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Hotel Palma Royale
Ranked #2 of 13 Hotels in Bocas Town
Certificate of Excellence
Colorado
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38 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Look no further; this is the place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2013

Spent three enjoyable nights exploring the islands and loved coming back to this elegant but simple hotel.... nice having a refrigerator, made-to-order breakfast, and a balcony overlooking the water.. and hotel desk staff helped us arrange a bus to Red Frog Beach..

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank lobsterbacks
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Melissapalmaroyale, Owner at Hotel Palma Royale, responded to this review, 20 June 2013
Thank you for the Wonderful review. We at the Palma Royale are very happy you enjoyed your stay and vacation in Bocas.
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Atlanta, GA
Level Contributor
25 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2013

The Palma Royale should be at the top of your list if you are planning to visit Bocas del Toro. While there are many less expensive options available, the value received for the cost is exceptional.

Our room on the third floor was large with a separate bedroom and wraparound balcony overlooking the water. It was very nicely finished and furnished and the a/c worked well. The receptionists spoke pretty good English and the staff was always helpful and courteous. The included hot breakfast was good, although room service is not offered.

One of our favorite little things about the hotel was the bin of Panamanian coffee beans and a coffee grinder in the room. You can drink great coffee to your heart's content. The only criticism is that I wish we had another lamp or two in the main living area at night.

The hotel is an easy walk from the airport but taxis are plentiful. Bocas Town is a little rough-around-the-edges but we never felt unsafe. The funky character of Bocas Town is part of its charm. A great antidote to sterile resorts if that is not your thing. There were enough restaurants to keep us occupied for our three-day stay and we did not have a bad meal anywhere.

While we spent one day exploring the surrounding islands by boat, our favorite activity was renting bikes and pedaling to Bluff Beach. A little less than an hour by bike on a mixture of paved and unpaved roads, but you can also take a taxi. We happened upon the Playa Bluff Beach Restaurant by accident. It is run by a couple of brothers from the Netherlands. Both the food and the atmosphere were excellent. About a half-dozen local and very talented musicians played in various combinations just for fun. It does not get any better than that.

If you want something off the beaten path, Bocas and Palma Royale are a great combination.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Gatorator
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Melissapalmaroyale, Owner at Hotel Palma Royale, responded to this review, 20 June 2013
Thank you so much for the Spectacular review. We love being referred to as an Oasis.
We are happy to hear you enjoyed the small touch of the grinder with fresh Boquete coffee beans. We will look into some more lighting in the living area and we appreciate your suggestion.
We are glad you enjoyed your adventures in Bocas.
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San Francisco, California
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2013

We stayed her for 4 nights - the first two in the two bedroom penthouse and then moved to a smaller one bedroom suite (we would have loved to stay in the penthouse for the entire trip but it was already booked for half of our dates). Both rooms were spacious, clean and comfortable. We loved the location at the end of the main road in Bocas Town, near everything but a little bit quieter than further up the road. Loved having coffee and breakfast on the patio every morning and half price HH in the afternoon. The staff was really wonderful and helped us arrange a few excursions (including translating when we needed it). I would stay her again in a heart beat and would highly recommend to friends and family - very relaxed and comfortable place to stay at a very good value!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Beverly415
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Melissapalmaroyale, Manager at Hotel Palma Royale, responded to this review, 30 April 2013
Thank you for the great comments and outstanding review! We really appreciate it.
Comfortable, Clean, great service, and excellent value! What more could you ask for?
Thanks so much! You are awesome!
The Staff at the Hotel Palma Royale
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new york
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26 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2013

We stayed here for three nights in March 2013 in room 413. We had views of the ferry terminal and the ocean, very nice balcony that wraps around the room. Nice spa-like bathroom with amazing shower, comfortable bed (except it seemed to be covered in plastic). I was sick when we were staying here so spent a lot of time in the room and can definitely say it was very comfortable and quiet. Having a kitchen and full size fridge was great, and the breakfast included was pretty good but got a little old by the third day. The hotel is very clean and nice, there looked to be a lot of crappy hotels in this town so be careful where you book. The Tropical Suites and the Bocas Del Toro Hotel both also looked very nice just from walking by them and were closer to the center of town. The Palma Royale was great for us because we didn't want to be in the loud part of town and wanted a kitchen and balcony. Even though it's not in the center of town or on the water, it's still very very close (5 min walk). The restaurant el ultimo refugio was a 2 minute walk from the hotel and was excellent, highly recommend it. There is also a nice grocery store next door.
The staff was responsive and friendly, I highly recommend this hotel if you are staying in bocas town, although if I had to do it again I would stay only one or two nights in Bocas Town and longer on isla bastimentos or a more remote spot on isla colon or something for the rest of the time. Bocas Town has some good restaurants and fun bars but the beaches and scenery is much nicer in the other areas - in my opinion.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank erinholly9
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Melissapalmaroyale, Manager at Hotel Palma Royale, responded to this review, 30 April 2013
Hello and Thank you so much for the Wonderful comments. You gave other potential guests tons of great information and provided details of the Hotel.
We appreciate you taking the time to write such a thorough review.
The Staff at the Hotel Palma Royale.
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Hampton
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127 reviews
60 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2013

