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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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Ranked #1 of 2 hotels in Rio Hato
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 4 days ago
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Newton, Massachusetts
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8 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had a wonderful conference experience here in January 2014. The staff accommodated our request to be outside, and arranged seating under their huge tree in front of the lobby (where an amazing owl nests). The food was very good, the staff extremely accommodating, and rooms were in great condition. Friends stayed in the villas with the plunge pool, which was... More

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brussels
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73 reviews 73 reviews
19 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a couple of days here while touring through Panama, and had a great time. The hotel rooms are spacious and very comfortable. The gardens and pools are gorgeous. I expected the pools to be a bit bigger though, that's maybe just a wrong impression I got from the pictures on the website, but there's little to complain about... More

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Houston, Texas
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed in a lovely one bedroom suite that overlooked the lake. The rooms were large and nicely furnished; the bathroom in the bedroom had a jacuzzi tub as well as a large shower. The property is absolutely gorgeous with everything you could need for a tropical vacation. There are 3 separate large pools each with it's own "vibe"; the... More

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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am somewhat reluctant to write because this place is still - surprisingly - fairly undiscovered, and I wouldn't mind keeping it that way! But the quality of the facility and the kindness of the staff merit a review. The JW isn't quite a 5-star, it's 4-1/2, but the bang for the buck is outstanding. The grounds, rooms, facilities are... More

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The Americas
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hotel is truly world class. It is scenic, pretty, comfortable and cozy. We loved it! However, better than anything was the service. The staff was outstanding. Everyone was helpful and kind. I have seldom experienced such good service in Panama. There are some minor maintenance and repairs needed, but nothing important. The service is so good that you overlook... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went there for my friend's wedding. This hotel is out of the city, a good drive out, around an hour or more. This has been the most positive experience of good service in Panama. Everyone was soo helpful from Miriam at the reception, her english was very good and her attitude was extremely helpful! The facilities and setting of this... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

We stayed at this resort for 8 days – probably longer than the typical guest. We found the front desk staff to be particularly friendly and helpful. This group, led by Lenci E., were terrific. The resort is located about 2 hours from Panama City using the Panamerican highway (a divided 4 lane highway). It is located in a very... More

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New york
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

We stayed here a few years ago when the resort was Bristol Buenaventura. Our prior experience with the hotel was excellent (see earlier review). The Bristol was a topnotch resort then with five star service. The staff literally went out of their way to accommodate their guests. They did their best to accommodate all requests. I think “NO” was a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Stayed recently & was totally blown away by the beauty of the resort & surrounding beach! Like some exotic resort out of Phuket, Thailand that takes about a 1/5 of the time to get there(from Texas). Staff was extremely friendly & knowledgeable. Outdoor dining was very good w/beautiful beach as background view. 1 of the most relaxing/decompressing places in the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

We only stayed here for 2 nights as we were traveling all around the country for 9 days. We also stayed at the Intercontinental on the beach near P.C. and preferred the JW. The Marriott had beautiful grounds and pools. Our young kids really enjoyed it. The staff was helpful and experienced in customer service. We were there during President's... More

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Additional Information about JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort

Also Known As:
Bristol Buenaventura Hotel
Bristol Buenaventura Hotel Farallon
Bristol Bueneventura Santa Clara
JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort Rio Hato
Address: 340 Calle 3ra Buenaventura, Rio Hato, Panama (Formerly Bristol Buenaventura)
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Location: Panama > Cocle Province > Rio Hato
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 hotels in Rio Hato
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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