne, Switzerland
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed March 19, 2013

DORM ROOMS: - average
althoug not all mattresses were of the same quality, we grabbed some good beds with nice pillow. there are only 4 beds in a dorm, whats definitely a plus. on the other hand it was not at all spacious. and there's only 1 locker each room. 10usd per night which is ok for bocas.

KITCHEN: - good
althoug there's everything you need to cook, it's quite small. there's only a cheap plastic table and 4 chairs.

SERVICE: - poor
the reception-lady woke us up at 7.45 because there was supposed to be an other couple in our room for that day. however, they never checked in, so she woke us up on a sunday morning for nothing. we really didnt appreciate that.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Richards D, Propietario at Coconut Hostel, responded to this review, May 18, 2017
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Gracias por compartir con la
Familia Coconut
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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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