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Bambuda Castle

Calle Principal El Santuario El Castillo, Boquete Panama
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#2 of 26 hostels in Boquete
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Bambuda Castle is a hostel located just out of Boquete town. The Castle has cozy dorms and beautiful private rooms, a bar, swimming pool, jacuzzi and rock climbing wall. The bars will keep the cold drinks flowing while you enjoy the heated swimming pool or relax in the hot tub. You can book all your tours and transportation at the hostel and our friendly staff are determined to make your stay fun and comfortable.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Bar / lounge
Hiking
Board games / puzzles
Baggage storage
Concierge
Secured parking
Wifi
Hot bath
Indoor pool
Heated pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Snack bar
Non-smoking hotel
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Picnic area
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
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2.0 of 5 stars
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Romantic
Charming
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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MeghanG83 wrote a review 10 Apr
London, United Kingdom69 contributions17 helpful votes
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We stayed in one of the Hobbit Houses for three nights and had a great experience. The rooms were so cute and the bathroom was amazing. The only thing we really missed was a fridge. The grounds are beautiful and the facilities are great. Food and drinks in the restaurant were decent and the laundry service was very quick and efficient. All the staff we met were friendly and very helpful. We had a car so getting into town and back was not an issue. It would be harder without one - you need to pay taxis or walk for about 45mins-1hours (all uphill on way to castle) I would 100% stay here again.
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Couple of Reviews wrote a review Feb 2024
London, United Kingdom22 contributions5 helpful votes
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Bambuda Castle in Boquete is a great place to stay. It's special because it's built under the ground on top of a mountain. Our room was very clean, looked cool, and the bed was super comfy. The people working at the front desk were quick to help, very friendly, and listened to what we needed, which was very helpful. Overall, Bambuda Castle is a perfect spot if you want a quiet, comfy place with great service. It's definitely a place worth checking out if you're in Boquete.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Responded 24 Feb 2024
Hello, thank you very much for your past stay with us as well for your very important feedback. We are thrilled to know that we fulfilled your expectations. We will be very happy to host you again in the future. Bambuda Castle Manager
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Jack2811e wrote a review Feb 2024
Peterborough, United Kingdom27 contributions42 helpful votes
The castle seems very outdated. The bed sheet had a blood stain on it and the shared kitchen was absolutely filthy and was very under equipped which really puts you off using the facilities. If you are over 6 foot tall you will not be able to fit in the beds well. To go anywhere you have to take a taxi or the town is a 1hr walk from the castle. The WiFi in the common areas is ok sometimes however in the rooms does not work. Very nice building and setting from the outside but that's the only good thing. Very overpriced.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 24 Feb 2024
Hello Jack. Thank you very much for all your feedback, we appreciate it very much in order to keep improving, we will work in all of your points above and apologize for any trouble during your stay, regarding the bed size, all our beds are standard sizes as shown when you make your reservation. Our location has unique views and atmosphere and in order to get here is only a 5 minutes taxi drive from town. We are currently in the middle of a renovation in order to improve all of our facilities. We will be very happy to host you once again in the future
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Nienke E wrote a review Aug 2023
2 contributions1 helpful vote
I have had the worst night in a hostel ever here. We had a dorm room with 6 beds for 2 nights. On the first night around 10.30 it seemed that we had the room to ourselves because no one else checked in. Around 11 at night, the door was thrown open and 2 loud local guys came in with a girl. They were all in a bathingsuits an didn’t have anything else with them. The guys were clearly drunk and on drugs ( they even asked us if it was ok if they smoked weed in the room) and the girl was almost passed out drunk. They put her in one of the beds but a few minutes later she fell out naked. After they put her back they left for a few minutes. A guy came back and ended up having sex with her while we were in the room. This kept on going for a few hours while other people kept coming in. The girl eventually left and 4 guys kept coming in and out of the room until 5 am. The next morning we went to the reception and they told us that those guys booked the beds last minute because they were having a party in the pool area and that the security guy had the night off. After we told the whole story, they only thing we got in return was sorry and that she’ll report it to her boss. The whole situation was bizarre and the way it was handled afterwards awful. I would not recommend staying here.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Louise S wrote a review Jul 2023
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During my trip I tried out 3 different Bambuda hostels (in dormitories each time). I waited until I'd done all 3 before writing this review. Here is my personal experience : The staff weren't at all rude, but they weren't exactly friendly either. I felt a bit like I was bothering them every time I asked for information. Despite that, they were helpful. My trip was off-season and I arrived at 11am, so as there's no check-in before 3pm I was left wandering around the hotel (no one offered to put my luggage in storage and I didn't know it was possible, probably my fault for not asking...). When I finally made it to my room, a 6-bed dorm room, I saw that there was only one girl there, who asked me why I was only being shown the bed they were holding, since it had been vacant since the day before (along with 4 other beds). I thought it was a bit silly of them if the bed was already ready, why did they make me wait all that time? The room was very clean as the bathroom (the hot water was a bit tricky but a least there was hot water !) The location is simply stunning, it's quiet and restful (both the view and the hotel itself) but as it's out of the way you'll need to take cabs (you can ask reception to call one) which can take a little time and add costs ($4 per trip if you're going downtown). Personally, I preferred to be off-centre so I could enjoy the peace and quiet and the view! As far as the food was concerned, I thought it was a pity that the restaurant only served wester food, which wasn't really bad, but it wasn't really good either. The restaurant remains friendly enough and convenient if you don't want to cook like me! As far as prices are concerned, nothing shocked me compared with other restaurants across the country. I recommend this place if you want to chill and relax during your trip! (There's even a jacuzzi 😉)
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Castle Manager, General Manager at Bambuda Castle
Responded 22 Jul 2023
Hello Louise and thanks for taking your time to write such a complete review on us!. We are happy that you could enjoyed our 3 Hotels in Panama. We are glad that you had an overall nice experience with us on the Castle and we will work on the points that yoy mentioned so we are able to deliver each day a better service to all of our guests. Hope to have you back!
