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“An Oasis in Paradise” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Tropical Suites Hotel
Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Bocas Town
Certificate of Excellence
Ottawa, Ontario
Level Contributor
157 reviews
102 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
“An Oasis in Paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2008

In two words: Totally Amazing!!!

The hotel is beautiful, modern and spotlessly clean. Hans and Petri (the owners) and the staff are very friendly and helpful. Our suite was right on the ocean........ literally and had a large balcony and jacuzzi bath tube. The hotel is built (by Hans and Petri) on pillars on the ocean. The ocean view rooms are spectacular. The air conditioning pumps out ice cubes and cools the entire room within minutes. The suites have a refrigerator with a freezer that actually keeps ice and ice cream frozen and there is a full kitchen. Complimentary wireless internet is included and it works very well. Hans, Petri and their staff are always around to help you out with anything at all. The front desk is staffed 24/7 and there is a laundery room for guests.

We are both divers and dove with Star Fleet divers which is loctated two doors away. We had heard that the diving in Bocas was not very good so we were very surprised when it turned out to be great. There is abundant marine life and the dives are quite shallow. I dove right off the dock of the hotel twice, once during the day and once at night. There is nothing like doing a dive and then exiting the water and going straight up to your room. There are many cushion starfish, spiney starfish, scorpion fish, lobsters, crabs, octopus, squid, sting rays, upside-down jellyfish..........the list goes on and on...... right off the dock of the hotel. Some of the dive sites which are accessed by boat are only minutes away and we saw dophins up close on the ride in.

There are lots of restaurants within a minute or two walk from the hotel. The ferry from the mainland docks about five doors down from the hotel and there are lots of people willing to carry your luggage for you for tip money. They will only ask you once and if you say no they will not continuously hound you. The same can be said for all others offering services such as boat rides etc. They will ask you if you want to use their services and then they will leave you alone. The local people are very friendly and laid back.

Bocas is definitely a place to explore now before the secret gets out and the hoards of tourists start coming. We will be back at the Tropical Suites very soon.

  • Liked — The excellent service
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank luv2travel9999
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2008

Me and my wife and our 2 kids spent 29 days at Tropical Suites during June and Juy.

And what a delight. Spotless clean room, fully furnitured kitchen, big and cosy bathroom and very friendly staff.

And the best of all, the view from the balcony directly above the sea in Bocas harbour.

We will be back

Best regards
Mats Stenmark with family
Sweden

  • Liked — Room, view, staff
  • Disliked — Poor internet connection
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
    • 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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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank MatsSt
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tropicalsuites, Owner Manager at Tropical Suites Hotel, responded to this review, 18 August 2008
Thank you Mr. Stenmark and family for staying with us for a month. You raised a valid point about the connectivity of the internet in some of our suites. We noted and listened.

Computers and Blackberry are becoming more important all the time and we found that we needed to upgrade our system to the highest that was available, with an access point and range expander on every floor to provide internet as expected by our valued guests.

We followed up and upgraded drastically to the highest speed possible in Bocas and are real proud that we are still able to provide this service free of charge to all our guests.

Thank you again, next time you’ll be using Skype in the Suite the way it was meant to be.

The management

Hans and Petri

Tropical Suites
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Florida
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2008

I just returned from a Two (2) week stay at the Tropical Suites in Bocas del Toro, Panama on business.

I must say that I have been to a lot of boutique Hotels around the world but from the minute I walked in, I felt like I was "home". The room was clean (dust and bug free - VERY IMPORTANT). The bed was very comfortable, free wireless internet, blow dryers double sink and jacuzzi in the large bathroom, full kitchen with granite counter tops. They even provide a continental breakfast every morning at Lilis right next door which is fantastic. You sit right on the water and enjoy seeing the fishing boats going out for the days catch. Laundry room is also available in the evenings

Petri and Hans own and manage the property. They were there whenever and where ever needed. The staff is very friendly.. Best of all, you are within walking distance to everything in Bocas .

So what I can I say... Your stay at Tropical Suites will like visiting family and be a lifetime of relaxation for you and your family whether you are on a business trip or just relaxation.

