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TioTomsGuesthouse
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

We are a couple with a 2.5 yo daughter, we enjoyed spending a week at Tio Tom, Tom and Ina were great hosts and though having a 2.5yo can be noisy they were very patient and overall we felt very comfortable and welcome there.
the food is great, and the family dinner is also a great way to spend time together and enjoy Tom's cooking skills.
over the weekend you can hear loud music coming from other bars around the hostel until late and also it is on the bay where the boats load and unload passengers but our daughter actually enjoyed watching the boats come and go so it was fun.
and the deck with the hammocks is the best part, every morning and evening waking up to watch the ocean was a great experience,
Thank you Tom and Ina

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Thank dwido
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

We spent two nights on Bastimentos and felt like Tio Toms was a good choice - charming wooden house built directly above the water, very charming rooms (though you hear literally everything your neighbors are talking about). And it has a very chilly hammock area.
We had a problem with the noise. The building faces directly the motorboat pear which is very frequently used. Be aware of small motorboats coming and leaving every 5min...Bastimentos is very small and has only 2-3 very little shops. We did not eat at Tio Toms (they offer breakfast and dinner) because it was too expensive for us. Tio Toms does not have a shared kitchen or so. That was not very convenient, however ok for 2 days. Probably better to take some water and food from Isla Colon.
The owners are pretty nice though sometimes a bit strange.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank S_ElenaFrankfurt
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

My girlfriend and I stayed there for a night and at first we were very happy with what we had found. Everyone seemed friendly and helpful. However that changed very quickly. After we declined the communal meal of lamb, because, we are vegetarians, Tom seemed to have become very offended. When I asked what other local restaurants his guests liked his reply was "my restaurant" and he coldly walked away.

We did not feel welcomed at all. After we left and ate out, we came back planning to hang out on the dock and enjoy the beautiful location. Upon arrival Tom glared at us as we patted his dog and didn't say a word. We then went to our room and planned our departure as soon as possible.

He has many rules which is fair enough as he is running a business but the sinks and toilets, toilet paper he tells you to flush, goes straight to the ocean below. He is environmentally conscious when it benefits him. Either way we followed ALL his rules and didn't even shower to help conserve water when it seemed to low.

It's too bad as he has an amazing location on a beautiful island. I should say his wife was very nice and welcoming. If Tom had stayed behind he kitchen and chain smoked out of sight we would have stayed there much longer. Maybe if you speak German or like having your evenings dictated out this could be the place for
You. If not I suggest checking around.

  • Stayed: May 2012
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2  Thank Egg7
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Reviewed April 7, 2013 via mobile

its a lovely wooden hut right on the water of the lagoon with a very nice hammock area. the rooms range from excellent to poor (only the dorm). there are many rules, which you are CONSTANTLY reminded of. breakfast is not included but you have the option to buy breakfast every morning. however it is pretty expensive and you do not have the option to cook or prepare something yourself. the kitchen is private. furthermore the hosts ask for money for pretty much everything including refilling your bottle with water to avoid plastic trash which is an awsome idea but it would be nice if they wouldnt think about profitting from it. (10 cents $ for 100 ml). overall it is a nice place to stay but the host sometimes seems to be quite unfriendly and really enjoys "the drink"....

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Thank Balboaa
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

Me and my friend stayed here for 3 days, and we really liked the place. The rooms at Tio Tom Guesthouse are clean and pretty big, you also got your own bathroom, with shower, toilet and basin. After you get to know the hosts, Ina and Tom, they're very friendly. We'll recommend the "family-dinner" that they offer, we enjoyed two great dinners. When we're talking about food, you have to buy the homemade bread you can have for breakfast. We had our best breakfast so far on this trip.
This is a place to stay if you want the relaxed feeling, the hammocks on the pier is perfect for book reading or just chill out.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank stianr89
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