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Private beach, scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing

ScubaPortobello - Hostel

2.5 out of 5
Guests rated this property 2.7/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Parking included
  • Air conditioning
  • Restaurant
  • Breakfast available
  • Room service

Explore the area

    Popular LocationFuerte Santiago3 min drive
    Popular LocationFuerte San Fernando3 min drive
    Popular LocationMirador Perú3 min drive
    AirportColon (ONX-Enrique Adolfo Jimenez)45 min drive

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Basic Cabin, Ocean View

  • Ocean view
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Double Bed OR 2 Twin Beds

Basic Room, Ocean View

  • Ocean view
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Double Bed

About this area


Located in Portobelo, ScubaPortobello - Hostel is on a private beach. Fuerte Santiago and Fuerte San Fernando are notable landmarks, and the area's natural beauty can be seen at Portobelo National Park.
Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Fuerte Santiago - 3 min drive
  • Fuerte San Fernando - 3 min drive
  • Mirador Perú - 3 min drive
  • Real Aduana de Portobelo - 4 min drive
  • Fuerte San Jerónimo - 4 min drive


  • Las Anclas — 7 min walk
  • La Torre — 14 min walk
  • El Castillo — 19 min walk
  • Café y Panadería Nazareño — 3 min drive
  • Bar Restaurante Casa Congo — 3 min drive

About this property

ScubaPortobello - Hostel

On a private sand beach, near Fuerte Santiago
A private beach, a restaurant, and concierge services are available at this smoke-free hotel. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Additionally, tour/ticket assistance, wedding services, and a garden are onsite. All 9 rooms offer balconies or patios, room service, and showers.
ScubaPortobello - Hostel offers 9 accommodations. Rooms open to balconies or patios. Bathrooms include showers. Housekeeping is offered once per stay and hair dryers can be requested.
Recreational amenities at the hotel include a private beach.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property amenities


  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and transportation

  • Free self parking on site

Food and drink

  • Cooked-to-order breakfast available for a fee daily 8 AM–11 AM: USD 6 per person
  • 1 restaurant
  • Room service available

Things to do

  • Boat tours
  • Fishing
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling

Guest services

  • Concierge services
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Housekeeping (once per stay)
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Wedding services

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish


  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Private beachfront location
  • Terrace


  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled)


  • Hair dryer (on request)
  • Shower

Outdoor space

  • Balcony or patio



Check-in from 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Late check-in subject to availability
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before noon

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk


No pets or service animals allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available
Cribs (infant beds) are not available

Property payment types

Important information

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for cooked-to-order breakfast: USD 6 per person (approximately)

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts credit cards

We should mention

No pets and no service animals are allowed at this property

Property is also known as

ScubaPortobello Hostel Portobelo
ScubaPortobello Hostel
ScubaPortobello Portobelo
ScubaPortobello Hostel
ScubaPortobello - Hostel Hotel
ScubaPortobello - Hostel Portobelo
ScubaPortobello - Hostel Hotel Portobelo

Frequently asked questions

Can I cancel my reservation for free at ScubaPortobello - Hostel and receive a full refund?
Yes, ScubaPortobello - Hostel offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to ScubaPortobello - Hostel cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.
How much does it cost to stay at ScubaPortobello - Hostel?
As of Apr 10, 2021, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at ScubaPortobello - Hostel on Apr 11, 2021 start from $55, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
Is ScubaPortobello - Hostel pet-friendly?
No, pets are not allowed at this property.
How much is parking at ScubaPortobello - Hostel?
Self parking is free at this property.
What time is check-in at ScubaPortobello - Hostel?
Check-in is from 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM. Late check-in is available during limited hours.
What time is check-out at ScubaPortobello - Hostel?
Check-out is at noon.
Where is ScubaPortobello - Hostel located?
Nestled on the beach, this Portobelo hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Portobelo National Park, Fuerte Santiago, and Fuerte San Fernando. Mirador Perú is 2 mi (3.1 km) away.

Overall score and ratings

Rating 5 - Excellent. 0 out of 18 reviews
5 - Excellent 0%
Rating 4 - Good. 7 out of 18 reviews
4 - Good 39%
Rating 3 - Okay. 4 out of 18 reviews
3 - Okay 22%
Rating 2 - Poor. 4 out of 18 reviews
2 - Poor 22%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 3 out of 18 reviews
1 - Terrible 17%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

2/5 Poor

Traveled with partner
Disliked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities
The only good thing is the view (nice balcony facing the sea). All the rest was bad and definitely not worth the price. Terrible welcome (the staff was angry coz you are not supposed to arrive after four... how could we know? They wanted to charge us a 10 dollar fine), our room was never cleaned, the working wi-fi was turned off in the evening, the water was barely warm - sometimes -. For a lower price I wouldn't complain, but we paid 60 dollars per night. NOT recommended.
Stayed 2 nights in Apr 2019

3/5 Okay

Liked: Cleanliness
Disliked: Staff & service
I can't recommend this as a place to stay. I was the only person there in the off-season, and it took 15 minutes to find the person to check me in. They locked the main gate at around 10, and I had to check to make sure I didn't get locked out accidentally when I went out.
Stayed 1 night in Dec 2018

1/5 Terrible

Disliked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Extremely overvalued
Considering the place was empty, and other hotels were adjusting prices to fit demand, it was disappointing to find how overpriced this venue was. We weren't scuba aficionados, and other hotels in the area probably offered the same quality for a similar price, but we were paying the same price for a Junior suite in a 3.5 star hotel in Panama City. So, get up early and drive to Portobelo, but don't stay there.
Stayed 1 night in Jan 2018

1/5 Terrible

Disliked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Close to no beach
I give a 1 star water trckel zero pressure no hot water bed sucked

4/5 Good

Liked: Staff & service, room comfort
Can't get any closer to the water.
Nothing fancy but a great location on the water if you are there for water activities or just to relax.

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