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Bocas Inn
Bocas Town, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama   |  
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“Couldn't have been better!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

A great, little inn close to everything without being downtown. We were there for 4 days in the off-season. There was only one other couple staying there at any time during our stay. Hercilia (the manager), Orlando and Hermito (the chefs), Livingston, and his two sons (our tour guides) were all awesome. The service was great and the food was much better than expected. Originally, we were going to stay at the Hotel Bocas del Toro, but we didn't want to spend that much. I am sooo glad we chose Bocas Inn instead.

Room Tip: Definitely get one of the two ocean view rooms.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Phoenix, Arizona
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39 reviews 39 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

Our first trip to Bocas which we booked through Ancon Expeditions in an online offer for 3 days/two nights. The hotel is a delightful building and, since there was only one other couple checked in, we had a fabulous room on the 2nd floor that opened directly to the balcony with a hammock outside our window. The views were idyllic, the weather magnificent. The voucher provided pick-up from the local water taxi station. Upon arrival, no one was there to meet us so we had to wait, phone again and wait a while longer. It did allow me time to explore the street and take photos but seemed a bit remiss of the staff when they knew the arrival time. The front garden is charming, the lower level deck is set up for restaurant/breakfast/drinks but due to slow season wasn't staffed the majority of the time. The room is fairly utilitarian with a double bed and a single one. Very small bathroom with a large toilet dispenser that is ill-placed causing you to hit various body parts when trying to get to the shower. However, these are minor complaints. I should also note that all the "downtown" hotels are on top of each other. Due to it being the slow season, we didn't suffer from the loud partying known to occur at various times -- so beware if it's peace & quiet you're seeking. Smoking is also prevalent all over the island and you should be cognizant of that as well if it bothers you. The breezes were great though so we weren't bothered by the smells of cigs all around. Orlando, the cook for our morning breakfasts, was terrific. He remembered our favorites on the second morning and cooked us made to order breakfasts along with helping us with our Spanish and entertaining us with his charming humor. Don't ask the manager for restaurant recommendations as we were directed to the most horrid place (Le Pirate) for a lousy meal which I'll review under restaurants. We did find the next evening a sublime place to eat (El Ultimo Refugio) -- highly recommended! I thought it insulting that when leaving and asking for a taxi to return us to the taxi stand we were told that our voucher only provided for one-way transport to the place. The cost is minimal; the hotel should realize that being told you're on your own to get back leaves a bitter taste and is poor practice when there are so many choices to be had on this small island. We will return to Bocas but believe we could find better accommodations and prices the next time. For additional comments, you can e-mail me.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

The Bocas Inn is a beautiful property. It overlooks the water, with a "comidor", balcony, and rooms that are waterfront. The comidor is a wonderful place to eat, read, and relax.

Pros: Location. Staff. The staff were all super helpful and friendly. I don't remember the manager's name, but she was really wonderful. She gave my sister and I lots of advice about things to do around Bocas town. She gave us information on the Ancon tours, but she never pushed us, and was very honest about what they had versus more barebones experiences in town. When we opted for the cheaper in-town option, she wasn't upset at all. Breakfast. It was a great breakfast, buffet style some days depending on how many guests were there. There were scrambled eggs (or made to order if there was not a buffet), fruit (usually pineapple and melon), delicious bread, cheese, etc.

Cons: It's a little pricey for the area, if you are on a budget you could definitely do cheaper. The air conditioner did not work very well, we ended up opening the windows instead most nights.

We had the rooms towards the street, which was definitely less picturesque than the waterfront ones. However, we had wifi access in our rooms, and they didn't, so keep that in mind when booking.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2012

Not 5 star luxury but none the worse for that. 3 night stay. Terrific staff. Great setting on the edge of a tidal river - we got there by boat to their own private landing place. Excellent breakfast - none of that Continental style crap. 2 minutes away from the main drag where there are loads of shops and eating places. Plenty of excursions available. Bloody good laundry about 200 yards away to the right. You can smoke on the verandah outside.

