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Tropical Suites Hotel
Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Bocas Town
Certificate of Excellence
Fairfax, VA
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“nice hotel in town”
Reviewed April 3, 2009

wife and I stayed there for 2 nights in early March...rooms are neat and clean and views from ocean view are great....owners and staff are friendly and willing to help....internet service was spotty....much-touted bocas del drago beach was huge disappointment, especially after 45 minute bumpy trip to get there...sea level was so high that there was really very little beach...no need to go there...tropical market (not related and located about 3 blocks away) is excellent restaurant...Note that if you stay in town there are really no places in this hotel or any others we saw to lay out in the sun...you have to travel to get to a beach.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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69 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed March 24, 2009

The stay at the hotel was fantastic. The room, kitchenette and toilet were very clean. The receptionists could all speak English well and were very helpful and informative with regards the activities on the island. We had a seafront room and the view was fantastic. Apart from the beautiful waters, you could also appreciate the vibrant colours of the buildings on bocas town and isla carenero. It was great surfing the internet on the free hotel WIFI while enjoying the views (WIFI was down on the second day of our visit though). Location is ideal, with great restaurants barely a few feet away on either the right or left of the hotel. The hotel is literally a couple of minutes walk away from frommers' suggested restaurants tour operators. The only disappointing thing given the prices of the room, was the lack of basic toiletries. Two thin bars of soap were provided but there was no shampoo or conditioner, neither was there tissue paper in the room. I had to resort to using toilet paper. So remember to pack your toiletries if you're staying here, if not, be prepared to purchase some from the supermarkets nearby.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Laren, The Netherlands
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10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed January 30, 2009

The best place to stay in Bocas is Tropical Suites.
Spacious rooms, clean and kind and helpful staff. Tropical Suites is ideally situated in the centre of Bocas Town and at the waterfront at the same time.
It has been our experience that not many hotels in Panama match Tropical Suites standard. Excellent.

Stayed January 2009
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Northern California
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed January 22, 2009

We chose the Tropical Suites because of the consistent reviews on TripAdvisor, and as usual they were right on the money! It's clean, has a great location, and the suites make a comfortable home away from home. While the hotel does lack that Carribean funk and character, there is plenty of that around to make up for it.

The front desk staff were just fabulous - so helpful and kind, we really were amazed and grateful. Their recommendations were always right on the money! Definitely spend the extra money on the ocean view suites. Coffee in the morning and happy hour in the evening taking in that view was a very nice way to start and end the day.

  • Liked — Location, View, Front Desk Staff
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
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Bogotá
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed January 12, 2009

It is a nice, clean, friendly and easy place to stay. It is great located at the best street of Bocas, just two houses from the best restaurant in town (Lemon Grass).
Maids, people at front desk and Petri, the owner, are all the time trying to help you, giving you good sugeestions of food, places to visit and ways to make the tours.
Rooms are perfect, whit a good kitchenet, good bathroom and a beatiful view to the see.
Definietly is the best hotel in Bocas del Toro.

You may have good options in other islands or far from town. Do not recomend, it is beeter to stay at Tropical Suites and go during the day in a tour to such places.

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  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
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The Netherlands
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Reviewed December 31, 2008

If you travel so far to get to Bocas, then you should just stay at this hotel; the best in town definitely, and by far. I am a frequent traveler, and rarely have I enjoyed such friendly and personal service and attention as much as I got in the Tropical Suites. The Dutch owners are extremely friendly, professional, helpful, and made this hotel just feel like home. Large room, with Kitchen, a beautiful view on the ocean, and right in the center of the island. Minutes after we arrived to the hotel, we decided to extend our stay on the island. Will definitely come back, and surely recommend it to anyone traveling to Bocas, either for tourism or for business. The owner’s and the staff’s friendliness is really outstanding. They went as far as planning our daily schedule on the island; suggesting the best restaurants in town; and preparing our breakfast “to go” on our last day since we were leaving the island before breakfast time.It is simply the best choice in Bocas.

  • Liked — The friendliness of the staff; the view; the free internet!
  • Disliked — There is nothing i did not like.
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Ottawa, Ontario
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156 reviews
101 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
Reviewed August 24, 2008

In two words: Totally Amazing!!!

The hotel is beautiful, modern and spotlessly clean. Hans and Petri (the owners) and the staff are very friendly and helpful. Our suite was right on the ocean........ literally and had a large balcony and jacuzzi bath tube. The hotel is built (by Hans and Petri) on pillars on the ocean. The ocean view rooms are spectacular. The air conditioning pumps out ice cubes and cools the entire room within minutes. The suites have a refrigerator with a freezer that actually keeps ice and ice cream frozen and there is a full kitchen. Complimentary wireless internet is included and it works very well. Hans, Petri and their staff are always around to help you out with anything at all. The front desk is staffed 24/7 and there is a laundery room for guests.

We are both divers and dove with Star Fleet divers which is loctated two doors away. We had heard that the diving in Bocas was not very good so we were very surprised when it turned out to be great. There is abundant marine life and the dives are quite shallow. I dove right off the dock of the hotel twice, once during the day and once at night. There is nothing like doing a dive and then exiting the water and going straight up to your room. There are many cushion starfish, spiney starfish, scorpion fish, lobsters, crabs, octopus, squid, sting rays, upside-down jellyfish..........the list goes on and on...... right off the dock of the hotel. Some of the dive sites which are accessed by boat are only minutes away and we saw dophins up close on the ride in.

There are lots of restaurants within a minute or two walk from the hotel. The ferry from the mainland docks about five doors down from the hotel and there are lots of people willing to carry your luggage for you for tip money. They will only ask you once and if you say no they will not continuously hound you. The same can be said for all others offering services such as boat rides etc. They will ask you if you want to use their services and then they will leave you alone. The local people are very friendly and laid back.

Bocas is definitely a place to explore now before the secret gets out and the hoards of tourists start coming. We will be back at the Tropical Suites very soon.

  • Liked — The excellent service
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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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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