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NO HANDICAP ACCESS.. WHEN WE CLEARLY EXPLAINED WE REQUIRED HANDICAP ACCESS

Location, rooms are excellent and great views . The choice of food.

Staff is great but food and drinks are not very good.

Beautiful hotel and pleased with the cleaning. The food was terrible

Bait and switch! Cut my vacation a day short so I would get $385 resort credit. Got their and all they gave me were a bunch of expired coupons. Talked to a manager and she gave me more worthless coupons and even if they were not expired they could not be combined with each other. Will not stay at a Riu again if this is they way they do business.

We were supposed to have to double beds and there was only a king size bed and a pull out couch. They did nothing to make up for this nor did orbitz. It was also a two hour drive from the airport

The food selection and staff were wonderful but the room left a lot to be desired. The bed was very uncomfortable. The shower was rarely hot. There was only one hand, face & bath towel for each of us.

Not all of the restaurants were open- only 1 per night. We were not notified of this during booking. Huge difference compared to riu hotels in Mexico, dominican republic, etc. Rooms could be better, beach was filled with dirt/mud and could not be used. The pools are nice and the hotel is newly built.

Enjoyed our stay, but until that put a washroom at the pool area they will have nothing but complains. The staff were great, enjoyed the beach, good for walking, but not for swimming. Restaurants- steak house was ok. Assian was very good, and the Italian had great salmon. Buffet, was ok. I read about the washroom problem, was not sure I believed it until we got there. The beach and the bar pool has everyone drinking and they would have to dry off and walk to the restaurant to use the rest room. Really poor planning on the hotel design. I was happy they had another pool to use that was closer to the restrooms and the pool was cleaner, but that pool had no bar. Who designed this??.

We enjoyed our stay, rooms are very nice, some things could be improved, like providing room service for example. Also, there were no elevators at the end of the oceanfront wings where we were. The beach can use a little cleaning as well.

The liquor variety is not existent. How do you have a hotel in a tropical location and not have coconut or any flavored rum? Their drink menu is a joke. No room service. They stock the fridge in the rooms every other day. The food variety is just as bad. The food has no flavor and to top it off, NOT one salt shaker works at the resort. If you ask for salt, you get a salt packet with clumped up salt. The Asian restaurant food tastes like it was frozen cuisine, The Steak Restaurant has rude waiters. A person in our group can only eat gluten free so requested shrimp instead of the mozzarella sticks as an appetizer. The waiter refused to bring the shrimp appetizer (which is only 5 shrimps) because only 1 allowed per table. Did this waiter not get the memo "This is an all-inclusive" resort. We did not request 100 shrimps, just 5 shrimps (small shrimps). The steak was rubbery, the red snapper over-cooked, the chicken breast was dry. If you can't avoid the resort, Avoid the steak house, at all cost. All is not lost, the Italian Restaurant has great service and entrees were good. The pools have no bathrooms near them. If you sit and watch, you don't see many people leaving the pool for hours. So, I'm assuming the pools are full of pee. This was not peak season and the wait was long for service. I can't imagine going when they are at full capacity. I've been to many all-inclusive it this is maybe a 2 star resort, at most.

I love the hotel. A lot of activities by the pool and by the beach. The evening shows are very good. And the most important thing for me was you can just relax and enjoy the beautiful sunsets.

It's about 2 hours from tocumen airport and you can get a rental car for less than 20/Day including insurance for 3rd party damages (your u.s. credit card only covers liability) which I feel it's a great deal because other transportation options I researched were a lot more expensive, and you get a car to go to other places. Their tours were expensive for what they were so again the car came in handy. The hotel is good, staff is great, facilities are clean, they make an effort to keep you entertained. My only complaint, and this is not the hotel's fault, is that the beach looks dirty. It's not dirty, it's just that the sand on the Pacific side send to be great, so the water looks off. Again, not their fault, but something to consider. I went to a beach on the Atlantic side and it was perfect

In general, bad experience. The room is very good, but the rest is very bad, mostly the service.

The hotel was absolutely beautiful, and the staff were attentive and helpful at all times. Beautiful beach.

too many children all over the hotel and the food pretty bad never again and also too far from the city way too far

Excelentes instalaciones! Muy divertidas las actividades que tienen a lo largo del día

me gusto mucho las actividades en la piscina de los adultos y me encanto que hubiese un espacio totalmente dedicado a los niños, las comidas de los restaurantes de reserva podria mejorarse, pero el buffet estaba muy bueno.

