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Finca 43.668 Playa Blanca, Rio Hato 0213 Panama
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 18/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#1 of 6 in Rio Hato
2022 Travellers' Choice Best of the Best
The 24-hour All Inclusive Hotel Riu Hotel Playa Blanca opens year round and is located on the beautiful Playa Blanca beach, on the Pacific coast of Panama. The RIU Classic Hotels offer comfortable rooms and excellent facilities with great leisure and relaxation facilities, as well as international gastronomy. Enjoy a relaxing holiday - whether alone, with family, partner or friends! The location is ideal due to its proximity to Tocumen Airport PTY (150 km) and Rio Hato (4 km) and invites you to explore the area. The hotel has 573 comfortably furnished rooms and offers many amenities. Relax in the spa area or get in shape at the gym. 3 outdoor pools, 1 children's pool. Day and evening entertainment, as well as our Pacha discotheque in our neighboring Hotel Riu Montego Bay. For lovers of gastronomy, we offer live cooking stations at our main restaurant, Italian and Asian specialty restaurants, Steakhouse, as well as 5 bars.
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Property amenities
Free internet
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Paid wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Snack bar
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Nightclub / DJ
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids club
Car hire
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Head massage
Baggage storage
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Private balcony
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Ocean view
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Diana27040 wrote a review Yesterday
1 contribution
Great vibes and you might need rehab after your stay with how many drinks you’ll have. It’s true the food options aren’t the greatest but they still have a good variety. The beach is right by the pool, but we definitely stayed at the bar pool longer.
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Review collected in partnership with riu.com
Date of stay: May 2022
Sleep Quality
Pedrogszalay wrote a review Jun 2021
Tallahassee, Florida54 contributions13 helpful votes
Hotel's Favourite
Wonderful Pepe, welcome our family for two nights. Riu employees welcoming in all the areas of resort. Very clean and safe in Covid !!! 😷 The gastrinomic food and selection , Bravo👏👏 If you eat or drink to much you can have nice walk in beach watching beautiful Pacific Ocean . I would like to tell you all ,Daniela and Maria Cruz at Balboa Restaurant are Superb Servers !!!!
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled
Room Tip: Two nights are wonderful
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Lex wrote a review 16 May
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Honestly this place is one of the most disorganized resorts I've ever experienced. From the moment we came in more than half our group didn't have reservations. Multiple restaurants closed for no reason night after night. No food after 11pm. Quality of some bookable restaurants was good, but like I said they were sometimes closed. All restaurants took forever to get you food. I'm talking over an hour and a half, missed orders, you name it. Rooms were dirty as hell, pools were dirty and small, drinks were watered down especially the beers. Much of the staff are pissed off, and have bad attitudes. DON'T GO TO THIS RESORT. 5 STAR IS HIGHLY OVERSTATED. THIS IS A 3.5 AT BEST! Save yourself the trouble and go somewhere else.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled
Response from RIU Hotels and Resorts, Owner at Hotel Riu Playa Blanca
Responded 4 days ago
Dear CYBRHKR, We appreciate you took the time to leave your impressions regarding your recent stay with us. It is disappointing to read that despite our efforts we could not fulfil your expectations in some areas. We would like to thank you for having chosen our resort for your stay. Nevertheless, we will take note of your observations for future arrangements. Best regards, Hotel Riu Playa Blanca Online Reputation Manager
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Teedee21 wrote a review 16 May
Union City, New Jersey1 contribution
My husband and I booked this vacation last minute and since we always stayed at a Riu hotel in different locations when we travel, we decided to book Riu playa Blanca. We booked the ocean front room but the room was not in the best condition and I must stay I was a little disappointed so we spoke to someone in the receptionist who told us they would change the room for us the next day. So the next day we went and spoke to Denny in the reception area and the manager who I didn’t get his name but he was very helpful and extremely professional about the situation upgraded our room to the Suite and even had a welcome dessert platter in the room. The rest of the 4 nights were amazing. In general this location had entertainment options, the price was VERY affordable, wonderful staff, quick to address concerns and if you are a picture lover Leo the Photographer was amazing!!! Very patient and captured a lot of good shots.
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Review collected in partnership with riu.com
Date of stay: May 2022
Sleep Quality
Ehsan wrote a review 6 May
Winnipeg, Canada1 contribution1 helpful vote
We chose Riu Playa Blanca on the basis of our experience during our stay at Riu Marengo, Putro Plata Dominican Repoblic at 2018. Riu Playa Blanca was much better. The culture, education, and hospitality were at the highest in Playa Blanca. Nobody looked for TIP. Rooms were clean, food and drinkable water at bars, and icemakers were filtered. We are from Canada, we drank water from bars and used ice so we did not get sick. We feel safe and welcomed everywhere. The prices at the souvenir shop in the hotel lobby were acceptable. We went on Monkey Island Excursion (ECO Tour) on Panama Channel. The transportation was good and safe. The tour guide was educated and knowledgeable. We will go back to Riu Playa Blanca for sure. The hotel and Riu service introduced Panama to us as a safe and right destination for our future adventures. Good Job people!
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Date of stay: April 2022
Sleep Quality
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US$142 - US$180 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Riu Playa Blanca
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Riu Playa Blanca?
Nearby attractions include Playa Santa Clara (5.3 km) and Palmer Beach (3.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Riu Playa Blanca?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel Riu Playa Blanca?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel Riu Playa Blanca?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Riu Playa Blanca?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Fogata, Restaurante Xoko, and Pipa's Beach Bar & Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hotel Riu Playa Blanca?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Hotel Riu Playa Blanca?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Hotel Riu Playa Blanca offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Does Hotel Riu Playa Blanca have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Hotel Riu Playa Blanca accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.