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Riu Playa Blanca Hotel All Inclusive

Panama City All Airports, Panama (PTY)

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Based on 1603 reviews
Riu Playa Blanca Resort is a Beachfront 24-Hour All-inclusive resort, just 1 hr from Panama City
Style: Family Friendly Beachfront Resort
Room & Rates
Standard King - Riu Playa Blanca Hotel All Inclusive - 1

Standard King

1 king bed
Entertainment - Wi-Fi ($) and satellite TV 
Food & Drink - mini bar
Bathroom - Private bathroom, a hair dryer (on request), and a shower/tub combination
Practical - Safe, desk, and phone
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Non-Smoking
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Standard Double - Riu Playa Blanca Hotel All Inclusive - 2

Standard Double

2 double beds
Entertainment - Wi-Fi ($) and satellite TV 
Food & Drink - mini bar
Bathroom - Private bathroom, a hair dryer (on request), and a shower/tub combination
Practical - Safe, desk, and phone
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Non-Smoking
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Ocean Front King - Riu Playa Blanca Hotel All Inclusive - 3

Ocean Front King

1 king bed
Entertainment - Wi-Fi ($) and satellite TV 
Food & Drink - mini bar
Bathroom - Private bathroom, a hair dryer (on request), and a shower/tub combination
Practical - Safe, desk, and phone
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Non-Smoking
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Ocean Front Double - Riu Playa Blanca Hotel All Inclusive - 4

Ocean Front Double

2 double beds
Entertainment - Wi-Fi ($) and satellite TV 
Food & Drink - mini bar
Bathroom - Private bathroom, a hair dryer (on request), and a shower/tub combination
Practical - Safe, desk, and phone
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Non-Smoking
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Ocean View King - Riu Playa Blanca Hotel All Inclusive - 5

Ocean View King

1 king bed
Entertainment - Wi-Fi ($) and satellite TV 
Food & Drink - mini bar
Bathroom - Private bathroom, a hair dryer (on request), and a shower/tub combination
Practical - Safe, desk, and phone
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Non-Smoking
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Ocean View Double - Riu Playa Blanca Hotel All Inclusive - 6

Ocean View Double

2 double beds
Entertainment - Wi-Fi ($) and satellite TV 
Food & Drink - mini bar
Bathroom - Private bathroom, a hair dryer (on request), and a shower/tub combination
Practical - Safe, desk, and phone
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Non-Smoking
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Leisure Standard King - Riu Playa Blanca Hotel All Inclusive - 7

Leisure Standard King

1 king bed
Entertainment - Wi-Fi ($) and satellite TV 
Food & Drink - mini bar
Bathroom - Private bathroom, a hair dryer (on request), and a shower/tub combination
Practical - Safe, desk, and phone
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Non-Smoking
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Leisure Standard Double - Riu Playa Blanca Hotel All Inclusive - 8

Leisure Standard Double

2 double beds
Entertainment - Wi-Fi ($) and satellite TV 
Food & Drink - mini bar
Bathroom - Private bathroom, a hair dryer (on request), and a shower/tub combination
Practical - Safe, desk, and phone
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Non-Smoking
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Leisure Ocean Front King - Riu Playa Blanca Hotel All Inclusive - 9

Leisure Ocean Front King

1 king bed
Entertainment - Wi-Fi ($) and satellite TV 
Food & Drink - mini bar
Bathroom - Private bathroom, a hair dryer (on request), and a shower/tub combination
Practical - Safe, desk, and phone
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Non-Smoking
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Leisure Ocean Front Double - Riu Playa Blanca Hotel All Inclusive - 10

Leisure Ocean Front Double

2 double beds
Entertainment - Wi-Fi ($) and satellite TV 
Food & Drink - mini bar
Bathroom - Private bathroom, a hair dryer (on request), and a shower/tub combination
Practical - Safe, desk, and phone
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Non-Smoking
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Leisure Ocean View King - Riu Playa Blanca Hotel All Inclusive - 11

Leisure Ocean View King

1 king bed
Entertainment - Wi-Fi ($) and satellite TV 
Food & Drink - mini bar
Bathroom - Private bathroom, a hair dryer (on request), and a shower/tub combination
Practical - Safe, desk, and phone
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Non-Smoking
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Leisure Ocean View Double - Riu Playa Blanca Hotel All Inclusive - 12

Leisure Ocean View Double

2 double beds
Entertainment - Wi-Fi ($) and satellite TV 
Food & Drink - mini bar
Bathroom - Private bathroom, a hair dryer (on request), and a shower/tub combination
Practical - Safe, desk, and phone
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Non-Smoking
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Riu Playa Blanca Hotel All Inclusive
Finca 43.668, Playa Blanca, Provincia de Cocle, Panama, Panama Panama

Location

Located on the Pacific coast of Panama in the province of Cocle, the Riu Playa Blanca Resort is conveniently located 1.8 miles from various shops, 93 miles from International Airport Tocumen [PTY] and 2.5 miles from Rio Hato city, The new Riu Playa Blanca is a Beachfront 24-Hour All-inclusive resort featuring a 306,771 sq.ft garden.

