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“A winner....would definitely stay here again!” 5 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
Port Aransas, Texas
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“A winner....would definitely stay here again!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

A retired friend and I decided to go Spanish school in Panama late May,2013. Bocas del Toro was our choice ,but we did not want to go a chain hotel or one that was a high-rise 200 room monstrosity. When we both did our research independently on hotel choice, we found that we had chosen Hotelito del Mar. Sally, the owner, is awesome and was very accomodating with special requests. We loved this 7 room bed and breakfast and loved the location to all shops, restaurants, water taxis, etc... We had a beautiful room with a huge balcony. The premises are also very inviting... gorgeous plants, wall murals. Can't wait to go back !!!!

Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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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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Washington DC
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013 via mobile

Sally and her staff are very welcoming. This was a nice hotel, with a good sized, clean room, in a very convenient location in
Bocas. Sally was helpful in giving us recommendations. The breakfast is simple -but nice to be included. Would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Winter Haven, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

We enjoyed our stay at the Hotelito Del Mar in Bocas. Sally and her staff made us feel welcomed. The rooms are spacious and close to everything. Sally gave us suggestions of what to do during the day it was raining. She also suggested places to eat while in Bocas. The staff spoke very good English and were also helpful.

Room Tip: All the rooms are good.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

My daughter and I spent two nights at Hotelito Del Mar end of June 2013. No issues with our reservation or finding the hotel. Sally made us feel welcome and the room was clean, good a/c, hot shower. WIFI worked well throughout our stay. Breakfast consisted of homemade muffins and fresh fruit, coffee/tea. The fruit and muffins were both good. My wife and I are coming back late in 2013 and will stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

We were impressed from the get-go when Sally Ramirez, the owner, promptly returned our many emails each and every time, giving us the information requested. The hotel is lovely, with a beautiful underwater mural painted on its face and on the first-floor doors. It's an easy walk from the water taxi and centrally located to everything. It's not right on the water but across the street from the buildings on the water. Sally and her staff were very warm and friendly. Our room (the double on the second floor was enormous with two double beds, an expansive balcony with a peekaboo view of the water, and a equally huge bathroom). The balcony included a hammock and Adirondack furniture. AC, wifi and TV all worked flawlessly. Along with our own room was a shared living area on the second floor between the two upstairs rooms, so you felt like you had a nice big apartment. We could store food in the fridge in the upstairs kitchen, but it was not available to cook food. Sally's staff baked muffins there every evening for the following morning and the smell was heavenly. Each morning, we were greeted with strong coffee (my coffee snob husband opted to drink her coffee than make his own despite having lugged three pounds of coffee from home in our luggage), homemade blueberry or chocolate chip muffins and fresh fruit. The hotel guests congregated in the breakfast area and we made friends with and went on a tour with three other guests. We also had Sally's two parrots and two cats to keep us company, making it feel more like visiting someone's home, than a hotel. Good value and we would definitely stay here again if in the area. Definitely idea for those not up for the bare-bones hostel-backpack experience but not wanting to pay top dollar for an over-priced hotel right on the water or with an on-site restaurant. Lilli's with her "killing me mon" hot sauce is right across the street.

Room Tip: We stayed in room six, which is an upstairs bedroom with two double beds, a very large bathroom and...
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  • Stayed June 2013, 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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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

We took a family vacation to Bocas with 2 small kids and booked our stay here. It was an absolute pleasure staying there. Sally the owner is very helpful and friendly. All the staff are also as helpful and friendly and they go the extra step to make your stay enjoyable. Nice morning breakfast is also included. Sally chatted with us everyday and help you with any questions we had about places to go and different tours to take. If we every go back we will for sure stay there.

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms are very nice with its own balcony.
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  • Stayed June 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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Seattle, Washington
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29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

I stayed at Hotelito Del Mar for 5 nights in June of 2013. Being a first time visitor to Bocas I decided to send the hotel an email for a tip on logistics in regards to how far the property was from the local airport in Bocas.

The reply to my email was very quick and perfectly written by Sally the owner. I never walked more than 10 minutes by staying at this hotel and was not interested in the "Hostel" experience. A/C worked well, shower worked well, and there were hand towels included and two bath towels.

Being a first time visitor I had many questions for use of the water taxi's, restaurants, tours, etc. Sally always had a great suggestion and has lived there for years.

I would recommend renting a bike next door ($5 a day) to see the town by bike for the fun of it.

Also check out Red Frog Beach ($7 water tax ride from JamTam across the street). Also eat a yummy breakfast at Lili's also across the street. This hotel is just one block off the main drag and just far enough away from any loud night club music (the bars stay open until 5am- yikes).

$55 a night was right in my price range budget wise so this property did me right. Cheers.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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:
Ranked #4 of 14 Hotels in Bocas Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
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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