Since the Loney Planet guide was published there have been some changes go on at Pension Marilos that you might want to be aware of: - The 'friendly english-speaking owner', Frank, no longer works there. The 2 people who run it now speak no english, and are nice enough but make no effort to engage with you unless you speak to or ask them something directly - Doubles are $30/night and not $20. We also asked over the phone when booking if we could just have a shared bathroom to save some money and were told that none of those rooms were available, only to arrive and we the only people there. I think they knew that in this case, and a 'shared bathroom' would almost be the same as having a private bathroom since there was no one around, and so got us to pay for one accordingly. - This guesthouse is VERY quiet. Beyond being quieter or ore relaxed as one is often after as opposed to a noisier party hostel experience, this was pretty bleak. As i said, we were the only ones there, and only ever crossed over with one other couple. Combined with the lack of interaction that owners give you and you have a very solitary feeling staying here. If you're after seclusion, then great, but if not, be mindful of this. - In our experience staying here, the showers were NOT hot. They were barely luke-warm. Just enough to take the chill out of the water. All that said, the benefits that can't be overlooked are; - The place is kept impeccably clean - The wifi is fast (perhaps symptomatic of having no one else connected to it?) - Pension Marilos is in a good location. A few blocks from the main plaza and all the shops/tour operators and just up the road from an amazing bakery, Sugar and Spice. - Even at $30/night for a private room, the price is still right given some of the other options in Boquete. - The kitchen is large and well equipped if you're wanting to cook for yourselves. So some negatives, some positives - it just depends what you're after in Boquete. It could have been better, but also could have been worse. Despite everythin I mentiond, my wife and I still deceided to stay for the 4 nights we were in Boquete. We couldn't be bothered moving after we'd unpacked and we could deal with all the little things. I just wanted everyone to be aware of the current state of things rather than being led completely by their guidebook like we were.…
I stayed for two nights in Pension Marisol in a private room without bathroom, for 20$ per night. Although the staff did not speak English, we could arrange this with some basic Spanish. Communal areas are large and clean. The pension is within short walking distance of the city center. Breakfast was not included but you can use the kitchen and there are a lot of supermarkets. It was not really special but nice and quiet and good quality for the price.
I am a little surprised at some of the negative feedback that this delightful little place gets. Sure, it's not a five star hotel but it ticks a lot of boxes and the price is excellent. It's far enough out of town for a good nights sleep. It's close enough to town for some excellent eateries, including Sugar & Spice. The rooms are big. The showers are hot. The rooms and common areas are spotlessly clean. There is a nice kitchen to use and a nice dining area to eat your prepared food. It has a lovely garden to sit in. What more does one need? Enjoy.
Prices are fair, the kitchen is very clean, and if you stay there long enough the staff are really friendly. Offers three different types of rooms (private - 1 bed (for 2 people), private - 2 beds, private - single). However, there is only 1 room for the 2 beds and single options. Location is also good (quiet, easy to get to). Internet doesn't always work though.
We appreciated the great price with the good location, simple, comfortable, clean room (at the end of the hall - 2 beds with a bath)! We enjoyed our conversations with Frank, even learning that he went to college with someone from our hometown, Louisville, KY! Great little walking town!