Why Stay Here

Hotel Amenities
Swimming pool with swim-up bar
Children`s swimming pool
Complimentary sun loungers, towels and parasols by the pool
Sun terrace
Mini-club and children`s playground
Use of computers with internet access [$]
Free Wi-Fi in the lobby for 90 consecutive minutes per day
Wi-Fi in rooms at a charge
Complimentary use of gym
Conference room
Night club
Gift shop

Resort Details

This fully equipped luxury resort offers guests the best service in addition to a fresh water swimming pool with swim-up bar, children`s swimming pool, on-site fine dining, night club, day and night entertainment and more, much more!

Located on the Pacific coast of Panama in the province of Cocle, the Riu Playa Blanca Resort is conveniently located 1.8 miles from various shops, 93 miles from International Airport Tocumen [PTY] and 2.5 miles from Rio Hato city, The new Riu Playa Blanca is a Beachfront 24-Hour All-inclusive resort featuring a 306,771 sq.ft garden.

Accommodation Details

Featuring 2 double beds or one king size bed, balcony or terrace.

Room Amenities:
Air-conditioning
Ceiling-fan
Direct-dial phone
Regularly replenished mini-bar and liquour dispenser
Satellite TV
Radio alarm clock
Electronic in-room safe [15-inch laptop size]
Iron and ironing board
Bathroom equipped with double sink
Vanity mirror
Hairdryer and amenities kit
Wi-Fi access [$]

Restaurants, Lounges & Bars

Breakfast: Full American breakfast buffet and on the spot cooking stations. Continental breakfast/snack
Lunch: Hot and cold buffet and on the spot cooking stations. Pizzas, pasta, salads and assorted desserts
Dinner: Buffet with starters and some dishes prepared on the spot. Buffet main course. Vegetarian options available. Dessert buffet
Special evenings: Theme buffets [3 times a week]
Optional dining [reservations required in advance]: Asian restaurant. Italian restaurant. Grill and steakhouse.
Snacks 24 hours a day
Formal dress is required for dinner main restaurant: T-shirts with sleeves for gentlemen; theme restaurants: long trousers and T-shirts with sleeves for gentlemen.

Bars
Lobby bar
Lounge bar
Sports bar [open 24 hrs, all-inclusive service]
La Plaza bar
Poolside bar with swim-up bar

For the Family

Mini-club and children`s playground, Kiddie Pool

Pools & Spas

Swimming pool with swim-up bar
Children`s swimming pool
Complimentary sun loungers, towels and parasols by the pool

Golf

[3km / 1.8 miles]. Riu Playa Blanca guests will get a special 20% discount on rack rates for golf at the Vista Mar Golf and Beach Resort, and the golf rates includes:
Green fees
Cart fees
How to book: Please contact Juan Carlos Patino at 011+507+345 4096 or e-mail at juancarlos@vistamarresort.com
Valid on travel dates from Now to December 31, 2015. Must have an active hotel booking to qualify.

Entertainment & Activities

Table tennis, workout, aqua gym, beach volleyball
Gym
Windsurfing, snorkeling equipment, kayaking
1 introductory scuba diving lesson in the pool
Daytime entertainment programme for children ages 4 to 7 and ages 8 to 12 at RiuLand [daily]
Daytime entertainment programme for adults [daily]
Live music, Riu evening programme or shows [several times a week]
Complimentary entrance to the night club and drinks

AMENITIES:
  • All-Inclusive
  • Baby Sitting
  • Beach Club
  • Cafe Bar
  • Children's Play Area
(+) = Additional fees may apply for the use of these amenities.
(*) = Free, some restrictions may apply

