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“ok for the price”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Olas

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Hotel Olas
Ranked #10 of 13 Hotels in Bocas Town
Bergen, Norway
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“ok for the price”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014

We stayed in Bocas town for 2 days and picked this hotel mostly because of the price. We got what we paid for and nothing else. A very basic room with a small queen sized bed. Not very clean. The breakfast/bar area is ok. Bocas town has several problems and we did not enjoy the town too much. Outside of Boas there are several beautiful places. One problem with Bocas town is all the drug dealers as soon as it gets dark. Several drug dealers around the hotel a well.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Tel Aviv District, Israel
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2014 via mobile

The hotel is OK (bad smell though), but the stuff is awful.
The lady was playing with her phone while we were trying to order breakfast, which was impossible because she didn't even respond to us. so we went to eat breakfast in a different better place ( and she could not care less).
Don't understand how this hotel is rated high.
Later on, we saw on the main Street better places, more value for money and with much nicer people.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sisters, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2014

Olas was the best find of my month-long trip. Like everyone else, I found Ben to be amazing. His ability to create good was a treat to experience, a treat to watch. Tours, diving, restaurant recommendations: no problem. Dealing with difficult customers unused to 2nd world travel, he was solicitous and caring. As much concierge as hotel manager, a spirit that brightens.

Yes, plumbing often is mediocre in Panama, neighbors (who were there first and feel that their neighborhood has not been improved by whiny Norte Americanos) make noise staff are unused to creating the five star experience. You should see where they live.

The deck, breakfasts and the often good company attracts interesting locals as well as travelers. When I go back to Bocas, I will go back to Olas.

Room Tip: Try not to face the street.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Winnipeg, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2014 via mobile

Decent location a bit off of the main strip. Slightly quieter but still prepare yourself for the neighborhood kids playing (screaming) at least 2/3 of the day and night. Was at least a block away from a rat infested garbage pile so smell of rotting garbage and sewage was not as prominent as other areas of town.Beautiful views of the water and open airy decks with seaside hammocks. Email communication or communication of any sort was difficult at best. Ben was very helpful and accommodating especially when our AC broke and he scrambled to find a solution at 11PM after a near 7 hour island wide power outage. Other staff barely spoke English and seemed to be doing the least amount of work possible at all times. Breakfast not really included besides a great cup of coffee or latte.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Panama City, Panama
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2014

Great Hotel, stayed there two nights and meet some really amazing people, staff where Great to us. The Breakfast was really nice, the weather was great, good times all around. Really nice being situated on the water front. Keep up the good work guys.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2014 via mobile

Hotel olas, wonderful staff. I really appreciated all the help from Ben, not knowing much Spanish, he made things easier for me.
The hotel is right on the water, you have a wonderful view to take in while sitting in the terrace.
Our room was up on the top floor. There is a secondary area to sit and take in the views, which was cozy and peaceful. For the most part quiet and clean. The walls are paper thin so you do hear your neighbors a bit.
Cable TV
Wifi
Hot Water, there is a switch on the shower head. (Just a fyi)
Clean room with double bed
We went on a tour provided by the hotel which was fantastic. I want to thank moises our capitan for the day! He knew what he was doing and where to go.
The breakfast is good and the staff are very helpful.
There are bikes at the hotel. I recommend using a bike and touring the area.
The hotel is located away from downtown, which was great because carnival was on while we were there, it was quiet compared to the other areas I am sure.
Reasonable price
Great for the experience of Bocas!
Not a fancy hotel, comfortable
If I am to go back I would stay again.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Panama City, Panama
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2014 via mobile

Excellent hotel very nice and very clean
The hotel is located on the water

The manager is very nice
They have excellent breakfast,
The shakshuca very good!!
They have 1 day tour with the boat is commended
Free Wi-Fi
The room have a cable-TV and airCondition

Stayed February 2014
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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 #10 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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