Room Tip: The best ones are those overlooking the river from the upper floor
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Arlington, Virginia
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2012

My wife and I stayed at Bocas Inn while in Bocas Del Toro for our honeymoon. The staff was friendly, the hotel was beatiful and we couldn't have felt more comfortable. We had one of the standard rooms, and the side door opened up to a balcony overlooking the water with some comfortable chairs and hammocks. The daughter of the manager also couldn't have been sweeter and we really enjoyed some competitive rounds of 'Go Fish' with her!! The food was also delicious, including breakfast every day and a great caribbean dinner!

The hotel is just a few yards from the town festivities, but is nice and quiet if you're just trying to relax. We highly recommend Bocas Inn to other visitors to Bocas Del Toro.

  • Stayed May 2011, 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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Seattle, Washington, United States
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55 reviews 55 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2012

My wife and I were finally on a trip without kids after three years and we loved our stay in Bocas Inn.
We stayed at the hotel as part of a 4 day package tour we organized with Ancon Expedition and we loved the overall trip and Bocas Inn. Ancon organized 4 days packed of activities to maximize our experience, given the short time we had. We loved every minute of it, it was super-organized, safe, reliable and we saw awesome places and met wonderful local people.
The hotel has a very charming caribbean style with hardwood floors and great decks with beautiful views on the water. We had one of the room facing the upstairs deck and we would just walk out of our room to sit on lounge chairs overlooking the ocean and neighborhood Islands. The dinner was served at sunset with a beatiful view on the downstairs deck. The food was simple but very fresh and tasty, based on rice, vegetable and fish.
The staff is very helpful and committed to ensuring we had a good stay.
Ancon Expedition and the hotel organized our daily boat excursions and we also loved the trips they planned for us. Livingston, our boat captain, showed us beautiful sights, taking us to great lunch spots and sharing a lot about the local culture (he lives in the nearby Island in a local village and his primary language is Guari-Guari, a caribbean dialect based on English and Spanish).
Bocas Town has a very mixed offer, in town there are low-end (if not trashy) hostels next door to nicer establishment, and then there are exclusive (and expensive) resorts out of town on private beaches. As a result, the town can be noisy with early twnties surfers having fun and can be dirty/littered.
I think Bocas Inn caters squarely to the middle-upper end of the clientele. It is not a very pretentious hotel but it is very charming and comfortable.
The hotel is set at the outskirts of town and from the moment you cross the gate you walk in a nicely manicured tropical garden that immediately creates a way differnt ambience than the town.
The only cons, which I think is common to any hotel in town, is that it can be noisy at times. We were in Bocas during Argentinians Spring Break and the cheaper hotel next door was full of youngsters playing drinking games on their deck until late at night.
Nothing that a pair of earplugs or air conditioning fan set on high, can't cover though, so overall this didn't spoil the vacation. The good thing was that they were out or sleeping in the mornings or dinnertime, when we were around the hotel, so we enjoyed our quiet at the times important to us.

A great stay, I am looking forward to coming back sometimes soon.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Heidelberg, Germany
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2011

I stayed at Bocas Inn for 4 nights! It was absolutely fantastic! The small Lodge (I think only 9 rooms) is located on the main island /township on Isla Colon and therefore in short walking distance to nice restaurants and shops. Due to its location outside the main street within a palm tree garden, it offered a perfectly tranquil atmosphere. Right at the Ocean.
I was lucky to get the sea view room, which offered great views over the bay! The room was spotless and clean, and I was totally happy about it! The rooms were cleaned daily by the lovely housekeeping lady.
There were lounge chairs and hammocks all over the place and made it a great place to relax and chill out.

With regards to the service: BIG thanks to the Manager Hercilia and her great team. The food & service was excellent.
Breakfast was plentiful and I was asked on arrival what my favorite dish /food was and the first night, one of the 2 chefs came up with a great seafood dish, exactly how I loved it.
There´s a small bar, too that opens at night, so that guests can have a drink or two while watching the sun going down.

Hercilia can also organize day trips with a little boat & captain to surrounding islands, national park and remote beaches. She arranges everything for you. Had a great time and felt in good hands during my entire stay.
Can only recommend this place.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 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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Address: Bocas Town, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
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Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Colon > Bocas Town
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #6 of 29 Specialty lodging in Bocas Town
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