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Ave Sur between Calle 6 y Calle 5, Isla Colon, Panama   |  
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Ranked #13 of 34 Isla Colon B&B and Inns
Frankfurt, Germany
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15 hotel reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Good value for money”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Very quiet hotel but close to the town. The terrace facing to the sea is a great place to relax. The owner sometimes appeared gruffly but she gave us some good advices on activities. The room was spacious and clean.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Everywhere, USA
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27 hotel reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

This is a locally owned small hotel with the back end including a deck extending back over the water. The back deck is a great place to hang out and watch the sun set. The hotel is set in a residential area off the main road which was a plus for us. Local kids played out front in the street. The owner Lavinia sits in a little office in front and keeps a close eye on things. Her son Winston helps run the place and they are interesting to talk with and learn some history of the area. It is a very laid back place which retains the Caribbean vibe that a lot of the other places here seem to have lost. If you want a modern place with all the modern conveniences then this isn't the place for you. But if you want some local flavor then this is the place and for the price it can't be beat.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Halle (Saale), Germany
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

Not in the center of town, but only 2 minutes away, this small family hotel is located in a more quiet area. The rooms are small, but adequate and most important: clean. They also have TV. The bathroom has hot water. From the patio at the back of the hotel you can jump right into the sea, lie in the hammock or play cards at one of the tables. The atmosphere is very nice and friendly.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Marbleton, Quebec
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31 hotel reviews
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

This was a very pleasant surprise in Bocas where hotels tend to be overpriced for the value they represent. The owner is a charming aging lady that overlooks this well managed little hotel on the waterfront. Very clean, confortable and hangers in the room! For mere 30 dollars a night with A/C, a pleasant patio on the waterfront to watch sailboats passing by, chat with friendly backpackers or sip some red wine, what a good deal!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, OR
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21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2012

These aren't the newest digs in town. What makes this place stand out is the location. If you are a morning person there is no better place to be in town than on the back porch right on the water. The sunrises are spectacular. I saw manta rays, needle fish and other sea creatures while sipping my morning coffee (which by the way is ready and waiting for you gratis thanks to Winston). The bed was old but comfortable. The room is clean. The AC works. It's a secure place. Lavinia will keep an eagle eye for any suspicious characters. I was hesitant to write a review as this is one of those places that I hope will remain as it is: with quiet loyal clientele. A true diamond in the rough. Oh and did I say it was very reasonably priced!

Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
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Toronto, Canada
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7 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2011

Stayed here because all the other places under $50/night were booked. Turned out to be a decent place but would only only recommend as a plan B.

Pros: friendly owner/staff, great view from the back porch

Cons: away from the main strip (some might see this as a Pro), small bathroom

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2011

A nice little hotel protected from the crowds and noise of the main street of Bocas del Toro by a two-block walking distance. Clean, inexpensive, with a very friendly and helpful owner. Great option for budget travelers. The most memorable feature of this place was the back porch extending into the clear waters of the bay - a nice place to relax with a drink or jump right off for a refreshing swim.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ave Sur between Calle 6 y Calle 5, Isla Colon, Panama
Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Colon
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Ranked #13 of 34 B&Bs / Inns in Isla Colon
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Hotel Dos Palmas Panama/Bocas Del Toro - Isla Colon

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