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“Beautiful Rooms”
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Hotel Palma Royale
Ranked #3 of 13 Hotels in Bocas Town
Certificate of Excellence
San Francisco, California
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Beautiful Rooms”
Reviewed June 23, 2013

Bocas del Toro was a surprise to us. The town is less than quaint and is not meant to be the destination point but merely the place to stay while you explore the surrounding locations. The hotel was superb considering the town was somewhat run down. The room was spacious and beautiful. We loved it. The balcony was great. If you are going to Bocas, this is the place to stay without a doubt.

Room Tip: Select the top floor, high ceilings and spacious.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Billspill
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Melissapalmaroyale, Owner at Hotel Palma Royale, responded to this review, September 3, 2013
Thank you for the great review. It is always nice to hear when a guest appreciates how the Palma Royale strives to rise above the rest. We appreciate your recommendations to future guests. Thanks again for taking the time to write a nice review.
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Panama City, Panama
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65 reviews
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

We stayed two people from 14 to 16 June. Our plane arrived at 7:30 am, and upon arrival at the hotel and we had the room ready! It was a junior suite on the fourth floor. The room is spacious, with kitchen, refrigerator, living room, balcony and bedroom with queen bed, all very clean and comfortable. The bathroom was very nice with premium materials. The room has two separate air conditioning units but also have ceiling fans. Every day we had coffee beans, coffee grinder and coffee maker, a detail that had not ever seen. The staff were attentive and efficient. Breakfast is served on the ground floor, menu somewhat limited but adequate. Fresh orange juice. At any time the staff can give recommendations on places to visit, restaurants and taxis. I recommend this hotel for your trip to Bocas. Thanks to Carmen and all staff.

Room Tip: Rooms on higher floors have nice sea view.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank jarosem53
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Melissapalmaroyale, Owner at Hotel Palma Royale, responded to this review, September 2, 2013
Thank you so much for the Outstanding review! It is so nice to hear when guests appreciate the small details at the Palma Royale and notice things like the "premium materials" and coffee grinder. We are so happy to make your stay enjoyable in Bocas del Toro.
We are proud of Carmen and staff!
Thank you again for taking your time to write such a wonderful review.
Hope to see you again in Bocas!
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Siquirres Costa Rica
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

We stayed with friends so the extra bedroom as opposed to 2 beds in 1 room was great. The location and building itself were great.A couple small things were the wifi was a little funky at times and I would say the people in the food service area could have a little better attitude but that was minor stuff and overall would recommend this hotel to any of my friends. Gill Phelan

Room Tip: If you go up to the top floor you will have a better view from the balcony.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank GillPhelan
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Melissapalmaroyale, Owner at Hotel Palma Royale, responded to this review, June 20, 2013
Thank you for writing us a nice review. We apologize the restaurant staff was not at their top performance and we appreciate your comments. We strive to be the best we can be everyday and comments from guests only help us improve. We are glad you enjoyed your stay overall and look forward to seeing you in the future.
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Florida City, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed June 13, 2013

I stay in a lot of hotels and the Jr. Suite I got is incredible. How do I begin!? 2 very comfy queen beds with plenty of pillows, a separate bedroom for privacy with your own private balcony with padded seating. Two separate A/C units with a remote , which I've never seen in any room. Plenty of outlets and lighting, 3 ceiling fans !!! Mini fridge, coffee make with whole beans you have to grind, a first for me! Flat screen tv, dining room table, couch, chairs, a desk, even an oil based, plug in air freshener. Nice touch. Huge closet, luggage tables. The bathroom is very modern, great shower and the most soap and toiletries I've ever gotten In a room. Water view...on the 3rd floor and higher, a must! Wood and tiled flooring thru out. Breakfast included downstairs in the bar. Decent breakfast, prompt and fresh. The bar pours some of the best, strongest drinks around and the best happy hour, $1 beers, lots of 2-1's. Everyone is friendly too, very friendly! Almost everyone speaks good English too. They only serve breakfast, no restaurant otherwise, but you can walk very close to eat in some of the best restaurants in town! Read my reviews. I paid with tax, $524 for 3 nights. The room can easily sleep 4.