Book your next trip to Bocas at Tropical Suites.. YOU WONT BE SORRY.


http://www.tropical-suites.com/

  • Liked — Felt like Home
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled on business
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank franinflorida
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Gloucester, UK
Level Contributor
44 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2008

http://www.tropical-suites.com

I stayed at this hotel and the owners are friendly as well as the other staff. Hans (owner) picked me up from the airport and took us to the hotel. I booked a day before I arrived by ringing from Panama city after a recomendation from friends.

The have a decking at the back that you could use for relaxing and swimming.

  • Liked — Cleanliness
  • Stayed June 2004, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
2 Thank mokay
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Orange County, Ca
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2008

Having spent eight days on the island, the Tropical Suites is clearly the best hotel in Bocas. The rooms are well appointed, comfortable and roomy. My bathroom was spacious with double sinks and a nice big jacuzzi type bathtub. Unfortunately when I booked, the room I wanted was only available for four days. Upon relocating to a hotel down the street for the final four days it became obvious that the Tropical Suites is the finest in town.

The owners, Hans and Petri are friendly and most helpful. I did not have a room booked in Panama City for my return trip and Petri was pleased to take the time to call around and she got me a very nice room in Panama City. I highly recommend the Tropical suites.

  • Liked — Clean, modern, great service.
  • Disliked — I had to leave too soon
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 Thank ErikOrangeCounty_Ca
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salt spring island
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2008

When I first walked by the Tropical Suites, I thought, "Not this place. It has to be noisy." After spending a week on a quiet island, my friend and I wanted to spend some time directly appreciating the charms of Bocas town but didn't want to return to the place we had stayed in before as it required an expensive taxi ride over bumpy roads whenever we wanted to do town things. This time we went in and spoke to the owners who showed us around the hotel. When we discovered that the doors and windows were sound proof we made a booking for the day we came back into town. It was so much fun to walk out of our most comfortable suite and be in the bustle of the town. It was the perfect choice that brought an alternative view to life in this fascinating part of Panama. The wonderful staff made our stay here memorable.

  • Liked — The location and the suite
  • Disliked — There was only one bed apart from a small couch that converted to a floor level sleeping palette.
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
2 Thank kokum
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NYC
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2008

We spent 4 nights at this charming hotel and it simply made our stay in Bocas that more enjoyable. The couple who run this hotel go above and beyond in customer satisfaction (i.e. arrange tours, places to shop/eat, things to avoid). They really invested a lot into this property and it shows.

Pro's: Sound-proof windows, allergen-free beddings, dust-free room, quality mattress, wheelchair friendly, location & free internet (that actually works!)

Con's: Not spending all my nights here. (Unfortunately we spent a night at La Coralina. Our tired noisy room had lumpy mattresses, dust, and bed bugs. The place is run by an owner who's out to make a fast buck, not satisfying customers.)

I highly recommend Tropical Suites. You will be delighted with your stay as much as I was. AAA++++!!!!!!

  • Liked — Convenience to town, activities, cleanliness, customer service
  • Disliked — none
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank gyutrust
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Property: Tropical Suites Hotel
Address: First Street, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
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Region: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Colon > Bocas Town
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Bocas Town
#1 Romantic Hotel in Bocas Town
#3 Family Hotel in Bocas Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tropical Suites Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tropical Suites is a modern oceanfront hotel located in the heart of Bocas del Toro. Resting on a tranquil Caribbean shoreline, the property is close to many over the water restaurants, shops and attractions. The hotel's comfortable and spacious suites feature a panoramic view of the Caribbean waters or​ ​the island's ​tropical ​landscape.​ Amenities include private balconies, air conditioning, 24 hour front desk and water access from​ ​the hotel's private dock​. Nearby attractions include beaches, snorkeling, dolphin watching, zip-lining, diving and surfing. Tours and activities may be arranged through the hotel's front reception. Guests may choose to include breakfast with their room rate. The property is a 15 minute walk or short taxi ride from the Bocas Town island airport. ... more   less 
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Tropical Hotel Bocas Town
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