Wyndham Grand Playa Blanca
- What's Included
- All Inclusive Features
The good:1. Food in Restaurant is amazing. Great variety, always. It tastes like real food, lots of choices of soups and salads, lots sea food. 2. Having access to Lagoona - a huge Swimming pool is big plus. Good escape for a family with kids. They can spend hours on waterslids and pool has multiple depth that kids can swim safely. You must try a Laguna beach bar. Not your usual beach bar with lame burgurs and fries, you've got good menu and they serve you at the tables with drinks. Unfortunatelly we discovered that on our last day. Try riding a boat across the pool or take a ride on water ski. Where else in the world you can do that inside the pool. What can I say: Panamians seemed to like to dig))) remember that amazing Panama Canal they got?3. Great location close to the airport, about 10 minutes ride. 4. Westjet rep Jose at the resort is a doing a Great job, organizing your excursions and taking care of all us, Canadians. Outta boy!5. Hotel and territories are well taken care of, always clean and groomed. The bad:1. If you like to swim in the ocean, you are at the Pacific side and water isn't very clear. There is a chance you can step on a stingray: happened often there. The beach send is volcanic nature so it's black and gets really hot around noon, almost impossible to walk on without swimming shoes or slippers. 2. If you came to enjoy the ocean view, it has a million dollar view. Except there is a group of locals that swarm you offering you to ride their bourses or to get them drinks at the bar. They are sitting on their horses next to your beach bed and there is no Security to get rid of them. I am sorry but I came to enjoy the ocean, not to look at horses @$$!!! Management has to address this issue. 3. Be careful walking around the pool and in the hallways. Terrible choice of tiles: once wet it is extremely slippery. My daughter and I both cut our toes.4. All personel is Spanish speaking and barely understands English. Be ready!5. Hotel Playa Blanca sells dayly passes to locals. Untill March kids are off the school for their summer vacation, so 90% of the resort is filled with local families with school kids that come for just a day. Different type of atmosphere when you have such a great turn around rate. Its like you would treat your car different then rental car. Huge line ups at the restaurant to get food and they don't have a sence how line ups work. To sum it all up, we are happy we went their but I would not recommend it or would go back there.
Playa Blanca Beach Resort Hotel is our favorite place to go for short vacations in Panama. The all inclusive serves bountiful breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets with a mix of fresh fruit and salad, local dishes and international foods. There are also two specialty restaurants for a la carte meals for dinner. Also, all day long there are snack bars that serve fast food type dishes, hamburgers, pizza, nachos and other tasty light meals. Our son always wants to go back for his birthday because of the pizza. The waitresses are delightful. They are friendly, sociable and provide very attentive special service. This trip, Flora Garcia took care of us. She is the best, remembered our breakfast and drink preferences from the day before and with her friendly smile and personality we enjoyed pleasant and informative conversation. Since it was my son's birthday and he likes pizza, they even prepared a special pizza for him in the main restaurant when there was none in the snack bar, and we purchased a delicious chocolate birthday cake for him which we brought back home to finish with the rest of our family for his family party.The all inclusive also includes all the alcoholic beverages you want to drink, wine, beer, mixed drinks or straight liquor if you prefer with more expensive liquors available for purchase, open all day and until midnight each night. Just be careful about over indulging with all the drinks and food you want to take.The beach is nice there for casual swimming and walking with plenty of lounge chairs and towels available. The swimming pools are quite large and have several sections, including two jacuzzis. My wife is Panamanian and during my 14 years as a Panama resident I have visited several hotels and resorts but we just keep going back to Playa Blanca at least once every year. It's beautiful, comfortable and convenient, and for those who come for international vacations for a longer stay there are several interesting places to go and visit, including the city of Panama and the Panama Canal, only a couple of hours away for daytrips and back to Playa Blanca at night.
This resort was good but I hesitate to recommend it for everyone. We were five our daughter and two grand children. To quote our daughter â€śThis place is well broken inâ€ť the rooms were rough but cleaned regularly. Hot water was off and on the key card was unreliable I changed mine at least five times in two weeks. There is lots of things for the wee folk. We have been to many all inclusive resorts over the years and I believe this place has had the best food of all. The New Yearâ€™s eve6 buffet was exquisite. Two weeks and nobody was the least bit sick nor where we tired of the choices offered
Loved it! Pool is gigantic, claim it is the biggest in the world! Nice water slide, great beachside bars and everyone working there is very pleasant! Food was a good variety, and breakfast had eggs as you order with lots of extras.
