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Playa Bluff Hotel

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Outdoor pool
On the beach, white sand
In-room safe, desk, free WiFi
In-room safe, desk, free WiFi
In-room safe, desk, free WiFi

Overview of Playa Bluff Hotel

Playa Bluff Hotel

2.5 star property
Bocas del Toro beachfront lodge with outdoor pool, restaurant

8.0/10 Very good

26 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Pet-friendly
  • Airport transfer
Bluff Beach, Bocas del Toro
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • On the beach
  • Restaurants and bar/lounge
  • Outdoor pool
  • Room service
  • Airport shuttle
  • Area shuttle
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Front desk safe
  • Laundry service
  • Self-serve laundry
Feel at home
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Washer/dryer
  • BBQ(s)
  • Free self-parking

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • On the beach

Getting around

  • Bocas del Toro (BOC-Bocas del Toro Intl.) - 4.2 miles/6.7 km
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)


  • Octo - 20 min drive
  • Raw Fusion - 21 min drive
  • Buena Vista - 21 min drive
  • Om - 21 min drive

About this property

Playa Bluff Hotel

A great choice for a stay in Bocas del Toro, Playa Bluff Hotel features an airport shuttle. The outdoor pool is a great spot to take a dip, and guests can grab a bite to eat at Playa Bluff Hotel, which serves international cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Other features include a bar/lounge, a terrace and a garden. Fellow travellers say good things about the pool and helpful staff.


Chinese (Mandarin), English, Spanish

Cleaning and safety practices

Social distancing

Social distancing measures in place
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 20 rooms


  • Check-in time from 2 PM until 8:00 PM
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open daily from 10 AM - 8:30 PM
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • If you are planning to arrive after 3:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No cots (infant beds)


  • Pets allowed*


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free on-site self-parking


  • Airport shuttle*


  • Area shuttle*

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free continental breakfast each morning 8 AM–10 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • BBQs
  • Room service (limited hours)

What to do

  • On the beach
  • Safari


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Luggage storage
  • Bike hire


  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • An outdoor pool


  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • English
  • Spanish

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Ceiling fan
  • Washer and dryer

Freshen up

  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


Playa Bluff Hotel – This restaurant specialises in international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Fees & policies

Refundable deposits

  • Deposit: USD 40.0

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge
  • Local area shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

Children & extra beds

  • Rollaway beds are available for USD 30.0 per night


  • Pets are allowed for an extra charge of USD 10 per accommodation, per day

Hygiene & cleanliness

Social distancing measures are in place.


This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession

This property does not have lifts.

This property accepts credit cards.

Also known as

Playa Bluff Lodge Bocas del Toro
Playa Bluff Bocas del Toro
Playa Bluff
Playa Bluff Lodge
Playa Bluff Hotel Lodge
Playa Bluff Hotel Bocas del Toro
Playa Bluff Hotel Lodge Bocas del Toro

Frequently asked questions

Does Playa Bluff Hotel offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Playa Bluff Hotel does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at Playa Bluff Hotel?
As of 8 Dec 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Playa Bluff Hotel on 9 Dec 2022 start from £81, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Playa Bluff Hotel?
This property confirms that social distancing measures are in place. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at Playa Bluff Hotel?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
Are pets allowed at Playa Bluff Hotel?
Yes, pets are welcome. There's a charge of USD 10 per accommodation, per day.
Is parking offered on site at Playa Bluff Hotel?
Yes, there's free self parking.
Is an airport shuttle service offered by Playa Bluff Hotel?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Playa Bluff Hotel?
You can check in from 2 PM - 8:00 PM. Check-out time is 11 AM.
What is there to do at Playa Bluff Hotel and nearby?
On-site recreation at Playa Bluff Hotel includes a safari. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool or use the lodge's other amenities, which include a picnic area and a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Playa Bluff Hotel?
Yes, Playa Bluff Hotel offers international cuisine. Nearby restaurants include Octo (6.1 mi), Raw Fusion (6.4 mi) and Buena Vista (6.5 mi).
What's the area around Playa Bluff Hotel like?
Playa Bluff Hotel is on Bluff Beach, and a short 1-minute walk from Bastimento-Bocas del Toro Ferry Terminal. Travellers recommend the lodge for its quiet location.

