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Riu Playa Blanca - All Inclusive, Rio Hato

3.5-star3.5 stars
Finca 43.668Rio HatoCoclePanama, 800-491-6126
Waterfront resort with an outdoor pool
  • Free buffet breakfast, free WiFi in lobby, and free parking
Very Good8.0
  • The hotel was great, offered everything you needed without even needing to leave the…Dec 3, 2017
  • The Riu is a two-and-a-half-hour drive from the Panama City Airport but you arrive to…Nov 16, 2017
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Riu Playa Blanca - All Inclusive, Rio Hato

Hotel Info: 866-539-8117

  • Double Room Courtyard View
  • Double Room Courtyard View
  • Two Bedroom Family Suite
  • Double Room Courtyard View
  • Two Bedroom Family Suite
  • Double Ocean View
  • Suite Ocean View
  • Suite Ocean View
  • Double Room Ocean View
  • Double Room Ocean View
  • Double Room Ocean Front
  • Triple Room
  • Double Room Ocean Front
  • Two Bedroom Family Room
  • Triple Room
  • Two Bedroom Family Room
  • Double Room, Courtyard View (B2C)
  • Family Suite, 2 Bedrooms (B2C)
  • Suite, Ocean View (B2C)
  • Double Room, Ocean View (B2C)
  • Double Room, Oceanfront (B2C)
  • Room (B2C)
  • Family Room, 2 Bedrooms (B2C)

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 573 rooms

Arriving/leaving

  • Check-in time 3 PM-midnight
  • Check-out time is noon

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum check-in age is 21

Travelling with others

Children

  • No cribs (infant beds)

  • Babysitting/childcare *

  • Free children's club (ages 4 - 12)

Pets

  • No pets or service animals allowed

Internet

  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • WiFi in rooms *

Transportation

Parking

  • Free self parking

Other information

  • All-inclusive (taxes and gratuities included)
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Taking the kids?
  • Children's club (free)
Food and drink
  • Free buffet breakfast
  • 4 restaurants
  • Swim-up bar
  • Poolside bar
Things to do
  • Beach sun loungers
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Outdoor pool
  • Children's pool
  • Health club
  • Kayaking on site
  • Playground on site
  • Scuba diving on site
  • Snorkeling on site
  • Volleyball on site
  • Nightclub
  • Waterslide
  • Swim-up bar
  • Pool sun loungers
  • Pool umbrellas
Working away
  • Conference space size (feet) - 1883
  • Conference space size (meters) - 175
  • One meeting room
  • Computer station
Services
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Luggage storage
Facilities
  • Terrace
Accessibility
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility

In the room

Home comforts
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Iron/ironing board
Things to enjoy
  • Balcony
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • TV
  • Satellite TV channels
Stay connected
  • WiFi (surcharge)
  • Phone
More
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible)

Special features

All inclusive

This resort is all-inclusive. Onsite food and beverages are included in the room price (some restrictions may apply).
Gratuities and taxes
Gratuities and taxes are included. Additional gratuities at guests' discretion are accepted.
Food and beverages

  • All buffet and à la carte meals, snacks, and beverages included
  • In-room minibar (all beverages included)

Activities and facilities/equipment
All non-motorized water sports are included.

Water activities
  • Kayaking
  • Rowing/canoeing
  • Snorkeling

Land activities
  • Fitness facilities

Kids' club
  • Supervised activities for children between 4 and 12 years old

Entertainment
  • Onsite entertainment and activities
  • Access to onsite clubs
  • Onsite live performances

Not included
  • Golf green fees
  • Use of golf cart
  • Use of golf equipment
  • Motorized water sports
  • Sailboats
  • Scuba-diving excursions
  • Snorkeling excursions
  • Airport transfers
  • Offsite tours
  • Transportation to offsite activities

Dining

Balboa - Onsite restaurant. Guests can enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting).

Xian - This restaurant specializes in Asian cuisine.

Il Palazzo - This restaurant specializes in Italian cuisine.

