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Hostal El Jaguar

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26 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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. More 

Little Village called Brisbane
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24 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
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

1 Thank 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. More 

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16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviewed 18 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... More 

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... More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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! More 

Melbourne, Australia
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136 reviews
71 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
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... More 

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... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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... More 

1 Thank 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! More 

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64 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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... More 

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127 reviews
82 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2016 via mobile

Such a great spot to chill out for a few days with gorgeous views across the bay. The staff were friendly and chilled out, happy to help with organising excursions and give advice. Having a kitchen is such a benefit (from what I saw none of the other hostels in Bastimentos have one) although it got quite crowded in the... More 

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Frankfurt Am Main, Deutschland
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29 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2016

I very much enjoyed the basic accomodation at El Jaguar. This small hostel remains very personal and authentic as it only has a few rooms. Fresh water is sparse on the island and therefore showers or their pressure, respectively, are a tickling stream of cold water. But that applies to all places in Bastimentos. The veranda on the water is... More 

Thank Nina_Black
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 1 April 2016 via mobile

Small place, nice people working there. They are very enthousiastic and make you feel welcome when you arrive. Make a jump right in front in the ocean, take a canoe or rent snorkling gear. Rooms are just fine. Shower is primitive and there is only water from 0700-0900 AM and 1700-1900 PM, but that's managable. If you want to relax... More 

Thank Sylvia B
Arnulfo A, Manager at Hostal El Jaguar, responded to this review

Hey Sylvia, Thankyou for your kind words. Was a pleasure having you stay with us. Hope your enjoying your journeys. All the best More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Beachfront
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
About the property
  • Beachfront
Things to do
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Kitchenette
  • Family Rooms
  • Smoking rooms available
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
  • Concierge
  • Multilingual Staff
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 | 50mt East From The Main Plaza, Isla Bastimentos, Panama
Region: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Bastimentos
Price Range: $27 - $56 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
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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.”
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“No beach but a terrific over the water veranda.”
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“Spring for one of the rooms with private bathroom as cleaning service is only there until noon.”
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