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Hostal El Jaguar

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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
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Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

Me and my mother searched for hotels in Cochabamba that didn't feel like a prison. By a coincidence we found El Jaguar that had a pretty yard, cute rooms and nice volunteers. We could rent a hole room, paying for all beds, and in that way we had more privacy. One bed is around 70-80bs depending on the room. The...

Thank Eva V
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

The hostal is located on the right hand side of the boat-jetty of Bastimentos. We loved to chill on the terrace in one of the hammocks, sunbeds or at the small tables and drink beer from the hostal bar. We also enjoyed to cook by ourselves in one of the two well equipped outdoor kitchens on the terrace (as an...

Thank Itchy-Feet_AundM
Reviewed 12 January 2017

Bastimentos is the quieter of the two big islands in Bocas. As a result, Hostal El Jaguar was a great place to lay in a hammock and read a book, or take a quick swim or kayak in the ocean. Jaguar is a great guy. He's a teacher at the local school, and runs the place nicely. Do the Bat...

Thank Erik F
Arnulfo A, Front Office Manager at Hostal El Jaguar, responded to this review

Hi Erik, Thank you so much for your lovely review, apologies for being a bit late getting back to you. Really glad that you enjoyed the Bat Cave tour, its certainly one of our top two tours, and we won't ruin the surprise either ;) We pride ourselves on our relaxing atmosphere and the hammock garden is an easy place...

Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

I have been meaning to write this review for a whole. We stayed at Jaguars for two weeks in an over the sea room. The place was wonderful, jaguar and his captain are real characters and always there to offer tips. The people staying at Jaguars were great. It felt like a family at times.

Thank Lexnala
Arnulfo A, Propietario at Hostal El Jaguar, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to leave us some lines. Right now we are working on the terrace so next time you come will be more comfortable.

Little Village called Brisbane
Reviewed 30 May 2016

The manager Elisa did a great job of welcoming us and making us feel at home. The place is kept clean and tidy all the time. Wifi was good and you can hire Kayak's to explore the Bay. The Hostel is walking distance to everything in the Village

1Thank Glen C
Arnulfo A, Gerente at Hostal El Jaguar, responded to this review

We are glad you enjoy your stay in El Jaguar, we might be on an small Island but there are lot´s of things to do by your self.

Reviewed 19 May 2016

My girlfriend and I stumbled upon El Jaguar because we showed up a day early and glad we did. Next door to Bubba's and quite similar, but a little smaller, less crowded and a chiller vibe. One difference is that El Jaguar has a common kitchen area instead of a bar, so you can bring your own drinks and outside...

Thank Michael V
Arnulfo A, Gerente at Hostal El Jaguar, responded to this review

Thanks for the long review, we are glad you like your stay with us. We have finish the new rooms upstairs with nice view, private bathroom and AC. The Wifi is working better now, and next year Bastimenos island will have more fresh water since the building of a bigger well is part of next year community budget. We are...

Wellington, New Zealand
Reviewed 11 May 2016

Private room with private bathroom. Was clean, good size and the best and pillows were amazing. Window shutters open out over the water and at night can hear the water lapping under the building. Hammocks on the deck to relax in and a good location on the island. Really tranquil place and perfect for relaxation.

Thank Rondaful78
Arnulfo A, Gerente at Hostal El Jaguar, responded to this review

I´m glad you enjoy your stay in El Jaguar, the idea of this hostel is that visitors enjoy living, sleeping and relaxing on the Island like locals do!

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 5 May 2016

Totally loved hanging out at this hostel. It's right on the water with a view to die for, has great helpful staff and a well loved communal kitchen, the beds are comfy and the wifi works well. However, there is a serious problem with sewage running down the bank behind the hostel from either the nearby restaurant or houses up...

Thank SpokeyDokeys
Arnulfo A, Gerente at Hostal El Jaguar, responded to this review

Thanks for the review, im glad to tell you that the sewage problem was immediate solve and not more bad smells around. I´m sorry that this malfunction coincidence with your stay. However the run off of just a couple of sinks and showers go into the ocean. All the toilets are connected to the sewage so the water in front...

Reviewed 1 May 2016 via mobile

It's subdued in colour and a place to lay back and chill. Hammocks and a little book exchange too.. remember to give more than you take. The rooms are very comfortable especially if you have one with AC. Prices are more than reasonable! Bathrooms have running water for longer hours than other hostels around. Rain water bottles are kept in...

1Thank Tahra F
Arnulfo A, Gerente at Hostal El Jaguar, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind review, since your stay we have worked a little bit on the expansion. Now we have a bigger kitchen and double the size of the terrace. Also next year is already planed a bigger well that will bring more fresh water to Bastimentos Island. Hope to see you back so we can go fishing!

Reviewed 1 May 2016 via mobile

This place was really cheap when we stayed here and you get what you pay for. We payed 20 USD for a small double with a fan and a shared bathroom. There was only one more room sharing our bathroom so that wasn't any problem at all. The hostel is built on the water and it's pretty nice to see...

Thank Jakob A

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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Jaguar Hostel is a comfortable, clean and affordable choice for those who want to stay in Bastimentos, at a suitable distance from the noise and movement of the capital of the province, Bocas del Toro, but without ignoring valid options for your holiday such as excellent places to visit, typical restaurants and the most beautiful views of the archipelago. At short distance of the village are some of the best beaches, surfing spots, trails and more attractions that you will discover as your days are spent in the kind attention of our hostel. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hostal El Jaguar

Address: Old Bank | 50m East From The Main Plaza, Isla Bastimentos, Panama
Region: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Bastimentos
Price Range: RM86 - RM180 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
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“Pick a room with A/C, it's more comfortable during the day if you need to have a break from the heat.”
sn0wgrl, 12 Mar 2016 | Read review
“No beach but a terrific over the water veranda.”
DDgotravel, 22 Feb 2016 | Read review
“Read, Read and did I say, Read the description. It is very accurate.”
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“reserve the 15 dollar room in advance!”
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“Spring for one of the rooms with private bathroom as cleaning service is only there until noon.”
MariaAndando, 26 Apr 2015 | Read review
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