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Hotel Bocas del Toro
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Reviewed 15 July 2011

Good breakfast. Great location. Very comfortable and clean rooms. Felt safe. Staff extremely friendly. Nice to swim off of the dock. Wonderful happy hour. They even accommodated a late check out, which was excellent.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank karminwilliams
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Reviewed 30 May 2011

This is a very clean and comfortable place to stay in bocas del toro. The staff was very helpful. At first we were paying the advertised fee per night. We checked out other comparable hotels in the are, and they we much cheaper. So we decided to switch hotels. To allow us to stay with them, the front desk came down in their price A LOT! We were happy about this because the room was very clean and nice, and it faced the water. There are kayaks available for a small fee. There is breakfast in the morning which is included and consists of toast, eggs, meat or cheese, coffee and juice. Nothing extravagant, but good to get you going for the day. The hotel is located in the center of town and it is easy to get boat taxies for day trips as well as to catch a bus to the beach on the other side of the island. All beaches are accessed by bus or boat. The boat trips to other surrounding beaches/islands are bout $5 each way and pleasant. I really enjoyed our stay at this hotel. All of the ladies at the hotel were lovely and so helpful!

Stayed: May 2011, travelled with friends
4  Thank Juniperrose
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Reviewed 13 May 2011

They just take care of all your needs no matter what! I loved the quality of the decor and atmosphere. The staff is very professional. The room was made small because of the extra bed. Other than that it was a perfect stay.

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  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with friends
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1  Thank stretchguyrm
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Reviewed 4 May 2011

Hotel was in a great location in downtown Bocas town. Although our room faced the street, it was very quiet. It was on the top floor, was large and spacious with a large balcony and a comfortable bed and pillows. We spent every morning on the outside deck for the large included breakfast, and every afternoon there for the great happy hour. Pina coladas are two for $5 during happy hr. and Panamanian beer is .75 cents. Their restaurant is very good as well. The best part for us was the staff. Yacira, at the front desk, greeted us every morning by name, and Colin, one of the wait staff, was so friendly and nice as was everyone else at the hotel. Top floor rooms have a slanted ceiling so you have to be aware of that. Rooms include a safe. There is a bar with stools on the street, a fun touch. High speed internet. We would stay here again in a heart beat.

Room Tip: Balcony rooms are the largest and best.
  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank minic00per
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Reviewed 17 April 2011

Always in pursuit of places that mass tourism hasn't ruined like Cancun; we concluded a 3 week trip to Panama with 4 nights in Bocas del Toro. We arrived from the mainland via the port town of Almirante. Avoid this at any cost. It is an unpleasant town and young thugs hassle you for tips while trying to help you board the ferry boat. No where else in Panama did we feel unsafe or hassled except here. We left via the tiny airport which is 1 hour flight from Panama City. This is a much better way to get here.

Hotel Bocas reminds me of an old ship. The entire hotel is well maintained with dark woods set against white plaster walls. We stayed in a large room on the 3rd floor. It had a comfortable king bed, an average bathroom but plenty of hot water and a strong A/C which you will want in humid Bocas. While the included breakfast was ok, we only had an option for the American style. Eggs, meat, toast, juice and coffee. They have other options but were not included in our deal - make sure to ask. The hotel is very clean and is in an excellent location for catching ferry boats and walking distance to many restuarants, at the heart of Isla Colon. The staff are very friendly and the hotel is impecably clean unlike most every other place in town. They also have a nice bar and restuarant that is directly over the water.

Do note that some rooms say ocean view but are actually "restricted" view. In otherwords, you can see water but they are not the expensive rooms directly facing the water. Make sure to get what you want and expect. With the A/C on, noise was not an issue in our room at all.

There are terrific places to eat in Bocas including the following: El Pescado, Alberto's, Gringo's and Casbah. If you want a great local dive, Restuarant Chitre is 2 minutes from the hotel and a local style meal is under $5 for meat, rice, beans, slaw and a soda. Don't miss the fruit smoothie guy - go out the hotel door, turn left walk about 25 yards. He has a tiny truck and cart he pulls behind it. A giant fresh pineapple smoothie is under $2.

The scuba was surprisingly good. I went with La Buga which also has a great little cafe attached. They also offering surfing but weather precluded us from going. Be careful about the guys on the street by the ferry boats selling tours. They are paid comission and will tell you what you want to hear.

You should also know that good beaches are 20 minutes away by car and while you could walk or take the bus, a taxi or water taxi are the best options for most travelers but will cost $10-15 each way.

In conclusion, if you visit Bocas, Hotel Bocas is an excellent choice. Just don't expect an unspoiled island paradise with great beaches.

Room Tip: Water view or "restricted" water view
  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank tonyandk
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