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Learn more about Bambuda Castle


Bambuda Castle is one of a kind. The only castle in central America, it’s also a hostel ranked among Panama’s best.

Nestled in lush hills near Boquete, we have dreamy views across coffee plantations to Volcan Baru.

And inside is as special as out. We’re famous for our atmosphere: super warm, social and relaxed, almost like a little family. Partly this comes from the awesome guests we attract. Partly it’s our unusually lovely staff, who’ll go out of their way to welcome and help you.

Staying here also means next-level comfort, from beautiful rooms to gorgeous scenic grounds…..and our very own pool and hot tub.

Quite a few people agree…

BEST HOSTEL IN PANAMA 2017, 2018 & 2019


Hostel World

“Best hostel so far while travelling Panama. Clean and modern rooms and a spacious shared kitchen. Very good food in the restaurant too. Highly recommended!” | 10/10 Rating

Udo Sill, Denmark

“I loved my stay here! I met another traveler and we split the cost of a hobbit house which was beautiful! The castle is gorgeous as well as the views. Jose was amazing! As well as all the other staff. The pool and jacuzzi super best hostel ever!”

TripAdvisor | 5/5 Rating

SarahM14258, The Netherlands

“One of my favorite hostels so far. The staff was really lovely. The hostel was clean and comfortable. I loved the terrace area overlooking Volcan Baru. I enjoyed my time here a lot!” | 10/10 Rating

Sarah, United Kingdom

“There is no better hostel in Panama. Bambuda Castle is absolutely amazing, I felt like I was living in a mansion. Super comfortable, beautiful
attention to detail, and awesome amenities like a pool, jacuzzi and climbing wall. But the best part to me was the people that work there. Ell, Jose, Juancho are so friendly and professional, and the staff behind the scenes keep the place so clean, the food really good, and the landscaping beautiful. If you go to Boquete I would not even consider staying anywhere else, unless Bambuda is full :)”

TripAdvisor | 5/5 Rating

Brett Dickey, United States

So what’s all the fuss about? Well, quite a few things, really.



Sleep in a castle, complete with moat

How often do you get the chance to stay in a castle? Sleep in a tower, feel like a princess (or prince) then wander down to spacious gardens edged by a moat full of koi fish. For a different but equally quirky experience, stay in one of our ‘hobbit homes’: cute domed bungalows hiding in greenery.

Sink into the hot tub after your hike

After a hard day’s volcano hiking, slip into our hot tub and soothe your weary body, maybe while sipping a cocktail from our bar. The tub is big enough for social soaking, so you could also get bonding with new travel buddies. When you’ve got more energy, take a dip in our indoor heated swimming pool.

Swap stories at our family dinner, or cook your own

Each night join fellow guests for our three-course family-style dinner. Perfect for meeting people and with generous portions of delicious food (cooked by a talented chef), it adds something special to evenings here. Handily, there’s also the option to cook for yourself in the large, professionally equipped communal kitchen.

Chill on the balcony, in the gardens, the TV & games room….

Beyond the hot tub and pool are plenty more communal areas to relax in. Sip coffee as you take in the view from our balcony, sunbathe among flowers in the gardens, or cozy up for a movie night in the TV room. All great spots for socializing; just as great for lying around with your head in a book.

Hop on our shuttles

We offer daily shuttles to Boquete Town, Waterfalls, Volcan Barú and more. Schedule your transportation at the front desk. So it’s easy to go stock up on supplies, meet friendly locals and hunt down the best places to eat and drink.

Your adventure starts here!

Book your stay today!