Chiriqui - This steakhouse is located by the pool. Guests can enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting).

Awards and affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Travelife, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.

Riu Playa Blanca - All Inclusive, Rio Hato’s small print

Also known as

  • All Inclusive Playa Blanca
  • Hotel Riu Playa Blanca
  • Hotel Riu Playa Blanca All Inclusive
  • Playa Blanca All Inclusive
  • Riu Playa Blanca

Policies

Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

Optional extras

Babysitting/childcare is available for an extra charge

WiFi is available in guestrooms for an extra charge

We have included all charges provided to us by this hotel. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

What’s around Riu Playa Blanca - All Inclusive, Rio Hato

Landmarks

  • On the beach
  • La Casa de Lourdes Outdoor Spa (9-minute walk)
  • Farallon Island (3.2 mi / 5.2 km)
  • 8 de Diciembre Park (22.9 mi / 36.8 km)
  • Penonomena History and Tradition Museum (23.3 mi / 37.4 km)
  • Chorro El Macho (26.9 mi / 43.3 km)
  • Chorro de las Mozas (29.5 mi / 47.5 km)
  • Anton Valley Historical and Cultural Museum (29.8 mi / 47.9 km)

Getting around

  • Rio Hato (RIH-Scarlett Martinez Intl.) 4-min drive
  • Panama City (PTY-Tocumen Intl.) 121-min drive
  • Free self parking

Recent reviews

Very Good 8.0 From 635 reviews

Riu Playa Blanca - All Inclusive, Rio Hato
Good6.0
Will think twice to book again
The staff didn't try to help. one of the room have a really bad odor coming out from the bathroom and they said its normal. I request connect rooms but they said that the hotem was full and that was not true...saw several rooms empty and available. I feel like this is because I use this to pay and book.
Eli Chong, us3 night family trip
Riu Playa Blanca - All Inclusive, Rio Hato
Very Good8.0
Overall very good. Negative: only 2 restaurants were open and the gym is pretty poor.
A Traveler, us3 night family trip
Riu Playa Blanca - All Inclusive, Rio Hato
Fair4.0
Needs improvement.
The themed restaurants no longer take reservations It's a first come first serve is what the front desk told us. What they didn't tell us each restaurant has 100 guest limit. If you show up at 6 PM you can get seated. Now if you want a later dinner you have to wait at the restaurant until it fills up then they give you a beeper for an hour later. It was an aggravating experience since the only other option was the buffet. For being playa blanca. The beach water was grey and the sand had black soot and horse manure. When we sat at our beach chair there was a used condom near our table. We immediately moved to another chair to be surrounded by stray dogs on the beach. We left the beach immediately. All the elevators are at the lobby. The fire alarm went off at the crack of dawn around 7 AM waking everybody up. There is no direct access from the lobby to parking lot. Have to walk up and down a huge ramp for around stories. Wifi free in public places except on the beach and in your room. If you wanted wifi in your room you had to pay 12 dollars. The front desk mentioned the fridge bar was complimentary. They only had 3 bottles of liquor and the fridge was empty.
Juan, us3 night romance trip
Riu Playa Blanca - All Inclusive, Rio Hato
Fair4.0
Would NOT stay here again
The resort is only a few years old and has aged TERRIBLY! Very little upkeep. The room and pools were excellent, but that was it. The service was just not good. Staff never smiles, looks miserable, and if you get a "please" or "thank you," it's a really good day. The "unlimited" drinks are very limited. It's the same menu at every bar, and you can only order what it on the menu... no deviations. I'm not a foodie, and I am fine with just about everything, but the buffet food was AWFUL. Our whole group had some form of diarrhea at one point. The reservation restaurants are only SLIGHTLY better. And the nightly entertainment? Everyone was on their cell phone ignoring the snow... it was like an elementary school production. Would not stay here again.
jeffrey, us3 night romance trip
Riu Playa Blanca - All Inclusive, Rio Hato
Good6.0
The plumbing was out an entire day - no toilet flushing, no shower, nothing.
A Traveler, us9 night business trip

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