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“Great Location and Fantastic Staff” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotelito Del Mar
Ranked #4 of 12 Hotels in Bocas Town
Certificate of Excellence
New Jersey
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great Location and Fantastic Staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Great stay at the end of June 2014. Close to airport however we did pay $2 for a taxi which made things easier for us. Two of us shared an upstairs room. It was HUGE (two queen beds) and the bathroom was super big. They provided us with beautiful fluffy towels, there was a fridge, tv, AC and everything was super clean. The room has a balcony which was fantastic to people watch right from our own space. Breakfast was simple (bread, juice, coffee and fruit) but I thought it was perfect. The staff was super accommodating by holding our bags while we checked out but still had several hours to kill. The location is key. Super close to everything.

Room Tip: Get an upstairs room! It was well worth the extra money. We kept AC on and heard zero street noise...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Great location, just off the main street in Bocas del Toro, but at the right end to be close to everything, including two water taxi docks, and the bars in both street 1 and street 3. We even walked to it from the airport! The pay-off is that it can be a bit noisy at night, but nothing too extreme (we did have to close windows though). On the subject of windows, they had a mesh to prevent insect intrusion which is a massive plus.

Due to location was humid, so air con and ability to open window a plus.

Bed was small, but comfy and pillows good too. Room was a decent size, but like many places in the region lacked a bedside table.

Danny and his team were helpful and friendly.

Simple breakfast absolutely fine.

Only real downer was the dripping shower, which could have ruined our time here due to the noise. However we had packed some string which we hooked up to shower and ran to the floor; problem solved!

Was one of the most pricey places we stayed at on our trip, but I think that's Bocas for you.

Room Tip: Don't forget your earplugs everywhere you go!
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank TimmyWs
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Puerto Aventuras, Mexico
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18 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

I had read good things about Hotelito Del Mar, so when we came into town and saw it about 1/2 block from Water Taxi 25 we decided to check out the rooms. They had one available and it was very clean and ready to go. We checked in for one night and ended up staying for 2 (lucky for us, it was just getting to be low season). Danny was very helpful and made our stay very easy. It was great to be located in the heart of Bocas Town. We had little kids with us and it wasn't loud at all (in room 7). The breakfast was a perfect light start to the day.

Room Tip: It is very quiet for being located in the heart of the action.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

This hotel is a bargain for clean, comfortable rooms right in the center of town. The property has a nice garden where breakfast of fresh fruits and coffee is served. The second floor rooms have a balcony with ample sitting area. Beds are great and location is quiet. Owner Danny and his staff made excellent recommendations for dinners and were friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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2 Thank Vanessa K
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Panama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

I've visited Boca numerous times and stayed in a number of its hotels. You can find everything here in terms of a night to stay, and the mass can be confusing.
Worse yet, some places have such a severe bug infestation on the rooms and mattresses that it's better to sleep on the street.
Hotelito is super clean, modern, with decent rates, and next to my fav restaurant. In the center of Bocas town, it's also in the center of everything.
There's a new owner, but he appears even more eager to please than the old one.
My rate per night was $58, and worth every penny.
They have a variety of rooms including a family room with balcony.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

We came upon this nice little hotel in a great location in Bocas Town. The price was very reasonable and the rooms were clean and comfortable. The property was well kept and nicely landscaped with an outdoor sitting area. The best part however, was the new owner, Danny. He went over and above our expectations to make sure our stay in Bocas was everything we hoped for. All of his recommendations helped us to find exactly what we were looking for. Although he's only been the owner for a few weeks, he seems to be a natural in the hospitality business and is committed to making additional improvements to the hotel. His staff was also extremely helpful and friendly. We enjoyed our stay there and plan on returning as soon as we can.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Austin, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Just call..talk to Dan the owner (from NYC) great clean rooms, reasonable rates..weekly too, just a block or so from the water taxis. Waterfront bars and restaurants right out the door. Everything's in walking distance. Dan can help you set up any adventure, a taxi to a better beach-cheap-and they really do return in a couple hours to pick you up, or a private water taxi to a remote island adventure. I just loved Bocas and the remote islands.

Room Tip: All the rooms are great, depends on the amount of people per room.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
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Property: Hotelito Del Mar
Address: Calle Primera y Calle 2a, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Colon > Bocas Town
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Bocas Town
#1 Family Hotel in Bocas Town
#4 Romantic Hotel in Bocas Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This small hotel is conveniently located in Bocas del Toro, Isla Colon, Bocas del Toro Province, Panama. Each of our spacious 7 rooms has cable TV, wireless internet access, A/C and hot water, continental breakfast. They are extremely well insulated and quiet. Groups are welcome. We accept all major credit cards. All inquiries are welcomed and answered promptly. Join us for a unique holiday on a tropical Carribean flavored island. ... more   less 
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