Riu Playa Blanca

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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.

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  • Lubep : Miami, Florida
Great Vacation

The Hotel is well kept and the food service is good. The Suite was kept in excellent conditions and the common areas were in constant maintenance. I was very happy to see that the cleaning lady left flowers in the bathroom . It was a nice touch. I would suggest the hotel to build a bathroom near the pool areas since the only place to use the restroom is by the restaurant and it becomes inconvenient for everyone. Due to this issue I think many people pee in the pool and it becomes uncomfortable for anyone to be there. During my stay I did notice that there was some kind of inspection happening because they were testing the water in pool.Overall I had an amazing time, Uzziel in the Bar Burbujas was very welcoming and amazing to everyone. He would prepare the drinks in a timely matter and would take good care of everyone. The view from the suite was amazing and I loved that is a non smoking resort. The a la carte restaurant were great specially Chiriquí.

  • Emily R : Bronson, Michigan, United States
Average stay

We have traveled to many all inclusive resorts and this is one of our least favorites so far. I expected much more out of a Riu.Negatives:Towel bar hours are supposedly 8-6. In reality were about 8:30-5:30Pool bar hours 10A-6P. This includes the bar and the pool itselfPool hours are more limited than expected. The staff starts cleaning around 6 so it's uncomfortable to stay after 6.Stray dogs on all over the beach. Fleas noticed on all animals that came close to people. Hotel staff went out every morning to attempt to chase them off the beach. A few were slightly aggressive towards the staff. After dark one night, one of my fellow travelers tried to go for a beach walk and the dogs chased him back to the resortNo spa, there is a poolside massage option. It is not at all privateRooms are very basic but ours was cleanAl la carte Restaurants are only 6:30-9. If you have a larger group it's hard to plan. No reservations are accepted.Bathrooms in the lobbies were not kept clean. Constantly out of paper and soap. Three nights there was vomit left for hours after notifying the staff. The lights are on auto off and the time is short. The restrooms by sports bar have only 4 stalls in the ladies. 5 stalls at back steakhouse. The restrooms in the main lobby were kept relatively clean and well stocked. No smoking on the property. You have to go to the beach. Also no smoking on the balcony or patio of your room. No covered or seated smoking area. This is a Panama regulation, not the fault of the resort.They offer "food" in the sports bar when the restaurants and buffet are closed. It is actually snacks: nachos and cheese in a hot pot, sandwiches (one piece of meat and cheese), fruit in a container (two pieces). During our stay it was clear that this food was left over from the buffet. No welcome drinks like juice or waterIf you hire a private cab, they are given a hard time when trying to enter or depart. The resort has a desk for car service and strongly prefer you use that service. It is much more costly.Positives:In room drinks/bar are includedA very helpful young lady helped to arrange a sandwich and fruit plate in room for our late arrival group, it was a large group too.The cost is affordableThe resort grounds were relatively cleanScuba Caribe has a small building on the property for water sports including: jet skis, paddling, scuba diving, snorkeling, snuba and fishing. The staff at this business was really, really wonderful. Most of the staff at the resort was helpful and friendlyThey always have plenty of extra bottled water at the desk.The kids pool was much cleaner than I expected and had a number of slides and fountains for the kidsAll rooms have a view, there are no interior rooms. All rooms have a balcony or patio

  • Evelyn B : College Park
very disappointed

I have stayed at other RIU resorts, which were exceptional!! So when my friends decided to stay here, I had no hesitation about staying at this resort so there was no need to review or google the resort. I could have not been more wrong!We booked 3 rooms; all of the rooms had issues.Room #1- the couch was terribly torn with oil stains all over it, The mirrors showed rust stains from the inside, mildew on the ceiling in the bathroom, poor housekeeping that showed signs of dead ants, and not to mention the bugs that were killed during our stay. The night before our departure I was informed that while they were packing a roach scurried across towards their bags (in which they had to quickly kill so they wouldn’t take it home with them).Room #2- The bell hop gave them a tour of the room and informed them that the mini bar was included in the all-inclusive, however when he opened the fridge, it was empty!!! He did NOT mention it to the reception staff, so for 1 day the mini bar was not stocked. Room #3- the shower head and shower had mildew; a soda broke in the fridge; however housekeeping decided to “stock the fridge” however actually just put the new stock on the counter top rather than cleaning up the spilled soda in the fridge. We have come to the conclusion that the reason the soda burst was due to it either:a) being old cans or b) the fridge temp was too high because this exact thing also took place in room 1. The façade of the building was not well kept; you can see the black spots on the balconies and room exteriors. There was no poolside bar service! The bathroom by the pools were not accessible, the door was boarded up. The dining food was at least average! I really can’t believe that this is the same resort I recommend to all my constituents! The RIU Playa Blanca resort was not up to par. I cannot recommend this resort; however most of the staff, who were hospitable.

