We read a lot of reviews prior to our trip so I was a little hesitant about our stay. The hotel was part of a package deal so we had no choice and therefore went in with pretty low expectations. Overall, the hotel itself is beautiful and the rooms were spacious and clean. As everyone else has said, the beach is not necessarily good for swimming. That being said, we thought the views were great and the tidal changes added to the diversity. If you are expecting Hawaii type beaches, you'll be disappointed. The food was average and a little pricey. We took a cab to Amador for dinner one night. Although the overall cost including cab fare was more then you would spend at the hotel, its worth it for a change of scenery. Finally, as far as service goes, we thought everything was fine. Granted we were there in low season so we didn't really have to compete for any one's attention. You will definitely need to speak some Spanish as outside of the check in area, communication was challenging. That being said, try your rusty Spanish and you'll be fine. Kudos to Marcos, one of the servers around the pool. He was efficient and we had a great conversation about Soccer. Adjust your expectations accordingly and you'll enjoy this resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The personification of the destination: Where natural serenity meets industrial glamour - Westin Playa Bonita Panama is strategically located alongside the Pacific Ocean, on a mile long stretch of golden sand on Playa Bonita Beach, surrounded by lush tropical rainforests, and a quick 20-minute drive from the metropolitan capital of Panama City. Nestled alongside the stunning Pacific Ocean, The Westin Playa Bonita is near celebrated sites like the Panama Canal's Miraflores Locks and just a 20-minute drive from Panama City, the exhilarating capital of the Republic of Panama ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Westin Playa Bonita Panama Hotel Panama City
- The Westin Playa Bonita Panama Panama City