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Pukalani Hostel Reviews

Big Creek, Bocas del Toro, Panama

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84%

Rating
104 Total Reviews
  • 83%Value For Money
  • 92%Security
  • 79%Location
  • 79%Staff
  • 82%Atmosphere
  • 85%Cleanliness
  • 87%Facilities

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46%

Apart from the good location of the place (right on the beach, even tho 5km from the town) you quickly realise that the place is not well taken care of. You cannot bring your own drinks coz they want to rip you of with their bar, 12dolar doorm includes a pancakemix for breakfast: you can prepare your own pancakes in a dirty kitchen..would be nice that they at least offered honey and coffee with the "included breakfast". The girl at the recepcion was very helpful tho :)


91%

This is a good hostel to stay at if you are trying to get away from the party scene for a while. The entire hostel is well landscaped and very clean. The pool is an awesome way to cool off after a long day. I would stay here again!

  • 12th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


91%

Friendly staff, nice pool/beachside environment. Thanks for a great stay!

  • 29th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


94%

great hostel to stay in, loved the atmosphere, Pitbul Hugo and friendliest staff ever, salsa lessons from Jaenette


100%

I highly recommend staying in this hostel, it's great! It is right on the beach and also has a pool. It is out of town but only a $2 taxi ride. I would definitely say it is better and safer to stay out of town. The place is very clean and has friendly staff who are willing to help with anything. For a relatively cheap price, they cook for you too. They have ac but you can't only use it at night. It is very safe and surrounded by a gate with guard. Definitely the best hostel on the island!

  • 19th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


100%

The hostel is very close at good beach for surfing and relaxing.


63%

Quiet, relax hostel Pool is cleaned of trash but water just stands there, there i s no filtering.


71%

Such a great location, facilities, and value for money, but ruined by the idiot in charge..... I think he's the brother of the owner and he made so many people uncomfortable it wasn't pleasant. Many left the week I was there and moved down town..... such a shame as a great place, but this guy has obviously only learnt to surf, and very little else... Gives a bad name to us intelligent surfers!


86%

As long as realise this place is a chilled out Hostel/Hotel a short cab ride out of town, you will enjoy it and be very relaxed. There are plenty of cabs coming and going. It has a great pool and chill area, has its own little jetty, does some food and has a bar, wifi is a little dodgy at times, dorm rooms are good with en-suite. The owner organised a boat tour for us and it was only people from the hostel who went and the boat picked us up and dropped us off at the hostel. Great day!


100%

Staying at this hostel was one of the best decisions we made for our trip to Panama. From the moment we walked in, the staff was so welcoming, friendly, and helpful. If you ever have any questions about the town or tours, they are more than willing to help. We asked about a tour one morning and within 15 minutes, we had a boat waiting at the dock to take us out for our tour. The facilities are great with a beautiful ocean front location away from the noise of the town. Highly recommend!!


71%

The Hostel itself was very nice with swimming pool and ocean view however the staff was not really helpful or gave you a welcome feeling.


74%

Pukalani is nice compared to other hostels in Bocas because it has a pool and big grounds where you can hang out. It's quite a walk or ride from town but you can easily take a $2 taxi. It would be great if the hostel had bikes for rent! The drawbacks I found were - it was clean enough but our bathroom never got really cleaned in 5 days I was there and the kitchen is a little gross. At the bar, the price listed is never the real price. Coffee is $1, but it's then 50 cents more for milk etc.


97%

Very good hostel! Nice place and comfy beds. You can already stay at the hostel common area if yoz arrive early with a night bus. Great staff!


94%

Really great hostel!!! Only bad thing is you dont get any breakfast, except for that tjis hostel is really nice and the surroundings are amazing. Stay here!


83%

Had A great time here A bit expencive. The kicthen is very small and not for cocking Big meals.

  • 28th Feb 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Denmark
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


51%

The hostel didn't offer the following features even though they say on hostelworld: there is no shuttle to town, you have to pay 2$ one way for a taxi. no smoking area in the entire hostel although it's mentioned even in the confirmation mail. they don't offer breakfast but they tell you on hostelworld and in the confirmation mail when you book a dorm. The breakfast is only for private rooms but if you book one for 3 people only 2 get breakfast. But you can use pancake powder in a filthy kitchen


97%

This is so far the best hostel I have ever stayed. The place itself makes you feel like in paradise. Just the fact that it is a front sea hostel makes it nice to be at any time of the day. I was in a private room in the second floor with an amazing view to the Caribbean. There is a swimmming pool to and bar-restaurant. Breakfast is free if ypu pay for a private room. The staff is kind and make you feel comfortable. It would be good to have cable tv in the rooms or at least the private rooms.




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