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“Good location, decent hotel” 3 of 5 stars
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El Limbo on the Sea Hotel
Bocas town, Isla Colon, Panama   |  
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Ranked #12 of 22 Hotels in Isla Colon
Grand Cayman
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31 hotel reviews
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
“Good location, decent hotel”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

We stayed here for two nights and our group had two rooms. Both balcony rooms, one street facing and one sea view. The sea view room is $45 more than the street view room and has a large balcony with a love seat, table and 4 chairs. The room had a double and a single bed. The room was spacious and had a mini fridge and a safe. The smoke detector was broken and hung by a wire. The bathroom was tiny and the toilet leaked water on the floor constantly. The room overall was very dated but clean although the windows and doors could have used a scrubbing. The towels were threadbare. There was plenty of hot water and the a/c worked well. The street view room was smaller with a double bed but no safe. The balcony was large and comfortable, great for people watching.
The hotel is well located and the restaurant has a lovely water view. The continental breakfast included cake, bread, jam, plastic wrapped cheese, scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, coffee and juice. The front desk staff and restaurant staff were efficient and friendly. The housekeeping staff however were either lazing on the beds chatting or in the linen room chatting. There was lots of cleaning that should have been done!

Room Tip: Would not splurge on the sea view balcony room again but would opt for the street view balcony.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Eaton, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

This hotel is in a great location! The rooms are just okay. We had a street view with a balcony that was nice. The breakfast that is included was to open at 7:30 but several times did not begin until 8:00-8:15. There were several staff members who were very helpful and kind and several who were sour grapes. The staff could use training in customer service. After checking in and viewing the rooms I asked the receptionist if we could move to a room with a king sized bed as ours had a queen and twin bed. She said "all our beds are the same". Well, when the cleaning service was cleaning other rooms we noticed they did have king beds. I guess she just didn't want to bother.

Room Tip: Ask for an ocean view when you book. The street view would be the next best.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

My wife and I visit Bocas del Toro on a regular basis as we own property in the area, and we have stayed at most of the better hotels on Isla Colon, and Hotel El Limbo is one of our favorites, mainly because of the ideal central location and comfortable rooms. The location is great because it is right in the center of all the action in town, but literally on the ocean, with fantastic views to the surrounding islands, and easy access by boat taxi to just about anywhere you want to go, or an easy walk to all the best restaurants on the island. This is important in Bocas because unless you have your own boat, you depend on boat taxis, and finding them can be difficult at times if you are located far from the center of town. The hotel rooms are very comfortable, clean, and have everything you could possibly need. The restaurant is also very good, and the breakfasts are especially delicious, and the hotel service is very friendly too. I highly recommend El Limbo to anyone visiting Isla Colon, Bocas del Toro.

Room Tip: The ocean front rooms are the best.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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3 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

The front desk isn't staffed until 9 am so you can't check out before then, no matter how desperately you need to. The other staff tried to be helpful but they didn't know how to pull together the bill or charge the credit card. We had a tour to get to at 9 am and were desperate to get going but there was no way around it.

The shower ran hot and then cold. The rooms were run down. We weren't expecting luxury but it was pretty dowdy. Restaurant staff were all so very pleasant. They were a plus.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Las Cumbres, Panama, Panama
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51 reviews 51 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

Got a great deal to go to Bocas del Toro on Panamanian Holidays (very busy time of year and high season). We received air tickets, hotel and a tour for an extremely reasonable price. The hotel on the offer was Limbo on the Sea. Went to the website, beautiful picture but I knew it was a bit different. We had booked 2 double rooms. When we got the hotel (around 11:30 AM, check in was at 3:00 PM) they had no problem letting us check in early. Everyone was very friendly. My room was the only one on the ground floor, very small, but I did not plan to stay much in the room. Air conditioning temperature did not go below 26 C, which was no problem during the evening, but a little hot during the day. Once again, I did not spend much time in my room during the day, so not a problem. Two single beds, a bathroom and a TV with cable (the TV had a white spot in the middle, weird). No hot water that I can remember, but for some reason, it did not bother me. Very hot days.

One big pull is their restaurant, it's a pier type restaurant and you are sitting right next to the ocean. If the tide was high, the furthermost tables could not be used. Great view, good breeze, and totally relaxing. When it was time for our tour, they picked us up right at the hotel restaurant in a boat.

Breakfast was included and you could have omelettes (they had about 4 different kinds) or crepes. You also had bread to toast, jams, cheese, fruits, orange and mango juice, and some type of sponge cake (white and chocolate). Everything was fresh, but nothing to write home about.

We ate here for lunch twice and the sea food was excellent! We also had a caipirinha during happy hour. Not that good.

All in all, it was a very good hotel for the price we received. We saw some of the other hotels, and they all looked run down (except for some new ones).

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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57 reviews 57 reviews
39 hotel reviews
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100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

we stayed in one of the sea view rooms and it was just ok.the bathroom was really small with a not so nice bath mat
the room was clean but needs updating it was really nice having the sea view balcony to sit and watch the boats going by with a few beers
the hotel is in a good position so that's why the prices are high
the breakfast was ok and the staff friendly but they need a make over in the rooms
we also saw some of the maids in the rooms watching the tv when they should have been cleaning
we enjoyed our stay here but there are better places for less money.the hotel next door bocas del toro was nice but unsure how expensive
we stayed here for 3 nights but on our return we stayed elsewhere

Room Tip: sea view rooms are better but expensive for what you get
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Santiago, Chile
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59 reviews 59 reviews
50 hotel reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

This hotel was nice, and the staff very helpful. Bed was very comfortable and breakfast was OK. We only observed that the shower would never keep water temperature and also probably we were affected by the desinfection the whole hotel was going through at that time, as we woked up full of bites, most probably by some nasty friends living in th room or bed. Definetly no mosquitoes around. We told this to the hotel staff receiving just a friendly smile.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Bocas town, Isla Colon, Panama
Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Colon
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Ranked #12 of 22 Hotels in Isla Colon
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Number of rooms: 18
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