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“Best beach resort in Panama City - gorgeous property, highly recommend”

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The Westin Playa Bonita Panama
Ranked #7 of 115 Hotels in Panama City
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 December 2013

15 minute drive to Panama City proper- definitely rent a car and take advantage! We drove in every night for dinner.

Service is fantastic - Ruthie in the hospitality suite is a gem. Included breakfast and Internet for SPG members.

Gorgeous, new, clean rooms. Beautiful views of the ocean. Lovely clientele.

If you're between here or the intercontinental, this is the way to go. One complaint was the spa- services were expensive and the sauna/steam room facilities were broken. $20 for 1.5 hours to use the spa is excessive - especially considering it was broken. Most hotels allow guests using the gym to use this complimentary.

Room Tip: Great for SPG members - upgrades! Choose a room on a high floor facing the ocean.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 December 2013

The best part of the visit was Ms. Bertha, the receptionist at Sensory Spa, who was very sweet and accommodating. Javier and Andrea were our masseuse and they didn't even ask us where we would like them to focus. Javier moved too quickly and Andrea didn't even provide the aromatherapy at the beginning of the session. I left better than how I came in hence why I'm giving it an average score.

Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 December 2013 via mobile

Overall we were very pleased with our six day stay at the Westin. It didn't start off that way. Our first night we were directed to The Star Grill for the buffet. The staff was slow and began removing food before we could finish dining because it was the end of the eveing.

Our rooms were very clean, the other restaurants and bar were great. The pool waitress even purchased a round of drinks for us. The gym was the typical hotel gym but it was spacious and very clean.

The front desk staff and bellhops were very nice and most of them spoke English.
I am looking forward to my next stay at Playa Bonita Westin.

Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 November 2013

This is a fun upscale hotel great for Panama City. While its not in the center of the action, it's in a great zone for total relaxation and trips to the best places in the city. The different restaurants are all great, and the hotel's main bar close to the lobby has excellent cocktails. The pool was a perfect setting to soak in the atmosphere. Highly recommend this hotel if you want something upscale with all amenities up to par.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 27 November 2013 via mobile

The agenda was to get away from the hum drum of a city and have a relaxing family holiday. Mission accomplished. The views are amazing, the rooms spacious and the food varied enough for the adults and children to get along. The spa and fitness center are A+ and the size of the property and number of pools create an illusion of quiet and intimacy given a 600 plus count (I asked) room hotel. My family and I never felt crowded in the pools. The extreme tidal changes make swimming in the ocean a bit unpredictable. The shore maybe calm and with a few yards, or receding and way out. But there were plenty of activities to keep the kids busy...a kids club, ping pong/pool tables...and fast WiFi...

I will admit, the service was a bit slow, but considering I was in relax mode, it was adequate. You just have to be a step ahead and ask for food or services ahead of time to anticipate your kids' needs. As long as the service is friendly and done with a smile, my family and I are content. The staff, whether they are trained or seasoned, or the fact as Panamanians, which seems the case, were always warm and friendly.

We loved that the hotel was part of a group of hotels and took advantage of their Gamboa Tours. We did jaunt out for a Panama Canal ride. Another review for later, but so much fun and readily available. I will note that there is not much in the way of a local town to visit if you want to wander around outside the hotel. You're pretty much stuck on site. Distance from the airport about 45min, roughly a $50 can ride. From the city, about 15minutes.

Stayed: November 2013
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Reviewed 21 November 2013 via mobile

This is an all-inclusive. We chose it as our first two nights in Panama just to acclimatise.

We were not on all inclusive and the dining seemed overpriced for what it was.

The beach is poor - contaminated with debris and oil from the hundreds of ships that pass on the horizon each day. Tidal too, so guests appear to use pools not the sea. Pools seemed clean.

It was a good place to chill for 48 hours but I wouldn't recommend it for anything special.

The hotel could be great but poor maintenance makes the place feel shabby and the room was not that clean.

With strong management and good maintenance and cleaning this place could be so much better.


Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 November 2013

This is a very nice property. Was a little disappointed with the service and the selection of restaurants available to you. I did not pay for the all inclusive option and was happy with my choice, as there was not many options as far as food in the hotel. I found it a little redundant. The service was very slow at the pool and there was only about 8 people in the pool at the time. The service was slow in the restaurants as well. I was a little disappointed that this Hotel was an all inclusive resort.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about The Westin Playa Bonita Panama

Address: Road to Veracruz Km 6, Panama City, Panama
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Region: Panama > Panama Province > Panama City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Panama City
#7 Luxury Hotel in Panama City
Price Range: £109 - £204 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Westin Playa Bonita Panama 5*
Number of rooms: 611
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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