From what I hear Solarte Inn has been thru a lot in the past couple of years, but as of Mid Feb 2012 it is under new management and I can tell this truly makes a difference.
They are modern, clean and comfortable-- I mean what more can you want. The rooms are some of the best in the Bocas area, the air conditioning works great, the hot water gets HOT! and the beds are comfortable. The rooms are right off the open space dining area which makes it nice to just walk out and enjoy the nice views. We stayed in Room 1 and were pleased with the location (being away from the kitchen) and Nell keeps the rooms very clean which is hard to do with sand everywhere all the time.
Isla Solarte is a very peaceful island which is great to get away from the constant noise and music of isla colon. The Inn is set on a hill which overlooks the ocean and has great views of birds in the morning and stars at night. A short walk thru the village will bring you to hospital point which is a nice area to lay out (no beach area mostly just grass) and the water is clean on that side of the island-- so its safe to swim and snorkel. Adrian has several people that he can call to bring you on a boat where ever you need to go. The only thing that was a little frustrating is because not that many people are going to Isla Solarte you generally have to call your own boat-- not a big deal, just bring a good book and relax a little-- you are on vacation after all!
Adrian will serve you what ever you want and he makes that pretty clear-- breakfast was always great and fresh, he is very flexible and you can eat as early or as late as you want. Breakfast is included, as is fresh drinking water (from the tank). Dinner is a separate charge but is worth it-- it wasnt that expensive and his portions are generous. He generally will tell you what he has and then depending on your preferences you can let him know what you want. If you are staying for a few days and ask for something in particular he is more than willing to go the extra mile to get what you want.
All in all the place is coming around and I know in a few months with the Inn under Adrian and Nell's care the place will only improve. Adrian is very responsive to both email and phone so if you have any questions just get in touch with him. I know only positive reviews will start to roll in from this place.
- Also Known As:
- Solarte Inn Panama/Isla Solarte
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 7 guest room B&B located on a quiet tropical island minutes from Bocas Town. Great for birding. Private bath and hot water. Rates include tax, breakfast and boat transfer upon arrival and back at end of stay. Evening meals available. We can arrange private tours to other islands and beaches. 2 large common areas good for meetings. Perfect for family. ... more less