Finca 43.668 Rio Hato Cocle

Hotel highlights

  • Steps from Farallon Beach
  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking

Riu Playa Blanca - All Inclusive places you next to Farallon Beach and within a mile (2 km) of other popular attractions like Santa Clara Beach. This 573-room, 3.5-star property welcomes guests with 3 outdoor pools, 4 restaurants, and free in-room WiFi.


Dining

Free buffet breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning from 7 AM to 10:30 AM. Relish the American cuisine at Balboa, one of 4 onsite restaurants.


Rooms

All of Riu Playa Blanca - All Inclusive's 573 air-conditioned rooms provide free minibar items, balconies, and free bottled water. TVs come with satellite channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Ceiling fans, laptop-compatible safes, and phones are also available.


Property features

Built in 2014, the brand new Riu Playa Blanca - All Inclusive features 3 outdoor pools, a nightclub, and a children's pool. There's free parking and limo/town car service. The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, luggage storage, and concierge services. Other amenities at this all-inclusive property include free WiFi in public areas, conference space, and coffee/tea in a common area.

Room options

Double Room Ocean Front

1 King Bed | Sleeps 4

Triple Room

1 King Bed and 1 Double Bed | Sleeps 4

Suite, Ocean View (B2C)

1 King Bed | Sleeps 2

Family Suite, 2 Bedrooms (B2C)

1 King Bed and 2 Twin Beds | Sleeps 4

Guest reviews for Riu Playa Blanca - All Inclusive

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Family Family with small children Family

NO HANDICAP ACCESS.. WHEN WE CLEARLY EXPLAINED WE REQUIRED HANDICAP ACCESS

By on Feb 11, 2020

Review comment responded on May 26, 2020

Dear guest, Thank you for your time. We are concerned about the mentioned inconvenience as we always do our best to meet the needs of our guests with mobility difficulties. It was surely the intention of our staff to adequately fulfil your request; please accept our apologies for any misunderstandings. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back in the future to provide a better experience. Sincerely, Hotel Riu Playa Blanca Online Reputation Manager

4
Friends

Location, rooms are excellent and great views . The choice of food.

By on Oct 26, 2019

4
Friends

Staff is great but food and drinks are not very good.

By on Jun 28, 2019

3
Family

Beautiful hotel and pleased with the cleaning. The food was terrible

By on May 28, 2019

2
Everyone

By on Mar 3, 2019

3
Everyone

Bait and switch! Cut my vacation a day short so I would get $385 resort credit. Got their and all they gave me were a bunch of expired coupons. Talked to a manager and she gave me more worthless coupons and even if they were not expired they could not be combined with each other. Will not stay at a Riu again if this is they way they do business.

By , from Minnesota on Jan 23, 2019

3
Everyone

We were supposed to have to double beds and there was only a king size bed and a pull out couch. They did nothing to make up for this nor did orbitz. It was also a two hour drive from the airport

By on Apr 21, 2018

4
Everyone

The food selection and staff were wonderful but the room left a lot to be desired. The bed was very uncomfortable. The shower was rarely hot. There was only one hand, face & bath towel for each of us.

By on Apr 18, 2018

3

okay... better riu in mexico and dominican repub.

Everyone

Not all of the restaurants were open- only 1 per night. We were not notified of this during booking. Huge difference compared to riu hotels in Mexico, dominican republic, etc. Rooms could be better, beach was filled with dirt/mud and could not be used. The pools are nice and the hotel is newly built.

By on May 13, 2017

3

great staff- need washroom at pool bar.

Everyone

Enjoyed our stay, but until that put a washroom at the pool area they will have nothing but complains. The staff were great, enjoyed the beach, good for walking, but not for swimming. Restaurants- steak house was ok. Assian was very good, and the Italian had great salmon. Buffet, was ok. I read about the washroom problem, was not sure I believed it until we got there. The beach and the bar pool has everyone drinking and they would have to dry off and walk to the restaurant to use the rest room. Really poor planning on the hotel design. I was happy they had another pool to use that was closer to the restrooms and the pool was cleaner, but that pool had no bar. Who designed this??.

By , from canada on Feb 23, 2017

Riu Playa Blanca - All Inclusive

Finca 43.668, Rio Hato, Cocle
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