Hotel Overview

2019 Exceptional Value!

Extra Value: Daily Breakfast Buffet included.

The luxurious Riu Plaza Panama is located in the heart of the financial district of Panama City, close to banks, shops, and malls. Its 645 rooms, some with breathtaking views over the city, will please both the business and leisure traveler. Rooms are comfortable and spacious and are equipped with work desks, free wireless ADSL, flat screen TVs, and state-of-the-art bathroom fittings. 

The restaurants at Riu Plaza Panama offer sophisticated decoration and great food. There is Fusion cuisine in the Tastes Restaurant plus Sushi Lounge Studio 50, Arts & Prima Restaurant, the Capital Take Away deli corner, and the Ibiza Lounge snack bar in the pool area. 

Relaxation is in full swing at the outdoor swimming pool. Take in the sun on one of the sun loungers by the pool. The Spa & Wellness Center features a steam bath, massages, and health and beauty treatments. For those wanting to get their heart pumping, check out the full-service gym.

Greening Your Life: Part of the Apple Vacations Greening Your Life initiative, this property holds a Travelife Gold Award and Sustainability Certification. The resort also utilizes biodegradable cleaning products, strives for an active reduction in water, electricity, and chemical products, and educates employees and guests with informative, eco-friendly materials.


Panama City
Panama City, Panama - Tocumen International Airport (PTY) : 15 miles

Property Information

Year Built: 2010
Floors: 35
Total rooms: 645


Hotel Details

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Hotel Advisories

Advisory *Important Information* Panama imposes various restrictions each year for Easter. They usually begin the Thursday prior to Good Friday and run a few days past Easter Sunday. The following regulations may be enforced: -Alcohol is restricted Thursday, midnight at 12:00 am to Saturday midnight at 12:00 am. -Music is banned in Discos and public places. ,(AI resorts get a permit enabling them to serve alcohol and play music within the resort)
Advisory All Student/Spring Breaker Group reservations are strictly on Request and will be reviewed on a case by case basis by the corresponding Destination Sales Department. RIU Hotels & Resorts reserves the right of admission and may reject any request at its sole discretion.
Advisory If a Student /Spring Breaker Group is accepted: The number of rooms will be deducted from the contracted allotments Minimum Age requirement: 21 years of age or older. The Hotel may request proof of age in the form of passport or official ID Each room must submit a signed liability agreement upon check-in.
Advisory At all other RIU properties Student Groups/Spring Breakers (either groups or individuals, regardless of age) are not allowed at any time during the year. Guests disturbing or generating complaints from other guests or hotel may be removed from the property, at their own expense. Parties in rooms are not permitted

General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM
Minimum Check-In Age: 18
General Policies:

Check-in Policy:
Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.

Convention Policy:
Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.

Hotel Spring Break Policies: At least one person 21 years or older is required in every room February through April. Spring Breakers (either groups or individuals, regardless of age) are not allowed at any RIU property, at any time during the year. RIU Hotels & Resorts, reserves the right to withhold admission to any Spring Breaker. The hotel reserves the right of admission and may request clients to show passport or official ID to prove full identification. Guests can and will be removed from the property at their own expense in case of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. Parties in rooms are not allowed. Spring break groups or unruly behavior is not allowed all year round at any property.

General Information:

Room taxes are included in vacation price.
Minimum night stay restrictions may apply.
Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.

Pet Policy Pets Not Allowed

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0 star tripadvisor rating Based on 3226 reviews
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Pleasant staying

    Amazing service, friendly staff. The food was good and there was gluten free options in all the meals. The hotel is right in the center of the city what made it easy to tour around, shop and sightseeing. I am really impressed with the high level service the hotel provided.

    May 20, 2019
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Consistent performer.

    Always stay at the RIU when in Panama, well positioned great breakfast and moderate priced buffet dinner. The small gift shop is the highlight for me and prices as good or better than found after hours of trapsing around Mega Malls.

    May 07, 2019
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Go For The Pool and The Breakfast

    Stayed 5 nights in a wonderful room high up with a view all the way to the ships lining up to go through the canal. Great bed for peaceful sleeps. The bath was always with hot water and strong water force. The thing that annoyed me was the small screen TV that didn't seem to be HD and was placed in front of the bed, far from the sitting area. The clock-radio didn't seem to work so a technician came and just took it away, never to be seen again. Upon booking there are 2 rates, non-refundable and, for more money, a refundable rate. Be warned that once you have checked in, you are bound to stay the full amount of days reserved or pay $180 to leave early regardless of paying a refundable rate.. This I was told at reception so I endured the TV and lack of clock-radio. The good parts of my stay were the enormous buffet breakfast included with the stay that had hundreds of choices, no exaggeration!. The large long swimming pool and area around it for lounging was a plus too. In the evenings the area was set up for dining. There was a lounge for upper room level guests where very pleasant personnel answered questions and made tour recommendations. The lounge also had a complimentary variety of drinks including white wine, small desserts, breads and meats throughout the day. I also took advantage of the lobby bar for happy hour with food. The location of the hotel was perfect for accessing other restaurants and businesses. Riu is a fine hotel chain and I would certainly use it again.

    May 05, 2019
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Magnificent Hotel/Breathtaking Views

    This was my first time at Hotel Riu Plaza Panamá and the room I got had a beautiful view of part of city. It’s location is very centric to lots of bistros, restaurants, shopping centers, the Panama Bay for a nice stroll and plus more. The hotel staff are second to none, starting with Barbara at the registration counter with her pleasant and welcoming personality, Juan the bellboy with his great smile helps you with your luggage to your room, Celia the housekeeper that always strive to keep your room spotless and with freshly clean linen; at the Restaurant Art-Prisma, the staff always welcome you with a smile during each meals and Henry, Hipólito, Luz, and Brian, are always attentive to make sure your needs and wants are met. The food is more than excellent, I have no words to described how superb the food is at Hotel Riu Plaza Panama. Eduardo, the chef, greats you daily and his gastronomy is out of this world, you can find from Spaniard to Asian, Italian, Mexican, Panamanian and more as part of the variety of dishes served on specific days of the week. The restaurant ambience is always welcoming and gives you a home feeling. Daisy, one of the cooks can make you any eggs made to order with a smile on her face, Yessenia, will make you any freshly fruit smoothie to start your mornings. If you want to rejuvenate yourself, take a SPA treatment at Renova in the hotel, Yuri, will give you from a deep facial to a full body exfoliating and massage treatment. I’ve traveled to many places in the world and stayed at many hotels but, this hotel has been Superb. No regrets if you choose Hotel Riu Plaza Panamá when traveling to Panama City, Panama.

    May 03, 2019
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Good located hotel

    The hotel is nice & showing good atmosphere in the lobby for a Latin American hotel. The coffee in the lobby (opposite of reception) is quiet good, so don’t need to walk next door to Starbucks. The rooms are nice furnished & big & have everything on need. The staff is friendly & helpful. They have a pool where you can swim your lanes(long enough). As well they have a pool bar and during my stay on weekend they playing music which brings people there in good mood. The spa area looking fine and at last after a steam(separate )you can relax with your partner in an relaxing area, which is not often the case in hotels. 300 m opposite of the hotel there is a Mall where you can find Louis Vuitton, Prada and some more shops(small Mall). But if you’re looking for Gucci, Versace, Roberto Coin, Dolce & Gabbana etc. this shops you’ll find in Multiplaza(big Mall), which you can reach by walk in about 15-20min from the hotel.

    Apr 28, 2019
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