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Gran Hotel Bahia
Ranked #5 of 13 Hotels in Bocas Town
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 18 September 2017

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.

Room Tip: Only real view is fro the 2nd floor communal breakfast area balcony
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 April 2017

Comfortable and clean and the second floor veranda is the best place to see what comes off the first ferries while having breakfast and a good view of main street...Maybe a little expensive but rooms are limited in Bocas Town

  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Had a great stay Here for three nights while Exploring Panama. The hotel is in a beautiful historic building that has been nicely refurbished. Breakfast though not huge was good and I never left wanting more (great Coffee!). Eating breakfast on the balcony was a treat watching the town wake up. Our room was in the back of the hotel, away from the noise of the town, Bed was super comfy. Staff was pleasant. Would absolutely stay again.

Room Tip: Rooms in the rear of the hotel are quieter.
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  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

I'm so torn on what stars to give my stay. Charming older hotel, nice staff, simple breakfast, clean room. We stayed there for four nights. We picked this hotel because it is at the end of town and assumed would be quiet. Starting at about 11:00 at night until 4:30 in the morning the bar across the street was loud! One night at 3:00 in the morning fireworks started to go off.

Stayed: February 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 December 2016

I left medication in my room by accident and they sent it by air cargo to my next destination. When I asked what I owed they said it was a pleasure to serve me! The hotel had nice large rooms and a great location. Clean but small bathrooms. It's on the Main Street but at one end and so is not as busy and noisy as the central part of the street. There is an incredible view from the balcony. The free breakfast is no frills but perfectly adequate. I recommend this hotel highly for someone who is looking for a middle ground between luxuary and lowest cost-does-not -matter -quality option.

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled with family
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Address: Calle 3a. y Ave. A, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
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Region: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Colon > Bocas Town
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 13 Hotels in Bocas Town
Price Range: RM312 - RM495 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Gran Hotel Bahia 3*
Number of rooms: 18
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

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