Based on 1603 reviews
from Sudbury, Canada
Submitted on 24-05-2016
We stayed here the second week of May and enjoyed the week. The Riu is a little different than some of the others we have visited. It lacks some of the charm due to the modern design, but after a day or so, you get used to it. We resort is a god size, not too big and was fairly slow due to the timing. We never waited anywhere, either food or booze was accessible very quickly everywhere. The resort is remote, there is not much around it and the beach walk is limited by 2 estuaries, one on each s... Read more
from toronto
Submitted on 25-05-2016
My friends and I had an amazing time. The weather was perfect. We were a little worried about it only being couples at the resort but we found that there was a variety of groups and ages. The resort is small but it's clean and had everything you need. Loved that the pool was open late. Most nights we were in the pool till 8. By that time the stars are out. We made friends with all of the bartenders. Pack water shoes the sand is super hot! The only thing we didn't like was that the bathrooms were... Read more
from Tampa, Florida
Submitted on 01-06-2016
The hotels is ok but they did not offer a good stack of toiletries, just soap and sometimes a shower cap. They do not give body lotion and the shampoo is a combination of shampoo and conditioner? in the shower. The food is very good and the buffet have a lot of choices. They do not stack the minibar daily which is a bad thing. Called for restocking of water and they said they restock every 48 hours??? Not good at all.
from t.o
Submitted on 04-06-2016
I've been all around the Caribbean, and parts of the world, I've seen such a variety of places and I can say some places do the best with what they have, but Panama is one of those countries where they've done exceptionally well with what they have. The Beach wasn't like parts of Cuba or Jamaica, but who cares.. look around.. go out and see the landscape that it has to offer. Gorgeous mountains, and the cities.. the built up cities next to the rainforest... where else can you see this? Food w... Read more
from Beaumont, Alberta, Canada
Submitted on 05-06-2016
My sister had her wedding here and so we all stayed here. I was a little worried after reading some pretty bad reviews but I have to say I was quite happy. This was my first all-inclusive resort (I think they are a waste of money and always have), other more experienced all-inclusive go'ers complain about the size and lack of restaurant options but I found the size of the resort to be perfect. It was big enough that you had options but small enough that you could run into people you know and get... Read more
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Submitted on 08-06-2016
I booked a trip to Panama as a birthday surprise for my bf, i booked through a 3rd party service so a few days before we were set to arrive i called to make sure everything was confirmed and to make them aware that my boyfriends birthday was on Saturday a day after we arrived. We were suppose to arrive early Friday morning however unfortunately we missed our flight so we didn't arrive until around 7p.m. We got checked into our room carrying our luggage up ourselves with no escort which probably ... Read more
from Vancouver, Canada
Submitted on 15-06-2016
This resort is not Riu standards AT ALL!!! SUPERDANGEROUS to walk about as tiles are moist from humidity or rain all the time (I witnessed three people slip and fall during my one week stay in this resort ) Went to this resort despite reading reviews because my niece was getting married and had already chosen it. BELIEVE THE REVIEWS!! The bride had 94 people stay at this resort for the wedding and the bride and groom received next to NO upgrades or gifts - I was appalled that they had no fr... Read more
from Ajax, Ontario
Submitted on 16-06-2016
This was amazing trip contrary to what others on this forum have to say! The food was fantastic, the service was phenomenal, the location was great...the only downfall was the beach (which was to be expected as we were facing the Pacific). The pools were great except as was the bar service at the swim up! Nothing bad to say and would definitely go back again.
from Pittsburgh
Submitted on 17-06-2016
I will start with the good. The price was less expensive than many other all inclusive resorts throughout the central america/ carribean area. The hotel itself is in remarkable shape including the rooms. The food was excellent. Some of the best I have had in all inclusive resorts. The steakhouse was awesome and the buffet especially on certain nights had many great entries. The staff and management were super friendly and helpful. The bars were attentive and for the most part had good dri... Read more
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Submitted on 22-06-2016
The food was very diversified and high quality. I wish they would have had more seafood though. There was never any lobster or crab legs at the buffets. The resort was very clean and well kept, both inside and out. Evening entertainment could have been a bit better, I found it to be fairly routine. Maybe hire out a local rock band to come play a show or two each week? Staff were very friendly and were always looking to help. The drinks were made consistently each time and with high quality ing... Read more
from Washington DC, District of Columbia
Submitted on 23-06-2016
This hotel property has so much potential; however they fell short in so many areas. I will break this review down in sections and give a totally unbiased and honest review. Now I am a travel snob and I love pretty beaches and clear water and great food. I also am an adventurous type of person and I have a deep appreciation for nature, and trees and birds and the different types of landscapes you see when visiting other countries. I also believe in spending my dollars with the local economy ... Read more
from Saint-laurent
Submitted on 30-06-2016
Great new resort, well maintained. Spacious modern rooms. Food very ordinary, similar to Cuba except more tasty. No seafood, not even shrimps besides very low quality mixed frozen seafood that you could find in supermarket. If you dont mind to eat the same menu throughout your stay, this is the place. Breakfast, lunch or dinner menu is the same day after day. Drinks are very limited but fairly fine. There is no international selection at all. Shows were mainly the same dancers every n... Read more
from San Antonio de Pereira, Colombia
Submitted on 02-07-2016