My husband and I stayed here for 5 nights. We had the room right behind the office and we found it to be perfectly quiet and adequate. The bed was very comfortable and bathroom was very nice. There was a small sitting area outside but we really were not in the room except to change and sleep. The front desk people were all very helpful and the dining room staff was delightful. Happy hour every afternoon was very relaxing and breakfast was very good every morning. we enjoyed our stay and would be happy to answer any questions.

Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank flycatcher06
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Melissapalmaroyale, Manager at Hotel Palma Royale, responded to this review, 26 April 2013
Thank you for the kind comments of the economy studio. We are glad to hear you enjoyed it and appreciate our staff. Happy Hour is a blast and it makes us happy when the guests enjoy themselves. Thank you for offering to answer questions to other future guests.
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Boulder, Colorado
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2013

We spent 3 nights at the Hotel Palma Royale in Bocas Del Toro. The rooms were clean and comfortable, we had a lovely corner room with decks on two sides and a very attractive and large bathroom. Friendly staff. Breakfast was included but got a little tedious after 3 days. It's perfectly located for trips into the islands but the closest swimming beach was about 20 minutes away. Taxis are available and there are buses from the plaza that run to Starfish beach for $2.50/ow. Really comfortable and everything works. We had no noise issues while we were there and slept soundly.

Room Tip: We stayed in 402 which had great views and lovely decks.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank tatmandu2829
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Melissapalmaroyale, Manager at Hotel Palma Royale, responded to this review, 26 April 2013
Thank you for the comments. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the Deluxe Suite and our friendly staff. Thanks for giving some tips for trips to Starfish beach, a beautiful day trip!
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San Jose, Costa Rica
Level Contributor
37 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2013

This place is at the North end of Bocas Town opposite "La Iguana" - clean hotel, clean rooms, spacious bathrooms with an updated decor. Beds are comfortable....

We were there only one night, had a lower floor room, which unfortunately have no views as its boxed in on all sides, however has a small deck for outside seating.

Breakfast was included and is whatever you want from the menu from fresh fruits to full cooked.

Sleep quality was good, although the AC units could do with some modernization as they are the old style "box" noisy units.

Comfortable and pleasant stay.....

Room Tip: As for a top floor room with a view.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank MrBrinxxx
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Melissapalmaroyale, Manager at Hotel Palma Royale, responded to this review, 26 April 2013
Thank you for the nice comments. Yes, the Studio rooms are on the ground level and therefore do not have views. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the cleanliness of the Hotel, the comfortable beds, and the breakfast. We hope to see you again.
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Property: Hotel Palma Royale
Address: Calle 3 | A lado de ferry, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
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Region: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Colon > Bocas Town
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Bocas Town
#2 Romantic Hotel in Bocas Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Palma Royale 3.5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We would like to sincerely welcome you to the Hotel Palma Royale located in the heart of Bocas Del Toro,Panama. Upon your arrival into the quaint Bocas airport, we will meet you with a smile and personally take you to our residential refuge where we offer the best possible service and amenities. With a main street location on the water, you will enjoy a truly stunning view of the city, sea and mountainous terrain. The Bocas archipelago attracts visitors from all over the world; crystal blue water, tropical rainforests, jungle rivers, white sand beaches and amazing coral reefs are all part of the majesty that Bocas has to offer. We will personally arrange a host of Eco-Adventures in order to ensure that your experience is a success. Furthermore, all the rooms at the Palma Royale are designed with the perfect mix of quality marble, bamboo flooring, handcrafted cedar doors, high ceilings, tropical artwork and floor to ceiling windows. Come and experience something truly amazing at the Hotel Palma Royale. ... more   less 
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