During a recent visit to Costa Rica, we had time and opportunity to do a short visit to Bocas del Toro, and as this was part of a package offered by Explore Outdoors in Puerto Viejo, as well as the fact that we had limited time, we did not have too much choice in terms of accommodation.
The hotel staff were very friendly and accommodating, although there was a discrepancy between the room that we were under the impression we were going to have and what we ended up in initially. Being low season, the staff was not only willing, but also able to give us a different room although this did entail paying for the “upgrade”. The hotel is an interesting landmark in the area in the sense that it used to be the headquarters for the huge and well known Chiquita fruit exporting company.
Downside is that apart from the upstairs communal guest balcony, the views from the rooms are limited to looking at buildings no more than 10 meters away on either side.
The rooms were clean, and spacious with in room safes and air conditioning. The bathrooms seem to be small compared to the room. Beach towels were available at a $2 cost per day. As far as meals are concerned, they function like a bed & breakfast with no actual restaurant on site serving other meals.
This in itself is not a problem as there are a multitude of restaurants within a minute or two walking from the hotel.
Affordable, clean, but basic.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It is located at the Southern tip of Third (Main) Street, in a majestic antique wooden building, that has already celebrated its hundredth anniversary and is still standing firm despite the ravages of time and the destructive earthquakes of 1917 and 1991. Built in 1905, it is considered one of the oldest buildings in the area. We offer the 18 most spacious and comfortable rooms, all of them with A/C, WI-Fi connection, Cable TV, safety boxes and private bathroom with hot shower. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bahia Hotel Bocas Town
- Gran Hotel Bahia Panama/Bocas Town, Bocas Del Toro