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“Best Hotel in Bocas” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Bocas del Toro

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Hotel Bocas del Toro
Ranked #2 of 13 Hotels in Bocas Town
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Playa Samara
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3 reviews
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“Best Hotel in Bocas”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2011

We spent three nights at this very pleasant, romantic, and fun Hotel as part of a Nature Air package. Our first choice for a hotel was full and after looking at the website we chose the Bocas Del Torro. We could not have made a better choice. We are still thankful that the original choice was booked. The rooms are clean and charming without being overdone. They have a nautical feel and that is by design. The rich wood floors and trim are soothing and cool. The bar on street level is convenient and the full breakfasts (included) were great. Carla is cool and outgoing and she made us feel welcomed. Thanks to her and her staff. We will see you again.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2011

We stayed in this hotel one night to upgrade from the dump we stayed in across the street. For 60 a night we were thoroughly impressed. The room was clean and nicely decorated. The bed was comfortable, we had television, a safe and breakfast included. Breakfast only consisted of toast, but still a nice addition to have included. The location right on the water is awesome and the restaurant was one of the best in town.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank cdawn3
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2010

This winter we decided on Costa Rica. Please look out for many reviews, from small boutique hotels to five star resorts.....

Hotel Bocas del Toro (our little outing to Panama ) has surprised us in a very pleasant way. A smooth check in, with three local ladies whose smiles could not have more welcoming and genuine. We even got upgraded to a huge penthouse suite, overlooking the waters and an ocean of space on a beautiful deck just for us! As it was our fifteen year anniversary, we found a chilled bottle of Champagne in an ice bucket waiting for us in our lavishly appointed room, filled with fresh exotic freshly cut flowers...

The room and hospitality where great. We could not fault anything. Quality cottons on the bed, nice warm shower and solid furniture. Our room looked kind of the inside of a boat, with lacquered wood shining and polished to the max.

Owner and hostess Carla made a point of having a chat with us at breakfast, to see if all was fine. The three local ladies working there had the loveliest smiles and surprised us with fresh fruit platters and sometimes even showed up together at our table to wish us a happy anniversary when we where eating. Quality of the food was good, I guess a Club Sandwich served within fresh pita instead of toast are part of the experience.

Concluding we can say it is a good location, a great service and very comfortable. Boat taxis wanted to take us to a far away beach @ 20 dollars, as we had two hours planned for a swim, but receptionist tipped us of a small beach at a 1 dollar boat trip just across the hotel and it was fine. Take DEET SPRAY against the NO SEE UMs as tipped by the knowing receptionist.

A mini point of critique... The rooms are not cheap, and that is ok if you can afford it. I have slept in two dollar huts in India as well as in 600 a night five star resorts, and have been fine at both, as you expect what you pay for. The thing I like about splurging 200 a night, is that kind of gentle softness and feel of quiet exclusivity that is understated, yet very present. As hotel Bocas has a downstairs bar welcoming all (like a group of drunk marines from the hostal across the street), this idea kind of gets spoiled, as it could give an almost too lively more hostel like atmosphere....

Having said all this> Yes, we would stay again, yes, we will recommend this hotel to our friends, and yes, the upgrade, service, quality of the rooms and location is IMPECCABLE!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2010

We checked in for one night and ended up staying a week. The room was clean and had an American type mattress. (This is not always the case and is very important.) Breakfast was included with the room and the restaurant staff was always friendly and accommodating. We felt it was a great value compared to other places in town. The hotel and restaurant are built over the water and we had a beautiful view of the sunrise every morning. We would definitely stay there again if we are able to return. We can not say enough good things about the friendly staff and the owner. Keep up the great work!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Manuel Antonio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2010

What's not to enjoy? A delightful botique hotel where the staff smiles every time you walk by, excellent food/drink, an owner that will go out of her way to help and all of this sitting atop the Pacific dotted with islands as it's backdrop. We snorkeled, island hopped, strolled the streets without a care (day & night), shopped, read books, got massages and on our last day did absoultely nada but relax inside the "outside office". Hated to leave and cannot wait to get back!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Seve72
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New York
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2010

We spent a week at this hotel and enjoyed every minute of it. It sits on the water and you can jump into the water right off the deck for a swim. We had our breakfast on the deck, watching the boats going back and forth. It is a very clean, beautiful hotel, with beautifully decorated rooms overlooking the bay, right in the center of the town, so you can walk everywhere. The owner, Carla, is extremely helpful and nice. She even gave us a ride to the yoga studio when it was raining. Yes, we went to yoga classes every day. Bocas yoga studio, owned by Laura Kay, is a very clean, beautiful, airconditioned place, which is also near by. Laura is a wonderful yoga instructor and her lessons were a highlight of our stay. I would highly recommend the yoga classes if you ever come to Bocas Del Toro.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Zaetz
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Annapolis, Maryland
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2010

We loved our stay at the Hotel Bocas del Toro. It was immaculately clean, delightfully appointed and centrally located. We enjoyed sitting at the open air bar in the morning with coffee (always available) and at cocktail hour. We found a cool breeze over the water for visiting with friends.
WE had a sampling of each meal there-- breakfast, lunch & dinner. Just what we wanted.
Even before we arrived, Carla and her very capable staff were invaluable. They arranged our flights from Panama City to David and advised us about car rental. The staff was extremely knowledgable in the tricks & quirks of island travel. Everything they set up for us worked without a hitch.
We had chosen to drive from David to see some of the countryside. Carla recommended we stop on the way to visit the Ngobe Indian town of Cilico Creek. The town sits right on the main road, but is a walk into another world. We were able to purchase beautiful crafts from the local crafts people. We also learned that on a future visit, we could take a tour of a working cocoa farm at Cilico Creek.
I feel as though I can call the Hotel for just about any question I have about travel in the area. The staff was so knowledgeable and trustworthy. We will go again.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel Bocas del Toro
Address: #2 Calle | No 2 Calle, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Bocas Town, Isla Colon 77777, Panama
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Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Colon > Bocas Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Bocas Town
#4 Family Hotel in Bocas Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Bocas del Toro 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Newly upgrade high speed internet along with Hotel Bocas del Toro Restaurant & Bar honored as one of the "Top" Caribbean Bars in the best spots in the world on Conde Nast Traveler's Gold List, ¨Cuisines & Bars, IPAPP. The Hotel consistently receives TripAdvisor's "Certificate of Excellence". We've discovered that understated elegance in our Caribbean Wood Design and superior service are essential. From every vantage point, the ocean & island views inspire us to respond to the elements. 2013 Hotel Bocas del Toro was chosen and featured in the Conde Nast Traveler January issue under ¨Caribbean Secret Islands, The Bliss of Bocas¨, for our commitment to Sustainable Tourism over the last 11 years. Bocas del Toro's oceanfront boutique hotel, restaurant & bar are unique to this island paradise. Eleven perfectly appointed nautically inspired rooms, displaying thirteen different types of exotic Panamanian hardwoods, custom built furnishings, some with ocean view or town balcony rooms. We invite you to join us for a memorable experience at the best sustainable boutique hotel in Bocas del Toro, Panama. ... more   less 
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