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“Best hotel ever, my home away from home in Bocas Del Toro”
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Hotel Palma Royale
Ranked #3 of 13 Hotels in Bocas Town
Certificate of Excellence
willits, ca
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Best hotel ever, my home away from home in Bocas Del Toro”
Reviewed January 17, 2011

Perfect. Staff friendly, happy to work there, on top of your needs. The owners are the best kinda people on the planet. Their mission is your stay being perfect. The best bed I have ever slept on in my life. Coffe ginder, beans and pot in ever room. Spectacular views over water to other islands. Flat screen TV with satelitte. Nice living areas, with comfortable furniture. The rooms are really quiet as wel, even though their is a huge party right down the road you would never know it once you shut your door. Hot water that never stopped. The toiletries in this place are even first class. The breakfest (included) was fantastic made to order, no buffet style food, always fresh. I stayed 6 nights it was heaven. I ate lunch and dinner in thier resturaunt and was really impressed. The chicken wings were outstanding and the fish dish for dinner, amazing. And the cocktails were strong, even if your not staying there maybe you should have a meal! I never wanted to leave. They even handled my laundry for a great rate! I can't wait to go back. Do yourself a big favor, stay at this hotel.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled solo
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed January 9, 2011

Hotel is clean and staff friendly and helpful. Great location. Everything is close and taxis in Bocas are plentiful and cheap. Great diving team at Starfleet Scuba. My wife completed her open water dives for PADI certification and they were very accomodating. just for Eddy. Super instructor.Food in Bocas was great. Can't wait to go back to Bocas.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Nassau, Bahams
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Reviewed January 3, 2011

Stayed over Christmas, location, staff ,everything was great. This is the place to be if you want a more upscale accomadations in Bocas town. Stayed in both the suites and Penthouse, either are reccomended, loved having washer & dryer in the penthouse after out adventuring and not having to worry about packing dirty clothes home or to next location. The personalties of all the staff/management made a good stay great. Can't wait for a return visit

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed January 2, 2011

First, unless you are 22 and backpacking, you probably don't want to stay in the town of Bocas del Toro. It is an absolute dump, the restaurants are uniformly bad, and the nearest beach is a bike ride away. If you end up here, Melissa and the crew here will take good care of you. The hotel is brand new and the rooms are luxurious and well-appointed. Some crazy things, like the bathroom sinks, but all in all one of the best hotels we stayed in. There is also a great grocery and deli next door.

  • Stayed December 2010
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
2 reviews
Reviewed December 29, 2010

We had such a great stay at Palma Royale. The moment we walked in the door we felt so welcomed. Melissa & Keith were just awesome...always a great smile and nice attitude! All the other staff were extremely nice also. Great location to walk anywhere in Bocas. The room was very comfortable and had a great view of the water. The restaurant on the main floor is trendy and good food. I would definitely recommend this hotel to everyone!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Santa Maria, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed November 30, 2010

The hotel is pretty from the outside and inside. We got room 101 (next to the receptionist office) and it was a tiny room, it is not like the pictures you can here everything that goes on. We then ask to move to another room because it was too noisy. So we got room 104 and that one is next to the Laundry room. The Houskeeping staff likes to gather outside for the morning gossip right outside your room. There is no need for an Alarm clock, they do the job for you. At 6 in the morning you can here how loud they are. If you want to sleep in or relax....you won't get that. Housekeeping does not do a good job, They did not clean our bathroom for the whole week we stayed there. We would head to the beach most days so when we would shower a lot of sand would come off. That sand was crusting in the shower and they would not clean it. I slept with my makeup one night because I was tired, the pillow had mascara stains.......the pillow cases where not changed. They only do your bed and take out the trash.......and take the tip. Do not use the coffee mugs or glasses they only rinse them with their hands and put back on your table. We found a lizard and cockroach in the closet. It's only been open for 4 months and it still needs a lot of work. If you have any questions or concerns the only realiable person there is Carmen, she was such a great help and had a great personality. The hotel website and Travelocity lied to us but I guess I would give them another chance maybe with more experience they will get their stuff together.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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Reviewed October 20, 2010

I have traveled to Bocas Del Toro 3 times. I love the surfing and the variety of people I always meet there. With the new hotel Palma Royale now in town I am even more excited to return to the island. The selection of hotels has always been slim but after staying at the Palma Royale I will never stay anywhere else. This hotel is cleaner, more accommodating and just all around better than the other hotels. The staff is very friendly and the rooms very clean. The flat screen tv's and white bedding make you feel like you are really on vacation.I recommend this hotel to anyone visting this great island.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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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 Romantic Hotel in Bocas Town
#2 Family 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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