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“Super Place and Super Staff”
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Hotel Olas
Ranked #11 of 13 Hotels in Bocas Town
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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6 reviews
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“Super Place and Super Staff”
Reviewed 7 June 2013

The hotel is beautifully located and has the best view. The staff is extremely sweet, specially Ben- the hotel Manager. The rooms are clean and view from the balcony (we stayed at the suite on the 1st Floor) is just awesome. We managed to see a few star fish and a sting ray from our balcony. It was amazing!!

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Bocas Town, Panama
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Reviewed 3 June 2013

So, i stayed at Olas twice, the first time was great and second was better, i think i will stay at this place once a week!. The manager was very nice and the staff too. The Hotel is REALLY nice, located in front of the sea with a great view. I stayed in a private bedroom with TV, Hot water,small window with a great view, great breakfast (a little bit expensive, but good). The perfect place to stay for a reasonable price! Is not in main street so you can sleep very good, and be near everything at the same time....if u come to Bocas you should stay at Olas....

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Darwin, Australia
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24 reviews
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Reviewed 10 May 2013 via mobile

nice hotel on the water. I loved the hammocks at the front patio, very relaxing. the guy at reception who spoke good English was excellent. he gave us a very intense greeting and I could tell he loved his job as well as bocas.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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20 reviews
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Reviewed 27 April 2013

I toured the Bocas del Toro area for over 4 weeks in March and stayed at Hotel Olas for 3 of those weeks. I stayed on another island for the other week and came back for my last week at Hotel Olas. There are many reasons why this is the best hotel for the money on the waterfront in Bocas Town. The rooms are very clean, hotwater showers, air conditioning, tv and wifi in the rooms.
The waterfront view is excellent whether from the retaurant-bar area, the second floor open seating area or even looking out the room window. You can see the mountains on the mainland and several of the islands within Bocas del Toro. From high-end yachts to dug out cayucos, there is a constant flow of boats cruising right by or in the distance; plus you can see those that are moored out front or docked in the quaint marina across the way.
The hotel is quiet and the location is quiet compared to the congested tourist area on the main drag which is only 3 blocks away. The transient traffic is minimal. The staff is friendly and the owner-manager Ben is very helpful and courteous. I saw many people wandering around Bocas Town searching for an appropriate hotel who were quite relieved to discover Hotel Olas.
I rated Hotel Olas excellent based on the low cost of the rooms. It is by far the best value for the money with the best waterfront view in Bocas Town.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
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YVR
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 27 April 2013

Great location away from the late night bar noise. This hotel is very basic but, a good value for a budget hotel. Clean rooms and friendly staff. Walking distance from the airport if you don't have much luggage. I would stay here again with my family.
Cash only.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Holland, Michigan
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45 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2013

We looked into numerous hotels for our family on a budget and this was by far the best value/price on Isla Colón for our family of five ($70 for our room). Most hotels wouldn’t allow our family to be in one room and we would have had to reserve two rooms.
Las Olas provided an extra twin mattress that we put on the floor to accommodate the five of us (besides a double bed and bunk beds). It made things quite tight space-wise but we didn’t spend much time in the room so it didn’t matter to us.

Included in the price is a continental breakfast of coffee, juice and muffins. We really appreciated being able to store milk & a few groceries in their fridge so we could supplement the breakfast with some of our own food.

Some things to consider:
*internet was not consistent in our room but always worked fine out on the veranda
*there seemed to be some confusion over reservations with some guests which caused some obvious frustration (guests saying they thought they had a room reserved/could stay another night but hotel saying they didn’t/couldn’t....this happened with at least two different parties). The check-in/payment is quite informal - no receipts were given and it was a bit unclear to guests if their ‘word’ reserved the room or if they had to pay ahead to confirm they had a room for another night.
*Our first floor bathroom window was about five feet from the house next door and we could hear everything going on and I’m assuming they could do the same for us - not a huge problem and figured it comes with the price range of the hotel.
*The boat tour arranged by the hotel is a great way to spend a day!

We stayed 3 nights and overall, enjoyed our stay and felt it was a decent place for the money.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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Heredia, Costa Rica
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11 reviews
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Reviewed 14 March 2013

Bocas is a paradise. This hotel has a very good accomodation for its price. They owned a boat so you can go to the tours with them for an average rate in Bocas. The food was ok and the staff helped us a lot. For my next trip to Bocas, I'll be there.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Grettel P
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Property: Hotel Olas
Address: Calle 6, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
Region: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Colon > Bocas Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 13 Hotels in Bocas Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Olas 3*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful Hotel on the water with great ocean view. Quiet location, 2 minute walk from main street ... more   less 
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Olas Hotel Bocas Town
Hotel Olas Bocas Del Toro, Panama - Bocas Town

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