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"The hotel and especially all the people were wonderful. What I didn't like was a very BIG thing, it is located two to three hours south of Panama Cit ... " More

By a verified traveler on Wed 29 Jan 2020

Hotel Description

3.5-star beachfront property near Playa Blanca

On the beach

You'll be within half a mile (1 km) of Farallon Beach and 2 miles (3 km) of Santa Clara Beach with a stay at this Rio Hato property. Also, Farallon Island is within half a mile (1 km) and Playa Blanca is within 6 miles (10 km).

All-inclusive

A nightclub, 4 restaurants, and 3 outdoor pools are all featured at this all-inclusive property. Enjoy a day at the beach snorkeling, or relax with sun loungers. Relax with a drink at one of the 5 bars/lounges and enjoy free perks like buffet breakfast and free self parking.

Free WiFi, balconies

The 573 guestrooms have TVs with satellite channels and offer free WiFi and free minibar items. Balconies, free bottled water, and ceiling fans are also available.

Family Room, 2 Bedrooms (B2C)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 5 Max

Double Room Ocean View

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Two Bedroom Family Room

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 5 Max

Triple Room (B2C)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Double Room Courtyard View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Double Room, Oceanfront (B2C)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Riu Playa Blanca - All Inclusive ratings based on 17 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.4 out of 5 3.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 3.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 3.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Riu Playa Blanca - All Inclusive

Everyone (8) Couples (4) Family (4)
4 out of 5
The hotel and especially all the people were wonderful. What I didn't like was a very BIG thing, it is located two to three hours south of Panama City airport. This should be noted BEFORE SOMEONE BOOKS THIS RESORT! The cost to get to the resort is between $130.00 and $150.00 plus tip. There also no outside tours available from this resort (accept to Anton which was fine) without going back to Panama City thus incurring another cost for that transportation to and from this resort. Everything about the resort was great (accept the entertainment which was redundant at best)

Posted by on Jan 29, 2020

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3 out of 5
I think the property was pretty decent. I think the 24 hour sports bar needed more snacks and more drink options, especially when you get back from a long excursion and miss dinner. The specialty restaurants need made to order foods instead of a buffet style layout. I think a spa would be a nice addition and later towel service. The rooms need more towels Instead of just two of each and the room bar needs more than two cokes, two sprits, two beers and two waters every 48 hours.

Posted by on Nov 10, 2019

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4 out of 5
They need to pain the property and clean it better

Posted by on Sep 15, 2019

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3 out of 5
This is the first time i did all inclusive where every restaurant is self service. The hotel didnt have room service. There were no waiters at the pool area to get you drinks.

Posted by on Jul 19, 2019

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4 out of 5
The resort is a solid 3 stars. Good kid pool and slides. Food was fine not great. Staff very friendly. Rooms are basic but clean. Would go back.

Posted by on Jul 9, 2019

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2 out of 5
Well first thing is. The room wasn’t cleaned. The sofa had huge stains. Then maintenance or someone with a key opened our door while we were changing. Told front desk they told me they would reach out to me. Never did. Then the adults pool was filled with kids and staff didn’t care. But cared that I didn’t have a shirt during lunch in there outdoor eating area. And the last night the fire alarm went off for 10 mins at 4am. Honestly never going back

Posted by , from Boston on Jun 11, 2019

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4 out of 5
Well kept property. The room was missing a full length mirror, as other rooms had.

Posted by on Jun 6, 2019

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4 out of 5

Posted by on May 14, 2019

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3 out of 5
Staff did not seem concerned about visitors. The bar staff in particular. Front desk as well. Not much service. Beer was gross. Food not great. Mediocre at best.

Posted by on May 4, 2019

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2 out of 5
Hotel was ok, room was ok, pool was ok but need to open the bar at the pool same time the pool opens. Bartender suck and gave little alchohol on drinks. Beach was not very clean and water was contaminated which no one could swim in. The restuarants were bad and the only good food was the buffet. I hope you plan to fix these issues for your future guess, as for me and my group we will Not ever come back to this hotel resort again.

Posted by , from Maryland on Oct 18, 2018

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About the Riu Playa Blanca - All Inclusive

Location Finca 43.668, Rio Hato, Cocle

Renovations + Closures

This property is closed from 1 April 2020 to 30 June 2020 (dates subject to change).

All-inclusive Details

This property is all-inclusive. Onsite food and beverages are included in the room price (some restrictions may apply).

Gratuities and taxes
Gratuities and taxes are included. Additional gratuities at guests' discretion are accepted.

Food and beverages

  • All buffet and à la carte meals, snacks, and beverages included
  • In-room minibar (all beverages included)
  • In-room liquor dispensers

Activities and facilities/equipment
All non-motorized water sports, land activities, and use of recreational facilities and equipment are included.