When I first read the reviews of Riu Playa Blanca, I had mixed feelings about this resort. Our travel agent in Medellin gave us a package deal that was hard to refuse. But between the fly-by reviews touting the place, comments by management's "TA Reputation Doctor" and the very detailed reviews criticizing the hotel, I did not know what to make of this place. In spite of my initial reluctance to book here, my wife and niece outvoted me, and so we booked the vacation package through a travel agen... Read more
from toronto
Submitted on 05-07-2016
Location: Was conveniently located 10 minutes away from the new Rio Hato airport. There was pretty much nothing in the area to do, aside from going to the supermarket (located right outside the Riu complex) and going to the airport. When I spoke with some of the bartenders, many told me the nearest bars or nightclubs were about a 25 minute drive from the hotel. The location was pretty much a let down for us in all honestly. Beach: The Playa Blanca beach-ironically- boasts it's (mostly) black ... Read more
from Heywood, United Kingdom
Submitted on 06-07-2016
Just back from 2 weeks in another Riu Hotel, more laid back and appeared to be more laid back and less activities by the animation team - no visible activity board to let you know what was taking place. As usual with Riu Hotels no matter what role a staff member has within the hotel, they always say hello or good day to guests. The rooms are spacious and the beds were comfortable. Bedding was changed daily by housekeepers who work hard. The food was edible but would be better if it was warmer,... Read more
from Scottsdale, Arizona
Submitted on 07-07-2016
It started when we showed up and they did not have our reservation (thank god we had all of our documentation) our mini bar was to be "stocked and refilled" on request. When we arrived there was 1 beer in the fridge. I called and asked to have more. "we can get to that for you tomorrow as we are done servicing for the day"????? it was 7PM REALLY? I had to call 3 more times the next day to request beer be brought to the room as the 1 can provided went fairly quickly. After my 3rd call during the ... Read more
from Hamilton, Canada
Submitted on 09-07-2016
This was our first trip to Panama and we were charmed from the beginning. The Riu Playa Blanca is a lovely hotel with four pools, a kids' club and an amazing array of food for your tastebuds. We traveled in July and the weather was hot and humid with rain showers nearly everyday but they did not last long. We stayed on the property for the duration of our stay which was to relax and unwind. The rooms were nice and comfortable although housekeeping was hit and miss. I would advise bringing... Read more
from Randallstown, Maryland
Submitted on 15-07-2016
This resort wasn't our first choice to begin with. My husband and I originally booked another resort through cheapcarribean.com which was cancelled at last minute due to renovations so we ended up booking with this resort. We completely understood there would be a language barrier due to very little staff speaking English which was not an issue, but outside of that the staff there is very poorly trained. We first had an issue when booking a spa appointment. The spa representative there despite h... Read more
from Georgia
Submitted on 16-07-2016
Overall, as a family we were very pleased. We had a family suite on the 4th floor overlooking the beach and pools. The room was very clean and comfortable (my wife is obsessive about clean hotel rooms). The liquor dispensers in the rooms were a happy little addition and while the mini-bar was only stocked every other day it was fine for a family of four. If you have issues with how much was put in the mini-bar find an AA chapter near you, because how much do you need to drink in the room when y... Read more
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Submitted on 17-07-2016
The accommodations of this hotel are really good. Four pools, several bars, beach front property, and nice, spacious rooms. The staff is super warm and helpful. The problem, though, is their customer service policies. I've stayed here in two opportunities. The last time we booked a weekend getaway that included early check in. We hit the road early to avoid traffic. Turns out that we arrived at the hotel at 8:30 am, and found out at the main entrance that early check in began at 9:00 am. "Ok, no... Read more
from Panama City, Panama
Submitted on 18-07-2016
First time we went to this Hotel was when they had just opened up. The experience then was outstanding. The food quality and the cleanliness of the room were of a first class hotel. What happenned??? Two years later the food is of poor quality, the room (we had a beachfront room 6078) the walls were dirty (with scoff marks), the bathroom poorly serviced (one bar of soap and 2 towels), really it went down in class. It actually fits to compete with the lower class resorts beside it. Sorry ... Read more
from Houston, Texas
Submitted on 19-07-2016
Riu Playa Blanca is a new resort hotel, two years old and beautifully decorated with model fixtures, granite, tile work and great staff. Love that you will always see someone cleaning. The rooms are large, beds are a little to firm for my taste but nice. The hotel is 2-3 hours away depending on traffic. We decided to rent a car, transport is very expensive to hotel and excursions. Panama is a right hand drive country, mileage, car speedometer, gas prices is in kg. TIP: go online to ARGUSCARHIRE.... Read more
from Havelock, North Carolina
Submitted on 24-07-2016
I was staying at the hotel next door. Had a simple question about a shuttle to the next hotel which I was staying at. The Hotel Riu in Panama City. They were extremely rude and threatened me with security when I had a wrist band and told them I was next door. I departed and left with a bad taste in my mouth. I thought to myself, is this what I have to look forward to in the city??? Two thumbs down on customer service and relations.
from Los Angeles
Submitted on 25-07-2016
The hotel was awesome!!! From the moment we entered the lobby, we knew we were in for a treat. The decor was amazing and so were the rooms. The hotel was fully staffed so you didn't have to look or go far for assistance. Staff was super pleasant and accommodating. The food was pretty decent. Would definitely stay here again.
from Toronto, Canada
Submitted on 25-07-2016
