The cabins themselves are a bit dirty, the beds uncomfortable and overall they lack any of the amenities you associate with 'resort.' These are little huts on the sea, and for the charm of being on the water I could overlook the above and even embrace it. But, the location here is really poor - it is congested, noisy and dirty.
The 'resort' is located in a neighborhood called Saigon which is heavily populated including a lumberyard next door, and a loud bar 1/2 a block down that stays open late. So noise is a problem both day and night. We were disappointed that the water had lots of trash in it and appeared to be much murkier than other parts of the island, which crushed any thought of diving from our hut and going for a swim. We found out afterwards that the Saigon neighborhood lacks proper sewage containment, so the little bay the huts are on is dirty because of waste. That pretty much killed the rest of the charm.
Despite their claim of WIFI on the website, there was no connection to the huts - we had to walk to the street to capture the connection.
The managers were nice enough. Be prepared for breakfast being served in the kitchen of the B and B they own a couple of doors down.
In the end we ended up leaving early and finding a different hotel where we were much happier. With land and water taxis charging less than $2 to get almost anywhere there are a lot better options for a lot less money than Koko.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Like a picture postcard. Cabins built over the water of a beautiful bay. Various size houses. Steps from the beach. 5 Minutes to town. Fantastic sunsets from the dock and lit up fish viewing at night. Full kitchens, AC, fans, maid and laundry service. Full time security, Safety boxes in rooms. Wireless Internet. Kayaks, bikes, snorkel masks free. Grocery delivery. We speak English and Spanish and will help you with arrangements for a perfect vacation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Koko Hotel Isla Colon
- Koko Resort Panama/Bocas Del Toro - Isla Colon