Room Tip: Get a higher floor with a water view. They hold your key at the front desk so you don't have to!
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Melissapalmaroyale, Owner at Hotel Palma Royale, responded to this review, June 20, 2013
Thank you for an Absolutely Amazing review! We are thrilled you were so happy in our Hotel. Thank you for taking the time to write so many details and provide such a thorough review. We are happy you enjoyed the bar and our friendly, hard-working, Panamian staff.
It is so nice that you appreciated all the small things that make our Hotel special.
Thanks again!
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Utila, Honduras
Level 1 Contributor
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Reviewed May 9, 2013

The rooms were nice and new! Beds comfortable, and a.c. The bathrooms are very nice and there is plenty of hot water. There is a coffee maker and coffee grinder so you can make your Panamanian coffee just as you want! The location is across from the ferry, and an easy walk to everywhere. It was very quiet at night, away from the "downtown" noise.

Breakfast was nice, with eggs, pancakes and juice and coffee. Breakfast is served outside with a nice view.

All in all, a very nice place for Bocas del Toro at a reasonable price.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank CarrellEbert
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Melissapalmaroyale, Owner at Hotel Palma Royale, responded to this review, June 20, 2013
Thank you for the great review. We are glad you enjoyed the Boquete mountain coffee beans and pillow-top mattresses.
Thank you for your comments on the restaurant, our cook is a breakfast specialist.
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed April 23, 2013

Was thrilled with this hotel. Having an american style breakfast served in the restaurant was an added treat. Nice fresh juice. The little Carribean market next door is truly the best place to pick up any food/incidentals, by far. Excellent location overall. Close enough to the main area to be very convenient and far enough away to feel separate from the noise/business. Lovely staff also. Friends stayed at the two other comparable places...tropical suites and playa tortuga....comments were that tropical suites was too close to the main bars, and tortuga was a bit too removed from the main strip.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Melissapalmaroyale, Owner at Hotel Palma Royale, responded to this review, June 20, 2013
Thank you for the Nice comments and taking the time to write a review. We are glad to hear our Panamanian staff was helpful. We would love to accommodate you again and are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay at the Palma Royale and your time in Bocas del Toro.
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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85 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed April 21, 2013

This hotel was GREAT! It was across the street from the ferry pier. We stayed in a deluxe suite on the 3rd floor. We had a wrap around balcony which was nice. The room had a large fridge, electric stove, plates, utensils, pots/pans, coffee beans, coffee grinder, and coffee machine. Breakfast was included and was delicious.

The lighting could have been a bit brighter in the main living room. Also, the wifi signal was spotty and was in and out. It wasn't too important as we were there to relax and enjoy the beaches.

The hotel has a bar and we would get fresh fruit smoothies--YUM! The front desk was always helpful in arranging taxis and providing advice on what to see. We also had laundry done upon arrival which is $5 per bag.

The hotel was clean and located at the end of the main street in Bocas town. This was rather nice as there are loud bars playing music at all hours of the night but since we were at the end, it was not an issue. From walking around the town, it seems this was (if not one of) the best hotels in the area. There is a grocery store next door (Super Gourmet) which sells the local organic chocolate--delicious. The rooms comes with a binder of things to do and where to go.

Overall, the hotel was great and we would definitely stay here again!

Room Tip: We stayed at a Deluxe Suite room on the third floor. It looked out the front of the hotel with a wr...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank victoriad1982
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Melissapalmaroyale, Owner at Hotel Palma Royale, responded to this review, June 20, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a Wonderful review. We will take your suggestions about lighting in the living area and make improvements. Thank you for explaining to other potential guests the details of the Deluxe Suite, the smoothies, and the quiet location. We are happy to hear the receptionists took good care of you.
Thanks again.
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Property: Hotel Palma Royale
Address: Calle 3 | Next To The Ferry, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
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Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Colon > Bocas Town
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Bocas Town
#2 Romantic Hotel in Bocas Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Palma Royale 3.5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We would like to sincerely welcome you to the Hotel Palma Royale located in the heart of Bocas Del Toro,Panama. Upon your arrival into the quaint Bocas airport, we will meet you with a smile and personally take you to our residential refuge where we offer the best possible service and amenities. With a main street location on the water, you will enjoy a truly stunning view of the city, sea and mountainous terrain. The Bocas archipelago attracts visitors from all over the world; crystal blue water, tropical rainforests, jungle rivers, white sand beaches and amazing coral reefs are all part of the majesty that Bocas has to offer. We will personally arrange a host of Eco-Adventures in order to ensure that your experience is a success. Furthermore, all the rooms at the Palma Royale are designed with the perfect mix of quality marble, bamboo flooring, handcrafted cedar doors, high ceilings, tropical artwork and floor to ceiling windows. Come and experience something truly amazing at the Hotel Palma Royale. ... more   less 
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