No coffee-maker in the room. Flood of local families during school break - The place became a swirling mass of bodies and a lot of food wastage and shortage. Families stacked the snacks in bags and took off to the beach, leaving the snack shelves empty most of the time. Staff failed to speak English, as if not interested to have English speaking guests. Dust in every corner of the room and under the bed. Bus driver stole a pair of expensive glasses from the lobby. Internet unreliable and weak. P... Read more
from Windsor, Canada
Submitted on 25-07-2016
I have been to Panama on vacation many times. The Riu gets high marks, I have no complaints except need a washroom at the pool area . Luckily we had a lower level ocean front room so it was closer to go our room. Food was great and lots of variety , staff very friendly.
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Submitted on 02-08-2016
I loved the hotel overall. However the location from the excursions took at least 2 hrs to get to. The drivers were on time and very knowledgeable about the area and places we visited. The hotel really didn't have enough activities for non Spanish speaking people. Nor did they have a variety of activities as other resorts I have traveled to. The pools were beautiful especially the pool with the bar. That was a 1st experience for me and I enjoyed that. However the pools closed at 6:00 which is a ... Read more
from
Submitted on 02-08-2016
Overall, this hotel is very clean and the staff are very nice. Food is edible but we noticed that they started to reuse some things, and I got very sick. The rooms and especially the Club Pacha is so smelly. There are definitely ventilation issues. Their beach, pools and main areas are clean but know that many don't speak English at all. If planning an excursion, Panama roadrunners cost more but better quality than nexus and an actual English speaking tour guide. Overall, a good experience wi... Read more
from Cincinnati, Ohio
Submitted on 04-08-2016
The hotel was what I expected from reading reviews. Our stay was from May 13-20. We had a group of 42 travelers with a wide range of ages 2 - 83. Being from the states, we had the 2 hour trip to the hotel. The travel company made the trip worse than it had to be but thatâ??s another story. We arrived late and there was only 1 person to check us in. Of course, there was issues with beds (friends needing 2 beds and couples wanting 1 bed). These issues were cleared up the next day. However,... Read more
from West Covina, California
Submitted on 08-08-2016
I read lots of reviews before we went to this hotel, and I agree with a lot of what was said. The food isn't great, but it's mostly edible, and I would definitely recommend making reservations for the Steak House & the Italian Restaurant. We did not like the Asian. We love sushi, but this just didn't cut it. Yes, there were a few tiles missing from the pool deck, but so what? Didn't affect us at all. Keep in mind, that this hotel sits on the Pacific Ocean, so do not expect the beauty of the ... Read more
from Toronto, Canada
Submitted on 11-08-2016
Where to begin! Rooms: As I walked into my room, it was physically clean (beds made, no dirt) but there is a moldy smell! This was also the case for the rooms of my fellow travel companions. On our last day, my mom found mold on the curtains and near the bed in my brother's room! I also noticed some mold under my dressing table. Thankfully, there are balconies for each room and you most likely will be spending most of your time outside, but this is a big negative and a health hazard. Rooms are ... Read more
from Kuwait City, Kuwait
Submitted on 27-08-2016
Kindly not that our review includes the good and bad details about the resort, we we'll mentioned some tips and advice accordingly. I am writing this to tell you about our experience during what was supposed to be a perfect getaway for my family. We booked our first vacation together, on 29th of July till the 5th of August, 7 days 6 nights at the Riu Playa Blanca in Panama. Our Rooms (6039& 6040) Riu all-inclusive resorts are known for their stellar 5 star dining. However, they were feeding as... Read more
from Brooklyn, New York
Submitted on 29-08-2016
Nice, fun environment. Jet skis nearby. Club on the resort with a good D.J. Swim up bar is definitely a plus! The Chinese restaurant on the resort has the best food. The only issue is this hotel is very far from Panama City, and free wifi is only available in common areas.
from Islip, New York
Submitted on 01-09-2016
The hotel is nice, very far from the airport. Its about a 2 hour drive. The pols are great. There are 4 pools. The food is nothing to write home about. If you go to the buffet, its the same food EVERYDAY. Making reservations at the 3 restaurants is a pain. If you are there on the weekends a lot of locals are at the hotel so it can get crowded. Not much of a nightlife. They advertise a jacuzzi (but I never saw one). Also if you don't speak Spanish the entertainment is not as much fun. ... Read more
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Submitted on 06-09-2016
The hotel was nice, the food was OK, no seafood just basa fillet etc... The beach was not maintained at all, there was broken bottles, cans, clothing, wood which I cut my foot on etc scattered everywhere. In Negril Jamaica however, at the Riu, the beach was raked everyday, so I don;t think it's the chain, it's the hotel management team in Panama
from Toronto
Submitted on 06-09-2016
We selected this hotel because we enjoyed our stay at the RIU GUANACASTE in Costa Rica. However, this property is well below 5-Star standard. SERVICE overall was terrible. Don't expect ANYONE at any restaurant to give you the time of day. When you sit down at most other resorts (and I've been to more than 8 resorts in the Caribbean), a waiter automatically gives you water, beer, wine, etc... At this resort, they ignore you and even when you ask for something - good luck getting it before your m... Read more
from Sylvan Lake, Canada
Submitted on 11-09-2016
My mom and I stayed at the Riu for 1 week. Overall it was a good stay. The hotel is nice,not excellent but nice for the price. Food overall was good. Breakfast was buffet style with good variety as was lunch. For dinner you could choose a theme restaurant or Buffet with theme nights. International night was repeated several times. The pools were adequate and pleasant, the bars were also good and the drinks were great. My favourite spot was the bar and terrace just off of the lobby facing the oce... Read more
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Submitted on 12-09-2016