Water activities

  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling

Land activities
  • Volleyball

Lessons/classes/games
  • Aerobics

Kids' club

  • Supervised activities for children between 4 and 12 years old

Entertainment

  • Onsite entertainment and activities
  • Access to onsite clubs
  • Onsite live performances

Not included

  • Golf green fees
  • Use of golf cart
  • Use of golf equipment
  • Motorized water sports
  • Sailboats
  • Scuba-diving excursions
  • Snorkeling excursions
  • Airport transfers
  • Offsite tours
  • Transportation to offsite activities

  • Kayaking included
  • Access to onsite clubs included
  • Taxes included
  • Buffet and à la carte dining
  • Airport transfers not included
  • Volleyball included
  • Scuba diving excursions not included
  • Snorkeling excursions not included
  • Motorized water sports not included
  • All available beverages included
  • Golf green fees not included
  • Use of golf equipment not included
  • Use of golf cart not included
  • Transportation to offsite activities not included
  • Offsite tours not included
  • Sailboats not included
  • Aerobics classes/lessons included
  • Onsite entertainment and activities included
  • Gratuities included
  • Additional gratuities accepted
  • All food and beverages included
  • Minibar (all beverages included)
  • In-room liquor dispensers
  • All non-motorized water sports included
  • Onsite live performances included
  • All land activities, and recreational facilities and equipment included
  • Snorkeling included

Property Features

Riu Playa Blanca - All Inclusive is an all-inclusive property. Room rates include meals and beverages at onsite restaurants and bars. Other items and amenities, including taxes and gratuities, and access to recreational activities and entertainment may also be included. Additional charges may apply for meals at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, certain beverages, and other amenities. As a guest of Riu Playa Blanca - All Inclusive, you'll find 3 outdoor swimming pools, a waterslide, and a children's pool. There are 4 restaurants on site, as well as a snack bar/deli and a grocery/convenience store. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include 5 bars/lounges and a swim-up bar. Free breakfast is available daily. A computer station is on site and WiFi is free in public spaces. A meeting room and limo/town car service are available. A nightclub, a terrace, and tour/ticket assistance are also featured at the eco-friendly Riu Playa Blanca - All Inclusive. Self parking is free. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this 3.5-star Rio Hato property.

  • 1 building
  • 573 guestrooms or units
  • 7 levels
  • 4 dining venues
  • 5 bars or lounges
  • 157 sq m of conference space
  • Built in 2014
  • Buffet breakfast (free)
  • Nightclub
  • Bar by the pool
  • Swim-up bar
  • Deli
  • Beach lounge chairs
  • Towels for the beach
  • Cabanas by the pool (free)
  • Poolside lounge chairs
  • Umbrellas for the pool
  • Conference space
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Dry cleaning
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Car service
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Pool or billiards table
  • Convenience store
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gift shop
  • Computer for guest use
  • Television in lobby
  • Onsite shopping
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • Smoking in designated areas

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Number of outdoor pools - 3
  • Children's pool
  • Waterslide
  • Free WiFi
  • Grocery/convenience store
  • Snack bar/deli

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking

Free self parking , Free RV, bus, truck parking

Transport

  • Airport: Tocumen Intl. Airport (PTY) (139.7 km / 86.8 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking and RV/bus/truck parking

Room Amenities

Riu Playa Blanca - All Inclusive offers 573 air-conditioned accommodations with free minibar items and laptop-compatible safes. Rooms open to balconies. Satellite television is provided. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Additionally, rooms include complimentary bottled water and irons/ironing boards. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Private balcony
  • Stocked minibar (free)
  • Television
  • Satellite channels
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hair dryer
  • Laptop safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Blackout drapes
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Ensuite bathroom

Food & Drink

Guests are served free buffet breakfast daily from 7 AM to 10:30 AM.

Balboa - This buffet restaurant specializes in American cuisine and serves breakfast and dinner.

Xian - This restaurant specializes in Asian cuisine and serves dinner only. Open daily.

Il Palazzo - This restaurant specializes in Italian cuisine and serves dinner only. Open daily.

Chiriqui - This poolside steakhouse serves lunch and dinner. Open daily.

Nearby Activities

3 outdoor swimming pools are on site along with a children's pool. Other recreational amenities include a waterslide.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Snorkeling on site
  • Fitness classes on site
  • Scuba diving on site
  • Beach volleyball on site
  • Kayaking on site

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them in the special requests field on the booking page after selecting your room.

  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM
  • Check-in time ends at midnight
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Check-out

  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pet Policy

  • Pets and service animals are not allowed at Riu Playa Blanca - All Inclusive

Policies

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests.Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests.Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • Staff temperature checks are conducted regularly
  • Temperature checks are available to guests
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Protective clothing is available to guests
  • Masks are available to guests
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Gloves are available to guests
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer
  • Staffed front desk
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cribs (infant beds) available
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available
  • Service animals not allowed
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available for lunch
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available for dinner
  • No gap period between guest stays

Hotel Names

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You should know

  • Reservations are needed for golf tee times. For reservations, contact the property before arrival using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
  • Pets and service animals are not allowed on site.

Awards & Affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Travelife, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.

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Frequently Asked Questions

*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.