Known in town as the "luxurious" hostel for backpackers, our students are always surprised to discover that such a beautiful house has been transformed into a hostel. This place will make you feel instantly at home. It's only 2 blocks away from the town center yet feels like it's miles away nestled in a quiet street along a peaceful stream.
This "refuge by the river" has been carefully furnished and decorated and has 1 private cabin and 11 bedrooms (1 dorm room, 2 private rooms that share a bathroom, and 8 private rooms with their own bathroom). Each room is bright and welcoming.
The communal areas are the best amongst the low budget hostels in Boquete. The kitchen is very large indeed and is fully equipped. We even have had students who do not like to cook who feel tempted to prepare their own meal when they find themselves in such a magnificent kitchen within the hostel. The laundry facilities are also very spacious with brand new appliances and the wooden furniture found in the dining room give it an intimate touch that will make you feel just at home. A TV and DVD are also available in a cozy living room to watch some good movies. And last but not least, this hostel has gorgeous terraza with chimney, a stereo system and bar, which if you stay here you'll certainly spend many hours resting, chilling out and relaxing while you overlook the peaceful creek and green yard full of trees.
The largest bedroom is a dorm room that can accommodate up to 10 guests (mixture of bunk beds and single beds). Two of the private rooms (Quetzal 1 and 2), which share a bathroom, have a bunk bed with a double bed on the bottom and a single bed on the top. One of these rooms has a single bed and the other has 2 single beds. Refugio del Rio also has two private rooms with their own bathroom and private garden terrace (Abril and Nicole). Both of these rooms have 1 double bed. And the remaining 4 private rooms also have their own bathroom. Of these last 4 rooms, one has a double bed and 2 single beds (Colibrí), another one has a double sized bed (Golondrina), and the remaining two rooms known as "Las Casitas" share a semi-private kitchen amongst them and have bunk beds with double beds on the bottom and single beds on the top.
Along the river and overlooking our garden terrace Refugio del Rio features one complete tree-house style elevated cabana, in addition to two rooms with beautiful balconies, free Wi-Fi, cable TV and grounds views. The bathrooms are private and come equipped with a hot shower. These cozy structures are separate from the main hostel and are elevated above the ground and made of wood to create cozy treehouse-like lodging. Each cabin has a double sized bed, with its own bathroom and a small private balcony.
To get to Hostal Refugio del Río, on Central Avenue, turn right on the road between the Delta Gas Station and Los Establos Plaza (where Habla Ya Spanish School is located) walk pass Los Establos Plaza, cross the bridge over the creek, take a right and a little bit further ahead you'll see Hostal Refugio del Río on you right. Within our list of recommended places to stay in Boquete, this is the one that is closest to our school. From your bedroom to your classroom it should only take you about around 3 minutes.Location
|Bed in a Shared Dorm||$13|
|Private Room with Shared Bathroom||$31|
|Private Room with Private Bathroom||$36|
* Note: prices are in US Dollars. Rates do not include Panama's 10% Hotel Tax. Rates are based on single or double occupancy (each additional person per room is $11 per night). Laundry service is available at $5 for wash and dry. At check-in, a $5 deposit is requested for use of towels and a $2 deposit for your room key. Your deposit will be returned to you when you return these items at checkout.