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Riu Playa Blanca

Panama

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When you first step foot on this expansive, escape-haven-by-the-sea, you might likely gasp. There is everything here. Ev ... More

Customer Rating 56 Reviews
Value
 
3.7
Service
 
3.6
Beaches & Pools
 
3.6
Dining Options
 
3.3
Room Comfort
 
3.9
3.5 out of 5
"This resort was packed, but in a good way! Lots of activities and places to relax and enjoy! Entertainment, clean rooms, plenty to drink and eat, nice beach(not the absolute best, but nothing to compla..." – JulianneNyhoff
44 out of 64 (69%) customers would recommend this product to a friend. Read All Reviews
Customer Rating
Value
 
3.7
Service
 
3.6
Beaches & Pools
 
3.6
Dining Options
 
3.3
Room Comfort
 
3.9
3.5 out of 5
"This resort was packed, but in a good way! Lots of activities and places to relax and enjoy! Entertainment, clean rooms, plenty to drink and eat, nice beach(not the absolute best, but nothing to compla..." – JulianneNyhoff
44 out of 64 (69%) customers would recommend this product to a friend.
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September 2, 2018
Just okay

The room was OK however you could tell It was in need of a fresh coat of paint. There was mold on the phone. The dining options were OK but not amazing. Our shower waiting drain the phone wouldn’t work but they did fix it. The hotel is two hours away from the airport which way is it inconvenience. Overall The hotel was OK


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Overall Rating: 4
Value
 
3.0
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3.0
Beaches & Pools
 
5.0
Dining Options
 
3.0
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4.0
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From: Alexandria, va
Age: 25-34
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

August 12, 2018
Riu Playa Blanca

Out of all of the Caribbean vacations that I’ve gone on, this was the worst! The buffet food was the same. There were very limited options. The steak house had the best food. The Asian Restaurant was second best and the Italian Restaurant was closed!! There were kids all in the adult pool with the swim up bar. They should have been required to stay at the kid pool and the one next to it!! The property could use some fixing up since it was built in 2011. THE ICE MACHINES DON’T WORK ON ANY FLOOR!! Steve the bellman was nice enough to bring ice to us on the 6th floor. IT WAS VERY HARD TO COMMUNICATE WITH PEOPLE DUE TO SPANISH SPEAKING (99%).They don’t consider English speaking tourist! The tv only had 1 English Channel!! This was our 1 yr wedding Anniversary. WE TOLD THEM IN ADVANCE.THEY DID NOTHING FOR US!!


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Overall Rating: 1
Value
 
2.0
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2.0
Beaches & Pools
 
1.0
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1.0
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3.0
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From: Westchester County,NY
Age: 45-54
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

April 16, 2018
Riu Playa Bianca not great!

I travel on vacations four times a year. I've been to several Riu resorts in various locations, but from what I learned this will be the last one. To start the beach at this resort was awful. The water worse than New Jersey.The restaurant's were average at best. The steak house even thou it opened at 6:45 pm it was sold out before it opened. A line for the restaurant started at 5:30 pm. They started seating at 6;30 pm by the time the restaurant a 6;45 pm it was sold out and instead of filling people in as people left, they had a second seating at 8;30. They gave a seating buzzer that went off at 8;30. I went and talked to the supervisor named Jacob. He tried to blow smoke up my butt with his answers. I am very disappointed in Riu .once one of the best is slipping.Maybe the 3rd generation Carmen and Luis Riu should take as much pride as their previous family members. After talking to workers this stand in line an hour before it opens is going to become the new way for all the Riu hotels. The buffet breakfast was so so. I asked for three eggs over easy and got a look like I was asking for something that would take special training. Omelets were made without anything like onion, ham or cheese added just plain. Bacon only every other day. The Chinese restaurant was buffet even though they had a menu saying otherwise. The Italian restaurant was average. I usually don't complain, I've eaten in many a third world country and the foods been better there.. My next trip in May is to Iberostar Paraiso Del Mar been before and can't wait to go back. I would rather make a reservation and go then stand in line for an hour..If your planning on going to Panama I would suggest you pick another place.


