Wyndham Grand Playa Blanca
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We were hosted for a sunset birthday party at this property. Not our first visit, but one of the most memorable. The party was set by the artificial saltwater lagoon on a full moon. The property is well kept and clean. It was a private party but the setting could not have been prettier. The lagoon is enchanted and peaceful. It was lit with bright colors and the event went on until late. Our Jr. Suite was adequate and spacious. It needs only a bit of retouching but everything is working well. The grounds of the larger hotel are well kept as are the common facilities. We stayed at the Town Center, which has bigger rooms. Excellent stay and even better hosts. Happy Birthday!!!!!!
The food was good and the staff was friendly. The weather was amazing, too. Otherwise my experience at Playa Blanca was a disappointment. I don't know who assigns the number of stars for a resort, but this is definitely NOT a 4-star establishment. It is an older resort and it has not been kept up. Lots of things need fixing both in the rooms and around the resort itself. For example, we had to ask for a new shower head on our first day. My fellow travellers had similar complaints with broken toilet handles, showers that didn't work.The cleaning service left much to be desired. Our shower stall was not cleaned at all during our two-week stay; behind the bathroom door was not swept or mopped for the entire stay. Cleaning staff often neglected to leave things like facecloths, hand towels or bath mats, and we had to talk to reception a number of times. There wasn't enough staff on duty around the resort to clean up empty glasses and dirty plates which accumulated during the day around the pool area. We hadn't realized that this was also a day resort for locals which meant that the pools and dining area were often crowded and noisy. The music around the pool area was incredibly loud and intrusive and made hanging out in the area unpleasant.The rooms themselves were okay, but the beds were not particularly comfortable and the pillows were bad, really bad! This resort has a lot of potential. The layout is great and the pools are nice. But it needs many upgrades to bring it up to a 4-star standard. As well, the resort is quite far from anywhere..you can't even take a local bus into a nearby town. A tour company associated with the hotel offers a number of tours, but we chose to go with another company at at much cheaper rate. Definitely do some checking if you are thinking about Playa Blanca Resort. I would not recommend it.
We visited Panama on a Sunwing Vacation from Toronto Jan. 16-23.It is a five hour flight with no meals so take food or snacks with you. Same for the return flight.The scheduled landing time was 7:55pm and we were right on time. The Rio Hato airport is only 15 minutes from the Playa Blanca Resort, however, due to a long bus delay we didn't arrive at the resort until 9:15pm. The main dining room (buffet) was open till 10pm so we were able to get something to eat.After dinner there was a floor show at the main stage which we watched as we were in building #6 and had to walk past the main stage to get to our building. It was then we discovered that the Disco was in a separate building in front of our balcony. Disco hours were till 3:30AM and the music was loud. The main stage was outside our front door. We realized that we needed to move. Resort staff were extremely helpful and moved us to building #7, which was much much better. Delightful in fact. If you have a chance to get into Building #7, GO FOR IT. You won't be disappointed. The beach was right in front of us, the Thai restaurant was very close (and we went there 3 times it was so good), the buffet was close, the main pool was three minutes away, the Italian restaurant was close as was the grill restaurant. All in all the meals were very satisfactory and were all served by charming staff. Their Spanish is very good..... It was 93 F every day with blue skies and sunshine and the evenings were about 80 F. So very warm. A breeze came up every day about noon and strengthened as the afternoon progressed making the heat quite bearable. But don't be fooled by the bearable part as the sun burned equally as quickly. So do not go without your sun screen, #30 at least. Many people did not watch themselves and some nasty burns resulted.We played golf one day at the Decameron resort; went diving one day with Scuba Caribe located right next door at the Riu Hotel and spent one day on the Panama Canal in a large tour boat. These three events were well worth while. The flight home left Rio Hato at 8:50PM and arrived in Toronto about 2:00AM. By the time we got through customs, got our bags and got our car it was 3AM and we arrived home in Cambridge at 3:45AM.Panama was on our bucket list and we were glad we went.
Besides the warm weather and the nice beach this vacation would be a bust. First it was a disappointment at the lack of speaking or understanding of English. I dont expect everyone to speak or understand but the people at the front desk didnt speak or understand. The room was nice but we had no hot water for showers all week and no one at the front desk even understood what I was asking when we told them about it. Buffet was sub standard with very little selection and most of the time the food was cold. Service was almost non existent and we had to get our own drinks. Could only book one alacarte a day so you had to reserve every morning. The alacarte's had good food and the service was okay so eat at those restaurants. Book at the steakhouse quick because its only open on the weekend. Weekends are very busy as people from the local area come to spend the weekend. Entertainment is below par and the first hour or two are spent with the children which doesn't start until 8 or 8:30 so the show doesn't start until around 10. The shows are below what you usually see at a resort so it was disappointing. If you want peace and quiet do not stay in buildings 6 or 7. The disco has blaring music until 3am not to mention the horrible karaoke on the show stage after the show. Then they start the load pool music at 7:30 am so not alot of quiet time to sleep if you're in those buildings. Im not saying I had a miserable vacation because it was sunny and hot with a nice beach and we found the good spots to eat so by no means did I starve or go thirsty but this resort misses the mark on so many little things that it impacts the overall experience. I understand that they cater towards spanish speaking vacationers but if they want to break into English speaking clients they need to change things around. Having stayed at Riu's, Memories and Bahia Principe resorts in the past maybe I've been spoiled but this resort is well below their standard and was disappointed with how it was but the sun and heat still beats the snow and cold.
We have just returned from Playa Blanca Panama. We had a great time. The resort was very nice. Rooms were quite large and clean. If you want to dance all night or just listen to the disco make sure you ask for a room by the disco..if you are looking for quiet make sure your room is close to the lobby. The buffet was tasty and a la carts were very good..you do have to reserve every day at 8 am for your supper. The beach was awesome..just make sure you have some kind of footware as the black sand is very hot. There are two pools on the resort that are very nice with activities. The large salt water pool has a price of $15 per person to use but this includes food and bar for the day. It is about a 5 minute walk. Christian our sunwing representative was very helpful with any questions we had and he made himself available everyday even if it was just to say hi. We did 1 excursion....the eco Valley tour...very interesting. All in all a very nice place and I would recommend it to all age groups.
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- 3 meals daily plus snacks
- All drinks (domestic beer and cocktails, select international brands, house wine with dinner)
- Room service
- Daily activities
- Nightly entertainment
- Non-motorized water sports
- Beach volleyball
- Spanish Lessons
- Cooking classes
- 230 Rooms
- 4 Restaurants
- 2 Bars
- 3 Pools
- Fitness center
- Room Service (fee)
- Concierge services
- Dry Cleaning Services (fee)
- Gift Shop
- Spa, nearby (fee)
- Golf, nearby (fee)
- Internet access
- 2 Double Beds
- Air Conditioned
- Hair Dryer
- 32" LCD HD TV
- Satellite TV
- Mini bar (restocked daily)
- Rain Shower
- Telephone with Voice Mail
- Electronic safety deposit box
- Special make-up mirror
- Luxury Amenities in Bathroom
- iPod docking station with AM/FM radio
- Coffee/tea maker (daily refill)
- Maximum Occupancy 4, up to 3 adults
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Wyndham Grand Playa BlancaPanama,Panama
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115 Km Via Interamericana, Farallon, Rio Hato 8437 Panama
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