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“Something's everyone should know !!” 5 of 5 stars
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Tropical Suites Hotel
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Bocas Town
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“Something's everyone should know !!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012 via mobile

This hotel is located in the center of town. It is very clean and the rooms are very large with a full kitchen, pull out sofa and large bathroom with jacuzzi tub. The hotel is new and very modern! The bed is a king size and very comfortable! The staff are very friendly and kind. The managers are also very inviting and professional!

This part of panama is quit challenging getting to by car. I put my car on the ferry which leaves at 8am once a day to isla colon and one time back to the main land at 4pm.

Bocas Del Toro, Isla Colon is a very interesting town filled with little shops and restaurants that are all built on stilts over the water. Water taxis take you to the other near by islands. The front desk at the hotel can call you a water taxi and they pick you up right from the back of the hotel which is great!

The beaches are really beautiful with gold sand and crystal clear water. Saw lots of star fish all around the island!

I would deffenetly recommend this hotel to anyone going to this area!

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  • Stayed October 2012
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

This was our first time visiting Bocas and after researching for over a year, we decided to stay at Tropical Suites. We were worried that our 8 day stay would be too long for such a small town, but boy were we wrong. The staff at T.S. we're most helpful with booking our daily activities and giving us suggestions of places to visit, restaurants, and a sports bar where we could participate in our weekly Sunday funday football viewing was spot on. We were always greeted with a smile and pleasant conversation. The rooms were very clean with a nice closet to store your clothes etc. the only negative thing to say about the room was that the sheets had seen there day and that there was no ventilation in the bathroom. We would recommend this as the place to stay in Bocas!

Room Tip: We stayed in room 8. Oceanfront rooms are a must!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012 via mobile

Delicate, clean, and spacious hotel. With people you serve with smiles on their faces.
It has a view photosynthetic lol / :) its location in the middle of downtown Isla Colon.
Therefore, It offers a great selection of food, supermarkets, nightclubs and very close to other islands, such as: "Red Frog Island" or "Isla Zapatilla" (white sand).
Perfect weather, fun, romance and all that, under sunsets.

Delicious Caribbean rice and beans, fish with garlic.(course) Mmmmmm just exquisite!
With day tours, you can enjoy Bocas del Toro, Panama.

Awarded TripAdvisor stickears, this hotel does not have any competition.

  • Stayed October 2012
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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

Tropical Suites is in the centre of town on the water’s edge. It is not a hotel as there is no restaurant, bar or other hotel facilities. Having said that it is really not needed and in some ways this makes it even nicer, as it is just suites. Bocas town is mainly small restaurants, bars and small supermarkets. Breakfast is taken in one of the local restaurants with a voucher, Lemon Grass, just three doors down is probably the better. There is no neighbour noise creep in the rooms as in some hotels. The rooms are fitted with a small kitchenette, sink and fridge. The air con, Wi-Fi, and plumbing work fine, though the only ventilation in the bathroom is a small high level sliding window onto the hallway outside the room. The rooms are a good size and clean, maybe they could just have a tweak of attention on some details. The owners and staff are extremely friendly and helpful.
The only down side is some noise at night from a disco or bar along the waterside which starts at 21:30 until the early hours, and on a Saturday night here is the world’s worst karaoke competition from the bar next door which runs until around midnight or until someone probably shoots them! Light sleepers may be better on the town side (slightly, but then no view). There are many water taxis and boat options for island tours. The island of Cayo Zapatilla is mentioned in all guide books and is very nice. But step foot on the island and it is USD 10 per person. Collected by someone more efficient than a London Parking warden! Maybe it is because there is no receipt? There are many alternative nice free beaches, so just sail around and don’t get off the boat. Bibi’s is a nice Bar/restaurant on a nice beach just USD 1.50 p.p. each way in a water taxi on Cayo Caremero. Go to Bocas del Drago by land taxi USD 35 return and then take a water taxi to Bird Island ~USD 25 for one or two persons return. Maybe ask the water taxi to drop you at Star Fish beach on the return. Then walk or take a water taxi USD 2pp, back along the beach to the start and have lunch at the small beach restaurant ‘Yarisnori ‘ simple but good.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Monaco
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

Nice owners, clean rooms, centrally located in the center of Bocas Town, this hotel is probably the most modern on Isla colon. A great base to tour the island or hop on a water taxi to visit other islands. No bar to speak of, unfortunately, but there is so much around that it did not matter too much.

Room Tip: Water view is the way to go.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

I spent only one weekend in Bocas with my husband and I must say that Tropical Suites was definitely the best choice for us! Very kind staff helped us with all reservations and allowed us to make our stay the most intense as possible. If I have to make critics I would say that the sheets were a little bit harsh, as if they have been through the washing machine a million times. Another thing is that I don't think they should charge for beach towels but there was nothing at the hotel that I should call it a problem. Wonderful stay, I would certainly recommend and I hope to go back again!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

Our stay at the Tropical Suites was great. The staff was very attentive, spoke perfect English as well as Spanish. Our water front room was spectacular, especially at night. We highly recommend this hotel -if they don't have something, they go out of their way to do their best to get you what you need. Truly a great hotel and staff. We thank them for making our stay superb.

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Property: Tropical Suites Hotel
Address: Calle Primera, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
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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