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“Functional” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Vista Mar
Ave. North and 5th Street, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama   |  
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Ranked #12 of 24 Bocas Town B&B and Inns
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Functional”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012 via mobile

I liked that the hotel was very cozy, they had excellent tips on where to dine and have fun. They also adviced on how much should people charge us in water taxis, buses and ground taxis. They have some awesome music in the bar. Breakfast included was very nice. It included excellent coffee.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Seattle, Washington
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147 reviews 147 reviews
54 hotel reviews
Reviews in 62 cities Reviews in 62 cities
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

If you are visiting Bocas you are probably wanting to spend your days at the beach and your nights at the clubs. The hotel is just a place to rest before you do it all over again. Hotel Vista Mar is a fine place to stay. The restaurant/bar is right on the water so you have amazing views for meals and during happy hour. There was an ant issue when we were there but the staff did their best to deal with it. The staff was very friendly and helpful. I was there in Dec and the hotel was fully decked out in celebration!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2011

Staff was just "okay" attending to normal functions. The included breakfast isn't included on the one day a week the staff is off, but otherwise everything went well by Panamanian standards. The room was fairly clean, and comfortable, if a bight small (there's no place to sit in a chair. It's a 10-minute walk to town, but the trade-off is that this hotel is among the quietest hotels in the area, and the water view from the restaurant and balcony are nice and peaceful.

There are several small markets nearby to help you keep the fridge stocked with cold drinks. For the price we paid, this hotel represents one of the better values in the area-we personally inspected 8 to 10 hotels in all.

The ocean around Bocas isn't what you'll find in the more northern parts of the Carribean-it's not clear and turquoise, but rather green and kind of clear.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Barcelona
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27 reviews 27 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2011

Spacious room with a small balcony with seaview. Wokring A/C, fridge, tv, wifi. Excellent service, good breakfast at the seaview terrace. Communcal balcony with hammocks. Close to town center.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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80 reviews 80 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2010

We arrived at the Vista Mar Hotel via a boat landing at its own jetty, which lead onto an outdoor eating area (all meals were served here). It was idyllic to be sat on a jetty eating breakfast :)

The rooms were clean and simple, I sampled 2 rooms as the first one got flooded during our stay because of a fault in the room above - this was dealt with quickly and we were moved very easily.

The hotel is located a short walk from the beach and the town and is an ideal location for anyone staying in Bocas Del Toro


Our only issue was for the evening meal, we were a group of 14 and I dont think they'd ever had that quantity in one party before, and it took around 2 hours for our meals to be served - by which point we were no longer hungry!

  • Stayed August 2010
    • 5 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
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2010

We stayed for a few days, it's close to town, friendly staff at the bar, great breakfast on a nice deck on the water.
Less than helpful front-desk staff and owners (we could not get a second blanket although we were the only guests there for the last 2 nights) and very small bathrooms with limited warm water. Prices seem to vary greatly as we were charged double of what others paid for their stay per night (they paid $55,-). Food is greatly overpriced and staff very s-l-o-w.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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St. Albert, Alberta
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67 reviews 67 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2010

When we planned a recent trip to Panama, we couldn't miss the opportunity to fly to Bocus del Torro for some island adventure and relaxation. This was undoubtably the highlight of our trip. With so many islands and beaches just a quick bus or water taxi ride away, there was never a lack of places to explore. From the virtually uninhabitated beach at Playa Bluff to the adequately named Starfish Beach, and turquoise waters and white sands of Bastimentos, there was no doubt we have arrived in paradise.
Stay at the Vista Mar was an excellent choice. It is just a block or two from the main street, thus we were away from all the noise and hub-bub but close enough to easily join in should we choose. The staff were courteous and prompt, and the friendly lady we met on the cleaning staff ensured there wasn't a speck of dust to be found.
What we found the most surprising was the abundance of great dining establishments with foods artfully prepared and presented. We were able to satisfy our cravings for East Indian cuisine, Thai food and pretty much everything in between.
All in all this is one destination we would love to return to and hopefully explore in further detail. In the interim, we have 843 photo's and numerous memories to resort too when we are feeling the winter blues.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Vista Mar

Address: Ave. North and 5th Street, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Colon > Bocas Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Bocas Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 25
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Hotel Vista Mar Bocas Del Toro, Panama - Bocas Town

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