Hostel Heike is a fun, vibrant, and chilled out hostel which is perfect for a stay at Bocas del Toro (infamous for being a party town). You get the best of both worlds at Heike -- you can enjoy all the benefits of staying at its louder sister hostel, Mondo Taitu, while being able to sleep somewhere quiet and relax during the day after a night of partying.
Hostel Heike is located on the main drag in Bocas Town on the Isle of Colon, and like most places in Bocas Town, only a few minutes walk from the water taxi ports. Due to its bright and colourfully painted exterior it is very easy to find. You are within seconds walk of restaurants, bars, and tour operators.
Rooms and Bathrooms
There are eleven dorm rooms at Heike, with approximately five bunks (ten beds) in each. In each dorm room there are free wooden lockers (however you will need your own lock) and several fans keep the rooms clean. The bathrooms at Heike are of good quality -- the showers are not electric so the water is consistently warm and the water pressure is good. Towels are available for use and there is hand soap. Heike also uses a water filtration system (you can ask one of the staff to explain to you how it works!) so it is possible to drink the water from the taps -- this is unique for Bocas del Toro, where it is generally not possible to drink tap water. There are no private rooms or free internet available.
Hostel Heike has an excellent communal kitchen and communal area where you can eat or have a few (or more) drinks with your fellow travelers. A free pancake breakfast is also provided, although you have to cook your own pancakes! There is also a storage area for luggage and a small book exchange. There are no computers or free internet, however there is a reasonably priced internet cafe located next door. Heike also no longer runs a laundry service, but has a deal with a nearby laundromat.
Heike is a very sociable hostel, and you will find most travelers staying at Heike will make the nightly pilgrimage down to sister hostel Mondo Taitu to enjoy happy hour drinks, plus a complimentary free shot or beer. While you will likely go out with other backpackers to the various crazy bars in Bocas Town, after about midnight Heike quietens down and you´ll be able to get a good nights sleep. There is definitely a relaxed vibe to Heike.
Heike is a highly recommended place to stay in Bocas del Toro. It is a great place to meet fellow travelers, the facilities are good, and the rooms and bathrooms clean. As a final plus, the volunteer staff are friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable about activities in Bocas (and are always dressed up for the thrice-weekly themed nights at Mondo Taitu!).