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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...

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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...

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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....

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Reviewed 5 August 2014 via mobile

Central location and good value for money. $35 for a room that sleeps five with a bathroom. Right opposite the main park area and two minutes from all the restaurants, the location was great. There was also free pancake mix for breakfast and 24hr security. It wasn't the cleanest place I've ever been and the shower was cold but good...

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Tel Aviv, Israel
Reviewed 24 July 2014 via mobile

I stayed in a dorm room for one night. Could not get more than 2 hours of sleep. The hostel was extremely loud, and the A/C does not work during the night, making the room unbearably hot. On top of that, I found 2 cockroaches IN MY BED. So I laid in my bed in a pool of sweat fearing...

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Managua, Nicaragua
Reviewed 18 June 2014

Great little place, stayed for 4 nights. Clean rooms, AC, brekkie and a good base to enjoy the surrounding area. On leaving the next day I realised I'd left my sunglasses on top of the locker. Nidia who works on reception was an absolute gem and after a few emails she had managed to find my glasses and send them...

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewed 15 June 2014

we showed up in Bocas needing somewhere to go and got a room in Tungara for 1 night...and ended up staying 5! Because of the competition almost all the hostels offer similar AC, breakfast, info etc etc but we found tungara to be particularly friendly, clean and don't have a bad word to say about the place! There was a...

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Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 27 May 2014

I'll start by saying what is good about it, and that is the a/c, Bocas is such a humid place and anywhere without a/c is pretty unpleasant, hence why we stayed here. However even that has its downfalls, in that they are so strict with it, and only allow it on through certain hours. The customer service at the front...

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panamajoules, Owner at Calipso Hostel, responded to this review

Hi. We're happy to hear you enjoyed your room at the hostel. With AC and good mattresses we aim to provide all our guests with a good night's sleep. In regards to the gentleman you're referring to, we're really sorry about your experience with him. During your stay, he had already received notice that he wasn't going to work with...

Reviewed 20 May 2014 via mobile

My boyfriend and a I arrived to Bocas at 5 AM and started looking for a nice hostel. after seeing a few hostels we were so happy to arrive to Tungara!! The hostel was clean, not expensive, had great location and great service!! Nidia, the young lady from the reception was very helpful and answered all our questions! she let...

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Oslo, Norway
Reviewed 4 May 2014 via mobile

The worst hostel we stayed at after three months of traveling. The staff is not really helpful, there's not a good common area and the bathrooms have a bad smell (mold). Good location though. Never tried the breakfast even though it's included. You have to pay for luggage storage. I would stay at a different hostel if I were you.

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Bar/Lounge
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair Access
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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: €10 - €14 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
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“Only stay if you don't want to sleep”
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 of 5 bubbles Ba8ydriver, 22 Feb 2017 | Read review
“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
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