Best Value Budget Hostels for Travelers in Boquete, Panama

Hostal Refugio del Rio at night in Boquete, Panama

Great Hostels for Budget Travelers...

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

  • Hostal Garden: one of the most affordable low budget hostels in Boquete with a cozy, family - like atmosphere with 7 bedrooms and a great location.
  • Pension Topas: conveniently located within walking distance to Habla Ya and beautifully situated besides the current of the Caldera River, it has a total of 7 bedrooms, well kept gardens, a nice terrace, a small swimming pool and a relaxed and quiet environment.
  • Gaia Hostel: one of the most affordable low budget hostels in Boquete with a cozy, family - like atmosphere with 4 bedrooms and a great location.
Still can't make up your mind? Check out this blog post about our favorite low budget lodging options in Boquete, Panama... 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 Garden

A beautiful house in Boquete with wooden finishings was transformed into a budget hostel
Lovely Hostel in the Middle of Town

If you're really on a budget but still want to be in a nice and cozy place within walking distance to our Spanish school, you can't go wrong with Hostal Garden. One of Boquete's longest standing low budget hostels, formerly known as Pensión Marilós, Hostal Garden by Refugio del Rio has a long history of serving budget travelers who enjoy their own privacy and independence while they explore the province of Chiriqui.

The common areas are some of Boquete's best for a hostel
Plenty of Common Areas to Enjoy

Although there are no meals served at Hostal Garden, you will be able use the kitchen at your own convenience (open until 11 pm) to prepare all of your meals, and enjoy free coffee and tea. Hostal Garden also has a nice dining area with stoned walls and rustic wooden tables and chairs, where guests can enjoy their breakfasts, lunches or dinners, or simply relax and watch TV in the adjacent living room. The huge garden is furnished and is a great place to take a seat (or hammock) and relax. Free wifi is also available.

The bedrooms at Refugio del Rio are light and airy
Different Room Options

Hostal Garden definitively has a cozy, family - like atmosphere as most of Boquete's most traditional houses do. This charming building has 7 rooms, some of which have shared bathrooms while others have their own private bathroom. The largest bedroom is a dorm room that can accommodate up to 6 guests (bunk beds). The other rooms are private ones either with shared or private bathrooms and can accommodate from 2 - 4 guests. All of the facilities are cleaned daily.

  Per Night
Bed in a Shared Dorm $12
Private Room with Shared Bathroom $25
Private Room with Private Bathroom $36

* Note: prices are in US Dollars. Rates do include Panama's 10% Hotel Tax and there is a 30% surcharge for National Holidays. Rates are based on single or double occupancy (each additional person per room is $12 per night).


Hostal Garden was selected amongst our low budget hostels because you can't beat the value they offer: simple, clean and comfortable private rooms, for independent travelers is a no brainer if you want your own space and you're also on a budget.
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Pension Topas

Rooms at Pension Topas cost from $10 USD per night depending on the rooom at amount of guests
A Family Managed Hostel

Pension Topas is a family owned budget hostel conveniently located just out of the center of town, allowing you to enjoy a quiet and relaxed environment but still be within a 5 minute walk to downtown Boquete and Habla Ya Spanish School.

Once you walk through the main entrance of this hostel, you start feeling the peace and serenity that comes from a well kept garden in Boquete. The hosts at Pension Topas are the Schoeb family from Germany. Having been in Boquete for so many years they have a handful of tips about what to do, and their natural efficiency doesn't hurt anybody's stay in terms of having everything well maintained, clean and in working order.

Pension Topas, a pleasant hostel in Boquete by the river
Keep to Yourself or Socialize

This hostel has a total of 7 private bedrooms. The rooms are basic but clean, ample enough and nicely decorated with a retro european feel. 5 of the rooms have their own private bathrooms with hot water and can accommodate up to 4 guests each. The other 2 bedrooms share a bathroom between the both of them. A shared kitchen is available for all guests.