  • KevC74 : Keswick, Canada
A Nice Relaxing Visit

I traveled to this Hotel from Oct 27-Nov 3 with my wife and another couple. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Our flight to and from with Sunwing was uneventful, just the way I like it. The resort was 15 minutes away from the airport. Check in was ok. Our rooms were ready when we received our package.We had an ocean front room on the 6th floor that was clean, modern and spacious. There was lots of storage space for the two of us. A large washroom with double sinks and enough counter space for all our needs. If I had a complaint about the room it would be the pillows, they are not the most comfortable. The food was really good. I found something I really enjoyed at every meal. There is a great selection of flavours. The only restaurant that really had "servers" was the steak houseWe had an opportunity to enjoy a drink or two at each of the bars on site. The bartenders were very accommodating even when it was busy. There are some areas that need repair in the resort. The most important would be the tiles around the pool area. Cracked, broken and loose tiles are asking for trouble with bare footed guests. Overall, I enjoyed this resort too much to let the little things spoil my stay.I agree with other reviews that this is not an ideal Beach destination. I did enjoy my first experience of fine black sand but I didn't enjoy the ocean experience, it was murky, rocky and at times it was pretty rough. However, with the exception of the previously mentioned tiles to watch for, I thoroughly my time in the pools.We booked a tour of the city with Panama Roadrunners. The price was reasonable and our guide (Alain) was knowledgeable and friendly. Panama city is beautiful and the Panama Canal is a must see.I will return to this resort if I have the opportunity, it was everything I hoped for.

  • 131lisae :
Nice Place, Great People!

Our trip was Oct 27-Nov 3, it is rainy season during this time, and it did rain, but not all day, every day, like the weather reports look like.. There was lots of sun too.. and HEAT. Boy is it warm there! We flew with Sunwing, and it flies into the Rio Hato airport, which is conveniently located about a 10 Minute drive (at most) from the resort. Our check in was AWESOME.. Very quick and efficient. Our room number was 1019 and 1020, which was perfect for us.. Close to everything as far as I am concerned. Rooms were spacious, Beds were comfy. The week we were there, we were the only Sunwing flight, so less than 200 of the guests at the hotel were from Canada. The other guests were Spanish speaking... either local or from countries close by. The internet was free in the lobby, but we opted to pay for internet in our rooms, which I thought was very reasonable... 40$ for the week, for 4 devices. not bad at all! The connectivity was pretty good too. The beach was big, but it is black sand, and due to the season, the water was pretty murky due to the river run off, which comes into the ocean right beside the resort. (this place may not be for you if you are an ocean lover) I thought the pools were huge and beautiful. The only issue here is the lack of bathrooms by the pool, but it does look like they are in the process of building some.. hopefully they open soon, because that was a real pain, my only real complaint. The drinks were always good and plentiful! J Villa, the bartender at the swim up bar was AWESOME!Food was alright.. we always found something we liked. There are 3 Al a cartes, we only go to 2, the steakhouse was pretty good, I was not a fan of the Asian, and we did not get to the Italian. We went on one excursion.. the Partial Transit through the Panama Canal. It was AWESOME! Really enjoyed it. It is a LONG day. We did not get back to the resort until 10:15. Due to the timing of the boats, they cannot predict how long you will be out there, but I personally think it was worth it.Unfortunately, we did have a health issue while we there, and I cannot say enough about how WONDERFUL SUNWING, the staff at the hotel, and the Clinic at the resort were. JOSE from SUNWING was our personal ANGEL. I really truly don't know what we would have done without him.. I cannot thank him enough for his kindness and help. Omar and Estelle were also fabulous. Fabiola at the hotel was warm, kind and wonderful as well. I really did not have much of an opinion about SUNWING before, but I can certainly tell you know, that I sing their praises now, and always will rave about JOSE, and how fantastic he is.

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
  • Resort fees (if applicable) must be paid directly to the hotel
  • Hotel transfers for packages to USA
  • 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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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.

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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.

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