The hotel is about a 20 minute drive from the Rio Hato Airport and is comfortable, clean and spacious. The rooms are spread out over 6 floors which means not lots of walking. Elevators are quick. Buffet food is good... We were always able to find something good to eat. Asian restaurant sucked. The beach is not that great for swimming .. It's black sand and brown water but if you're not picky then you'll be ok. Pools are good although on weekends there are a lot of locals but it's their country a... Read more
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Submitted on 12-09-2016
Food was HORRIBLE!! The all you can eat food was nachos. Ok, love nachos who can screw that up. Riu Blanca that's who. The chips were pieces of card board. Tonight we went to the Chinese restaurant and walked out the food was so bad. The specialty item was Peking duck with orange sauce. It should have. Been orange sauce with a small little piece of over cooked dry duck. Entertainment: they have one show at 930pm and there's your entertainment Water sports: they have those. Jet skis, snork... Read more
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Submitted on 13-09-2016
Food was good, attention was great, they have so many kind of drinks, entretainment, they need to do more shows at night, the house keeping should visit rooms more frecuently, also should add more activities on the beach.
from Washington, DC
Submitted on 14-09-2016
Restaurants: Effective Sept 1, the specialty restaurants stopped requiring early morning reservations for same-day dining. They are now first-come, first-served, leading to long lines. We went to two of them prior to Aug 30. The Asian had some good sashimi and select other dishes (self-serve buffet); the Steakhouse featured okay surf and turf (by server). The regular buffet was very satisfactory for all meals. Yes, there was plenty of recycled food, but also enough variety. Beach: yes, if you... Read more
from Fremont, California
Submitted on 16-09-2016
No problem with the hotel in general Courteous and nice. Then in my swimming pool (deep pool) i see a couple two small children In Diapers. Attendant talked eith them at my request and sfter a while they left the pool. Not sure if they have a policy about this but i find it unhigienic to share a pool eith two infants in diapers. Have a pic on request
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Submitted on 19-09-2016
Let's start by saying, the hotel created a huge disruption regarding the rates. We secured a group rate and they discounted their prices and my wedding party found this online. RUI did try to work with us but would not offer any concession for the issue. Then when we arrive on site their staff was kind of rude but what put the icing on top for RUI was when I cut my foot and needed a bandaid. Keep in my mind my foot was bleeding. I went to their local store because they didn't have an available ... Read more
from Berea
Submitted on 20-09-2016
This was my first time to Panama and it wasn't too bad... Hotel is a good 2 hours from the Airport if traveling from the US. If you go through Canada then its only like 5 minutes. Nexus transportation was excellent. We arrived sometime around 7pm and check-in was a breeze. No welcome drink tho, probably due to the late arrival. No big deal. Front desk spoke perfect English. We were on the 5th floor with an ocean view and it was amazing. I did see some rooms that faced the back of the property.... Read more
from hamilton
Submitted on 26-09-2016
Sorry this is so late but we had a party of 12 all adults. The first problem with this hotel was it did not stand up to par for a Riu . The food was bland and they had 2 different types of food depending on if the locals were allowed. That's right when the sale of rooms goes to the locals the menu changes, no bacon at breakfast, no sea food at dinner,and the service is crazy everywhere, because there is 300 more people for 3 days . When the locals leave everything changes back . ... Read more
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Submitted on 28-09-2016
We went to this resort with two other couples the week of Sept.16 to 23. 2016. It is a very large resort, very clean, the staff were friendly. The food in the ala cart restaurants was very good. They made a change in their policy on reservations and that was you didn't need a reservation. Just show up and maybe a short wait and they seated you ASAP which was great because l don't like making reservations. As I said this is a large resort, our rooms were on the sixth floor, ocean front, which was... Read more
from Rancho Cucamonga, So Cal
Submitted on 29-09-2016
Beach undertow makes it too dangerous to swim in unless you're an excellent swimmer. Some days not even allowed to go into beach. The beach is beautiful black sand but it makes the water really murky. Even in really shallow water you can't see your feet. Because of the poor beach conditions the pools are constantly crowded and there's tons of locals with tons of kids. The kids are really well behaved but there's LOTS of them. Good food. Nice rooms. Good drinks. Very nice staff.
from Montreal, Canada
Submitted on 29-09-2016
Wow what a ladie Fabiola is the real professional the â?? sunshine of the hotel always smiling and available The hotel is very nice, clean, beautiful I love the room well clean (but a small reserve about the buffet) The steakhouse speechless Great service the staff are wonderful and all the people at the reception are very professional and patient Great thanks to Carlos, Jorge, Osbaldo and of course once again Miss Fabiola I was there with 40 peoples as a travel agent Riu Partner Can't w... Read more
from Paris
Submitted on 30-09-2016
The place is quite big and new: less than 2 years old The rooms are Ok for Panama (A 5* in Panama is equivalent of a good 3* in Europe or US) The food was really a good surprise with a large choise. The restaurant is a bit noisy. Better eat on the terrasse. 4 swiming pools with different ambiances. Animation was Ok and Staff are friendly. Do not pay extra for see front view as the rooms oneach side offer views with a little balcony. Wifi was charged something like 20$ per day!! Will go back.
from Miami Beach, Florida
Submitted on 02-10-2016
Very nice facility, perhaps the best we've stayed at on the beaches of Panama and we've stayed at about five different ones in the last two years. Good food as well. But the room was so mouldy smelling one of us almost threw up from the smell, and I started feeling sick (allergy, cold symptoms) right away. I did not want to complain, but I should have. Feel fine now since we left 12 hours ago.
