I would rate this hotel completely average and am surprised by the glowing reviews. Maybe expectations were too high. The room on the 2nd floor with a balcony has a gorgeous view and it is indeed fantastic to sleep with the windows/door open. The view and being able to R&R on the balcony are both 5 stars.
Jack and Lee were both nice enough, although I would not describe their interaction as anything above average. There were definitely a share of akward/uncomfortable moments. For instance, my wife disliked the butt scratching while cooking breakfast.
We disliked the following:
We could hear Jack watching football (or some sport) on the televesion at night. If you are staying in the room with a Jacuzzi (which you won't use, I assure you - but the outdoor shower is nice) it sits right about the living room. The walls/floor are very thin and you can pretty much hear EVERYTHING. My wife and I are not party people and like to goto bed early (10PM) and get up early. The television on with the volume seemingly higher than need be until 11+PM was annoying and prevented our sleep. We could also hear someone constantly typing on the computer keyboard, at all hours day and night.
Did not receive transport from the dock (although it was requested and confirmed). Not a huge deal, but no one that we asked knew where Bahia Del Sol was located. We were incorrectly taken to Hotel Bahia by a taxi. After lugging our baggage around for a little while, we finally found someone who knew where the hotel was.
Further away from town than we expected. Definitely a good 25+ minute brisk walk to the beginning edge of town. Longer if you like to go at a more leisurely pace or are going towards the opposite end of town. You will not find any taxis naturally in the area of the hotel, they have to be called for ahead of time.
All-in-all, we would have preferred to stay at another location and would not recommend this hotel to a friend.
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January 25, 2010
Sounds like these people were having a hard time before they even got to us. Also looking at their other reviews they seem to review everything average or OK. Guess you can not please everyone although we try our best.
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We did go to the dock to pick up these people but they had told us the wrong boat dock and we were waiting at the wrong dock.
The TV in the main room is almost always turned off at 10:00pm unless the guests are watching it.
They seem very negative in their other reviews also and possibly the laid-back, fun loving, non-serious environment of Bahia Del Sol and Bocas Del Toro in general was not for them.
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