Caribbean View is a neat little hotel owned and operated by a charming family. The rooms are equipped with private bathrooms, A.C., and some of them have balconies overlooking the water that was great for sunset viewing. Their son, Luis, runs a small private tour business for the hotel, and provides taxi services to Bocas Town, which was very convenient. Even if you're not staying at the hotel, I would recommend dropping in to coordinate your private tour with Luis while you enjoy a delicious breakfast, and a soursop smoothie!
The rooms are very small and there is not noise privacy. Everything is hear from room to room. Food is great but extremely slow sometimes dinner from ordering to eating over two hours. Staff are very friendly Prices are good for what you get but don’t expect anything fancy like shampoo.
Hotel Caribbean View is a small family run hotel on the water. I was there with a group of 20 highschool students for about a week. Luis and his family could not have been more helpful or more welcoming. There were small issues with the AC and the plumbing, but they were quickly fixed. We had breakfast at the hotel every day and it was always good. When Luis found how much some of the kids liked pancakes, he made them again. All in all we had a nice stay.
We are spending a month in Chiriqui and decided to make a quick visit to the Bocas region. Enjoyed very much Luis and his family who provided excellent service and a very comfortable bed in an air conditioned room. The area is not what you would want if 5 star all-incl is your game, but everything we were looking for. Quiet community with no noisy bars. By the way, the dining was perfect with fresh, excellently prepared food.
Unfortunately we did not love the Hotel Caribbean View. We had a room on the ground floor at the back and every sound, particularly people moving around above, just reverberated through the room. The ceiling fan did not work. Twice there was no water when we needed to shower and we had to ask for water to be turned on – perhaps an explanation on times that water is available would be a good move? The breakfast was just OK. The WIFI worked well in the communal areas. There is a nice sitting area on the top floor and some rooms up there have balconies which would be much better than a ground floor room so if you do choose to stay, request one of the top floor rooms.