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Tropical Suites Hotel
Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Bocas Town
Certificate of Excellence
Copenhagen, Denmark
Level 4 Contributor
19 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Pirates in suites”
Reviewed October 23, 2011

Whau. Love at first sight from the small taxi-boat from Almirante, that brought us to Bocas del Toro and Tropical Suites..
We had a great welcome by the owners Chip and Jamie and felt at home and at ease in few minutes.
The view from the balcony at sundawn were unforgetable, watching the boats and canoes coming in for the night or from fishing.
Its a modern, but very cosy and very clean hotel in colonial style with 15 rooms and great paintings and tasteful art on the walls.
We slept like a dream in the kingsize bed and enjoyed a relaxing spa in the bathroom.
There's a kitchen in the suite, if you want to cook your own meals. We went for tuna steak in town, but found out, that the best fishing restaurant 'Green Lime' had closed on thursdays. What a shame.
Breakfast was included and served at a small restaurant, Lillys cafe, next to the hotel.
We had carribean breakfast with eggs and fruit, waiting for Gabriel to pick us up for at boattrip to Bird Island, watching rare tropical sea-birds and snorkeling around in big steams of sardins.
At Bocas del Drago, we had great lobsters and spend the afternoon at the beach, before getting back to Bocas and the airport for taking the evening-plane to Panama City.
The perfect place for couples, who wants to relax and have a romantic moment in a busy life

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 21, 2011

On my 4th trip to Panama we decided to go diving in Bocas del Toro. Stayed at the Tropical Suites for 3 dyas. Chip and Jamie (owners) SUPER friendly and nice. Could not do enough for you. The hotel is modern and super cleans. Comfy beds, nice bathrooms, great ocean view. The town of Bocas is also amazing..laid back Carribean, but most resturnats with super service, great food. Don't miss Guari Guari...6 course pix fixed meal for $23. The best bargain I have seen in years! Alos good was 9 degress and El Ulitmo Rufugio.

Room Tip: Apend the extra money for the ocean view!
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed October 10, 2011

I had the pleasure of visiting Tropical Suites a few weeks back and my expectations were blow away. The photos online portrayed a quaint and cozy botique hotel, which is pretty standard for the island. Upon arriving I knew I had chosen just the right spot for my weekend getaway! The service was impeccable -- everyone was attentive and it seemed their first priority was to ensure I was comfortable. The view was amazing of the ocean and the location was perfect for getting around town. All the facilities were impeccably clean and the seemingly recent renovations were top notch. You can definitely tell that the owners take a lot of pride in the details and the service they are providing their clientel. I would suggest no other place but Tropical Suites if you visit Bocas!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed October 4, 2011

When coming from Panama City, we were told the best place to stay when visiting Bocas del Toro was Tropical Suites. That advice proved to be correct. The Hotel is one of the largest on the Island, but still around 15 rooms. It is located in the town of Isla Colon, but right when you walk in the front door you see a beautiful view of the Ocean. A member of the staff greeted us at the front door and helped us with our luggage to the room. We reserved a room that faced the Ocean and loved watching the sail boats come and go during our stay. Our room was perfectly spotless, well decorated, comfortable and big. The staff was excellent and helped take care of all of our tour reservations and even booked our airlines tickets back to Panama City free of charge. What I probably enjoyed the most about the hotel was the large comfortable bed – it was great after a day at the beach or going out at night. For areas of improvement, a phone in our room would have been nice, though there is a phone in the reception for guest use. One hint about the town: Located a few doors down from the hotel is the water taxi station for the Island. If you use any of the water taxis make sure that you pay them when they come to pick you back up from the beach, not when they drop you off. We took a water taxi to Red frog for $5/persons and asked to come back in the afternoon at a specified time. We prepaid the taxi and they never showed back up in the afternoon. In the end the hotel helped us find the rogue taxi driver and get our money back, but just something to take note of when using the Bocas Town Water taxi system. For Tropical Suites, we Loved our stay here and recommend to anyone who wants to stay at the best in Bocas.