from Toronto, Canada
Submitted on 06-10-2016
I thought this had been posted already. We travelled in mid August. The hotel, as others have mentioned, was very very clean. The food at the buffet was good, a little repetitive (as buffets are) but you could always find something to eat. Sometimes the food at the lunch buffet by the pool was nicer than the main room. Didn't go to any of the specialty restaurants. We had family suites which are very nice but here's the caveat - they are on the corners of the upper floors. The first ones we ha... Read more
from Mississauga, Canada
Submitted on 11-10-2016
We had a great time in Panama!! The RIU resort was very good. Only ten minutes from the airport. It was clean, staff always working hard. No shortage of bars or food. Rooms were spacious and clean. Beds were excellent. The resort is about 3 years old but a few leaks in the lobby. The food was good however I prefer A la Cart restaurants to be made to order - majority was buffet style and they all weren't open every night. They could add more a la cart restaurants as well - there are only ... Read more
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Submitted on 11-10-2016
We just landed back in Toronto on Friday. This was our first time visiting Panama. My boyfriend and I stayed at this resort from Sept 30-Oct 7. The first thing I would like to point out is that you cannot believe everything you read from reviews of people who are used to the North American standards. From the moment of check-in, everything went smoothly. Mind you, we booked this trip the day before we were suppose to fly and the requests we made regarding bed size and room location was still a... Read more
from New York City, New York
Submitted on 11-10-2016
Hi Ladies and Gentlemen, My name is Steve Alicea, and I have visited the RIU Playa Blanca three times. I´d like to start with the good as to be completely fair and subjective. My last visit ended on October 10, 2016 my room number was 5081. The Good David who works the check in counter is very well mannered and professional, he should be in charge of that area.I think that the staff is mostly nice. The rooms are fairly standard and the room`s minibar is included which is 8 cans of soda and ... Read more
from London, Canada
Submitted on 14-10-2016
Very good stay, what I requested the hotel provided us 100%.......... staff from start to finish were friendly and helpful. We have spoken Spanish for 50 yrs, and taught Spanish on an executive level, so language was no problem. Everyone insisted on speaking english so I don't know what the complaints are. THIS IS A SPANISH COUNTRY. I think maybe the Spanish lady in charge of operations, PERSONALLY came to our room to resolve the safe.....and she continued to be very friendly and helpful. I did... Read more
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Submitted on 16-10-2016
This hotel is what I would call "volume over quality or I should say volume over everything" Food volume: high Food taste: poor, very poor Restaurant service: poor! Drinks volume: high Quality of drinks: poor, very poor ! Variety of drink: poor! Overall hotel service: extremely poor ! Last one: they say free internet access... yes it is: only in the public areas, they charge you if in the room ! And another one: if you arrive one hour earlier than 3pm you are charged to wait for your room... Read more
from Chicago, Illinois
Submitted on 17-10-2016
If you visit panama you might want to stay away from the black sand beaches and not on the pacific side of the country. The beaches are dark and you are not able to see. As for the hotel the service was okay, nothing spectacular! The elevators are in the center of the hotel so if you are stay in the other edges you have to walk A LOT! Other then that the food was good, the performances at night were great for all ages and the pool bar was my favorite place to be.
from Garfield, New Jersey
Submitted on 17-10-2016
We had a room close to the lobby which was good because the internet connection was best by the lobby area and once you wandered a little further away you lost the connection and it was hard to connect to it later. The music by the adult pool was overbearing were adults had to scream in order to talk to each other. The pool by the child's pool was quieter even though you had kids running around. Food wise they served food that was done well and presented well too. The downside of it was that in... Read more
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Submitted on 17-10-2016
I was very happy with my stay at the Riu. The airport is only a ten minute ride. The hotel and grounds are extremely clean at all times. I found the staff to be very friendly. If their English wasn't good they tried really hard to understand you. Pools were great and always clean. If you are going for the beach you may be out of luck. The under tow was quite strong. This didn't bother me at all because I'm a pool person. The entertainers did activities during the day, like dance lessons, etc. Th... Read more
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Submitted on 19-10-2016
My wife and I stayed here for our honeymoon, Oct. 10th to the 15th. We both are very satisfied with the whole stay. The ocean and beach in front off the resort are a little dirty, mostly sticks and leaves from the river just down the beach. But if you really want to get in the ocean just walk 50 yards or so the other way and the water cleans up. Plus every morning we were there they had people out cleaning up the debris that washed on shore. And really they have three beautiful pools plus a kids... Read more
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Submitted on 19-10-2016
I've been there from October 07th to October 14th on Signature vacations package. Hotel- large, well maintained, with open look to the ocean; Accommodation- fast, excellent service, 10 min. and done; Front desk- all my requests and questions were answered in quick and good manner (there were small issues with the gym, which they solved within a minutes); Room and cleaning- spacious , clean room (we were in 1012) with nice view to the ocean and pools, huge balcony overseeing the garden and the oc... Read more
from Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Submitted on 21-10-2016
