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.
- 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