We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Calipso Hostel

Show Prices
Certificate of Excellence
Book on TripAdvisor
Trusted partner. We work with to make your booking as easy as possible.
Secure payments. We use industry-leading practices to keep your information secure.
Enter dates for lowest prices
powered by PriceFinder
Check In Check Out
1 room 2 adults 0 children
We check 200+ sites to find the latest and lowest prices.
Professional photos
Calipso Hostel
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_baseline_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_baseline_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_baseline_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_baseline_photo_carousel","moduleList":["handlers"],"js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"}},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

205 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
There are newer reviews for Calipso Hostel
See the most recent reviews
Showing 122: English reviews
Spain
Reviewed 11 December 2014 via mobile

We booked the Tungara Hostel at Bocas cause we thought it would be fine by the Internet adds but, do not be fooled. It was the worse experience we have ever had at a hostel. We booked a private room for 5 nights and after the first night, we requested the manager to refund us the remaining nights as we...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Israel001977
panamajoules, Owner at Calipso Hostel, responded to this review

We really apologize about your mattress. The day immediately after you gave your feedback. It was replaced with a brand new one, which we would have really liked if you could have enjoyed, but you decided to leave. In regards to the water temperature, we've never stated anywhere that we have water heaters. Being in the Caribbean, with temperatures exceeding...

Canada
Reviewed 4 November 2014

Very helpful and friendly staff, awesome activity board that let me fill up my days and nights with great budget-friendly activities. We had a few critters running around in our room, but I believe it was an incident that affected all hostels on the block. That being said, the cleaning staff worked every day (although some days I had to...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Mawty B
marbella
Reviewed 24 October 2014

nice hostel for party people ,have also met students ,that go to school early morning , I liked it stayed here for 4 days , its not dirty , im fluent in spanish and have spoken to the cleaning ladies and i saw they clean everyday and nice airco at night. I have spoken to the people of the reception...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank urguide2007
Reviewed 22 October 2014 via mobile

Stayed there for 3 Nights. The room was ok but for 4 people although I was travelling alone. The Location is good next to the parc but the staff was not really friendly and welcoming and I think you find better deals for the same or less money on Isla Colon.

 Report
Helpful?
Thank nnnicole20
San Jose, Costa Rica
Reviewed 14 October 2014 via mobile

This hostel is very basic. The reception staff are not very friendly. No milk (whether real or powdered) for the morning coffee, "free pancakes" but there was no sign of them. No wifi in rooms, just by the reception desk. It is attached to a bar but this is very expensive.

 Report
Helpful?
Thank LeoTag1234
Reviewed 13 October 2014 via mobile

I stayed at Tungara for two weeks as I was studying spanish at "Habla Ya". It is not a good place to stay if you're studying! The bar downstairs can get VERY noisy and as it is on the mainstreet it's noisy most of the time... I was completely exhausted after a couple of nights with only a few hours...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Gabriellaskanshed
Reviewed 1 October 2014 via mobile

Tungara was a nice hostel, the staff was very friendly and would do anything to help you enjoy your stay. The rooms were very clean and air con was nice too. I would definately stay on my next visit to bocas.

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Samuel M
Oslo, Norway
Reviewed 1 September 2014

This hostel has Bocas most friendly and helpful staff. I tried quite a few of the hostels in Bocas, and this is one of the best. The location is great and in the middle of everything, and the beds comfortable. You have a kitchen where you can make your dinner and porch upstairs as a friendly commune area. My best...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Oslogeek
Reviewed 25 August 2014

My group stayed at two different hostels on our trip to Bocas. This was definitely the most inviting hostel. It's right in the middle of the main strip and offers rooms that are clean and nicer than other hostels. The major factor here was the service. The manager working the desk was very friendly and quick to give customized advice...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Ryan K
Gresham, Oregon
Reviewed 5 August 2014

Let's start with the positives. The people at the front desk were helpful. Especially the guy, I wish I had gotten his name. The people are the only reason I'm not giving them 1 star. The location was fine. Right on the main road in town, easy walk to anywhere you needed to go. The problem was the actual facility....

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Jaime G

54 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveller Photos (29)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (11)
Viewed
Dining (2)
Viewed
Family/Play Areas (3)
Viewed
View from Room (2)
Viewed
1:32
Videos (1)
Viewed
Other (10)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All Management Photos (25)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (6)
Viewed
Room/Suite (1)
Viewed
Other (18)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Bocas Town
0.2 km away
Tropical Suites Hotel
Tropical Suites Hotel
#1 of 13 in Bocas Town
498 reviews
0.2 km away
Bocas Paradise Hotel
Bocas Paradise Hotel
#7 of 13 in Bocas Town
178 reviews
0.5 km away
Hotel Olas
Hotel Olas
#8 of 13 in Bocas Town
340 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
6.8 km away
Selina Bocas del Toro
Selina Bocas del Toro
#3 of 47 in Isla Colon
371 reviews
0.0 km away
Hostel Heike
Hostel Heike
#3 of 40 in Bocas Town
236 reviews
1.1 km away
Panama's Paradise Saigoncito
Panama's Paradise Saigoncito
#2 of 40 in Bocas Town
320 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Bar/Lounge
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair Access
Things to do
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
Services
  • Laundry Service
  • Multilingual Staff
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Located on Colon Island's Main Street, Calipso Hostel is right where all the action takes place but with enough distance from the main bars and clubs allowing you to have a pleasant night's sleep. With 6 dorm rooms and 3 private rooms, all of which are air conditioned and have their own private bathroom, this youth hostel has a welcoming international backpacker vibe. Beds in a dorm room go from $10 per night and private rooms go from $35 per night. The hostel has free wifi internet, an ample balcony, a common kitchen and 24 hour reception service. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Calipso Hostel

Address: 3rd Street, between E and Central Avenue | Across the Municipal Building, Bocas Town, Isla Colon 01010, Panama (Formerly Tungara Hostel)
Region: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Colon > Bocas Town
Price Range: €13 - €14 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com so you can book your Calipso Hostel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Calipso Hostel Bocas Del Toro, Panama - Bocas Town
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travellers have asked, with answers from Calipso Hostel staff and other travellers.
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Calipso Hostel staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“private rooms”
 of 5 bubbles orlandom193, 5 Aug 2015 | Read review
“Pick the rooms upstairs.”
 of 5 bubbles mawtyb, 4 Nov 2014 | Read review
“this hostal has a nice atmosphere I staid here for 4 nights ,and met lots of nice people some studied at a school it was not noisy at all ,and people that partied ,were silent to get in and out the rooms ,Im a bit older and travelling alone ,but I enjoyd it very much”
 of 5 bubbles urguide2007, 24 Oct 2014 | Read review
“There's a bar downstairs, so upstairs rooms away from the bar may be quieter. Room number 7 was perfect, but did not have hot water. Not sure if this option is available. Also, you need to request the AC remotes at the front desk in order to turn them on. No extra fees or anything, just know to ask.”
 of 5 bubbles ryank164, 25 Aug 2014 | Read review
“Never stay here. If you must come to Bocas, find a hotel that is away from the main town area.”
 of 5 bubbles DeeF243, 21 Apr 2014 | Read review
5 of 5