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Hotel Riu Plaza Panama
Ranked #17 of 114 Hotels in Panama City
Certificate of Excellence
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great Value Modern Hotel”
Reviewed 9 August 2014

I stayed last minute at the Riu Plaza and got a great room rate on a high floor with great city views.
Hotel is very modern, clean with good customer service-although we had little to ask of the staff as everything was completely to our satisfaction!
Hotel is in a central location close to the old city, just a short taxi ride away.
Awesome buffet breakfast included.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

I enjoyed everything about this hotel. Friendly staff, super clean and modern rooms. Awesome pool and bar at the pool area. Stunning city views from the higher floors. Wifi works GREAT.....and the BEST breakfast buffet in all of Panama. Highly recommend this hotel for business or leisure travelers.

Room Tip: Higher floors for scenic city views.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
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Panama City, Panama
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

We spent a mostly pleasant 2 day stay here. It's in the center of a very congested city. Service was very good. We were attended to the moment our car pulled up. Staff was very friendly and helpful.
There were a few issues with the room however... The pillows were a tad bit less comfortable than what we are used to. In fact, we ended up with cramped necks and decided to get them worked out at the spa. Also, the tub/shower situation was awkward/inconvenient and might not be the best choice for someone with disabilities or someone with small kids. Lastly, unless you like bright colors splashed everywhere, it becomes dizzying with drapes, paintings, pillows and couches all in the same bright hue.
Overall, the best part of our experience was the food. We tried both room service and their restaurant buffet and both were exceptionally good. Perhaps the best hotel restaurant food in town. Fish was always fresh and well prepared. Every meal was as good as the last.

Room Tip: For about an extra $30 you can get an "upgrade" with bathrobes, slippers, travel kits, acc...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Interlaken, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 August 2014

My husband and I recently returned from a 13 day adventure to Panama. Staying at the Riu was a perfect way to begin and end our journey. The hotel was clean, well located ( a short taxi ride from the canal and Casco Viejo, the old district) and had an extremely friendly and helpful staff. We befriended "Guillermo" who was an engaging hotel staffed taxi driver and Jose who helped arranged our car rental from a company located in the hotel ( which I highly recommend as it was convenient and within the rates of the airport).The pool was lovely and the buffet breakfast among the best we have ever experienced. A side note....we requested and stayed in a room on the higher level to be removed from the potential noise from lower floors. The staff was very accommodating. We enjoyed our stay here so much that we eked out an another Riu venue during our stay at Playa Blanca along the Pacific coast. iBuen Viaje and Happy Travels!
~Gene and Rudy

Room Tip: Higher floor away from elevator and less exposure to noise.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled solo
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Espoo, Finland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2014

We chose the hotel mainly because of th location and at the same wanted expected certain quality: the location was just perfect, the premises were fine and tidy enough, but at times the service could have been a bit more accurate. Brakfast (and service during it) was very good.

There is nice pool area, but if the idea is to combine a city break and getting sun tanned, the pool are should be larger

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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BKK
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Reviewed 1 August 2014 via mobile

Service - poor (except the guys on the door)
Internet - also poor. There wasn't full coverage for all of my room, and I was continually having to sign in again.
Oh, and no umbrella's.. In the topics and they supply no umbrella's. They didn't even sell them in the gift shop, and no apologies of any kind from the staff, they just look at you with blank expression.
For the price and first appearances I expected more.

Stayed July 2014
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Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2014

Stayed at this hotel for 5 nights in July 2014 and thought it was great. Room was spacious and very clean. Staff was courteous and helpful. Breakfast was easily the best hotel breakfast I have ever encountered. Pool bar/dining was very nice. A tip: I am a carry-on only traveler and always use the provided shampoo, soap, etc to maximize luggage space, but if I were to stay at this hotel again I would bring my own products as those provided weren't that great. Only complaint (and it is very minor) involved the business center: the process to print a boarding pass was a bit silly as you have to print the document to PDF, then email it to the hotel and a staff member will print for you. Overall, I had a great experience at this hotel and wouldn't hesitate to recommend.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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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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