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The Westin Playa Bonita Panama

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The hotel has a nice location away from the city with beautiful views. The pools are big and offer plenty of seating. The beach is not good for swimming (muddy, rocky and murky water), but good for collecting shells. The steak house and Asiana have good food. The rest is so so. Staff are very nice and not pushy. Our kids also loved the kids club.

Very nice pool area with lots of chairs and a convenient separate area for adults. The quality of the food is good and they offer various options buffet style but the menu to order other things is very limited. The hotel is relatively close to the city and the airport by readily available taxis at the door. Overall a very nice and comfortable hotel with beautiful views, but beware of the insect bites at sundown by the pool and the beach! You don't see them but they get you!

None of the little things were done properly, which led to constant friction. Some staff really cared, some were powerless to help. Loud music, water wasn't hot, tub stopper broken, on and on. And voicing our concerns did not change much other than a view upgrade.. we received no discount from our rate or bill which was quite surprising. Left the resort early because we just weren't enjoying the stay. Panama tourism industry is very young right now. Spa was great, but almost no one outside of the main front desk speaks English which was odd as well.

the hotel was wonderful, nice pools and scenery. we are planning to see if we might have our wedding ceremony there. my girlfriend was pleased and satisfy.

Poor, Over-Priced food. Enjoyed the pools and great view.

Everything was beyond expectations. Restaurant options were amazing. Service was a little bit slow, even there were a lot of waiters/waitress

The food was good, but the snacks wasn't good. Needs to work in entertainment, doesn't have show.

Everything is going smoothly very friendly staff good food

This first thing I have to say this is NON refundable reservation also the fact we used Orbitz when booking they did not include breaskast, the hotel has beautiful views of the rainforest and the beach was nice. We only went to sleep due to the fact that had a change of plans and could not cancel the hotel

The hotel is in a remote area. Difficult to find transportation to the city unless one takes the hotel taxi. The beach is a mud puddle part of the day. The mud disappears with high tide only. Restaurants are mediocre. Hotel staff not well trained.

Very nice hotel, great food, great pools, the ocean not so good. the activities for children are ok.

My fiance and I stayed chose the Westin Playa Bonita for our stay in Panama after a friend had recommended the Intercontinental just down the beach. We chose Westin over her recommendation because of the larger selections of restaurants / pools. We were not disappointed. I will caveat that my review may be swayed by the fact that we had spent the night prior at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort to get another feel of the country. While gorgeous in nature, this hotel was a little less than luxurious and felt more similar to our stay in Nicaragua the year prior. So back to the Westin - the staff was overall very friendly, the food at the buffet and restaurant (we only tried the Asiana) was surprisingly tasty. We went during rainy season, so the hotel was not overly crowded, which made for an easy time grabbing a poolside cabana, quick poolside service, and easy access in scheduling a last-minute dinner reservation, couples massage, and taxi service at any time of day. The rooms are very nice (what you would expect from a Westin) and we were even upgraded to a higher view / better room upon our arrival. While the beach is more suited for a nice stroll (though expect to walk on a lot of sharp shells) then a swim, the water is warm and the location itself is very scenic for nice photos and to really get a beach side feel, even when you're lounging by the pool. While we spent about half of our time exploring the neighboring areas of Panama (Casca Viejo - HIGHLY recommended; Calle Uruguay; the Causeway), the hotel was a perfect central location where all of these spots were easily accessible with just a $25 cab ride / 15 min ride away). I also recommend negotiating with the cab drivers because they're a little more overpriced at the hotel - we found someone in town that offered to take us back to the hotel for $15 and you can also negotiate to get a private driver for as little as $50-$80 a day. All in all, we loved our stay in Panama and the Westin Playa Bonita was the perfect mix of relaxation, views, amenities, and proximity to other destinations that we had a perfect vacation.

Hotel is about 10 mi. from Center City Panama and on beach. $25-30 car ride each way to downtown. Facilities are new, clean, and well maintained. 4 pools and beach area (limited swinning due to coral) with bars and snack bars. 4 Restraurants were all good (asian, steak, tapas, and buffets). No restaurants near hotel. Staff speak limited Enlish but were so nice working with our limited Spanish to understand could not be nicer. The hotel store has limted snacks and NO sodas or alcohol which was the big minus in our view. We picked up things downtown on trips there. Get ocean view room.

