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“Better than expected” 4 of 5 stars
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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
London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Better than expected”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Given some of the comments on here I had feared that we had made a mistake in our booking. However, being here has been a pretty good experience on the whole. A nice quiet place with a great view over the sea. After an initial problem meaning our allocated room was not ready for us, the room we ended up with was comfortable, clean and had air conditioning that worked well. There are shared spaces at the end of each floor with sofas and chairs looking out to sea -a great place to pass some time in the tropical storms. The included breakfast is meagre... a mini muffin and a cup of tea/coffee/chocolate, but there are paid for options too and the huge bowl of "muesli"-in essence freshly made fruit with granola and yoghurt topped with honey is value for $5 given that you also get the mini muffin and coffee.

A couple of niggles - like you need to pay daily for your room and the staff can be a bit "vague" sometimes even when it comes to the tours that they organise. But I guess it is the Caribbean way and part of the island experience.

Overall, yep, pleased we stayed here.

  • Stayed June 2013, 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 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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London, United Kingdom
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

The hotel has the potential to be really good as it's in a quiet location, the rooms are decent value and it has some nice views but we felt it was let down by a few things.

Our room was spacious and had a view over the bay. The cleaning wasn't very thorough though - the floor wasn't swept at all in the four nights we stayed which isn't great when there's sand everywhere. The air-con worked ok but leaked water onto the bed if left on for too long. There were definitely bed bugs which we didn't notice until right at the end after we'd already been bitten all over. It didn't seem like the kind of place bed bugs would be a problem and we expected better to be honest.

We found the staff to be a real mixed bag - some were very friendly and courteous. One female on reception was rude to the point of comedy, and met any attempt we made to get some service whilst she was texting on her phone with a look of utter disdain. Seemed pretty ridiculous she was working in a public-facing role.
We used the laundry service twice which was good. There are some good options for breakfast but only if you pay from $3 - $7, which isn't cheap for Bocas. Otherwise it's just a muffin.
The wooden decor is nice and there's a deck overlooking the bay upstairs. There's lots of information available on local excursions in the lobby.
Overall, it has some good points but the cleaning and attitude of some staff let it down.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

Stayed at Olas for a couple days with some buddies to surf, party, and relaxxx. Didnt see anywhere else we would of rather stayed. Price was well worth it, close to the bars, front porch is on the water with a bueno bar, and had an eclectic group of guests. It was also super chill when we needed it. Get the best of Bocas via Olas.

ps. Muchos bueno chicas

pss. Ben changed our lives.

  • Stayed June 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 June 12, 2013

Stayed here for 3 nights in May and had a wonderful time. Spent lots of time looking out over the beautiful water. Great views from our room and 2nd floor lounge & restaurant. Very pleasant hotel. Ben was especially helpful and he made sure that everything was to our liking while we were there.
The room was clean and basic - all we needed.
We definitely recommend this one.

  • Stayed May 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

The hotel is beautifully located and has the best view. The staff is extremely sweet, specially Ben- the hotel Manager. The rooms are clean and view from the balcony (we stayed at the suite on the 1st Floor) is just awesome. We managed to see a few star fish and a sting ray from our balcony. It was amazing!!

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Bocas Town, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

So, i stayed at Olas twice, the first time was great and second was better, i think i will stay at this place once a week!. The manager was very nice and the staff too. The Hotel is REALLY nice, located in front of the sea with a great view. I stayed in a private bedroom with TV, Hot water,small window with a great view, great breakfast (a little bit expensive, but good). The perfect place to stay for a reasonable price! Is not in main street so you can sleep very good, and be near everything at the same time....if u come to Bocas you should stay at Olas....

  • Stayed May 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 May 10, 2013 via mobile

nice hotel on the water. I loved the hammocks at the front patio, very relaxing. the guy at reception who spoke good English was excellent. he gave us a very intense greeting and I could tell he loved his job as well as bocas.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 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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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 ( Wi-Fi ) 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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