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Mar e Iguana Hostel Reviews

Playa Ismito, Isla Colon, Bocas del Toro, Panama

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146 Total Reviews
  • 80%Value For Money
  • 82%Security
  • 70%Location
  • 82%Staff
  • 82%Atmosphere
  • 75%Cleanliness
  • 85%Facilities

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Perfect place for reggae music fans! Located 20meters from the beach, and close to a supermarket. A bit isolated from bocas, but not really much ( 20min walking ). Only one toilet and one shower for all the beds!


We only staid 1night.Everything was really fine.


Great place¡¡¡¡ the two girls at the reception are really nice, they provide good information about the activities and places to visit, the hostel has a big garden and a tower where you can relax looking at the ocean, the hostel has also a very well equiped kitchen and bikes for rent which makes it easy to get to town. The location is great because you are not right in the chaos of the main street but your are not far, it took me about 5 minutes cycling to get to the main street, love Bocas

  • 1st Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Ecuador
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


This place is a good place to stay. The 2 ladies that work in the front as really, really nice. They help you and give recommendations on things to do and the different options the island has. It is right across the street from the beach and from a cool bar/restaurant. The only slight negative is that it is a 7-10 minute walk to the middle of town, however the cab ride is only .60 cents to get there.


We arrived and were shown a room which had a damp smell in the air, so we changed to another room. Little did we know the air con in the second room didn't work and after a while that room smelt damp also. Showers were dirty and the room small and old. Ended up staying elsewhere however still had to pay CC deposit of $12 (as we had booked three nights on our card) AND full price of $35 for the night as the owner wouldn't give us a discount. l wouldn't stay here if I were you.

  • 12th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • New Zealand
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
You should read well the conditions you accepted before booking, we gave you already a discount not charging you for your booking because you cancelled your reservation late after staying all day... You choosed the room that you like more, we double check the rooms everytime before our clients take it, so I don't belive shower was dirty as you say...


Nice hostel, 15 min. walking distance to central bocas. Friendly staff


Very good hostel to stay at if you are not that fond of partying and being close to town. Nice 20-25 minutes walk to Bocas town, which we did not mind at all. Great atmosphere!

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