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Hostal Refugio del Rio

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed at Refugio del Rio for 5 nights in 3 different rooms. Overall, this was my favourite accommodation in my 2 weeks in Panama, It was a very warm and friendly atmosphere that felt like a home away from home. The hostel could use a little TLC (ex: dorm bathroom/kitchen), but it's part of the charm. I really liked...

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place really is great for recovering from exhausting hikes,trips, adventures etc. We arrived after spending half a week of adventure in the middle of the jungle in a low-cost backpacker hostel (Lost & Found) and loved el Refugio del Rio from the first day. The location and decoration is just utterly beautiful with some hammocks just next to a...

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Unless you're not a cat lover, this is an amazing place to stay, very close to Boquete Town (2 blocks), close to Cheap restaurants, supermarket, stores, atm, bus stop to go back to David, etc. Its a very Cheap hostel, the staff is very lovely people and everything is so clean and tidy. The best part, is the breakfast! Nice...

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed in a private room for 4 days. The place was ok, but not great. The staff was very friendly and helpful and the area of the hostel was good too. We did not like our room though, there were tiny black ants everywhere and it was not very clean.

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Lubeck, Germany
Reviewed 3 December 2016

A friend recommended this place and i do not regret following her advice! The staff were super friendly and helpful and made you feel right at home. The girl working the tour desk helped me plan my adventures in and around boquete and had great tips for hikes. The dorm i stayed in had 12 beds, but provided tons of...

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Market Harborough, United Kingdom
Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Excellent place to stay. Friendly people, bright, clean rooms and lovely communal space in a great location. Helpful about trekking and onward travel etc. Would absolutely highly recommend. We didn't have the breakfast but looked delicious and nice, clean communal kitchen.

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Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

They really helped to make our stay great. We showed up early the day of our check in and let us take our room which was perfect after trucking around our heavy bags. They have great tour options and pizza and an outdoor bar and bikes and the list doesn't stop there. Check it out!

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Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

The warm welcome by the staff makes you feel home the first moment you get there. The house is beautiful- rooms and kitchen are spacious and clean! The hostel is surrounded by the most beautiful garden, with a variety of fruit trees and a river at the back of the house. When I was there, we enjoyed homemade Argentinian pizza...

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Lille, France
Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

We arrive with a reservation for 2 night. We get a room with windows where glass were missing and no mosquito protection, so totally open! When we ask about the windows it were like "ho no it will be ok for the night" and when we say that we want to leave, they propose an other room. We go away,...

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Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

The moment I walked in I felt at home. It's cozy, and the staff is very friendly. The kitchen is really clean, plenty of cooking equipment. It's on a very beautiful plot of land, with a garden and right next to a flowing river. You don't even feel like you're in town, but the center of town is only a...

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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 

Additional Information about Hostal Refugio del Rio

Address: Ave. B Oeste, Boquete 0413, Panama
Region: Panama > Chiriqui Province > Boquete
Price Range: €34 - €34 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostal Refugio del Rio 2*
Number of rooms: 10
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“Loved the private rooms upstairs with shared bathroom, affordable, comfortable, great views and sweet river sounds”
 of 5 bubbles SpokeyDokeys, 15 May 2016 | Read review
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“Rooms 1 & 2 are closest to the river and you can hear it as you go to sleep.”
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