Riu Playa Blanca

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Overview
Stay at the Riu Playa Blanca in Panama and enjoy world-class hospitality services, white sand beach and a fabulous 24-hour all inclusive plan including limitless international drinks. Guests have access to a variety of water sports and daily activities, as well as a fully-equipped fitness centre. Dine a la carte at one of the specialty restaurants, relax under a palapa on the beach and let the kids burn off energy in the Kids Club!

Location: Beachfront at Playa Blanca. 150 km from Panama City airport.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Mafalda M :
Not even a 3 star - Severe cleaning issues

This was a worse experience ever.Suppose to be a 5 star but not even a lousy 3 star has this cleaning issues.Corridors and common areas were horrible and I even filmed a table in the bar close to reception that had spoiled juice since 11am with a lot of bugs on it.....and stayed like that at the least until 18!!!!! So you can imagine the plates, forks, knifes and so on.... our way to the bedrooms was awful and the couches and tables in the lobby were full of dirt.... Doesn't seem like a Riu and even with the decision of leaving after 1 night..... The CS service ignored the complaint and didn't reimburse for the next nights that were paid in advance but we didn't stay since we move to another much better hotel. So stay away if you are expecting a 5 star, a regular Riu and the respect that guests should have from the hotel.

  • skj9039 : Vancouver, Canada
Not worth the money

When you think of RUI, thoughts of amazing, excellent service, lots of activities and pool side fun. But not this resort.The travel time from the airport to the hotel is only 10 mins away but be patient when u have to go through customs...not the 21st century technique and be prepared to have your fingerprints to be done.Arriving at the hotel and first impression was wow! But after exploring the resort it went down hill. The elevators are so tiny that only 4 ppl can fit into, check your pillows and sheets if they are clean, ours was dirty and the service ppl didn't get a new one until the next day. The pools are so small compared to other resort and not enough to activities for the adults in the pool. Eg. Was only one game per day. They should have at least 4 games and different prizes 4 restaurants, Italian, steak and Chinese and of course the main restaurant. In the Main restaurant not much to offer for breakfast...not organized. Italian n steak was very good. Sometimes one of the restaurants are closed and they don't post it.There is a sports bar, lots of tv but you have to pay to play pool..this is an all inclusive resort???The excursions are all n town which takes 2 hours to go, best to stay in a hotel downtown. The city tour was a waste of time, but the lunch was excellent...better then the resort. It's best to stay in city for the entire day. Panama has a lot of beautiful buildings and history to explore.The currency they use is USA funds.The visit to the Panama Canal was interesting ; learning about the history of, but would've loved to go thru on a ship. Overall the trip was ok to relax but I wouldn't go again. With the RUI hotel I would read more on reviews before booking agin with them

  • ng5209 : Newport News, Virginia
My Special vacation not being impressed

Customer service was my first disappointment, felt as if the front desk clerk is rushed to get you to sign and finish without you reading to get rid of you!!! on top of that parking's are far from the main door, worst of all they do not allow me to keep the car while unloading and checking in????? Really, never happened to me before anywhere.

  • ezze : Panama
brief great family stay

I went with the family for a couple days, we had a nice time, the service was very good, the room was comfortable and the quality of the food was good and the selection was very good. The room lacked some visual maintenance but overall it was comfortable, the pillows were oddly small for a king size bed. Free wifi in the common areas but not the rooms.

  • Moriah S :
Amazing

This is definitely a great hotel for families...the kids pool area is perfect for the little ones...my son enjoyed himself ..the room was nice and big plenty of space...the food and drinks were great..they have a photographer at the hotel and we were able to take some amazing family photos

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature

  • 3 Meals daily plus 24-hour snacks
  • All drinks 24-hour (domestic beer and cocktails, select international brands, house wine with meals )
  • Daily activities
  • Introductory scuba lesson in pool
  • Non-motorized water sports
  • Evening entertainment

RIU�-topia bonus:

  • Welcome cocktail
  • Unlimited International drinks
  • In-room liquor dispenser
  • Unlimited dining at a specialty restaurants
  • In-room mini bar re-stocked regularly
  • In-room safe
  • 20% discount on select excursions booked with Signature
  • Signature Hour from 4 - 5 p.m.
  • Free Wi-Fi in the lobby (90 min/per day)
  • Spa credit available (applies to selected treatments, may vary per hotel)
  • 573 Rooms
  • 2 Pools
  • Kids pool
  • Kids Club
  • 4 Restaurants
  • 5 Bars
  • Shops
  • Conference Room (fee)
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in lobby for 90 consecutive minutes daily
  • Concierge Desk
  • Tour Desk
  • Beauty Salon (fee)
  • Non-Motorized water sports
  • Gym 
  • Golf (fee) (nearby)
Garden View Room:
  • Air Conditioned
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Hair Dryer
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Satellite TV
  • Mini Bar
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Liquor Dispenser
  • Telephone
  • Vanity Mirror
  • Bathroom
  • May or may not include sofa or sofa bed
  • Maximum Occupancy 4; Maximum Number of Adults 3
Kids Deals - Children under 2 stay and eat FREE. Children 2-12 yrs pay special rates when sharing a room with 2 paying adults. Max 2 children per room.

Honeymoon Bonus - Surprise welcome gift in your room, King-size bed, Late check-out, and Complimentary upgrade to next available room class. Request at time of booking. Proof of marriage required. Subject to availability and subject to change.
Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

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  • Riu Playa Blanca
    Panama,Panama

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Hotel Riu Playa Blanca
Finca 43.668 Playa Blanca - Provincia de Cocle, Rio Hato 0213 Panama

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. Escapes.ca cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules.

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