Best Budget Hostels in Bocas del Toro, Panama | Bocas Hostels

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Great Hostels for Budget Travelers...

Simply put: the best low-budget hostels in Bocas...

  • Hostal Mamallena: the ideal low budget option for Habla Ya students only a couple blocks from the school, with superb customer service.
  • Saigon Bay Bed & Breakfast: 3 room over the sea hotel in Saigon Bay with comfortable social area and full kitchen.
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Only Habla Ya Spanish Students are eligible for the special rates for extended stays that appear on this page when they make their reservation through us. These special rates are offered to our students due to the amount of traffic that we generate for these hotels. Most of our recommended lodging options are located within walking distance to our Spanish school in Bocas del Toro (from 1 to 15 minute walks).

Hostal Mamallena

  Dorm Rooms Double Private Room Double Private Room
with Balcony
Quadruple Private Room
(double bed + bunk)
Price Per Night $18 $45 $60 $90

* Cancellation policies and conditions further below.

Hostal Mamallena in Bocas del Toro, Panama
Just around the corner from Habla Ya

Hostal Mammallena is by far the ideal low budget option for Habla Ya students, situated at only several blocks away or 5 minute walking distance from the school in a quiet residential area.

Hostal Mamallena been set up in a traditional Caribbean mansion, entirely made of wood, giving it the unique homey feel. Its spacious rooms and common areas with terrace over the Caribbean Sea in the back, will make you feel like you're in a huge vacation villa instead of a hostel. Hostal Mamallena is definitely more like an "upscale" budget option which offers all the amenities of your average Bocas hostel, including wifi, but with nicer facilities and AC (which is rare in Bocas del Toro for low budget options).

Dorm Room at Bocas 421 Hostel Guest House in Bocas del Toro, Panama
Various Room Options

Mamallena Bocas has a total of 14 rooms: 8 shared rooms with bunk beds, and 6 private rooms. It's ideal for solo travelers, couples, or friends who are traveling together and families (but be aware that this hostel does have parties regularly, so if you have young children this may not be the ideal place for you).

2 private rooms that can welcome up to 4 guests and the other private rooms have double beds each. The dorm rooms generally have room for either 4 or 8 persons, and are mixed. They have AC units which will be turned on between 7pm and 9am only. Private rooms have a double bed, a private bathroom and AC. Some private rooms also have a balcony for an extra fee, in order to enjoy the view over the ocean.

Top Balcony at 421 Guest House Hostel in Bocas del Toro, Panama

Finally, if you are travelling with friends or family, you have the option to rent a quadruple private room which has one double bed and one bunk bed (with 2 beds), AC and a private bathroom.

Every room has brand new AC units, a private bathroom and free wifi access. Breakfast is included between 7.00 am to 10.00am, and consists of coffee and pancakes which you can prepare yourself. The kitchen is fully equipped and you will be able to prepare your own meals, and if you need laundry service, all you need to do is ask! The hostel is equipped with lockers to safely store your valuables such as laptops and passports.

It's a place to socialize

Imagine sipping on cocktails after class while tanning in a long chair on the deck, or jumping into the ocean to refresh yourself after a long day! Besides having modern, clean and comfortable rooms with AC, Mamallena also offers one of the nicest common social areas in town! Think bar, pool tables, and a comfortable large sun-deck with couches and long chairs. At night, you can also have a great time at Mamallena, enjoying a drink at the bar, and when there's a party organized, enjoy some of the best DJs in town. Mamallena is the ideal place for laid-back travelers to meet up and socialize in a fun and friendly atmosphere.


SIGN UP & BOOK A ROOM AT HOSTAL MAMALLENA... Rates
  Dorm Double Private Room Double Private Room
with Balcony
Quadruple Private Room
(double bed + bunk)
Price Per Night $18 $45 $60 $90

* Please note: prices are in US Dollars. Rates DO NOT INCLUDE Panama's 10% Hotel Tax. You can cancel free of charge until 2 days before arrival. You´ll be charged the total price if you cancel in the 2 days before arrival.

