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Hotel Riu Plaza Panama
Ranked #17 of 113 Hotels in Panama City
Certificate of Excellence
Netherlands
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374 reviews
92 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
“Swimming between skyscrapers”
Reviewed 9 January 2014 via mobile

Before I forget, if you drive yourself from the airport, make sure you buy a pass and use the corredor sud instead of trying to save $ 15. Maybe there is no problem outside rush hour, but it took us 1,5 hr to the hotel, while the corredor would have taken us only 15 minutes...

Reception desk was slow, only one guy, but the rest is really good. Nice large room, great view, king bed, good shower and bathroom, free valet parking and a huge, very good breakfast, one of the best I have ever had, and I travel about 60 days a year.

Located 15 minutes from casco viejo by cab, at $ 6, it was a very good deal. If you take a cab, do not get one in front of the hotel, they will charge you triple.

Decent pool area, including outside dining ( nothing special). We did not check out the fitness not massage, but both are available.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2014 via mobile

Lovely large rooms with great decor and amenities, including
a tv you can plug your camera into to view pictures. Terrific views. Comfortable beds.

The downside is the staff, but that's a common problem in Panama. Checkin was tedious, staff at breakfast was inattentive, concierge was not familiar with nearby restaurants and didn't notice that the Google maps printout showed their hotel in the wrong location, making the walking directions inaccurate.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2014

Stayed for a night on business a couple of months back and the hotel is large, centrally located with many excellent restaurants inside. Breakfast is plentiful and the front desk staff were accommodating and very nice to deal with. Rooms were large, airy and had excellent bathrooms. I have no opinion on the facilities (pool, fitness) as I was only there for a night, but the hotel is not near a beach. Two drawbacks:

1. Walls in the rooms were thin and sounds from adjacent rooms were audible.
2. Breakfast room charged $5 for a Perrier which was excessive since breakfast was included in the rate. That was inappropriate.

Overall a great experience, would recommend.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2014

I stayed at the Riu Panama City Plaza for one night during an extended layover on my way to Europe. It is a relatively modern property that appears to gave been recently made over. Reasonably priced ( $109), very convenient from the Tocumen airport and in the financial district.

Staff seemed a bit clueless. Car booked by the hotel never arrived to meet me at the airport. My room reservation (made via the Riu central reservation line) did not show up at check in. In both cases the staff member had no explanations or answers. Kind of an unfortunate way to begin my Riu Panama experience.

The "free" minibar is stocked with a water, two lite beers and 2 cans of soda.

Breakfast buffet was good but was a bit overshadowed by the cafeteria style setup that reminded me of junior high.

Room decore was a garish green theme that didnt seem to have alot of thought put into it. Not my cup of tea

Overall, an average operation, can't say i'll stay there again on my next triptrt

Room Tip: Upper floors have great seaside views
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Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 265 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2014

" Riu Plaza Panama " has an excellent location in the business center, at 30th Street, a major artery. Attractive building with a large hall . The best are the rooms, nearly suites, so large , with a king size bed, and a fridge full of soft drinks, without extra charge. Spectacular bathroom. Nice decoration, and that includes in the hall and rooms the 4 bars, characteristics of the Catalan and Balearic flag. Thanks Mr. Riu. The shower surprised us for its giant dish over the head. Breakfast with excellent diversity (however, upgradable juices) . Wifi impeccable . If you ask for a high floor, facing south (the coast), you will enjoy a panoramic view of Panama (Also from the east end of the corridor, you have a good picture of the incredible " Screw " the most beautiful building of the capital. The only fault, the low agreeableness found in the reception on the first day. It was dawn and we had to wait 20 minutes to be served. Also with the captain of the breakfast room we comment the overall good quality of the food, and to be improved the juices, but no answer. In a word: excellent accommodation for a very reasonable price (by Booking) .

Room Tip: Very high floor, looking south.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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La Londe Les Maures, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2014 via mobile

Very clean hotel, comfortable rooms. Free minibar, good free wifi connection. Pool was crowded and expect loud music. Food is at a reasonable price, shrimp fettuccini at the pool was nice for 9,50 $ if you need a night Or 2 Or a business hotel I would-be definitely recommend. Ask for top floors, the road is noisy and rooms not totally soundproof.

  • Stayed January 2014
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Nuremberg, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2013 via mobile

Excellent city hotel. We stayed here while in Panama City for 2 nights and found the rooms spacious and clean and the staff very pleasant. The hotel is also centrally located for the waterfront and it is easy to hail a taxi to the sights from there. The breakfast buffet is an absolute delight with freshly prepared dishes and a large variety of local and international foods to sample.

  • Stayed December 2013
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Property: Hotel Riu Plaza Panama
Address: Calle 50 con 53 este | Urb. Marbella, Panama City, Panama
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Region: Panama > Panama Province > Panama City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in Panama City
#8 Family Hotel in Panama City
#11 Spa Hotel in Panama City
#14 Luxury Hotel in Panama City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Riu Plaza Panama 4*
Number of rooms: 644
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