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JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort

5.0 of 5 Resort   |   340 Calle 3ra Buenaventura, Rio Hato, Panama (Formerly Bristol Buenaventura)
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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78 reviews 78 reviews
62 hotel reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stayed for a week in August and have to say this place was awesome. Friendly, clean, efficient, fast wi-fi, easy beach access, delicious food. Only downside is that it is isolated. You are about 30 minutes from Coronado for restaurants and 2 hours from Panama City. This means that you need to get used to eating on the property.... More

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Rockford, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This resort has it all- a great beach, golfing, fabulous dining, a chapel for destination weddings, an amazing spa and a huge tree :) The dining venues were beyond fabulous. Everything about this resort was above and beyond. One of two of the nicest places I have ever stayed- with the other being the Waldorf Astoria in Panama City. If... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here for a couple of nights as part of an anniversary trip. Everyone was extremely friendly and helpful. The welcoming drink was fantastic. We had three beautiful days in what was supposed to be the rainy time. So many pools to choose from and the beach is great too. You are limited to the Marriott restaurants and one... More

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Gerencia02, General Manager at JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort, responded to this review

Dear Sir or Madam, Thank you...We love it when we get great reviews on Tripadvisor. We strive to add a personal touch and give the genuine and friendly service that hits the hearts of our guests. We’re glad that you had the chance to experience it for yourself. Come back soon! Cordially, The Management More

Orlando, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I stayed here for our Anniversary at the beginning of August. This is the ultimate relaxation resort. The grounds of this hotel are gorgeous. There are several pools, two with swim up bars. We got upgraded to a suite with a separate living room and huge bathroom. The rooms are very nice with beautiful hardwood floors and... More

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Gerencia02, General Manager at JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort, responded to this review

Dear Sir or Madam, Thank you so much. We appreciate all feedback but of course a glowing review as yours is a real pleasure to see on Trip Advisor. Thank you for mentioning so many great points on our hotel starting with the staff, location and the great service you experienced. Please know that the JW Marriott Panama Golf &... More

Madrid, Spain
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

as you can expect it dose what it says on the tin! fantastic rooms (Marriott bed) and grate views food and room service good quality the Sancocho starter is more than a started Loved it! only grip was its a little quart! apart from that nothing to complain about! valet staff fantastic had fruit and water in the car on... More

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Gerencia02, General Manager at JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort, responded to this review

Dear Sir or Madam, Thank you...We love it when we get great reviews on trip advisor. We strive to add a personal touch and give the genuine and friendly service that hits the hearts of our guests. We’re glad that you had the chance to experience it for yourself. Come back soon! Cordially, The Management More

San Francisco, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The hotel was nice, but very isolated. It was expensive to travel to the hotel (although we had a local friend arrange to have a driver take us for $80, rather than the $160 charged by the hotels) and once we were there, there was no where close by where we could go to have an authentic Panamanian experience (ie,... More

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Gerencia02, General Manager at JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort, responded to this review

Dear Sir or Madam, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with the JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort. I apologize for your recent stay was not satisfactory. We sincerely appreciate your valuable feedback which will help us in our commitment to continuously improve our products and services. We take great pride in ensuring our guest’s... More

Panama City, Panama
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I stayed for a weekend in July 2014. We found the staff highly attuned to insuring the guests pleasure. The facilities were nice, but considering the resort is not too old, the maintenance was not what it should be.

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Gerencia02, General Manager at JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort, responded to this review

Dear Sir or Madam, Thank you for your glowing review. It is so motivating to know when we touch the hearts in our guest’s experience and I am thrilled to see your stay was just that. Hope to welcome you back soon. Sincerely, The Management More

Phoenix, Arizona
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This hotel was a great place to unwind and just relax on the beach. This is a beautiful hotel that also has luxury homes on the property. The rooms are so welcoming that there was a day we just did spa treatments, drank wine on the balcony patio and ordered room service. Great place to unwind with your significant other.... More

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Gerencia02, General Manager at JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort, responded to this review

Dear Sir or Madam, Thank you for your glowing review. It is so motivating to know when we touch the hearts in our guest’s experience and I am thrilled to see your stay was just that. Hope to welcome you back soon. Cordially, The Management More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We just returned from our Panamanian honeymoon at the JW Marriott and we loved every minute of our stay in Rio Hato. It was a perfect quiet, romantic getaway. We must admit though, it was a bit further than expected. With traffic the drive can take up to 2 hours and is not easy or cheap. That said, we spent... More

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Gerencia02, General Manager at JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort, responded to this review

Dear Sir or Madam, On behalf of the entire JW Marriott Panama Family - thank you for your kind words- very much appreciated. We look forward to welcoming you back again. Cordially, The Management More

Panama City, Panama
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

This weekend was our first time going to the JW Marriott since it changed owners from the Bristol Hotels. Pros: The staff were extremely kind and helpful totally unlike most places in Panama. The room was clean, comfortable and pleasant. The breakfast include was good and there was a variety of things to eat. Nice beach for walking and enjoying... More

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Gerencia02, General Manager at JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort, responded to this review

Dea Sir or Madam, Thank you so much. We appreciate all feedback but of course a glowing review as yours is a real pleasure to see on Trip Advisor. Thank you for mentioning so many great points on our hotel starting with the staff, room, nice beach and the breakfast. I would like to inform you that we have already... More

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Address: 340 Calle 3ra Buenaventura, Rio Hato, Panama (Formerly Bristol Buenaventura)
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Location: Panama > Cocle Province > Rio Hato
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Hotel Class:5 star — JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort 5*
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Also Known As:
Bristol Buenaventura Hotel Farallon
Bristol Bueneventura Santa Clara
JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort Rio Hato

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Set on the Pacific coast of Panama, Bristol Buenaventura is a luxury oceanfront destination resort and a member of Leading Hotels of the World. The resort sits on 1,000 acres of natural splendor, nestled between rivers, lakes, lush vegetation, and pristine beaches. Blending old world glamour and tropical elegance, the resort is reminiscent of a Spanish hacienda. ... more   less 
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