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Hotel Las Olas Beach Resort
Ranked #3 of 13 Hotels in David
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 19 May 2006

It's about as nice as they come in these parts. Which means it's basic by US standards. We paid $40/nt with free breakfast for 2. Waterfront. air-conditioning. Hot water. TV. basic room with double bed with sheets only - no blankets (you don't need them). Free Breakfast! (Really yummy breakfast -- get the pancakes, french toast or Schoshak - or something like that - it's eggs in tomato sauce with a heaping pile of bread.) Remember - everything in Bocas is slow -- and the service is no exception. It's just that way everywhere. so you may not get a coffee or juice refill right away. the owner is multi-lingual: hebrew, english, spanish and who knows what else... tip the maid and she will change your towels -- it's common in these parts for a hotel to NOT to change your towels or sheets, by the way... we left a $3 tip, piled the sheets and all the towels in a heap and she changed the, all and gave us extra towels and floor mats. ( $3 may not be that much to me as a salaried american, but it is a lot to them. the average salary in panama is around $3700 a year. Please don't quibble over that dollar. they don't have unemployment and may not know where their next meal is coming from. ) Very nice hotel considering other people we know had their water run out on them! we must have had 3 showers each per day! Not the nicest neighborhood, but we always felt safe anywhere in Bocas. Laundry onsite was $6 for a 10lb load and you can rent a jet ski -- 1000 cc -- that's like a car engine on a scooter for about $55/hr. (other increments are available) Ocean view at every breakfast.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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Reviewed 15 January 2006

We stayed at Las Olas for 2 days after spending time in Boquete. The best part of our stay were long walks on the pristine, deserted beach which went on for miles, and the gorgeous sunsets. The rooms at Las Olas are clean but small, and the bathrooms are pretty basic. The hotel is beginning to show a few signs of age, with faded bedspreads and mildew spots near the pool, but overall the place is kept up well. The food is OK, but definitely a step down from the cuisine in Boquete. The services (tours, etc.)seem overpriced and my manicure was a ripoff. However, the all-inclusive room rate was a very good value for what we got, and we very much enjoyed our quiet time at the beach. Las Olas is a good option for those wanting a short stay on the Pacific coast who don't need or expect luxurious rooms and gourmet food.
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  • Stayed January 2006
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 3 January 2006

We stayed at Las Olas during our honeymoon tour of Panama. Overall, we were happy with our stay, although it could have been better. We were hoping for a bit more lively resort, but maybe since we were visiting in July (a low season) the local tourists weren't there to fill it up. Some people might like being one of only a few parties staying at a resort -- the pool was empty, the wait staff at dinner and lunch were not busy, it was quiet -- but without the other visitors, the experience lacked something. Also, there isn't much to do there when it rains. The rooms aren't meant for spending much time in as the furniture is all vinyl and the common area bathrooms were much nicer than the one in our room. The food was good, but not great. We got what we paid for in American terms, but from our other experiences in Panama (even little diners and supermarket delis), this food was just so so. The beach was the best part -- beautiful black sand, almost deserted when we were there, and EXTRAORDINARY sunsets. I guess it just depends on what you are looking for. If you are looking for someplace to spend time on the beach and don’t really care about higher quality of other things, than this is a great (and inexpensive) place to stay. Otherwise, I am of the impression that there are other beach resorts that are better.

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Property: Hotel Las Olas Beach Resort
Address: Ave. Don Antonio Anguizola | Playa La Barqueta, David 0426, Panama
Region: Panama > Chiriqui Province > David
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 13 Hotels in David
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Las Olas Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located just 30 minutes from David, Panama’s second largest city and the Enrique Malek International Airport, Las Olas Resort is at the heart of the 14 mile stretch of beach called Playa La Barqueta and the surrounding 2,000 acre plantation. Some of the best surfers in all of Panama may be found catching waves on this spectacular expanse of beach and its waves giving Las Olas its name, meaning “The Waves”. Las Olas Resort offer 48 rooms all facing uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean. We have standard rooms with two queen beds or one king bed, six junior suites with a separate living area, and two king suites featuring two bedrooms and one living area. Each and every room is steps away from the gorgeous sand and beautiful blue waters of Playa La Barqueta. Each room has a terrace, with lower rooms having beachside access while the upper floors have their own enclosed private terrace.offers excellent shopping, dining, and nightlife. Las Olas Resort features lush gardens, wandering walkways surrounded by the umbrella shaped coverage of almond trees, tall and lovely grape leaves, multicolored crotos, pink bougabilia, hedges of hicacos and a wide variety of palm trees,. All forty-eight rooms are directly facing the Pacific Ocean and the spectacular views of the majestic sunsets over Playa La Barqueta. In La Abigail Restaurant guests can enjoy local, organic plantains, pineapples, mangos (in season), papaya and watermelon. We raise our own grass fed beef and lamb, duck, pork, and chicken. Taste fresh coconut water to refresh your body and enjoy tennis, kayaking, surfing, strolling the beach or taking a swim. Good for mind and body, Las Olas Resort provides a quick way to hit your internal reset button.The Bella Donna Convention Center at Las Olas Resort offers meeting and event spaces of a variety of sizes with various services, food and beverage options available. Added to the adjacent covered outdoor space, one could hold a party of 500 or more. ... more   less 
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