Room Tip: We loved Captain Bobby for the tours!
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Tybee Island, Georgia
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Reviewed September 23, 2011

This summer was our second trip to beautiful Bocas, and it was as wonderful and relaxing as we remembered from the previous year. We again attribute part of our love of Bocas to the amazing staff at Tropical Suites. The warm and friendly welcome at the airport sets the tone for the rest of the stay. Jamie, Chip, and the staff pay such great attention to even the small details of making you stay the best ever.

When we stayed at Tropical Suites last year, we thought the hotel was wonderful, but this year even better! They have put in the most wonderful new beds, which I would love to have taken home with me, updated all of the suites with a beautiful new wall color, gorgeous, locally hand crafted furniture and art work, and if that weren't enough, beautiful new linens and window treatments. This is all just the newest updates, the suites already had large flat panel tv's, a small stovetop & fridge, great AC, and a large bathroom with a jetted tub and shower. Definitely the best hotel in Bocas, hands down!

Room Tip: A tough decision. The street side is really fun to watch all of the activity going on in Bocas, but...
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed September 18, 2011

the room was nice but nothing special, AC was really bad,stuff did not help so much. zero help, breakfast was terrible for that price for staying in the hotel, it was only eggs, bread, 150ml orange juice and coffee or tea and 3 small pieces of fruits. that is all for 179 USD per night breakfast and every day the same. will never stay in that hotel again. even for 50 USD per night.

Room Tip: with ocean view nothing special, you will not lose so much if you do not take it
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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BocasHotel, Owner at Tropical Suites Hotel, responded to this review, September 19, 2011
Dear Guest,

We are so sorry to hear that you felt this way during your trip to Tropical Suites in August. As we strive to take such care with each and every guest need, we so regret to hear that you had trouble with your air conditioner. Because the staff received no complaints about this during your stay and because our systems were specially designed to manage the heat and humidity in Bocas, we are very surprised to hear of this issue, particularly now. Also, for the breakfast, the menu offers over 10 different options, among which you can elect for more than simply eggs / omelets, including homemade pancakes, freshly baked French toast, huevos rancheros and more. Again, our utmost apologies that you found our facility and our staff anything less than superb as we strive to make each guest feel as comfortable and special as possible.

We hope to be given the opportunity to change your perception in the very near future.

Respectfully,

The Tropical Suites Team
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New York City, New York
2 reviews
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Reviewed August 23, 2011

Extremely friendly staff. Super clean rooms. Fantastic Ocean View.

After reading a good bit about Bocas del Toro, specifically the laid back and undeveloped nature of the area, I assumed that in booking a hotel we would be trading modern comforts for access to the pristine beaches that so many rave about. Accordingly, my expectations for our hotel were minimal...

Were we ever surprised as we were escorted to our room in Tropical Suites! A large suite welcomed us with new and modern facilities, a lovely fluffy bed, and an amazing view of the Caribbean Ocean. The staff was always smiling and wanted to make sure we went to all the right places. Breakfast was nice - but service was bit slow.

Also it should be noted that though the hotel does accept Credit Cards, there are many places in the town that do not.

We loved our stay at Tropical Suites and found it to be a gem of a hotel in the small Caribbean town of Bocas del Toro!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Tropical Suites Hotel
Address: First Street, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
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Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Colon > Bocas Town
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Bocas Town
#3 Family Hotel in Bocas Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tropical Suites Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tropical Suites is a modern oceanfront hotel located in the heart of Bocas del Toro. Resting on a tranquil Caribbean shoreline, the property is close to many over the water restaurants, shops and attractions. The hotel's comfortable and spacious suites feature a panoramic view of the Caribbean waters or​ ​the island's ​tropical ​landscape.​ Amenities include private balconies, air conditioning, 24 hour front desk and water access from​ ​the hotel's private dock​. Nearby attractions include beaches, snorkeling, dolphin watching, zip-lining, diving and surfing. Tours and activities may be arranged through the hotel's front reception. Guests may choose to include breakfast with their room rate. The property is a 15 minute walk or short taxi ride from the Bocas Town island airport. ... more   less 
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