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“Good location, clean rooms, friendly owner” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotelito Del Mar
Calle Primera y Calle 2a, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama   |  
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Ranked #4 of 14 hotels in Bocas Town
Alex
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“Good location, clean rooms, friendly owner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

This is in a good location, right near where the water taxi dropped us off and just a block away from the main street. Lots of shops & restaurants nearby - within a minute or two's walk. Our room (#3) had decent A/C, cable TV, good wifi, table and chairs and plenty of space. Lights were a bit dim, but we made do.

Buffet breakfast was fresh fruit, muffins, tea & coffee and sometimes bread. Muffins were fresh each day I think, but the bread we were given one day was stale with beginnings of mould.

Owner is American and very friendly and chatty. Staff varied from uninterested (when we reported the stale bread) to very friendly & competent (good cleaners).

One room was being painted when we were there - apparently the last one in a programme of refurbishment.

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms have balconies... but may cost more than the downstairs one, not sure.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Chapala
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

What a charming, well-located, modern and comfortable smaller hotel in Bocas Town (Isla Colon), Bocas del Toro. Sally, the owner, was very attentive to our every need. The room was well equipped, clean, AIR CONDITIONED, and attended by the staff. The continental breakfasts were delicious, hot coffee or tea, fruits, muffins, etc. And what a fair and reasonable price in this tourist atmosphere where many amenities seem to be on the pricey side. We would definitely contact this lovely hotel first, should we decide to return.

  • Stayed April 2012, 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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salmegal28, Owner at Hotelito Del Mar, responded to this review, February 12, 2013
I just wanted to write to tell you that we appreciate your kind words regarding Hotelito del Mar in Bocas del Toro, Panama. We hope to see again in the future.
Kindest regards,
Sally Ramirez, owner
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Chapala, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2012

Delightful, quiet little hotel on Isla Colon, Bocas del Toro. We emailed to ask if it would be possible to arrive a day early and extend our stay - no problem. Our room was lovely, clean and quiet, but the TV reception was not very good - no problem. We were quickly and quietly moved to a different room. We didn't know where to go in town - no problem. The hostess, Sally, was right there with suggestions and recommendations. Yummy home made muffins, fresh fruit, fruit juice, and coffee or tea for breakfast. The resident cat is calm and well mannered. If we are able to return to this peaceful little island I would plan on staying here.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Molinos Boquete
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2012

Recently I went to Bocas with 3 friends. One friend had won this at a charity auction, so she invited the rest of us to join her. We were very impressed with the size of the room, bath and balcony. It isn't right on the water, but we could see the Caribbean and boats across the street in front of a building. It was within walking distance of most everything in Bocas town. The staff was curteous and accommodating. Thank you Hotelito Del Mar for your kind charity donation. Several of us will return with our spouses in the future.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
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5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

Stayed here for two nights, hotel was very favorably priced at $55.00 night. A/C, Wi-Fi, modest morning breakfast, rooms were very clean and location was right in the middle of "hotel row". This was a very good choice for the price, would definetly stay there again.

Room Tip: Owner is ex-pat and knows a lot of good stuff about Bocas!
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Montclair, NJ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2012

I came to Bocas from Costa Rica on a whim, without any research. I just happened upon this place which was great for the price. Clean, great location. The owner was very nice and helpful with recommendations. I wouldn't mind staying there again.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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14 hotel reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2012

Didn't stay here as they were full, but met the manager and looked at a couple of rooms and for the $ this is clearly the best hotel in town. The manager told us that she would have a room for us in a couple of nights but we were not into relocating. Rates wer fair, and included breakfast, location could not be better. This would be my first choice in Bocas .

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotelito Del Mar

Address: Calle Primera y Calle 2a, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Colon > Bocas Town
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Bocas Town
#1 Family Hotel in Bocas Town
#4 Romantic Hotel in Bocas Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This small hotel is conveniently located in Bocas del Toro, Isla Colon, Bocas del Toro Province, Panama. Each of our spacious 7 rooms has cable TV, wireless internet access, A/C and hot water, continental breakfast. They are extremely well insulated and quiet. Groups are welcome. We accept all major credit cards. All inquiries are welcomed and answered promptly. Join us for a unique holiday on a tropical Carribean flavored island. ... more   less 
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Hotelito Del Mar Bocas Del Toro, Panama - Bocas Town

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