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“Arggg !!!” 1 of 5 stars
Review of La Estrella de Bocas

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La Estrella de Bocas
1st Street, Panama   |  
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Alberta
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Arggg !!!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2009

My stay at the La Estrella de Boca was a nightmare. I wasn't expecting a Castle but I think there are some minimal and basic cleanness standards that needs to be followed. The sheets were not clean and the room has an awful smell. We left after one night even if they didn't want to reimburse the remaining nights.

By the way, don't expect any improvement there...they didn't even care that we left the place...they had our money and that is all that matter to them...

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 stars
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New York City
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2008

I don't know what happened to the other reviewers who booked online. We arrived at Bocas without any reservation and fortunately, we found a room at this hotel for $45 per night. The guy at the reception was very nice and helpful. The room was clean but not outstanding. We knew that Bocas del Toro is a town with a "Water supply problem" and as expected, we experienced water shortage. But the problem was quickly resolved by the reception desk. The good thing about this hotel is the perfect location: in front of an ATM, a police station and the water taxis deck. Many restaurants and bars are in the same street and however, you can spend a very resting night.

  • Liked — The guy at the reception desk and the very convenient location of the hotel.
  • Disliked — At $45 per night, the price might be a little high for the value. If you can negociate a better deal, you will be better off.
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2008

... not even "just OK"! Definetly NOT worth the money at all!

It looks quite nice from the website, but it is not nice at all. There is no service, it is not clean, the rooms - especially the sheets - were not even clean upon arrival, the maintenance is bad and it is simply falling apart! The front desk does not forward messages and the manager and his attitude is very shady...

I highly recommend not to stay here, since there are many nicer places around!

  • Stayed March 2008
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2008

This is a small individually owned and operated hotel. the room we got was billed as an apartment with two big beds in a private room and a single in another. there was a small fridge and kitchenette. The decor was drab, and the bathroom was functional but ugly. For the money (70 USD plus tax) It might b e ok. The beds were basic. If you want budget travel and will share costs then this place is ok. The AC worked. On this Island you don't need a five star place. The life is outside the lodging. The price was ok given other places I checked out. It is ok nothing more. Location is perfect.

Stayed January 2008
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Costa Rica
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2007

I stayed ther efor almost a week on February 2004. Good location, not too clean and very noisy AC, but everything else was full. OK for the price.

  • Liked — location and kitchenette
  • Disliked — noisy AC
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Greenville, South Carolina
2 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2007

This was booked on their web site. Upon inspection, the apartment was in a different building, it had no working hot water, the promised kitchenette had a little fridge turned into a minibar, one burner that didn't work and no utensiles.

We demanded a refund on the 500 dollar deposit and desk representative agreed we could stay three days to recoup most of the deposit. On the third day the owner burst in and screamed we were there illegally and started throwing the luggage around. We went to the police who would do nothing and finally had to pay another 150 for each of the three nights.

Then he wanted my passport as a security deposit and that did not happen.

  • Liked — Leaving
  • Disliked — The mafioso owner
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2004

First things first, Bocas is a fantastic place but our hotel was a disaster. At first It seemed pretty nice, the location was great but a little too turisty. It is a little more expensive than most accommodations in the island but at the time it was all that was available. It was right acros the street from the police station but despite that, our locked room was broken into while we were inside and our stuff was stolen. It was overall a bad experience and would not recommend this place at all.

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Address: 1st Street, Panama
Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province
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Ranked #32 of 33 hotels in Bocas del Toro Province

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