Overall score and ratings


Very good




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



2/10 Poor

Over rated over priced
This was the most expensive place that we stayed at in Panama and was the worst by a landslide. The patio door was just a screen that anyone could have broken into. We were woken up by loud people 3 of the 6 nights we stayed there and management pretty much said it was out of their control! Not impressed!!!! Our room was only “cleaned” twice, check in did not include instructions on where to get drinkable water, nor was there a glass in the room. The electrical outlets would not hold a plug for my charger. The sheets are too small for the bed and their are no mattress covers, yuck!!!! The curtains did not fully cover the windows. The patio door locks are broken, so a small padlock with a key is used. There are no lights on the patio, so sitting out and reading at night is not possible and there are wires hanging where lights should be. There was no hot water in the showers even after they were “fixed”. If you are there for surfing this is a great place to be, if that is not your intent then do not stay here, it is a long way from town and the shuttle only comes every 2 hours and a taxi will cost you $15-$20 one way. The breakfast is the same every day, eggs, pancake and toast with a few pieces of fruit. When we raised concerns it fell on deaf ears, the owner/manager thought that our concerns were trivial. She certainly does not belong in the hospitality business. This place has the potential to be quite lovely, but falls very short of its potential.
Pam, 6-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

7-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

Great property on Playa Bluff. Filter was broken on pool while we were there so we didn’t get to use that. Lots of wildlife surrounding this property. Room was average for the price but we enjoyed our time here and the relaxing vibes in that area. Food at surrounding hotels was very good. The lodge only serves breakfast and it is average. Two pancakes, some scrambled eggs, two pieces of toast and 5-6 cubes of fruit.
James, 3-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

3-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Property Needs More Work but LOVED the Manager
The Playa Bluff Lodge seems to be in the middle of a "resurrection" of sorts. Apparently the place had a fire last year that destroyed the kitchen and perhaps more. I gather that the owner is trying to recover the business but seems to be doing it on the cheap. The only reason I give an overall "good" rating is due to the manager of the place, Magarena (Maga for short) who went out of her way to help us have a pleasant stay. The property has HUGE potential but it appears progress is very slow. I highly recommend visiting the Playa Bluff neighborhood but if you want a more comfortable stay, I recommend The Plantation, Hummingbird, or Oasis. Worth mentioning is the bus service that runs between Bocas town and Playa Bluff. The vans that act as a bus run every 30 minutes or so $3 each way but be prepared for a bumpy and often crowded 20 minute ride. The area is beautiful with opportunities to see sloths and Howler monkeys in your back yard.
Dave, 4-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

11-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

Really nice hotel, in front of the beach
The hotel and the staff is really nice, unfortunately the pool was not working but not a big deal, the hotel is green so they use solar panel for electricity and water pumping, so no air condinationing is installed.
Verified Orbitz guest review

8/10 Very good

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4/10 Fair

Needs better management
This hotel needs work. There is essentially no management. The best, most efficient employees there are the cleaning staff. The rooms are nice but the beds are like slabs of concrete. The power to our building went out for over 8 hours (and the have solar, so can't blame it on anyone else). The hot water works for about 45 seconds, total. Plus, this is located 20 minutes from town and the shuttle to Playa Bluff is sketchy and the last one coming from town leaves at 6pm. Want a late night in town? Plan on a $20 cab ride back to the hotel. No exceptions. We will not stay there again.
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10/10 Exceptional

Gorgeous and affordable
We had an incredible stay here, the staff are wonderful, the room was gorgeous, the restaurant serves delicious food and drinks, and the vibe here is so relaxing. The beach is at your doorstep and if you get hot you can cool off in the swimming pool. It is great value for money!! I highly recommend!
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