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4 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Olas

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Hotel Olas
Ranked #9 of 13 Hotels in Bocas Town
Grand Rapids, Minnesota
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5 reviews
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“good value for money”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2014

we stayed three nights here while in bocas del toro. good hotel with nice location - short walk from restaurants / shops. enjoyed the terrace on the sea, good place for some beers at the end of the day.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Warsaw, Poland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2014

Perfect place for stay. Nice made of wood colonial building, standing on stilts next to the see. Restaurant with amazing see view. Rooms with A/C and TV. Bike rental on the reception. I would highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014

After a couple not-so-great experiences at other hotels in Bocas, I ended up at Hotel Olas for one night right after New Years. I had a private room with a double bed, bathroom, and small patio facing the street for $45. I showed up early with a couple hours before check-in, so I grabbed some food on the back patio and used the free wifi to do some work while I waited for my room to be cleaned. I ordered papaya pineapple juice and shakshuka (eggs poached in a skillet of tomato sauce, served with bread) - both were delicious! The staff at the front desk were extremely friendly and helpful, and my room is clean and exactly what I needed. So thankful - a great way to start off 2014!

I didn't taken advantages of this, but it looks like they also have a lot to offer in the way of things to do around Bocas - renting bikes, water taxi, etc.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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Munich, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

Hotel olas is a nice coean place directly above the water.
The owner is friendly and helpful!
The walls between the rooms are very thin. So you hear the neighbours talking.
The terrace is cool with hamocks and kolibrus flying around.
Free wifi and good breakfast!
Thanks olas!

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2013 via mobile

We had a really nice time here. We asked for a room in the apposite direction from the generators, and were not disturbed by it (wouldn't have thought it could be that bad even on the other side of the building, though). The AC system in our room was however a bit noisy, but a couple of friends who stayed in another room had a newer version that probably was more silent. Nevertheless, we had no trouble sleeping and found the room reasonably clean and good value for the money.

The breakfast was as most reviewers already described not the best, but we complemented with some stuff from the supermarket and we were satisfied.

We liked the friendly staff who helped us with various things, including good day tours, and also the fact that the hotel was next to the ocean. That was very nice and I would not have liked to be in a place without direct access to the water, even though we did not use it for swimming.

  • Stayed December 2013
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Looe, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2013

Thanks to Ben, the very helpful and enthusiastic receptionist who knows everything, we are having a great time. My other half is doing the Free Diving course i.e. diving to 12 - 20 metres with just a mask. I did the sailing and boat trips, looking at dolphins, beaches and snorkelling. See Bocassailing.com. Mid range price hotel with great atmosphere and decor and waterfront seating. Right now at breakfast looking at the boats at anchor in the bay. Perfect place to avoid the run up to Christmas. In our late 50s - its never to late to have fun.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Paris, France
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2013

We've had 3 different rooms, all of them were dirty (dust and hair on the floor...). They say they give you a breakfast "on the house" but it's a trap : you'll only get a little coffee, the cheapest orange juice (with water and sugar in it) and the smallest industrial muffin you'll ever see ! And if you want to add anything else to this "meal" then the price for any food really is 2 times more expensive than for a whole breakfast in town ! Besides, 2 of the 3 rooms we've had didn't have hot water at all. Finally, the most important thing, the rooms are all veeeeerry noisy. There are 2 generators in the street (or I don't know what it was) that make an awful noise all night long, and the AC system are really old and so loud, it's like sleeping with a washing machine in your bed ! Even if you turn off yours, the walls are paper thin so you'll have to suffer the noise from your neighbors'AC anyway !

  • Stayed December 2013
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Additional Information about Hotel Olas

Property: Hotel Olas
Address: Calle 6, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Colon > Bocas Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 13 Hotels in Bocas Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Olas 3*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful Hotel on the water with great ocean view. Quiet location, 2 minute walk from main street ... more   less 
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Olas Hotel Bocas Town
Hotel Olas Bocas Del Toro, Panama - Bocas Town

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