SIGN UP & BOOK A ROOM AT HOSTAL MAMALLENA... Location

SIGN UP & BOOK A ROOM AT OSTAL MAMALLENA...
Just a 5 minute walk from Habla Ya Spanish School in Bocas del Toro, Hostal Mamallena is literally a few blocks away from Habla Ya Bocas del Toro. The physical address is Avenida Norte between 5th and 6th street. If you arrive by boat with Bocas Marine Tours you'll be dropped off right on main street (3rd Street): just take a right (up north) walking up the main street for 6 blocks (you'll pass the park), until you reach the end of that road and you'll have reached Avenida Norte (North Avenue). Take a left hand walk four blocks and you'll find Mamallena to your right. If you arrive on 1st street with any other of the boat companies, just walk through the park until you reach 3rd Street and from there continue north and follow the instructions as just described above. If you arrive by plane walk down the street leading away from the airport and make a left turn on the first crossing. You'll be walking north up 6th Street. Walk for 3 blocks and take a right and it's right there. From any of the boat stations or the airport you can always catch a taxi to your destination.
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Saigon Bay Bed & Breakfast

Price per Night Weekly Rate Monthly Rate
$55 $346.50 $1402.50

* Cancellation policies and conditions further below.

Deck and Saigon Bay Bed and Breakfast
The Real Caribbean Experience

Saigon Bay Bed & Breakfast is a 3 room over the Caribbean Sea hotel located in the local neighbourhood contiguous to our Spanish School's, home to authentic Caribbean living and the very best sunsets of Bocas Town. Here you'll be able to experience Bocas as locals do.

An over the water home immersed in Saigon Bay, painted and decorated with colourful Caribbean flair, this bed and breakfast offers a comfortable social area and a large deck to relax and take it all in.

You'll be able to make use of their kitchen and fridge, and benefit from free potable rain water too. As an Habla Ya guest you'll also receive free bike usage and daily breakfast over the Caribbean.

Different Room Options
Room at Saigon Bay and Breakfast

All rooms have en-suite bathrooms with hot water showers, screened windows and fans. Being on the bay with lots of windows allowing the breeze to flow through makes for an enjoyable and truly authentic visit.

Room #1 is boat room. It has a loft style full-size bed accessible by a ladder. This room has air conditioning and desk with chair. Room #2 is the surfer room with queen sized bed, and bathroom separated by wooden French doors and en-suite large hot water rain shower. Room #3 has a queen sized bed, and a single bed above. This room has a futon and is the most spacious in our bed and breakfast.

Hosts and Activities
Living room area at Saigon Bay Bed and Breakfast

Angie was born in the Panama Canal zone and grew up in Panama. Nicolas was born in Caracas, Venezuela. Both have been living in Bocas del Toro for nearly 15 years. They love the outdoors, training and are pretty mellow. Angie works from home and Chapo is a surf instructor and tour guide. Their three dogs live with them in their upstairs apartment as well as their cat but sometimes also chill on the deck.

Your superhosts 'Chapo' and Angie are on site offering full service concierge for whatever you desire. The greatest spots to see, visit, activities, island trips, surfing, diving, four wheeling, zip lining, horseback riding, shuttle trips, advice on how you can get there, or we can put you with the right people to take you.

SIGN UP & BOOK A ROOM AT SAIGON BED AND BREAKFAST... Rates
Price per Night Weekly Rate Monthly Rate
$55 $346.50 $1402.50

* Please note: prices are in US Dollars for up to double occupancy unless specified ($10 per night for additional guest). Rates DO INCLUDE Panama's 10% Hotel Tax. Reservations require a valid credit card payment and a 50% deposit. 50% refund is granted up until 1 week prior to arrival. Monthly rate is based on 30 nights. Rates between Dec 25th - 28th are $75 per night and between Dec 29th and January 2nd are $115 per night.

SIGN UP & BOOK A ROOM AT SAIGON BED AND BREAKFAST... Location

SIGN UP & BOOK A ROOM AT SAIGON BED AND BREAKFAST..
Just a 7 minute walk from Habla Ya Spanish School in Bocas del Toro, Saigon Bay Bed and Breakfast is just 6 blocks away from Habla Ya Bocas del Toro. The physical address is at the end of G Street. If you arrive by boat with Bocas Marine Tours you'll be dropped off right on main street (3rd Street): just take a right (up north) walking up the main street for 6 blocks (you'll pass the park), until you reach the end of that road and you'll have reached Avenida Norte (North Avenue). Take a left hand walk one and half blocks until it merges with G Avenue between 4th and 5th Street. Continue walking 11 blocks until you reach the end of G Avenue and you will have reached your destination. If you arrive on 1st street with any other of the boat companies, just walk through the park until you reach 3rd Street and from there continue north and follow the instructions as just described above. If you arrive by plane walk down the street leading away from the airport and make a left turn on the first crossing. You'll be walking north up 6th Street until you reach G Avenue and continue as above. From any of the boat stations or the airport you can always catch a taxi to your destination.
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