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Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

This is probably the best hotel in town, clean, spacious, well maintained and the staff is absolutely great. It has it's own dock which is great for water taxis and getting picked up for excursions. The hotel is in the perfect location very close, everything is less than 3 mins walk.

Stayed: August 2018, travelled solo
Thank Athene F
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Reviewed 17 July 2018 via mobile

Centrally located, super clean, spacious, friendly helpful staff - it’s one of the fanciest places to stay in Bocas town, which is otherwise mostly hostels, surfer crash-shacks, or just not as nice. If you want the hostel, surfer, or backpacker experience, this is the wrong place. So it was perfect for us. Scored down .001 of a star for having bad geometry on the TP rolls.

Stayed: July 2018, travelled with family
Thank MysteriousGoober
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Reviewed 30 May 2018 via mobile

This hotel is excellent for several honeymoons, anniversaries or special moments or holidays the suites have a view of the city and sea view I recommend sea view because when there is a full moon the view is spectacular in combination with the island carenero that is in front, in addition to taste breakfast that are included in the rate, nearby are the restaurants of various foods (Caribbean and Chinese restaurants) also for a reasonable price you can go to the bay of the dolphins, island birds, diving and visit and enjoy the beauty and kindness and culture of the Panameños ,,,

Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 May 2018

It is a 3 minute Taxi ride from airport which will cost you $2 per person. If you have luggage take a taxi, if you do not have much to carry you can walk from airport to hotel.

Each room has Kitchen, coffee maker, utensils, plates, glasses etc. bed is very comfortable, hot water comes on fast, WiFi works well, and Ac works well. Plenty of outlets to plug in electronics. Room towels were large and substantial. Nice assortment of cable channels, but no hdmi connections on back of flat screen tv so you will not be able to use Roku, Apple TV, etc.

The hotel staff is great. They are really happy to see you. Property is managed by Myra, who is a fantastic host. She loves her staff and they love her. She is also happy to see you!

There is a supermarket right around the corner with fair prices. Pick up some water (I don’t suggest you drink tap water), snacks, coffee, etc. the market we visited had French made chocolate cookies and pure maple syrup from Canada at prices less than U.S. You can pick up Papaya for Breakfast and anything else you need- eggs, cheese, fruit, etc.

If you decide to go to beach or swimming hotel will provide you nice beach towels.

We arranged two- one day tours by boat with Myra and they were great. Ask her to arrange them for you (very fair prices). Depending on where you go and for how long Pack a lunch and bring water or your favorite beverage on the boat. If you are doing an all day private tour with Bobby, he will provide you snorkel gear (does not have flippers but masks and snorkel), bring your own lunch and beverages as well as towels.

If you want to tour around Bocas by land and go to Draggo Beach. You can rent an Atv next to Tropical Suites from “Surprise”. He will give you a great deal on an Atv for 24 hours that will cost you less than you would pay his competition for 4 hours. Tell him Wicho and Big Daddy G sent you.

When you go to Draggo Beach stop and see the La Gruta cave on the way ($1 dollar admission). It has religious significance, bats and unique formations. Definitely worth a dollar!

Once you reach Draggo Beach look for Fernandez who will take you to the famous Bird Island and also drop you off and pick you up from some great beaches on the way back.

I will review the two good restaurants we ate at in Bocas town in separate reviews, but number 1 is Bocart and number 2 is Buena Vista. (Pirates was closed for remodeling).

If you want to visit a Vintage town, with 82 degree ocean water, fair prices, dolphins, flying fish, sloths, Starfish, and beaches were you can still snorkel 10 feet from the shore and see a lot of fish, a place where the locals still like tourists and are not just nice to you to get your money, then you will enjoy Bocas del Toro.

Rumor has it they are also building a Viceroy Resort Hotel in Bocas del Toro. Let’s hope this does not change the distinct flavor of Bocas into another tourist trap to grab your hard earned money. Then you might as well go to Hawaii. (Hawaii is a very nice place with some very nice people, but very commercial.

Room Tip: We liked the city view rooms over the ocean view. Especially sitting on the balcony watching people walk by.
Stayed: May 2018, travelled as a couple
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Mayra M, Gerente at Tropical Suites Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2018

Dear Cirtics_Critic

Thank you for your wonderful review and recommendation. We are glad that you have enjoyed Bocas.
Eagerly await you and your friends return in a future in this your home.


Mayra Miranda

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Reviewed 23 May 2018 via mobile

Hotel is really nice. On the water and one of the nicest hotels on the island. Rooms are big and clean with massive balconies. We got rooms next door to each other which was great coz often you are separated even though your on the same booking. Staff were really helpful and sorted our tours and cabs and anything else we needed!

Stayed: May 2018, travelled with friends
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