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Tropical Suites Hotel
Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Bocas Town
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Reviewed February 24, 2007

The Tropical Suites is expensive for Bocas, but you get what you pay for. Bocas is rustic. I didn't want rustic for my two night stay there, and I wasn't disappointed. You are totally comfortable, and
relaxed there. It's a great place to start out your exploration of the area before you go native. The staff is friendly, helpful and the place looked brand new, even though it's been there for 3 years.
The owners know how to keep the place pristine. That was important to me, and I was happy I paid the extra money to be

  • Stayed: February 2007, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 24, 2007

Just returned from an incredible trip to Bocas Del Toro. Paradise on earth.....One can only hope that this beautiful, pristine group of islands will stay as it is! Our stay at the Tropical Suites Hotel was wonderful. Spacious , clean, comfortable suites with kitchens. The Ocean View suites have spectacular views. Hans & Pietrie have thought of everything to make your stay as comfortible as possible & their staff are delightful. When you make the trip to this incredible place, make Tropical Suites your place to stay...

Fred & Liz Scopinich
Donna & Danny Conti
Long Island, NY

Stayed: February 2007
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Reviewed February 19, 2007

My wife and I just returned from spending 7 glorious vacation days in the archipelago of Bocas del Toro. I had read an article about this paradise off the coast of Panama dotted with lush jungles, white sand beaches and protected coral reefs. We arrived in Bocas town and we felt quickly embraced in its slow and relaxed pace of life.
Speaking about feeling embraced: We had initially booked two nights at the Tropical Suites Hotel and because of our excellent experience there, stayed another 2 nights. To all you Bocas travelers: Tropical Suites is well-located and is the most upscale hotel in town. Our room was spacious , clean , attractively decorated and faced the street scene with a balcony to hang out on . Other rooms face the water and have a splendid view. We particularly appreciated the air conditioning and the opportunity to swim off the hotel dock.
The rooms are equipped with a full kitchen, (to my knowledge the only hotel in town that has this feature and the initial reason why we chose this hotel). Hans and Petri, the owners, were gracious hosts who succeeded in making us feel very comfortable . They were very informative and helpful to us newcomers about how to navigate in town. So were the desk staff.
All in all, I highly recommend this hotel and would certainly stay there when we return. Rob and Marilyn, Boston,Mass

Stayed: February 2007
3  Thank eefje
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Reviewed February 18, 2007

I have been returning to Bocas del Toro, Isla Colon over 8 times in the past 2 years. I have stayed in several waterfront
hotels, but the best for the money is the Tropical Suites. The rooms are large, with a complete kitchette and a sofa bed
for the children. The rooms and hallways are always clean.
The staff is very pleasant and helpful.

The owners Hans and Petri are very accommodating to their guests.

Also, Hans is very knowledgeable on the real estate opportunities on Isla Colon and the surrounding islands, and is very willing to share this information with his guests. At this moment Bocas is an investor’s paradise.

I highly recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to enjoy a super vacation in Bocas. I know, as I am going back towards
the end of March-2007 for a month - I wouldn´t be going back if I did not enjoy staying at the Tropical Suites.

Eugene Swereda

Stayed: February 2007
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Reviewed February 18, 2007

Having traveled extensively we find ourselves being called back to the tropical paradise of Bocas del Toro and the Tropical Suites. On our first visit in 2004 we booked a hotel and were planning a weeks stay. We fell in love with the friendliness of the local people, the wonderful restaurants, the water and land taxis to an assortment of beautiful beaches, the commaradrie of other travelers from around the world and then we discovered the Tropical Suites and extended our stay another month. After studying Spanish at a local school, going on a jungle/rain forest tour, or going out for a day of diving we could return to the comfort of our beautiful suite. Here we had all the comforts of home: A fully equiped kitchen, cable TV, high-speed Internet, air conditioning, and hot water - plenty of hot water. The daily maid service and 24-hour consierge service is an added bonus. This is our 3rd stay and we have equally enjoyed the water view and island view suites. The owners, Hans and Petri go out of their way to welcome you to their home, your tropical home-suite-home.

Stayed: February 2007
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Reviewed February 8, 2007

There is NO question that this is the best hotel in Bocas del Toro (for now) but that isn´t saying much..comparable to your average clean Motel 6 in anywhere USA.

The question is not which hotel in Bocas....the question is "Why Bocas??" This has to be the most overrated place on planet earth.

Bocas del Toro is an open sewer....literally. And this is a very dangerous place for the typical American who rhinks he is going find a piece of paradise at a great value.

So, if you happen to meet people with names like Hans and Petri, Lin and Stephen, Victor and Sombre.....just say hello, smile politely, place your hand firmly on your wallet...and RUN LIKE HELL!!

Stayed: October 2006
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HansBocasIsland, Owner Manager at Tropical Suites Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded March 2, 2007

Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves
I was born in the wagon of a travelin' show
My mama used to dance........................ etc.

This theme song is one of the greatest hits of Cher and it may indeed sum up
the spirit of adventure that brings travelers, investors and retiries to Bocas.
And a lot of these pioneers are making Bocas del Toro their new found home.

Bocas is growing fast as a world class destination and this has nothing to
do with being overrated. It has to do with being a holiday experience like
no other. Bocas has of course growing pains because of its popularity. The
streets are being uprooted in order to be paved. That was long overdue.

One should see this as progress and an opportunity to make even more of
a difference and I know these guests have been trying really hard to buy
their piece of paradise in Bocas, so it seems like a contradiction in terms
or possibly a disappointment not being able to buy at yesterdays prices.

That is a pity though, plataprince stayed with us for a whole month at our
discounted rate (which is actually a very good idea when you are considering
a property purchase) enjoying themselves and looking at several properties
in the process, with the apparent intent to make Bocas part of their future.

Today will be tomorrows yesterday. We all have our experiences and memories
to guide us by when making decisions. Especially lost opportunies are interesting.
Some people compare Bocas with Key West as it was in the old days. Or the
Cayman Islands before it priced itself out of reach of most people. Is Bocas next?

"Wouldn't it be nice" (Song by the Beach Boys) if one could buy at yesterdays prices. Some people did, they were considered pioneers then and very smart heroes today.

"If I had .." (Another popular song by the way) sounds all to familiar to most of us.
Bocas presents a perfect opportunity to start over again with a new life in a
Tropical Paradise. And what a fantastic life it is for the adventurer in all of us.

There will be challenges and rewards, but some of the prior mistakes or indecisions
can mostly be avoided as history will repeat itself. If we would only learn from it.

Last, but not least. It is a great song.

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Reviewed December 15, 2006

My husband and I have just spent one month at the Tropical Suites. The owners Hans and Petri were very gracious and accommodating.The staff was very pleasant and helpful as well.
Tropical Suites is centrally located in Bocas within short walking
distance to all activities. We liked having a kitchen, internet ,
safe and laundry facilities. The suite was always clean and the A/C cold. This is definitely the best accommodation on the island.
We look forward to our next stay!! Did I mention the awesome water view?

  • Stayed: November 2006, traveled as a couple
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Address: First Street, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
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Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Colon > Bocas Town
Free Breakfast Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Bocas Town
#3 Family Hotel in Bocas Town
Price Range: $100 - $166 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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