Pensión Marilós (% 720 1380; [email protected] .com; cnr Av A Este & Calle 6 Sur; s/d USS7/11, with bathroom USS10/14; ®) This cozy, family-run spot is a good choice for travelers looking for a little bit of peace and quiet. Rooms are warmly decorated with assorted knick-knacks and doo-dads, and are somewhat reminiscent of the guest bedroom at your grandma's house. The pleasant owner, Frank Glavas, knows Chiriquí like the back of his hand, and can help you make the most of your time in Boquete.

Hotelito Nomba (% 720 1076; Av A Oeste; dm/r per person US$6.60/8.80; ®) The self-proclaimed chill-out hostel is bare-bones, fairly sterile and has about as much personality as a fluorescent-lit cubicle. Of course, if you're on a tight budget, it's certainly cheap, and fairly popular among the shoestring crowd. The management is also laid-back, and a good time can be had here if you meet the right people.

Hostal Palacios (% 720 1653; Av Central; dm/r per person US$6.60/8.80; ®) This long-standing budget guesthouse has a friendly and vibrant atmosphere, thanks in part to the energetic owner, Pancho. From check-in until check-out, Pancho will personally ensure that you're having a good time, and that all your questions about what to do are answered. Although the rooms have definitely seen better days, this place is well-suited to backpackers, especially since there is a shared kitchen, room to pitch a tent and a fireplace out back where you can stay warm while chatting up other travelers.

Pensión Topas (% 720 1005; [email protected]; Av Belisario Porras; s/d from US$10/15; ®) Built around a small organic garden, this German-run pensión features a variety of rooms to suit all budgets. Cheaper rooms share an outdoor solar-heated bathroom, while the more expensive rooms have private bathrooms with steamy showers. In true German fashion, this budget inn is well-run and kept spic-and-span.

Hostal Doña Catal (% 720 1260; Av Central; d with shared/private bathrooms US$10/15; ®) On the central plaza, the faded-blue Hostal Doña Cata is suffering from a bit of wear and tear, though the price is right, especially if you splurge for the upstairs rooms. For a few bucks more, you can enjoy a private bathroom and a balcony overlooking the park. It's not as cozy as some of the other family-run guest houses in town, but it's certainly more private, and you can't beat the park-side location.

Hostal Boquete (% 720 2573; Calle 4a Sur; s/d US$15/20; ®) Overlooking the Río Caldera, this quaint country inn is excellent value, especially if you want a quiet location away from the town center. The interiors of the rooms are utterly basic and none too exciting, though they do have attractive terraces overlooking the river. If you're a light sleeper, this is the place for you - just close your eyes at night and drift off to sleep to the sounds of the flowing water.

Mozart Petit Hotel (% 720 3764; [email protected] .com; Calle Volcancito Principal; camping US$5, cabins from US$20; ®) Located near the IPAT office about 1.5km from the town center, this adorable little hotel is a bit far from the action, though it's a great choice if you're looking to slow down a bit and soak up the rural ambience. Consisting of several self-contained cabins with rustic furnishings, terraced patios and sweeping views that reach as far as the Pacific (on a clear day of course!), these cabins epitomize the idea of a mountain retreat. If you really want to get close to nature, you can even pitch a tent here in the well-groomed campsite.

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