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“A nice hotel with nice staff” 4 of 5 stars
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Playa Tortuga Hotel & Beach Resort
Ranked #7 of 22 Hotels in Isla Colon
Lancaster, California
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A nice hotel with nice staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014 via mobile

If you're looking for luxury in American terms this isn't it. HOWEVER this is in Panama and you don't see a lot of luxury here. The rooms were clean, staff was nice and surprisingly spoke some pretty good English as well !!! I was very comfortable here. If I ever get to visit Isla Colon again, I'd stay here. Food was good too.

Stayed March 2014
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DENVER
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19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

The hotel itself is pretty outdated but decent... Come with Medium Expectations and you will be OK, but come expecting LUXURY and you will be disappointed. Hotel is about 10 min from city ($2 by taxi per person) and POOL is the HIGHLIGHT for sure! If you want Beach this is not the spot but we are more into POOLS so this was good. Service is pretty sub par here but the same as everywhere in BOCAS Town. The staff is pleasant but definitely in NO hurry to help. Breakfast is worth including but Dinner is better to go into town and have some variety. Bring some BUG spray for sure as you WILL get bit! Rent Quads if you get the chance as it was definitely FUN!

Room Tip: 3rd Floor facing ocean
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Los Angeles, California
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86 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

This could have been an ok to nice hotel, but the staff are generally unfriendly and uninterested, with some exeptions. The tour guy is pure fraud, dont buy any trips from him, if he is interested in selling you any trips at all. Find another alternative in Bocas is my recommendation. The pool area is nice though.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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Panama City, Panama
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3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

If you have kids it is the most convenient hotel in Bocas. Good size pool and small game room help with unpredictable Bocas weather. Food and drinks menu are very basic. Not much charm but good views from the rooms. Only drawback is distance from town - about 10 min by taxi. Hotel shuttle available but not as often as to void use of taxi.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Scharbeutz, Germany
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128 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

While the name of the hotel might imply a typical beach front location it is true, there is a beach but not one you would want to spend time on to go swimming. Instead the hotel has a nice pool to relax in the afternoon after taking a tour to explore the nicer beaches and neighboring islands of Isla Colon and the nearby city of Bocas del Toro. While most of the hotels in Bocas are small or just backpacker places, the Playa Tortuga is a relatively large and modern hotel with good sized rooms, comfortable beds, A/C, cable tv and free WiFi located some 4 miles out of town. A hot breakfast is normally included in the room rate of around US 130 for two during the high season. Breakfast is ok but without fresh fruit juices. The orange juice served from a big container did not resemble the taste of oranges and was just an unidentifiable sweet liquid. Fresh fruit was limited to water melon, papaya, bananas and pineapple and lacked the variety of other tropical fruit such as mangos or maracuya which were typical for this time of year.

While the hotel bar advertised "Happy Hour" after 5 pm it was only the weak and sweet house cocktail "seco sunrise" (a little bit of rum,grenadine and some sweet orange colored liquid) and beer which qualified for the discount. Other favorite and regular (stronger) cocktails of about US $ 7 per glas incl taxes were never discounted.

Because of its unique beach front location and the nice view from the balcony of the room, the nice pool area and its comfortable rooms I would still recommend this hotel for two to three night stays to indulge into the Caribbean atmosphere and to discover the various islands and its beaches

The hotel offers free transportation to the town of Bocas several times a day including a trip leaving the hotel at 7 pm and returning from Bocas at 10.15 pm therefore making it possible to have dinner in town and getting back to the hotel at a decent time. When we were there in March 2014 the hotel did not serve dinner.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Oslo, Norway
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16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We got a beautiful view of the beach, and the swimming pool is top notch. Location really is beautiful here.

The rooms were clean, and nice. It really is a place to relax, if you want that. Some minuses, but nothing worth mentioning.

Room Tip: Ask to get a room with a beach view on the ground floor.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Lancaster, California
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10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

The hotel has a beach front and swimming pool. The hotel is clean but there are stains in the corner of the tiles etc.. still nice and clean. The beds and pillows are hard and the sofa bed was so uncomfortable that the guest that had this bed decided it was more comfortable to sleep onn it as a couch. The pool area is very nice. The food is very over priced and you are better off going into town to eat at Rip Tide or Carlos's Steak House both are better and cheaper. There is no gift shop or store nearby so be sure to stop in Bocas Town for any needs. I definetly recommend Flying Pirates ATV Rentals and their jungle trails for activities as well as Starfleet Scuba for fun.

Room Tip: Stay away from the sofa bed very uncomfortable
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Property: Playa Tortuga Hotel & Beach Resort
Address: Isla Colon, Panama
Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Colon
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Isla Colon
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Isla Colon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Playa Tortuga Hotel & Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 117
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tropical Caribbean Beach Resort on the crystal clear waters of Bocas del Toro, Panama.Playa Tortuga offers 117 stylish room accommodations, each with a balcony and spectacular ocean view. Guests may choose from standard rooms, junior suites and large grand suites, all offering a contemporary décor, modern amenities and a soothing tropical atmosphere.Relax in the hotel’s sea view pool, or sunbathe in our water mirrors while enjoying your favorite beverage from the nearby bar area. Little ones will enjoy the children’s pool. Other modern and convenient amenities include free WIFI and a state of the art Fitness Center featuring a private massage area. ... more   less 
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