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Playa Tortuga Hotel & Beach Resort

4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Isla Colon, Panama
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Ranked #11 of 24 hotels in Isla Colon
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 4 weeks ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Highly destructive construction, the hotel inputs a chemical in its septic system that has completely obliterated the entire coral reef on the beach in front and downstream. This is evident from the beach, instead of colorful corals lurking beneath the waves you’re instead greeted by a dark formation of coral remnants, long dead. I spoke to several island locals who... More

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Rochester, New York
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36 hotel reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I recently spent two nights at this hotel/resort. We stayed at a small B&B in Bocas prior to the two nights here. It was away from the bustle and noise of Bocas Town and a relief after spending the time there. The hotel offers a free shuttle at least three times each day round trip directly to... More

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Panama City, Panama
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This is a hotel where the rooms are very large with great views in a unique location. For me the problem with this hotel is the architecture, is so boring and plain in a place that invites to a design that blends with the surroundings. Everything is square and flat. The rooms even-though they have most of the amenities you... More

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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6 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Place is well located but so are others in the area. Service is just poor, food average. We came across Island Plantation in our travels and will stay there next time. There are better values in the area. Front desk didn't know much beyond the three tours offered by the hotel. Also, the 'spa' is anything but. It consists of... More

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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We stayed here for a night and we agree with the majority of other reviews. The rooms are really nice, although musty. The view and pool area are beautiful! Great for families and small children. The problem is the service. The staff acts annoyed to help you. The front desk people were rude and acted very put out that we... More

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Fernando_Machado, Director of Operations at Playa Tortuga Hotel & Beach Resort, responded to this review

Dear TNors, Your comments are important to us. We regret that we did met exceed your expectations during your recent visit to Bocas del Toro. We have noted your observations and have communicated them to the corresponding departments. Bocas del Toro is a place with natural beauty and warm welcoming people. Our associates strive to feel our guests at home.... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I had the airport transfer to my hotel it seems they only had one pick up truck with a capacity of 4 people only. And there were more people waiting, the driver sent us on a public mini bus to the hotel and suddenly dissapeared. Thank God the hotel staff kindly paid for the public bus. The room I had,... More

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Fernando_Machado, Director of Operations at Playa Tortuga Hotel & Beach Resort, responded to this review

Dear Pty_23, We appreciate the comments regarding your recent visit to our property and Bocas del Toro . Thank you for your preference. We are glad you liked our clean rooms with large, comfortable beds. We regret the inconvenient during transportation as our large 30 passenger shuttle bus was on routine maintenance. Our associates strive to make it up Bocas... More

Austin, Texas
20 reviews 20 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

My family of 5 recently stayed here and I would recommend as the property is lovely! But, skip the restaurant bar over the water and go in to town to eat. Wait staff messed up all the orders and served the food so slowly that most of the time one of the five had food to eat. Quality was terrible.... More

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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

My friend stayed here this past week ,she was very comfortable,,huge room ,wonderful service,we ate in the restaurant ,delicious food,,good service,,elvis is great ,,,the front desk people are awesome,,veronica,julio,seas ,i am forgetting all of the names ,each person was very helpful,,Jackie you run a wonderful hotel,the pool is so beautiful,,my friends room overlooked the ocean ,she thoroughly enjoyed her stay... More

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014 via mobile

Since there are not much luxury choices here in Bocas, this seems to be the next good thing. Its decent. Property looks nice with a great ocean view and inviting pool. Rooms are not bad and bathrooms are very basic like something you'd find it hostels, nothing fancy or anything. Some staff are nice and attentive, some couldnt care less.... More

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Lancaster, California
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5 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

If you're looking for luxury in American terms this isn't it. HOWEVER this is in Panama and you don't see a lot of luxury here. The rooms were clean, staff was nice and surprisingly spoke some pretty good English as well !!! I was very comfortable here. If I ever get to visit Isla Colon again, I'd stay here. Food... More

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Address: Isla Colon, Panama
Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Colon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Playa Tortuga Hotel & Beach Resort 4*
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Playa Tortuga Hotel And Beach Resort
Playa Tortuga Resort Beach
Playa Tortuga Hotel & Beach Resort Panama/Bocas Del Toro - Isla Colon

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Tropical Caribbean Beach Resort on the crystal clear waters of Bocas del Toro, Panama.Playa Tortuga offers 117 stylish room accommodations, each with a balcony and spectacular ocean view. Guests may choose from standard rooms, junior suites and large grand suites, all offering a contemporary décor, modern amenities and a soothing tropical atmosphere.Relax in the hotel’s sea view pool, or sunbathe in our water mirrors while enjoying your favorite beverage from the nearby bar area. Little ones will enjoy the children’s pool. Other modern and convenient amenities include free WIFI and a state of the art Fitness Center featuring a private massage area. ... more   less 
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