Km 6 Road to Veracruz Panama City Panama

Hotel highlights

  • Close to Bridge of the Americas
  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free valet and self parking
  • Onsite dining

Located within a mile (2 km) of Bridge of the Americas, The Westin Playa Bonita Panama is within 3 miles (5 km) of Marine Exhibition Center Smithsonian Institute Panama. This 611-room, 5-star hotel welcomes business and leisure travelers with 3 outdoor pools, a private beach, and a full-service spa. Metropolitan Cathedral of Panama and Maracana Stadium are also nearby.


Dining

Relish the Asian cuisine at Asiana, one of 5 onsite restaurants, which serves dinner, or enjoy the ocean views at Cafe Pacifica. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service. Start each morning with buffet breakfast, available for a fee from 6 AM to 10:30 AM.


Rooms

The 611 air-conditioned accommodations feature furnished balconies and afford space to spread out with sitting areas. Guests can expect WiFi and 42-inch LCD TVs with cable channels. Pillowtop beds sport Egyptian cotton sheets and bathrooms offer hydromassage showers, hair dryers, and free toiletries. MP3 docks, minibars, and coffee makers are also standard.


Property features

The Westin Playa Bonita Panama features a private beach, a full-service spa, and 3 outdoor pools. If you drive, take advantage of free valet parking. A multilingual staff is on hand to assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach hotel include a children's pool, a 24-hour fitness center, and 2 spa tubs.

Room options

Deluxe Room, Ocean View

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Standard Room (Deluxe)

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Deluxe Double Room, Ocean View

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Standard Room, 2 Double Beds

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Guest reviews for The Westin Playa Bonita Panama

Everyone (8) Couples (3) Family (2)
4

great pools.

Everyone

The hotel has a nice location away from the city with beautiful views. The pools are big and offer plenty of seating. The beach is not good for swimming (muddy, rocky and murky water), but good for collecting shells. The steak house and Asiana have good food. The rest is so so. Staff are very nice and not pushy. Our kids also loved the kids club.

By on Feb 22, 2018

5

very comfortable and beautiful hotel

Everyone

Very nice pool area with lots of chairs and a convenient separate area for adults. The quality of the food is good and they offer various options buffet style but the menu to order other things is very limited. The hotel is relatively close to the city and the airport by readily available taxis at the door. Overall a very nice and comfortable hotel with beautiful views, but beware of the insect bites at sundown by the pool and the beach! You don't see them but they get you!

By on Jan 7, 2018

2

not living up to westin standards

Everyone

None of the little things were done properly, which led to constant friction. Some staff really cared, some were powerless to help. Loud music, water wasn't hot, tub stopper broken, on and on. And voicing our concerns did not change much other than a view upgrade.. we received no discount from our rate or bill which was quite surprising. Left the resort early because we just weren't enjoying the stay. Panama tourism industry is very young right now. Spa was great, but almost no one outside of the main front desk speaks English which was odd as well.

By , from US on Dec 21, 2017

3

nice hotel. nice pools and views

Couples

the hotel was wonderful, nice pools and scenery. we are planning to see if we might have our wedding ceremony there. my girlfriend was pleased and satisfy.

By on Nov 2, 2017

2

beautiful property and pools - horrible food

Everyone

Poor, Over-Priced food. Enjoyed the pools and great view.

By , from Florida on Sep 25, 2017

5
Everyone

Everything was beyond expectations. Restaurant options were amazing. Service was a little bit slow, even there were a lot of waiters/waitress

By , from Miami, FL on Aug 18, 2017

3
Everyone

The food was good, but the snacks wasn't good. Needs to work in entertainment, doesn't have show.

By on Apr 15, 2017

5

very nice hotel

Everyone

Everything is going smoothly very friendly staff good food

By on Mar 8, 2017

5

nice views

Everyone

This first thing I have to say this is NON refundable reservation also the fact we used Orbitz when booking they did not include breaskast, the hotel has beautiful views of the rainforest and the beach was nice. We only went to sleep due to the fact that had a change of plans and could not cancel the hotel

By , from texas on Aug 21, 2016

Review comment responded on Aug 29, 2016

Dear eda, Thank you very much for your comments. I appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback online, we appreciate you liked our beautiful views. We look forward to welcoming you back. Kind Regards, PL

3

disappointing stay

Families

The hotel is in a remote area. Difficult to find transportation to the city unless one takes the hotel taxi. The beach is a mud puddle part of the day. The mud disappears with high tide only. Restaurants are mediocre. Hotel staff not well trained.

By on Feb 15, 2015