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Overall Rating: 2
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3.0
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From: Jeffersonville Pa 19403
Age: 55-64
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

April 12, 2018
We love panama

Love everything at the resort. The only I’m not happy is the transfer from hotel back to airport. I pay a lot for them to take me and my lol 8 years old boy, not for them to wake us up at 2am and drop off at airport 4am and sit there waiting 4 hours more. Our fly is 8:30am !!!! They don’t want to do 2 trip so they put us with someone the fly is 6am. DO NOT DO THE TRANSFER WITH GAMBOA. They not good service at all.

We love panama
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Overall Rating: 5
Value
 
5.0
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5.0
Beaches & Pools
 
5.0
Dining Options
 
5.0
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From: Minnesota
Age: 35-44
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

Room Information

573 modernly appointed rooms and suites that provide all the comforts of home. Riu Playa Blanca boasts incredible amenities including: air conditioning, ceiling fan, your own balcony or terrace, mini bar, liquor dispenser and a flat screen television with satellite TV.

Room Details

Double Room Courtyard View (DBEB)
Hotel/Studio Unit Details

Double Room Ocean View (DBLB)
Hotel/Studio Unit Details

Double Room Ocean Front (DBMB)
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What's to Love

No reservations needed at any of the restaurants.

The palm-tree studded & crystal white-sand beach that's kissed by teal waves.

The boxy, white chic look of the resort and the sleek, hip rooms. It's rock star cool.

RiuLand for kids ages 4-7 and 8-12, children's pool (with a big fun slide) and play area.

Complimentary gym with the sauna. Vacay is the time to purify.

Hanging in the Jacuzzi at the pool and letting it bubble the stress right out of your bod.

 

What We'd Change

Although the drive from the airport can be a little lengthy, the views of the beautiful Panamanian landscape and payoff after arriving at Riu Playa Blanca are more than worth it.
 

Why You Should Go

It's 93 miles from the resort (a bit of a drive), but once you get there, it's heaven.

Dive into kayaking windsurfing or the aquagym. Get wet, wild and exercisy.

Check out the snorkeling (fish ogling) and scuba lessons in the pool. Take the plunge.

You can grab a game of volley ball or table tennis, or hit the fitness center for inside sweating.

The shows, live music, disco or cocktails under the moonlight are epic.

Available Amenities

  • Babysitting/Child Care ($)
  • Children's Pool
  • Cribs Available on Request
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kayaks
  • Laundry Services ($)
  • Lounge Chairs/Umbrellas
  • Snorkeling
  • Scuba Diving ($)
  • Windsurfing
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • 24 Hour All-Inclusive
  • Poolside Bar
  • Medical Services ($)
  • Ping Pong
  • Billiards
  • 4 Restaurants
  • 5 Bars/Lounges
  • Honeymoon Packages ($)
  • Aqua Aerobics
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Sports Bar
  • Fitness Center
  • Introductory Scuba Lesson
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Kids Club ($)
  • Freshwater Swimming Pool(s)
  • Swim-Up Bar
  • Wireless Internet in lobby
  • Conference Facilities


Nearby Excursions & Attractions

  • Beach
  • Scuba Diving
  • Shopping
  • Snorkeling

Map of Local Area

Panama has warm, friendly people, a dynamic business sector and an unusual variety of terrains. Panama is a safe country with a first-world infrastructure, a stable democracy, and inexpensive cosmopolitan living.

Riu Playa Blanca

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507-907-0900

Hotel Description

Riu Playa Blanca: All-Inclusive Aahhsome on Panama's Pacific Side

When you first step foot on this expansive, escape-haven-by-the-sea, you might likely gasp. There is everything here. Everything. The natural beauty of the palms that dot the pearly white beach and the turquoise waves that greet you are just half the heavenly equation. The water and land sports, gourmet cuisine and crazy fun nightlife will take things up to the next beautiful level. You'll be loving life and living large. You can't miss this.

