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Bocas Paradise Hotel
Ranked #6 of 13 Hotels in Bocas Town
Reviewed 4 July 2010

After arriving in Bocas we entered the first Hotel we saw and found this nice Paradise Hotel. We chose the suite on the third floor with a lovely terrace and a beautiful view over the ocean. Everything seemed perfect until at 10 pm the disco next door El Barco Hundido opened its doors and an incredible noise called music did not let us sleep until 2 am in the morning. How unfortunate for this really nice Hotel to have such a neighbor.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 May 2010

I moved from Hotel Angela (as recommended by the lonely planet) to Bocas Paradise because for the same money you get a far bigger, cleaner room with TV, balcony + view, bigger bathroom and all round better deal.
The staff were very friendly and the food good. The view from the restaurant area is fantastic - especially when you can see Dolphins about 15 feet from the edge. All you have to do is go and have a look and you'll see the difference.
The manager, Christin, knows her stuff about Bocas and the locals and is always on hand to help. I was unfortunate enough to find myself in hospital but Christin and/or one of her staff was there constantly to help. Not a bad word to say about it !

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 19 April 2010

I booked to stay here for four nights of relaxing by the sea but moved after one night. The room I had faced the sea, with a kitchen area, large double bed, terrace with chairs, clean bathroom. I went out for a meal & when I returned the bar next door was playing its music so loud the room was actually shaking. This continued until 3.30am and it was a Monday! ear plugs & a pillow on the head did absolutely nothing to drown out the noise & the shaking. so on tuesday morning i moved to another hotel the Swans Cay which was less than half the price & had two pools & a sundeck and, most importantly, no noise!

Until Barco Mundido (Wreck Deck) is forced to turn down its music at night this will continue to be a MASSIVE problem for this hotel. The staff were friendly if indifferent when I checked in & ate breakfast in the restaurant, though the manager was very sympathetic when I explained why i was moving.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 22 February 2010

My husband and I had a fantastic trip in Panama. We enjoyed fabulous accomodations and ambiance in Panama until we arrived here. The first room given was beyond disgusting. Bedspread was covered with God knows only what....I didn't even want to touch it. The wall safe was broken and the rusty balcony, which was a 2 foot platform with a broken table and chair overllooking a huge radio tower, was tauted as a water view room. They begrudgingly gave us another room with a broken fan and broken wall safe. Christy, the manager, came up to the room and promised to take care of it - she was never to be seen again. We had to wait almost 3 hours for maintenance to replace it after check in time. They promised to fix the fan the next day...which we knew would never happen. I know in Bocas del Toro to expect basic accomodations, I am not a pill but this place really needs to clean up their act and their rooms. Even the bare walls were all scuffed and dirty. The room reeked of bug spray. Good news - we didn't see a bug!!!!!!!!!! Staff could care less and said "go stay somewhere else if you don't like it here." So ...hold your, close your eyes, and have a great stay if you can bear it! Maybe bigger rooms facing back of hotel are different.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 January 2010

My husband and I stayed at the Bocas Paradise Hotel in Bocas Town and found the hotel met our needs well. The room was right at the water's edge and had a large balcony to sit and watch the action on the water. The AC worked well and was especially good for draining out the loud music from the night club next door. Although the music did not bother us, it might bother some and we would recommend that if you are planning on staying there on a weekend night that you pick a room away from the nightclub side of the hotel. Bocas Town is a quaint little town with many different restaurants and shops to poke around in. If you enjoy Indian food we would highly recommend Cafe Om for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The meals were reasonably priced and absolutely delicious. We did not eat at the hotel, but the menu appeared to have a variety of choices, and the location is great right on the water.
The staff were extremely polite and helpful. The room was clean, the bed comfortable and there was hot water for a shower. What more could you ask for? We would recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 January 2010

After looking at several of the ocean view rooms it was nice to find one that was clean, with internet, a/c , cable t.v., and a quiet restuarant. The only issue was the noise from the bar next door, PLEASE JUST TELL TO NIGHT WATCHMEN AND HE DEALS WITH IT RIGHT AWAY. This was a great experience and would reccommened. We have already booked our next visit.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 January 2010

Bocas paradise has a very deceptive self promotion policy it seems. The pictures on the web/brpchures are nothing like the real rooms BUT... The A/C works, the staff was very very nice, GABRIEL their tour guide (water taxi driver) is very reliable, sweet and helpful and he speaks english!! Ask for him when you're there. Don't eat there- it's way overpriced, but the bartender is very sweet.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled with friends
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Address: 1st Street | Next to Taxi 25, Bocas Town, Isla Colon 00420, Panama
Region: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Colon > Bocas Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 13 Hotels in Bocas Town
Price Range: £57 - £147 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Bocas Paradise Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bocas Paradise Hotel is located in the heart of the vibrant and picturesque Bocas Town. The hotel features three stories of colorful Caribbean architecture perched out over the water with spectacular views. The hotel offers 30 rooms, an incredible restaurant and bar and some of the best views in Bocas. All of our rooms are en suite, have air conditioning, a ceiling fan, free high speed wi fi, and cable TV. We have budget rooms without a view, double and twin rooms with a balcony and view to luxury suites with fridges, coffee machines and gowns to enjoy on the large ocean facing balconies. We look forward to welcoming you to our paradise! ... more   less 
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