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Playa Tortuga Hotel & Beach Resort
Ranked #9 of 21 Hotels in Isla Colon
Oslo, Norway
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16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Loved it!”
Reviewed 7 April 2014

We got a beautiful view of the beach, and the swimming pool is top notch. Location really is beautiful here.

The rooms were clean, and nice. It really is a place to relax, if you want that. Some minuses, but nothing worth mentioning.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Lancaster, California
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10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2014

The hotel has a beach front and swimming pool. The hotel is clean but there are stains in the corner of the tiles etc.. still nice and clean. The beds and pillows are hard and the sofa bed was so uncomfortable that the guest that had this bed decided it was more comfortable to sleep onn it as a couch. The pool area is very nice. The food is very over priced and you are better off going into town to eat at Rip Tide or Carlos's Steak House both are better and cheaper. There is no gift shop or store nearby so be sure to stop in Bocas Town for any needs. I definetly recommend Flying Pirates ATV Rentals and their jungle trails for activities as well as Starfleet Scuba for fun.

Room Tip: Stay away from the sofa bed very uncomfortable
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Lancaster, California
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2014 via mobile

The hotel staff so far has been nice. The rooms are comfortable and clean. Food has also been good so far. Nice view of the ocean and the pool is also very clean and warm. You get your money's worth here. They understand English too. Which in our case, is a plus.

Stayed March 2014
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West Hollywood, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 20 March 2014

For the area, this place is very nice. For those of us that are used to staying in resorts and top notch hotels, it is lacking.

Tile floor in room looks dirty but is just worn and stained. Mini bar is non existent even though it says it's included. Shower does not drain very well at all. Restaurant service is horrible. Brought dinners before apps, drinks take 10 minutes to get, asking for a side of sauce took 15 minutes. Getting and paying the check took 20 minutes. Says there are 2 restaurants but there really is only
one.

If this were in the United states then it would get 1 star, the problem is that this is in an area where most places are total dumps. So for the area it's alright, just not what I expected.

  • Stayed March 2014
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Durham, Maine
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192 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2014

The pool is nice, and the food is OK, but that's about it. The facility is very dated. It needs a major upgrade and soon. The wi-fi is weak to the point of being unusable. The TV has about 15 channels, and 4-5 of them are actually viewable. The rest are just fuzzy. The waiter at the pool spent all his time talking to one couple, and we had to go get him to order drinks. He seemed upset that we had bothered him. The drinks contain very little alcohol. Order beer or wine if you want to get a buzz. The floor in our room was very dirty, and there wasn't even a drinking glass in the room. I had to go to the bar to get a glass to take my morning medications. Not happy.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Winnipeg, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2014

This was an extremely disappointing hotel. The pictures online are really nothing like what the actual resort is like. The rooms are musty, dank, dark and dirty. We booked a suite and it was nothing like advertised. We left after 1 night. Would not have been able to stay longer. Would definitely not recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2014

We were looking for a luxury resort for the last two days of our holiday. After visiting the website we expected Playa Tortuga to be our luxury hotel, unfortunately it wasn't. Everything was everage or below everage:
- Internet is very slow or not even working
- Rooms are basic, nothing special
- Service of reception was terrible, not even a welcome on arrival
- No drinking water on our rooms, no glasses, nothing
- Beach is dirty
- Breakfast is basic

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Playa Tortuga Hotel & Beach Resort

Property: Playa Tortuga Hotel & Beach Resort
Address: Isla Colon, Panama
Region: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Colon
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Isla Colon
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Isla Colon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Playa Tortuga Hotel & Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 117
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tropical Caribbean Beach Resort on the crystal clear waters of Bocas del Toro, Panama.Playa Tortuga offers 117 stylish room accommodations, each with a balcony and spectacular ocean view. Guests may choose from standard rooms, junior suites and large grand suites, all offering a contemporary décor, modern amenities and a soothing tropical atmosphere.Relax in the hotel’s sea view pool, or sunbathe in our water mirrors while enjoying your favorite beverage from the nearby bar area. Little ones will enjoy the children’s pool. Other modern and convenient amenities include free WIFI and a state of the art Fitness Center featuring a private massage area. ... more   less 
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