Nice hotel. Rooms large with nice balcony. Maid service was good but if you needed extras or additional items a bit slow. Beach and pools were great. No beach vendors walking up to you to buy things, although there were a few set up on the beach. Hard to find server to get you a drink, most of the time had to go up and get it yourself, unlike most riu's I have been to. Larger than most riu resorts, food adequate but not much difference day to day. Since panama is not a tourist vacation, playa bl... Read more
from Roanoke, Virginia
Submitted on 23-10-2016
I stayed at the Riu Blanca from Oct.2 to 9th, 2016. The room was beautiful, but also not very clean. ( Did not get any cleaner during my stay) The hotel is a party hotel, lots of noise til early morning hours with an occasional drunk knocking on the wrong door. The grounds are nice, but lack the neatness of the Riu in Costa Rica. Hotel elavator looks contagious, walls in hallways rather poorly maintained. The hotel is mostly swamped with people that have no manners and are totally rude. The cons... Read more
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Submitted on 26-10-2016
To begin my review. Its not a bad resort. Ive been to other Riu's and compared to the others, its a down grade. First off, I booked through Riu and I booked my transfer and reservations. I was expecting to be picked up. After searching for help and someone that spoke English. The transfer bus driver somehow misread my transfer time. So i had to lay $120 for a taxi drive me and my sister 2 hours to the resort. The transfer company apologized and refunded me my money a few days later. Riu Playa B... Read more
from Toronto, Canada
Submitted on 03-11-2016
I would rate this a 3 1/2 star hotel. Travelled Sept. 23rd to Oct. 30th. This is their winter month, however, this little area of Panama does not get the rainfall that the rest of the country experiences at this time of the year. Upon arrival in the room, all the walls, floor and windows were wet with condensation. We were advised that one cannot leave the doors open. Hence, the rooms have to be closed at all times. I am used to sleeping with my windows open, so did not appreciate sleeping i... Read more
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Submitted on 05-11-2016
Great room with wonderful view of the ocean and pools food was amazing (it's never been a disappointment in any Riu) Weekend was a little crowded with lots of locals . Staff is super nice and quick to satisfy you Only disappointment was I didn't realize before going there that it was the Pacific Ocean so the water was not to swim able (red flag all week) also an estuary was emptying near the hotel so water was full of rocks and debris
from Sacramento, California
Submitted on 07-11-2016
As far as all the Riu hotels I have been to, this did not seem to be the best. Seems a little run down for being only 2 years old. Service was mediocre. Too forever to check in. Food was just OK although the buffet variety was quite good.
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Submitted on 08-11-2016
I was here from Oct 21 to Oct 28 2016. Like other people have said the hotel seems to be rundown for only being 2 years old. The rooms were really nice though. The staff was friendly and tried hard to help with whatever you asked for only issue was the language barrier as it seemed not alot of staff spoke English and myself or anyone in the group I was with doesn't speak Spanish. The food was really good the filet mignon at the steak house was amazing. The drinks were always cold and the beer w... Read more
from Toronto
Submitted on 10-11-2016
I have stayed at a Riu in Mexico previously and I loved it, this experience was just OK. The bus ride is a short 10 minute drive to the resort which is great. The hotel is nice looking, typical Riu style. It is a big resort but not not a long walk to the pools from your room. We had a nice view of the water from our room which was nice and not expected. We spent the week in the "Adult pool" which had the swim up bar. It is packed with people that are local with their babies in the pool and it i... Read more
from Trenton, Canada
Submitted on 14-11-2016
It was sold to us as a 5-star. It's more like a 3-star. Our room was spotless, but stark. 2 straight chairs or the bed to sit on. There was plenty of space for some comfy furniture. Wi-fi in the lobby only, and only 2 connections allowed for free. Lap-top, I-pad, and camera? No. Pay extra. Breakfasts at the buffet were good, but the lack of bacon on Sunday left my hubby unhappy. It was the same dinner selection every day, unless you eat that one of the 3 a la carte restaurants. One of th... Read more
from Bogot
Submitted on 16-11-2016
Is not a 5-star hotel but is ok, you get the basic to have a great time. The food is good and the rooms are ok. They have to improve the shows and the activities as they are not as good as the teams from others riu Hotels.
from Chicago, Illinois
Submitted on 17-11-2016
This property is just too far away (over 2 1/2 hours) from the Panama City airport. On our arrival it was raining so you can imagine what a nightmare that trip was. The rooms were large and spacious, however, they had no couch or recliner. Either you sit on the bed or on one of the two uncomfortable red chairs with back angled at 90 degrees. The single table was very small with a piece of loose glass as table top. Mine fell off and was shattered. It cost me $45 for a replacement. The beach is te... Read more
from Kitchener, Canada
Submitted on 21-11-2016
Stayed at the Riu Playa Blanca from November 11 to 18. Being first time in Panama not sure what to expect. Loved the hotel, food and people. Our rooms were clean and very comfortable. Decor quite modern throughout the hotel. Lots of seating in lobby and lobby bar. Pools very nice, especially the sports pool. Beaches not the best but quite nice for walks during low tide. Food choice great at main buffet. A la carte restaurants not the best. Japanese ok but Steak house was disappointing. Entertai... Read more
from Barrie, Canada
Submitted on 25-11-2016
RIU has definitely seen the reviews because they have stepped their game up. We went Nov 18-25 (Friday to Friday). We read negative reviews about service, staff, food, locals, language etc. NONE of that was an issue, and literally i mean none. I don't know why everyone was complaining about this resort.. like relax.. if you don't have bacon for a day find something else. There was plenty of options and the food was nothing different than other RIUs we have visited. Ignore the reviews, and just r... Read more
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