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Hotel Bocas del Toro Review in Panama

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Written by Madeline Schuler   
Monday, 08 September 2008 15:29
Hotel Bocas del Toro, <a href=search Panam" title="Hotel Bocas del Toro, Panam" border="0" style="float: left;" />During our recent trip to Bocas del Toro, mind Panama we spent two nights in Hotel Bocas Del Toro. The hotel staff was very helpful and most importantly cheerful and hospitable. We were immediately greeted by Denilka and Johayui who offered several available rooms to us; both staff members were extremely friendly, professional, and displayed a sincere desire to make us comfortable. The rooms were nicely decorated, always had clean linens, a safe in each room and a 27'' flat screen TV's on the wall to boot. The owner Carla was almost always present and definitely runs a tight ship. She made several excellent suggestions on places to eat; she's pleasant & very interested in hearing any feedback we had on the hotel, so that she can use it to improve any imperfections. This is quite a rarity in Panama, where hotel service is at an embarassing low. The hotel provides large beach towels, which is a nice bonus. You have to sign those out at the front desk.

The room we stayed in was very clean and had a private balcony, which was an added bonus. I also liked the decor of the room as it has a very appropriate nautical theme to Bocas del Toro: worth a visit if you haven't been.

One of the positive aspects of this hotel is that it is located right by the water as well as being near all the action. I like walking everywhere when I travel, so I liked how this hotel was walking distance from restaurants and cafes. The hotel offers its own tours and kayak rentals: which should be taken fully advantage of seeing as though Bocas has some of the neatest beach/island destinations accessible easily from a boat. Wireless internet access is available in the lobby of the hotel, lounge and bar area.

Regarding food, breakfast in the hotel averages about $6, dinner around $12-15. Other good lunch spot is Baumfalk bar near the park. A half chicken with beans and slaw was $7. The pork sandwich was also great for $6. You can also get a whole barbecued chicken to take to your room if you like: you have my permission. The restaurant Sea Limbo next door to Hotel Bocas Del Toro also has excellent lobster. That you cannot take to your room.

Snorkeling. I recommend Jampan tours close to Bocas Del Toro Hotel. But take the shorter $17 tour instead of the $22 one. If you do take the longer one, there is an extra $5 fee when you enter the national park off Zapatilla island and the entire day is just a bit too long to be out on the water for me. Snorkeling is better on the shorter tour to Crawl Cay. People go to Zapatilla because that is where one of the Survivor series was formed, but if you are desperate to see Survivor, pick up the season 1 DVD at Best Buy before you leave the states. One can walk around the Zapatilla island in about 15-20 minutes which is a cool feat.

Hotel Bocas del Toro was a simple and easy option: had very few complaints other than the crumby weather I was stuck with that week in Bocas del Toro.
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