I stayed in Hotel Playa Blanca Beach Resort for one night only. I booked the the reservation through a third party website for very competitive price.The stay was okay to average. There is a few things that the hotel management can spend some time and improve.1) The check-in process started at 3pm (and check-out is at 12pm). You're given a number if you arrive early. At 3pm, you line up according to the number assigned to you. If you arrived at 3pm or closer to this time, you will likely get your room closer to 4pm depending on the amount of people ahead of you. I found the whole process a bit inefficient since you "lose" time on your stay. I successfully check-in around 3:30pm but I was told that my room was "not ready" and that I had to come back to the front desk 30 minutes later to pick up the room keys. I found this very unacceptable. However, I did not complaint. I went to one of the snack restaurants and had something to eat and returned half an hour later. The lady (Ana) who helped me this time around and handed me the room key was nice and kind enough to give me a complimentary late-check for the inconvenience. I value this type of good-will service specially in the hotel business, where guest experience should be a priority.[Suggestion] - Perhaps the hotel could allow guests to pre check-in if they arrive early and complete the paper work. Then pick up the room key and wristband later at 3pm. This would allow guests to take full advantage of the stay the first day since sunset is around 6ish pm in Panama.2) Service at the Buffet restaurant - seating service is available during the opening of the restaurant during the early stage of breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you arrive an hour before the restaurant closes, there's no seating service and you have to find your way to a "clean" table with silverware ready to go, which was rare. In general, restaurant service in Panama (I am from Panama) is not great. Not attentive or friendly. It was definitely displayed in the buffet restaurant as well. There were a couple of exception but it is just too inconsistent the service across the hotel.[Suggestion] - If management provide consistent training and assessment to the restaurant service, it can considerably improve the guest experience. Look in the cases of Mexico, Costa Rica and Colombia. Service in those countries at top-notch in general. You need to provide training and make it a priority. That's how you differentiate yourself in a hotel or restaurant business.3) Pool and beach towels - I did not manage to get my hands on any pool/beach towels from the resort in my 1-night stay because every single time I went for towels, they were out. "No clean towels", said the staff every time. Then you need to check again with the staff 45min to an hour later to see if they have clean towels for you. This was something I read from other reviewers prior to making my reservation. So I was not too surprised. I was just curious on the thought of how a "resort" hotel does not have enough towels for guests. Maybe there's a shortage of towels in stock, slow laundry service, etc?[Suggestion] - Review your laundry process. Get a surplus of towels. I think this one comes down heavily on the hotel management. Please do not overlook this piece of feedback.4) Cleanliness of the room - Overall, the room was decent in term of cleanliness. However, the closet furniture was dusty and the toilet definitely needed some extra cleaning work. [Suggestion] - Better cleaning process, please.5) Room security - The balcony area is pretty big and sweet. However, in my case, the glass door to the balcony would not lock. The lock is damaged. I had a second floor room. Please contact me directly to disclose the room number that require service as anyone cloud let themselves in through the balcony. [Suggestion] - Hotel establishments need periodic maintenance. This is key. Do not overlook this item and spend the bucks to keep the hotel in good conditions.6) No in-room WiFi - Nowadays, WiFi is increasingly popular and it drives guest experience anywhere in the service industry. I was surprise that WiFi was not available in the room.[Suggestion] - Add WiFi.Overall, I really had a good stay and enjoyed the time. There were just a few things (such as the above items) that bothered me and affects my view of the hotel. You get what you pay for. The price was competitive amongst the neighboring resort hotels in the area. I would recommend this resort if you're in a budget. The hotel management has tons of work to do. I am definitely looking forward to return to this resort in the future to see improvements. To the hotel management - You may feel free to contact me directly for any details of my feedback and stay. Thanks.
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- Hotel transfers for packages to USA
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- 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 BarsÂ
- 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 DryerÂ
- 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
- Hotel Contacts
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115 Km Via Interamericana, Farallon, Rio Hato 8437 Panama
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