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“Hotel MaccaBite okay, but not great place to stay near Bocas del Toro”
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Hotel MaccaBite
Reviewed 10 January 2008

We traveled to Bocas del Toro, Panama over the holidays and spent New Years Eve at Hotel Maccabite. The hotel's website is pretty accurate, the photos of the rooms and views. Though the setting is pretty, we had several concerns before we arrived and during our visit. Including:
-Most of the staff does NOT speak English. It would be difficult if someone in your group does not speak Spanish
-The hotel website advertises Wi-Fi access and DirectTV. The rooms do have televisions, and I saw a satellite dish, but the TVs only received two channels, both in Spanish. There was NO Wi-Fi access, nor is their a hotel computer or phone that one can use to check email, make calls, etc. Instead, the hotel offers to arrange for transportation back to Bocas Town, where there are many more services and options, but they charge their guests for each trip back to town.
-Also, the website says that water transportation is provided from Isla Colon (where Bocas Town/the airport are) and included in the cost of the room. However, we were told that we had to pay $30 each way to get to and from Bocas out to the island where the hotel is located. There are no roads, and there is no option but to take a boat to/from MaccaBite.
-Though breakfast and dinner are included in the price of the room, there is usually just one menu selection, and the portions are not very large.
-There is no clear price list for beverages, boat rentals, or any other services the hotel provides. The staff is not up front about any costs, so you must ask, 'How much is a Coke? How much is a beer, etc' We were told several stories of travelers who were surprised and angry about the extra charges the hotel tacked onto their bill in addition to the pre-paid room charges.
-Make sure you bring CASH. Very few places accept credit cards or checks. There is ONLY AN ATM in Bocas town, nothing on the island where Maccabite is located
-GO TO THE STORE FOR SNACKS BEFORE YOU LEAVE BOCAS TOWN. The hotel does not have any sort of snack shop. There is nothing within walking or swimming distance.

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled as a couple
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Address: Isla Bastimentos, Panama
Region: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Bastimentos
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Isla Bastimentos
Number of rooms: 11
Also Known As:
Maccabite Hotel Isla Bastimentos
Hotel MaccaBite Panama/Isla Bastimentos, Bocas Del Toro

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