It was just last Tuesday at Two for Tuesdays at Amigos when a group of Boquete and Bocas residents were discussing lodging on Isla Colon. The theme was all the funky hotels and one comment about how Tropical Suites was different, cleaner, more upscale, less Bocas del Toro. We stayed at Tropical Suites.
Tropical Suites is located on the coast dead center Bocas Town. They are a short walk from both the BMT and Taxi 25 terminals and in the center of restaurants, markets and what ever “urban” activity you need on the island.
In all my prior Isla Colon experiences I chose funky and cheap. This time we went to what might be the best on the island and I am glad. It rained a lot while we were there so we spent more time than usual in the suite, and it was a suite with a big bed room, small kitchen and a Jacuzzi bath tub. All of which make a difference if you need or want to spend some down time on a hot, humid tropical island.
I felt the difference from the moment we arrived, we were expected, we were welcomed by a very friendly receptionist, Hannah Lee and shown to an immaculate room with an ocean view balcony.
Each time we came an went from the hotel the staff was cordial and helpful, not a Isla Colon tradition. When it rained they had umbrellas, when we needed a reservation for dinner Hannah made it, when we returned at night they had security in the lobby.
Jubilado discount, no problem, just let them know when you make your reservation. Rates vary seasonally but the value is there. Breakfast is included and served in Lili’s restaurant next door to the hotel. Lili’s has mixed reviews on Trip Advisor, most complaining about slow service. We ate their twice, both times the service was very fast, the food nothing special except for their signature “killin me man” hot sauce which was really excellent and made pouched eggs into something diablo.
I will recommend Tropical Suites to anyone who wants a retreat from the Island right in the middle of downtown Bocas Town on Isla Colon. This is a link to their website for more information, LINK.