Hotel Overview

Hotel Riu Playa Blanca is located on the shore of the Cocle beach in Panama.  Its exclusive service and complete facilities offer a variety of activities, sports and entertainment to all clients, making each stay a wonderful vacation with family and friends.

In the hotel you will find different buffet and thematic restaurants to taste delicious Panamanian gastronomy, a refreshing swimming-pool and one gym in order to maintain the rhythm during your vacation. Throughout the day you will be able to join different activities with our team. You will be able to dance, to sing, do some aqua gym, volleyball… and the children will find Riuland. At night you will enjoy the shows, live music, and the discotheque; or perhaps just enjoying a cocktail under the moonlight.  Come to Coclé Beach and enjoy relaxing days in Hotel Riu Playa Blanca.


Scarlett Martinez International Airport : 5 miles
Tocumen International Airport (PTY) : 93 miles

Property Information

Year Built: 2014
Floors: 7
Room: 573


Hotel Details

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Hotel Advisories

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: Minimum Age Condition: At least one person 21 years or older is required in every room during March and April. The Hotel reserves the right of admission and may request guests show passport or official ID to prove age. During the remainder of the year, at least one person 18 or older is required in every room. 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.

Transfer Policy:
A price may display when children stay free, if your vacation includes transfer to your hotel.

General Information:

Room taxes and service fees 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

3.5 star tripadvisor rating Based on 3023 reviews
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Not a bad hotel overall but steak house is not good

    The steak house is my only complaint. Worst service, we went there twice at 8.30 and couldn’t get in even tough the restaurant is open until 9. The night we managed to get in at 6.30 when they opened for dinner we had to wait 20 min for the wine and over an hour for our dinner . Overall the hotel is good though

    Jun 19, 2019
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    I would not visit again, but stay was okay

    We found our experience at the Riu a bit disappointing. We have stayed at several Riu’s in the past, including in Panama City and Mexico and have always enjoyed our experience, but the customer service at this resort was the worse I have ever had. The restaurant staff barely spoke to you and at the lunch buffet I was never offered a glass of wine which they have set aside because they are suppose to serve it to you. The other drinks are available inside at the buffet. Basically if you need something you better go get it yourself. Myself and another man were standing at the pool bar waiting to order a drink. It was about 1010am and there were people moving around behind the bar. We waited politely for about 10 minutes before we finally made eye contact and I asked for a drink and then he said, sorry we don’t open until 1030am. It was so rude that he never bothered to tell us sooner. The hotel is nice from a distance but as we got to our room, you could tell how old and dated the room was. Our beds were 2 small full/doubles, so small that my 3 year old and 5 year old wouldn’t be able to sleep together. When we went down to talk with the staff, they suggested they could push the 2 beds together and put a cover on it so it would be like a large bed and then add a cot to the room. We said that would be great. When we returned to our room, someone has literally come in, shoved the 2 beds together and put a sheet over the bed so there was still a noticeable gap in the middle. The cot was thown in the room and nothing was put together properly. My husband had to return to the lobby, while we kept my 2 kids up late until someone showed up to put it together properly. On another note though the pools and kids slide pool were nice. At the end of the day I personally would not return to this resort. There are so many amazing places in panama to stay that I would prefer other choices

    Jun 09, 2019
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Very disappointing experience !

    We have been traveling for over 10 years and this was a disappointing experience ! From far away the property looks fine, however the reality is not so great! There are stains on the room walls, some of the floor tiles were chipped, the bathroom mirror was rusted at edges, the furniture was beaten up! Very upset, we asked the Front Desk to give us another room and we received one that was somewhat better, but some items were missing: the clock/radio, the refreshments in the fridge, the curtain ...There is no Pillow Menu available , like others offered by Riu Resorts ...Very disappointing! The FOOD: Not good ! At the restaurant on the beach , flies were all over the place and it was really hot to have lunch outside! No other options were available for a couple of days! The rest of the restaurants are very crowded with people coming from all Latin America, very noisy and the waiters seemed to be just overwhelmed. Quality of service was very poor! We ended up eating at the Buffet most of the time! The STAFF: Very distant and not helpful! Be prepared to know some Spanish because most of them do not speak or understand English! They do not show any willingness to serve you or clean the tables … Overall, very , very disappointing …we will never go back again!

    Jun 06, 2019
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    This is a very nice get away for us!

    We have been to many resorts and this one fits our needs nicely. We live 1 hr from the Riu and have been there multiple times. We are planning to go again in September and October. This is a 3 3/4 resort. We look for great deal and when we get there we feel like we have left the country. Food and entertainment are acceptable. The grounds are very nice with multiple pools to fit your needs. Blessings, Richard

    Jun 04, 2019
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Hotel Riu Playa Blanca

    Panama - Playa Blanca - Provincia de Coclé Stayed from the week of Feb. 2019 Family trip group of six, ages from 20 to 55. Booking with Sunwing – Requested Ocean view rooms (5) Room, upon arrival were very pleased with rooms. Highlights Located on Playa Blanca beach, free sun loungers on beach Main and theme restaurants Main buffet was good better than average. Smooth bar always a nice touch – Breakfast each day Al a carts unlimited Italian restaurant(main course with table service; buffet starters and dessert) – the best al a cart on site Asian restaurant (buffet) – al a cart style my second favourite on site Grill and steakhouse (buffet, reservations not required) Four swimming pools and children's pool Rooms well-appointed with free Wi-Fi which worked well throughout the entire Riu complex, beach included. Grounds very nice well-kept you can tell they care about the look of the resort as long as you are looking inwards, the grounds along the roadway leading into the resorts from the main RIU gate were not as well kept. All staff were excellent from desk staff to serviers, no complaints at all. Special mention to the animation team, the whole team was great and worked hard from 10 AM until well after 10PM to make our stay and everyone else’s special. Special note, we travelled from Canada (SUNWING) therefore we used the Airport ten minutes from the resort, Rio Hato Airport. Overall a fantastic family trip, I would recommend this resort to my friends travelling to Panama.

    Jun 03, 2019
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