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Lora H wrote a review May 2023
Miami, Florida2 contributions
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Shangri-La Bambuda Castle was exactly what I needed. The fresh air or Boquete was a welcome retreat from the heat of Bocas de Toro. We stayed in a Cabin with balcony. The bed was comfy and clean and we slept with the window open for a fresh breeze. All around the property are the most beautiful flowers and song birds. The staff was friendly, attentive and informative. We walked down the hill into town for dinners and had great breakfast and happy hour at the castle restaurant. I was surprised when we returned that housekeeping had come to tidy up as I didn’t expect daily housekeeping. This place offers hotel services with the price and friendly atmosphere of a hostel.
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Responded 29 May 2023
Hi there! and thanks so much for your feedback! , its so nice to read things as you wrote , as we work hard everyday to give a unique experience to all our guests. We are happy that you had a nice stay with us and that you could enjoy the beauty of our property and its surroundings. We would love to have you back. Bambuda Castle
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Gheorghe Balan wrote a review Feb 2023
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Expect 1-star service for 5-star prices. Had many issues during our 4-night stay in Jan 2023 (private room). 1. They double charged me for the same reservation and have not yet refunded me (after >1 month). Quickly dismissing it was not their fault and refusing to reply afterwards. 2. The lady at reception ordered an overpriced taxi for us twice (who was actually just one of her "friends"), even sharing one with us and asking us way above the rate we got other times. 3. Room service came in 2 of the 3 days at 3-5 PM, which is a bit ridiculous considering many people go on hikes/ activities during the day and come back around that time. I asked half an hour later if they could clean the room and never came. 4. Breakfast takes forever. It happened twice that we went 15 minutes after breakfast opened and the order did not come in 45 minutes, when we had activities booked. 5. Most of the staff do not seem to actually care to give good service. The rooms are basic for the price charged, but the castle, garden, etc. adds to the nice atmosphere, so this is about the only good thing I can say about them.
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Rachel J wrote a review Dec 2022
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The room we stayed in was delightful, the bed was comfortable, the room was quiet (not in the main building), the shower and bathroom was good. The staff were really helpful, the breakfast food was delicious.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 17 Dec 2022
Hi! Thanks for your review! We would let all of our staff know that you have such a nice stay with us. We hope to have you back in the future.
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laurindodd wrote a review Nov 2022
San Blas, Mexico15 contributions2 helpful votes
Beautiful grounds, very friendly and helpful staff, very adequate room. All around a great experience. The staff really are extraordinary. The facilities are quite adequate and very clean. The landscaping is breathtaking. Hot showers with great water pressure. Good food.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 19 Dec 2022
Thanks for your comment Laurindo! Its so nice to hear your words. We will let all of our staff know about your feedback on us.
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lfr wrote a review Oct 2022
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WOW! This place is amazing. We paid $16 each per night to stay in the dorms and had a wonderful experience living in luxury for a few days. The castle really is as amazing as it looks. Everything is immaculately clean and facilities are well maintained. The guest kitchen was great, as well as the hostel restaurant. All of the staff were so kind and helpful, plus most of them spoke great english. The beds are very comfortable.Would love to spend even more time!
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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HK$321 - HK$728 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bambuda Castle
Which popular attractions are close to Bambuda Castle?
Nearby attractions include Boquete Bees and Butterflies (0.8 km), Boquete Valley Ruiz Coffee Shop (1.1 km), and The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete (6.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Bambuda Castle?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Bambuda Castle?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Bambuda Castle?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Bambuda Castle?
Conveniently located restaurants include Christopher's American Bistro, Dobo, and Buckle Tip Coffee Studio.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Bambuda Castle?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Bambuda Castle?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does Bambuda Castle have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.