It's Time to Get Your Riu On.



DINING

The cuisine selections are varied, with a great combo of those tried and true foods you never pass up (think pepperoni pizza, especially around 3 p.m. when you need a hearty, carby snack) along with made-to-order steak, Italian favorites, Asian cuisine and delectable Panamanian tastes. Nom nom nom.

Balboa
Type: Buffet
Hours: Breakfast - daily, 7am-10:30am; Lunch - daily 1pm-3pm; Dinner - daily, 6:30pm-10:30pm
Description: Buffet with on-the-spot cooking stations and a dessert buffet.

Chiriqui
Type: Grill
Hours: Daily, 10:30am--6pm. 2 seatings at 7pm and 8:30pm
Description: Casual restaurant located by the pool. Dinner reservations are required in advance.

Il Palazzo
Type: Italian
Hours: Daily, 6:30pm-8pm and 8:45pm-10:15pm
Description: Contemporary menu featuring Italian cuisine. Dinner reservations are required in advance.
Dress code: Elegant casual. Gentlemen are requested to wear long pants and a collared shirt.

Xian
Type: Asian
Hours: Daily, 6:30pm-8pm and 8:30pm-10:30pm
Description: Asian cuisine. Reservations are required in advance.
Dress code: Elegant casual. Gentlemen are requested to wear long pants and a collared shirt.

All restaurant hours subject to change.



BARS/NIGHTLIFE

The Party Quotient here is significant so you'll want to hit the poolside and swim-up bar, lounge with terrace and lobby bar. If you want to watch a game (or five), hit the 24-hour sports bar, then hop on over to the plaza bar. Whatever vibe you're looking for, you'll find it here.

Limon
Poolside and swim-up bar. Daily, 9am-6pm.

Burbujas
Located in the lobby. Daily, 10am-midnight.

La Rumba
Lounge bar with terrace. Daily, 6pm-midnight.

Sports Bar
24-hour bar.

La Cumbia
Plaza Bar. Daily, 10am-midnight.



BEACHES AND POOLS

The resort sits on a delicious stretch of white sand beach. If you want a change of scenery, hit one of the resort's beautiful freshwater pools with their stress-smashing Jacuzzis. There's a kids' pool near by so you can send them off to splash until the sea cows home while you chillax in peace.

SPORTS/ACTIVITIES

Water

  • Windsurfing
  • Kayak
  • Aquagym
  • Snorkeling
  • Scuba lesson in pool
Land

  • Fitness center
  • Table tennis
  • Beach volleyball

For an additional charge:

  • Billiards
  • Assorted water sports
  • Golf


INTERNET

Riu Playa Blanca offers 90 minutes of complimentary Wi-Fi in the lobby. Access to public computers is offered for an additional charge.



WEDDING/HONEYMOON

Riu Playa Blanca has the perfect spot to tie the knot. Choose one of their wedding packages to make your day unforgettable and perfect!



CHILD CARE

Along with a children's pool and play area, the hotel also offers daily entertainment at RiuLand for kids ages 4-7 and 8-12.



ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Location
Riu Palace Playa Blanca is located 93 miles from Tocumen International Airport (PTY) and 3.1 miles from Scarlett Martinez International Airport (RIH) .

MIN CHECK-IN AGE/SPRING BREAK POLICY: Student/Spring Break groups or individuals, regardless of age are not allowed at this hotel at any time. The hotel reserves the right to use reasonable means to identify suspected student/spring break groups. At least one person of 21 years or older is required in every room during March and April. The Hotel may request guests to show passport or official ID to proof age and reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone. In-room parties, unruly behavior and spring break groups are not allowed at any Riu Resort. Guests can and will be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff.

Check-In/Check-Out
Check-In: 3pm. Check-Out: 11am.
A valid credit card may be required upon check-in for possible incidentals not included in your hotel reservation.



All hours, fees, amenities, information and services are subject to change without notice.
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