It's true that the location of this hotel is perfect. We arrived on Taxi 25 and even with a fair amount of luggage this hotelito was super close. It was about the same distance from Bocas Marine Tours in the other direction. It is right in the center of town, with tons of food options very close, and the park in the center of town is about 2 blocks away.
The people working there are also very kind. The lady who helped us check in was super friendly, and helpful, and every time we saw someone working there they would smile at us, and often greet us. It feels like a friendly place to be.
We didn't really have time for breakfast in the morning, but I grabbed a muffin on our way out and it was a banana-nut muffin, I think homemade. It was quite good.
The room itself was less impressive. At first glance it is simple (if a little crowded), pretty clean, and pleasant. The towels are quite soft. The wifi internet was very very slow for us, which caused some problems because my husband was trying to do some work while we were away. Internet on my phone almost did not work at all; occasionally a page would load, but mostly I just got error pages. So, the internet was kind of frustrating.
The other problem was that I saw a very large cockroach climb into my luggage and as my husband was trying to find and kill it it ended up on our bed, and then it was "lost" so I was afraid to sleep on our bed, and afraid to walk around barefoot. Instead I slept on the other bed, next to my baby, and my husband (who thinks cockroaches are gross but harmless) slept alone in our bed. That was not my favorite sleeping arrangement, but, whatever, we survived. I realize Bocas and Panama are not sterile, there is more nature around and it is probably not unusual to have pests wander in from time to time...so it is possible that this experience was unique to us, because aside from a little mold in the bathroom the room was quite clean.
Our air conditioning worked very well.
Apparently the hotel next to this one has about 20 cats and they often wander over to this Hotelito. There was usually a cat outside somewhere nearby, and my daughter loved that.
Overall we would choose something a little nicer next time, but there were a lot of great things about this place, and despite being on the ground floor I did feel quite safe.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotelito Del Mar Bocas Del Toro, Panama - Bocas Town