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Hotel Olas
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Calle 6, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama   |  
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Ranked #6 of 14 Hotels in Bocas Town
Holland, Michigan
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“Good value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

We looked into numerous hotels for our family on a budget and this was by far the best value/price on Isla Colón for our family of five ($70 for our room). Most hotels wouldn’t allow our family to be in one room and we would have had to reserve two rooms.
Las Olas provided an extra twin mattress that we put on the floor to accommodate the five of us (besides a double bed and bunk beds). It made things quite tight space-wise but we didn’t spend much time in the room so it didn’t matter to us.

Included in the price is a continental breakfast of coffee, juice and muffins. We really appreciated being able to store milk & a few groceries in their fridge so we could supplement the breakfast with some of our own food.

Some things to consider:
*internet was not consistent in our room but always worked fine out on the veranda
*there seemed to be some confusion over reservations with some guests which caused some obvious frustration (guests saying they thought they had a room reserved/could stay another night but hotel saying they didn’t/couldn’t....this happened with at least two different parties). The check-in/payment is quite informal - no receipts were given and it was a bit unclear to guests if their ‘word’ reserved the room or if they had to pay ahead to confirm they had a room for another night.
*Our first floor bathroom window was about five feet from the house next door and we could hear everything going on and I’m assuming they could do the same for us - not a huge problem and figured it comes with the price range of the hotel.
*The boat tour arranged by the hotel is a great way to spend a day!

We stayed 3 nights and overall, enjoyed our stay and felt it was a decent place for the money.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Heredia, Costa Rica
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Bocas is a paradise. This hotel has a very good accomodation for its price. They owned a boat so you can go to the tours with them for an average rate in Bocas. The food was ok and the staff helped us a lot. For my next trip to Bocas, I'll be there.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bern, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013 via mobile

the staff was realy helpfull that we could stay there. we went to bocas without knowing that it was carneval and every hotel was booked out.
the rooms are nice and clean.
the breakfast needs to be improved and the matrazes were a little to soft for me but will be alright for averidge people. both will be changed they said.
i would stay at olas again!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013 via mobile

Chose this hotel as recommended by my friend. You get more than what you pay for, clean rooms, hot showers, Tv and AC. 2 min walk away from town but quite at the same time and the best views you can get as they got a ground level dock as well as one on the 2nd floor where you can relax and enjoy the sunset view over the sea. Breakfast of tea coffee, juice and a cake plus additional choices if you want a better breakfast available on their menu. The trips to other islands are offered too, highly recommend Red Frog Island !Spent 3 great nights and had AWESOMEE time take me back!!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

In a place where everybody gets a cut for refering you to a place to stay, and nobody cares about the quality or just helping out, here is a saviour. The manager Ben was the best person i met on my Central American trip. He helped us even find another great place to stay when his hotel was full. Highest recomendation in the area without spending the bank.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Sherbrooke, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Nice clean room, friendly staff during my stay, breakfast is a little cheap (muffin and chemical juice), really nice common area to watch sunrise and sunset.

Had a room on 3rd floor looking at the sea... was lucky on that one I guess :)

  • Stayed January 2013, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

We had a good time at the Olas Hotel in Bocas del Toro. The rooms are clean and there is warm water. Staff is very friendly and helpful.
Sometimes it's a bit loud if you have a room downstairs, they didn't give us the option for a room upstairs.
Breadfast contains a muffin, a coffee and a juice...which unfortunately isn't natural.
From the hotel you can walk in 5min to the airport and in 2min you can reach the "calle principal".

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Olas

Address: Calle 6, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Colon > Bocas Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 14 Hotels in Bocas Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Olas 3*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful Hotel on the water with great ocean view. Quiet location, 2 minute walk from main street ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Olas Hotel Bocas Town
Hotel Olas Bocas Del Toro, Panama - Bocas Town

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