In the outdoor area, there is also a small swimming pool for you to enjoy the sunny days of Boquete, and a nice terrace for guests to have a cup of coffee, eat breakfast (at an extra cost), or simply check your emails thanks to their wifi internet connection. Each morning by the river side garden you can enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee to help start your day off.

Pension Topas has 7 private rooms, 5 of which have their own private bathroom
Superb Location

To reach Pension Topas: from main street, walk across the Central Park in direction of "El Municipio", then turn right, and keep walking straight past the police station, cross the block, then walk pass the "Machu Pichu" restaurant, pass another block and walk until you see the colorful sign of Pension Topas. The entrance will be on the left side of the street.

We recommend Pension Topas to those who like a nice, basic and quiet setting but close to our school at a low cost, and a cozy atmosphere.

  Single Occupancy Double Occupancy Triple Occupancy Quadruple Occupancy
Private Rooms
with Shared Bathroom
$16 $26 n.a. n.a.
Private Rooms
with Private Bathrooms
$25/$29 $38 $42 $50

* Please note: prices are in US Dollars. Rates DO NOT INCLUDE Panama's 10% Hotel Tax.


We chose this hostel because it is located very close to the town center but far enough to feel out of it. In our opinion you receive more than what you pay for if you consider its spacious rooms and beautiful garden area in the back of the hostel. Contact Us to make your reservation at Pension Topas.
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Gaia Hostel

A Small Hostel with a Homely Feel
Exterior View of Hostal Gaia

Hostal Gaia is situated in the heart of Boquete, at only 5 minutes walking distance from our Spanish School at Los Establos Plaza and near all the bars, restaurants and shops/supermarkets of Boquete. Gaia is a small cozy hostel with a calming stream at the back of the property, which unites the perfect conditions if you're traveling on a budget, while living in new, comfortable and relaxing facilities. The small size of this hostel makes it easy to socialize with other travelers and Spanish students, and gives you the feel of living in a shared apartment or house. Moreover, it has the same amenities larger hostels offer, only that you do not have to share them with as many people! The pleasant atmosphere and friendly staff make it even more enjoyable to stay there, and will answer any question you may have about Boquete and its surroundings.

Rooms and Facilities
Private Bedroom at Hostal Gaia

Gaia has 2 dorm rooms that can accommodate 4 and 6 persons, and 4 private rooms for 2, 3 or 4 persons. The private rooms are arranged accordingly: one with a double bed, one with a double bed and a single bed, one with a king bed and a single bed, and one with two double beds. Each room has its own bathroom inside and all the bathrooms have hot water. The beds are new with semi-orthopedic mattresses, bed linen, pillow and blankets.

The fact that Gaia is on a side street will guarantee a good quality night sleep as you'll not have to hear traffic or party noise coming from the town center. This is another advantage if you're studying Spanish during your stay - you'll be able to enjoy the calm and do your homework (if that is what you wish to do), or simply sip on some of the free coffee they offer, hang out in the social area, surf the net thanks to the free wifi connection, play board games with fellow students/travelers, or cook a nice meal in the fully equipped kitchen and enjoy it in the spacious dining room. Gaia also offers a free parking space, as well as laundry facilities and a camping area if you would like to make your Boquete experience a bit more adventurous.

  Per Night
Bed in Dorm Room $14
Private Room with Private Bathroom (2 persons) $40
Private Room with Private Bathroom (3 persons) $54
Private Room with Private Bathroom (3 persons) $68

Note: prices are in US Dollars. Rates do not include Panama's 10% Hotel Tax. Reservations for one night are not refundable. Cancellations made with 60 days or more will have no penalty. Cancellations made with 7 days or more will receive a 50% refund. There will be no refund for days paid upon early departure. There will be no refunds for cancellations in high seasons (Christmas, New Year, Holy Week, Vacations and national holidays).


Hostal Gaia is one of our favorites in Boquete, taking into account the quality of the amenities, and the level of comfort our students have access to while studying with us. To get to Hostal Gaia from Habla Ya Spanish School, take the side road next to the Plaza in the opposite direction of main street. Take the second road to the right and Hostal Gaia will be at the end of the second block to your left.
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